Structural fins were attached to the exterior of the window to not just add structure, but to add support to the areas that exhibited deflection. Here in a close up you can see the arrow pointing to a fin we have added to this window due to the deflection.
Working had to keep pace with all our custom and repair work. After Saturday Markay got the double house leaded stained glass transom down to the final nitty-gritty. All that is left is to add the cement and give it a good cleaning; so, it should be done this week!
Next Saturday, April 5th we still have two openings in our Introduction to Glass Bead-making class. Students will have the opportunity to learn some basic lamp-working techniques and create some unique glass beads. The class is from 10 AM until 12 PM, costs just $60.00 and includes all of the materials and tools except for a canister of MAP/Propane fuel which individuals will need to purchase at a home improvement store prior to coming to class. Call today to save your spot in this “hot” class!
Join us on Thursday, March 27th at 10 AM or at 6 PM for our monthly Fusing Club Meeting. Last month, those attending asked if we could break down the mysteries of the kiln. We will be discussing the pros and cons and ins and outs of kilns. Brands, large or small, glass vs ceramic, how the kilns get programmed, pretty much Everything You Have Ever Wanted to Know About Kilns But Were Afraid to Ask!! Cost for the club meeting is $5.00. Students may stay after for studio time (10 – 1 or 6 -9) for $20.00 which includes the firing of pieces completed during studio time. Please call and make a reservation to attend.
The main glass and class project the Latin School of Chicago will be doing is a large version of their school mascot. We drew a window cartoon for them based off a picture that they provided. From that cartoon we are able to work with them in a step-by-step process making a stained glass window just as we would do for one of our custom pieces. The intent was that it would be an ongoing project for them during this week in between doing all the other glass art like fusing, lampworking, glaskolben and mosaics. Well, they seem to have caught on with the stained glass and the window is almost all cut and its just the end of the first day as you can see in the picture. Maybe the cleaning and foiling will slow them down a little, but I wouldn’t count on it seeing how well they have done so far. Nice Job guys!
This coming week (March 17th – March 20) we will be hosting 12 high school students and 2 instructors from the Latin School of Chicago. The studio will be closed to our students for classes and studio time during the day so that we can give our undivided attention to these young people and share with them the variety of ways an artist can work with glass. During the four day intensive we will teach the students stained glass, fusing, mosaic, bead-making and glass blowing. The young people will also be working on a larger stained glass piece of the school’s mascot which will be hung at the school when completed.
We will still be open during the week for retail customers who need supplies and glass, so please stop by and meet these newest members of our glass art family and share your own stories of working with glass as an artistic medium. Lets inspire the next generation to continue this oldest of art forms!
Beginning in July, 2014 we will no longer be posting times for the Introductory Level classes on the calendar as we are phasing these classes out of our schedule. People who have Groupon, Living Social or Amazon Local vouchers to redeem or who have purchased a class through the studio, will still be able to take an Introductory Level class after June by calling the studio and scheduling a time with an instructor. Class times will be limited to instructor and studio space availability. These classes will generally be scheduled at times when we are holding other classes. (ie. an introductory stained glass class will be held at the same time as the first class session for the four week stained glass class.)
Voucher holders may also choose to apply the promotional value ($60.00) to the cost of one of the four week classes we offer in Fusing, Mosaic, and Stained Glass ($135.00) Students who choose this option will be responsible for paying the difference in price ($75.00) and purchasing materials and supplies for these classes (generally runs about $40.00).
Vouchers not redeemed by December 19, 2014 will be forfeited.
Questions? You can email Markay at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the studio and our helpful staff can answer any questions you may have regarding the redemption of your voucher.