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2025: 03/09-03/15 Pigment/Endearment: Glass Casting with Powdered Glass, with Sayaka Suzuki

2025: 03/09-03/15 Pigment/Endearment: Glass Casting with Powdered Glass, with Sayaka Suzuki

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March 9-15, 2025, 10am-5pm daily.

Skill Level: Open to All Levels

Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Art Nouveau with this Pâte de Verre workshop. This traditional glass casting and mold-making process uses glass powders and frit to create stunning pieces that range from marble-like opacity to delicate translucency and transparent forms with opaque elements. The final look of your creation is influenced by the size of the glass particles you use.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Color Mixing: Start by creating a spectrum of colors by mixing glass powders, exploring how to achieve various shades.
  • Opacity and Transparency: Discover techniques to control the opacity and transparency of your glass pieces, achieving beautiful variations.
  • Relief Design in Clay: Create relief designs in clay to understand the movement of glass and the application of colors.
  • Painting with Glass: Learn to mix, paint, and create gradations with powdered glass, allowing you to "paint" with glass powders and develop your unique color language.
  • Traditional Mold Making: Learn traditional mold-making techniques essential to the Pâte de Verre process.

Who Should Attend:

This workshop is open to all skill levels. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced glass artist, you'll find new techniques and inspiration.

Additional Highlights:

  • Hands-on learning with a focus on both traditional and painterly techniques
  • Detailed discussions on achieving desired effects with glass powders
  • A creative and supportive environment to develop your artistic expression

All Levels Welcome:

Join us for a journey into the world of Pâte de Verre, where you'll combine the precision of traditional mold making with the creativity of painting, resulting in one-of-a-kind glass art pieces.


Originally from Japan, Sayaka Suzuki  received her BFA from Tulane University in New Orleans and her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. She's been working with glass for nearly 30 years and currently resides in Richmond, VA. She's taught extensively in universities and workshops around the country including Corning Museum of Glass, Penland School of Crafts and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Her works explore her deep roots in Japanese culture in conjunction with her new adopted identity as an American immigrant. Suzuki’s works have been exhibited nationally and internationally including solo exhibitions at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art and Pensacola Museum of Art (FL) and include group shows at the Washington Project for the Arts-Corcoran (DC), New Mexico Museum of Art, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art (Korea), Museo Crocetti (Italy )and most recently Hsinchu City Glass Craft Museum (Taiwan). 

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