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02/2-5 The Cactus Blossom, with Craig Mitchell Smith

02/2-5 The Cactus Blossom, with Craig Mitchell Smith

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February 2-5, 2024. 10am-5pm. 

Inspired by his recent trips to Arizona, Craig Mitchell Smith has developing an exciting 4-day workshop! Not just a new flower, but a new way of making them! Craig has developed an alternative to messy lost wax casting, and will show us how to combine cast and fused glass in a new way.


As a self-taught artist, my curiosity and creativity have taken me in many directions over the years. I am a painter; I have done interior and garden design throughout the U.S., set design for local theaters and floral design. I have also designed weddings throughout the U.S. and in England. In late 2005, I found glass. I started with making glass jewelry, but soon felt limited by the size and dimension. I moved quickly to glass sculpture because I liked the freedom of expression and scale. For me, the transparency of glass is a metaphor for memory. Even though the glass sculpture or design stays the same, if you move around the piece, or change the direction of the light or its intensity, you can change the memory. My designs often include the interplay of glass, light and water and range from garden sculptures to sculptural drawings, to portraits in glass, to wall hangings. 

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Reviews from recent students in Craig's workshops at Milkweed Arts:
"Everything was explained so well. I feel as if I can go home and actually make this again! I am completely honored to have taken this class, and I can't even believe I made this! Thank you!"
"Craig is an awesome instructor and his sharing of knowledge is unsurpassed. He doesn't teach just a single technique, he helps you see how you can use his teaching to create beyond the classroom."
"Craig is a hoot! So much of the discussions were very instructive, and the stories were all relevant."
"Craig is an excellent teacher, and I thoroughly enjoyed the class. The facilities were amazing! Will definitely be back for more classes -- especially Craig Mitchell Smith classes!"
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Customer Reviews

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Deb Aten
The best class you'll ever take!

Creating the Cactus Blossom is an amazing multiple-step process that Craig dreamed up and spent two years perfecting. He took us through the process step-by-step with lots of demo, explanation, and assistance. The class is fun, and the cactus blossom is gorgeous. The techniques will change the way you look at glass!
Milkweed Arts is the perfect venue for class. The classroom offers excellent seating, lighting, and access to tools and materials.