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10/18-21 Mystical Masks: Sculpting Art from Glass, with Lois Manno

10/18-21 Mystical Masks: Sculpting Art from Glass, with Lois Manno

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October 18-21, 2024.  10am-4pm daily.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Embark on a four-day artistic odyssey with Mystical Masks, a workshop that transforms the versatile medium of Modeling Glass into breathtaking works of art. Led by the accomplished artist Lois Manno, this course invites you to delve into the realm of glass sculpting, where your imagination becomes tangible reality.

Unleashing Creativity with Modeling Glass:

Modeling Glass, a fusion of glass powders and a special binder, offers a clay-like texture that opens up a world of sculptural possibilities. In this workshop, you'll learn to mix, mold, and sculpt this unique material, creating vibrant colors and intricate designs. As you shape your visions into glass, the binders and medium evaporate in the kiln, revealing your stunning, fused glass art piece.

Inspiration from the Sonoran Desert:

Your muse for this journey is the mesmerizing Sonoran Desert landscape. Through Lois Manno's expert guidance, you'll harness the colors and contours of the desert to craft unique, hand-sculpted compositions. Forget about molds or freeze-and-fuse techniques – here, every creation is as unique as the artist behind it.

The Art of Glass Masks:

The pinnacle of this workshop is assembling your desert-inspired components onto a pre-cut glass mask blank. After firing, these pieces are transformed, slumping elegantly over a mask draping form designed by Lois herself. This process not only teaches you the technical aspects of glass art but also immerses you in the magic of transformation.

Beyond the Mask:

Lois will demonstrate two innovative methods to mount these masks, adding versatility to your display options. Additionally, you'll explore creating masks entirely from Modeling Glass, pushing the boundaries of glass art even further.

Learning Through Engagement:

Prepare for an inspiring image show of Lois’ work and a table full of fired samples. These tangible examples of Modeling Glass art will spark your creativity and fuel a lively Q&A session. Lois will share insights into her creative process, offering a behind-the-scenes look at her artistic journey.

Discover Endless Possibilities:

Mystical Masks is more than a class; it's a gateway to endless possibilities with Modeling Glass. Whether you're an experienced artist or a curious beginner, this workshop offers a unique opportunity to explore, create, and transform your ideas into exquisite glass art.


Lois Manno has been an artist for most of her life, with a diverse background that spans pastel, acrylic, scratchboard, watercolor, and a professional career in freelance design. Her artistic journey took a pivotal turn about ten years ago when she discovered the world of glass art, an experience that profoundly transformed her creative perspective.

In her exploration of glass art, Lois developed innovative methods for working with glass powders. One of her most significant contributions is the creation of Modeling Glass, a unique product that allows artists to sculpt three-dimensional shapes without the need for molds. This innovation has revolutionized the way glass art is created and perceived, offering artists unparalleled creative freedom.

Lois Manno is renowned for her realistic, larger-than-life glass feathers, which she meticulously crafts using powders and Modeling Glass. These stunning creations are not only visually captivating but also showcase the potential of glass as a medium for detailed and expressive art.

Over the years, Lois has been dedicated to sharing her expertise and passion for glass art, conducting workshops across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Her latest initiative involves teaching the intricate process of making glass masks using Modeling Glass, a completely new format for her workshops.

Lois Manno's art can be explored further at her website,, and on her Facebook page, Glass Bird Studios. More information about Modeling Glass and its applications can be found at

Through her work and teachings, Lois Manno continues to inspire and educate, pushing the boundaries of glass art and opening up new possibilities for artists around the world.

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