10/3-6 Altaristas in Glass, with Gail Stouffer and Alice Benvie-Gebhart

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Fri-Mon, October 3-6.  9a-4p daily.

Gail Stouffer and Alice Benvie-Gebhart, Guest Instructors.


Telling a personal story has been the artist’s goal throughout history! The ability to communicate without saying a word can be a challenge, but this workshop will help open that pathway. We will be taking it to the next level, beyond just the printed image, to create a narrative with the complexity of design and personal expression.  This workshop covers it all from concept creation to casting a base for your completed sculpture. Get set for four intense days of making, story telling, and sharing new techniques in glass!


The focus of this workshop is developing complex, layered glass pieces with a taste of mixed media by adding open pockets/niches for an object to live. Students will create a biographical house-shaped piece in which they can develop a scene including background, middle ground and foreground layers where their images and pocket will reside.


Students will work with photo manipulation software (Photoshop of Photoshop Elements), glass enamels and powder applications, screen printing, airbrushing, photo resist, casting and direct painting techniques, to construct their sculpture and apply imagery on multiple layers of glass. Additionally, each piece will carry an “inclusion” of a small, but highly visible object inside of the glass. The image layers will be fired, stacked, and fired again to create slabs of glass with depth and detail. The slabs will then be cut, ground, polished and mounted. Some mixed-media techniques will also be explored as enhancements.


Students will become skilled at preparing personalized imagery, creating with layers, working with photoresist films, manipulating a screen for printing, operating an airbrush, printing powder images, gaining effective sandblasting and cold working techniques,

Engineering inclusions into a piece, and mastering the firing schedules that deliver success.


Students will need to bring with them pictures of their life experiences.  These could include exterior photos of home, report cards, copies of birth certificates, photos of themselves and family members, clipart imagery relating to a topic of personal interest or importance, etc. and any small ephemera that will help tell their story.


Access to a computer with Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, or other image manipulating software is a must.  Although proficiency is not necessary, it is very helpful to know the basics.


**This is a next level class. Students should have a familiarity with either instructors techniques to participate in this workshop.


Visiting from out of town for this workshop?  We have worked out special rates with a nearby Best Western Inn & Suites, located 7.5 miles away.  It has been renovated with new rooms and beds, and is very clean.  You'll enjoy it!  Here is a link with out discounted rates:

Best Western Inn & Suites