4/9-11 The Textured Iris! with Craig Mitchell Smith

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April 9-11, 2021. 9am-5pm daily.

During this 3-day class, Craig Mitchell Smith covers the creation of his new and exciting textured iris. This class is for experienced fused glassmakers, and the Poppy Class is a prerequisite for this course because it builds on the techniques learned there. Each student will take home one beautiful iris mounted on a stainless steel frame designed by Craig.

Craig will teach his techniques for creating this iris, including learning to cut the standard, fall, crest, and beard pieces, and will share the making of a silk-screen frame for powder printing. This adds subtle shades to each blossom. You will use a sandblasting cabinet for a unique look, a diamond saw to carve the glass and a drill press in addition to the standard cutting tools, and learn to make unique texture boards. As a student in this workshop, you will learn new and exciting techniques for overlapping petals while slumping the iris, for the most realistic and beautiful glass flowers you've ever made, and you'll create buttons for the blossom center and complete a mounting of your iris on a designed stem provided by Craig Mitchell Smith and the presentation option of granite in a shadow box.


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.