Precision Cutting Stained Glass for Mosaic with Jennifer Kuhns
Session 22A: Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 8:00am – 5:00pm
Session 22B: Thursday, April 25, 2019, 8:00am – 5:00pm
Price: $315 (Includes $40 Materials Fee)
Students will learn about various styles of scoring tools, pros and cons of each, and how to use them correctly, along with support tools; running pliers and breaker-groziers, and other helpful tools to have on hand. We will begin with a slide show about ways to incorporate precision cut shapes into a mosaic, from creating focal points to using Opus Sectile as andamento for the entire composition, and explaining the advantages of this approach. Hands-on instruction will begin with simple, straight cuts and mild curves, and will move gradually to difficult shapes like circles. concave curves and crescents. There will be examples of different types of glass and discussion of how to adjust for textured or more brittle glass. Students will have a small substrate and adhesive to create a project, but the focus will be on hand-cutting and practicing the technique. We will not be grouting. There will be many tips and tricks shared for making the most of your glass, fitting shapes together, and working clean. There will be plenty of time for questions and personal attention for each student.
Students are encouraged to bring any tools they already use for cutting glass, but the instructor will bring a variety of tools so that students can try different styles, and then purchase their favorite from the vendor marketplace. Materials will include a substrate, a selection of stained glass and adhesive.
*Some students with chronic hand-strength issues, arthritis, or hand-tremors may find this workshop frustrating.
Jennifer Kuhns has been working in mosaic since 2000, and stained glass is her favorite material because it is easy to source, easy to work with, and comes in a wide variety of colors and textures. Jennifer originally learned to cut glass from leaded and fused glass artists and enjoys using opus sectile in her stylized mosaic compositions. Jennifer bounces between two very different mosaic styles: bright, folk art influenced designs and complex photorealism. She cuts precision shapes from glass for stylized mosaic, then uses scraps to create representational work. Jennifer has built a career creating custom mosaic artwork by commission, installing her work in private, corporate and public spaces around the U.S., and most often in the Pacific Northwest. She often engages the 22community in her public art mosaic projects. JKMosaic.com
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