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May 2–6 (arrive 1, depart 7), 2017
Simply Stringer and
The first day of the workshop will be on stringer technique and Holly will, step by step and Holly will demonstrate, step by step, how to apply the stringer to the beads. We will focus on straight lines, scrolls and raking. Demos will alternate with practice time. We will be using standard soft glass colors and making simple bead shapes. This is a great class for learning some simple stringer basics or honing your stringer skills.
As beadmakers we are always looking for new ways to use materials to lend a uniqueness to our work. In this part of Holly's class we will explore glass powders in new and interesting ways. Enamels and powdered frits will be our paints, interesting methods of application will be our brush, glass beads our canvas. We will examine and explore color interaction: how colors enhance one another, choosing a color palette and how color creates luminosity and visual depth. Bring your imagination and willingness to play!
Working out of her studio in Austin, Texas, Holly has been a professional artist her entire working career. With a background in painting, art history, textiles, ceramics and finally glass, her work melds all of these disparate disciplines into her complex decorative work. She draws inspiration from a variety of cultural and historical traditions and incorporates them into her work.
Although the focus of Holly’s classes is on teaching complex stringer work and integrating elements of surface design, her underlying goal as a teacher is to help open up creative processes, revealing strategies for the students to discover new and vital artistic directions in their individual work.
Holly has been making glass beads since 2002 and has taught flameworking throughout the United States and Europe since 2008. Her work has been published in several books and publications including Bead and Button magazine.