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Jari Sheese began her love affair with beads as a college student in Lima, Peru, in 1983. Immersing herself in all aspects of Peruvian culture, she became most intrigued by the street artisans selling jewelry on the sidewalks outside the university. After buying a set of pliers, wire and beads from the local handicraft market, she began her life-changing journey by actually becoming a street artisan and surviving from the meager profits each day. Jari never looked back and continued down the creative path when she opened her bead store, Boca Loca Beads, in 1989. The amazing world of beads has allowed Jari to travel far and wide in search of unique and beautiful treasure for her store focusing in on all the great bead destinations of the world.
The next creative stage of Jari's life began ten years ago when she offered a lampworking class at her shop. She was hooked immediately and quickly built a lampworking classroom in her store. Since that time, Jari's main focus has been working with glass. She has introduced this amazing art form to more than 500 students and recently enlarged her classroom to a 10- station state-of-the-art lampworking studio. Over the last several years, Jari made a small side step into the niche of making glass buttons. These little works of art are sought after by button collectors all over the United States. Most recently, Jari Sheese received the 2007-2008 Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis allowing her to travel to Venice and the Northern region of the Czech Republic in order to explore and exchange ideas with other lampworkers.
“Wow: Silver Glass Beads, Stringer Control, Hollows and Constructions!
The construction of blown hollows using silver glass and stringer is the main focus of this in depth five day class. Students will learn how to find the elusive "Goldilicks" spot near the edge of the flame to allow stringer to become perfectly pliable in order to create elaborate patterns. Stringer application can be extra challenging on a hollow surface, this class will address timing, proper heating and wall thickness for a successful outcome.
The elusive, ever changing magic of silver glass will be revealed in this 5 day class. This will be a study in how to find the hidden secrets using this luxurious material without the worry of the high cost. Learn how to trap the glow, to enhance the shimmer, to combine glass for reactions, to get matte metallic, shiny metallic, satin metallic, opal-like, ruby, sapphires, emeralds, topaz gems, gold, silver, bronze, oil slicks, ghost like twisties…the possibilities are endless.
Silver glass will be combined with blown hollow beads. Students will learn how to blow even-walled, light weight yet sturdy hollow beads.
We will also delve into the world of off-mandrel buttons, cabochons, glass bead caps, pendants, ring tops, fancy spacers, barrel clasps, teardrops, links and complex twisties, all in silver glass. In short, silver glass secrets will be revealed using interesting and unlikely combinations to create different kinds of sparkle.
While making all of these wonderful things you will be learning stringer control from one of the best! Jari will show you how to make numerous patterns of all shapes and sizes!
This class has it all!