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Metal + Glass Young artist camp

Summer art/craft camp! This intensive workshop teaches students how to work with hand tools, design concepts, subtractive and additive sculpting, kiln-forming glass, painting with glass, etching metal ..  have fun learning new skills.
Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 19.51.42Metal + Glass Young artist camp
8 day intensive working with metal and glass
June 20th to 29th noon-3pm Mon to Friday & Mon to Wednesday $400 per person. Ages: 9-12 No experience necessary! All materials included.

Everyday covers a different technique
Safety in the studio and working with various materials is covered with each new process.
Day 1: Working with hammers and stamping tools students add textures, words, images to copper pendants.
Day 2: Properly measure, texture and form sterling silver ring bands.
Day 3: Small field trip to the near-by park to collect blades of grass, twigs, leaves-back at the studio observe your specimen under a microscope and replicate your findings in glass! Make a Robot portrait or a Selfie, in glass! Students will learn kiln forming/carving and make 5″x7″ window pieces.
Day 4: Working with cuttlefish bone moulds carve out patterns that will then be cast in pewter.
Day 5: Work with vitreous enamel painting/sifting images on copper that will be fused in a kiln.
Day 6: Draw pictures onto brass or copper and learn how to etch metal (like circuit boards) and turn these images into pins/brooches.
Day 7: Working with found items: flat rocks, drift wood, twigs, bottle caps, broken ceramic bits students learn how to hand drill and rivet with metal tubing and turn their finds into charm necklaces/bracelets.
Day 8: Finish up projects.

glass_fusingpic-1What’s included:
Sterling silver for 1 ring band
Copper for forming, rivets, and making bracelet blanks
Brass for etching
Glass enamels
Glass for kiln forming
Cuttlefish bone
Microscope slides
Nichrome wire
Various copper, brass and bronze wire

Use of tools and equipment.
* Salt solutions are used for etching. The studio works with green alternatives whenever possible. Students will not come into contact with any harmful chemicals. Particulate masks are worn when working with glass powders. At no time are the students working with fire, or dangerous materials.
Parental consent forms are sent via email upon registration.
Reserve your space today! This event is taking place during Maker Fest Toronto 2016
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Register for the August Metal + Glass Young Artist Camp below: Starts Tuesday August 2nd runs thru August 11th


Sculpt molten glass

glass cabsGlass cabochons, bezel settings & fold forming, heat rivet connections & simple hollow forms. 4 evenings starting Tuesday June 7th-28th (runs Tuesday evenings 6:30-10pm), $280pp Deposit of half required to hold seat. Seating is limited-register soon!
Students form molten glass into cabochon forms for bezel and tab settings.
1st evening: Working with hard glass students learn how to form, add inclusions, powders, and foils to create cabochon forms. Annealing schedules are discussed, learning heat control and manipulating molten glass.
2nd evening: Students remove their glass ‘cabs’ from the annealing kiln, inspect them, cold-work if necessary and start to design and solder their bezel settings. Fold forming, heat rivets (or pinning) is demonstrated, and hollow-form construction. Students start to build their pieces.
3rd evening: Thick wire tab setting is demonstrated. Students continue building their work.
4th evening: Students finish up their projects.

What’s included: Copper, brass, solder, all glass and copper metal foil.
Students are encouraged to bring in their own fine silver foil, bezel wire and sterling silver sheet, but this is not mandatory.

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Ma découverte enthousiaste du four Vitrigraph

L’an passé, j’ai eu l’honneur de recevoir une bourse de la GAAC, la Bourse de Projet  2013. Cela m’a permis d’approfondir ma passion pour la représentation artistique de l’histoire naturelle et la réalisation de lieux imaginaires à travers la recherche, la création et le développement de l’art des baguettes au Vitrigraph et des murines. Habituellement, le murine et les baguettes se travaillent en atelier de soufflage ou de chalumeau. Mon but était d’obtenir un effet similaire au travail des murines et des baguettes à chaud, mais en bien plus petit, à l’échelle de l’orfèvrerie. Lorsque je travaillais les murines et les baguettes au chalumeau, je ne suis  jamais parvenue à obtenir l’effet (ou peut être la qualité) escompté.

Au départ, j’espérais pouvoir employer de façon améliorée mon four AF138. Mais ce four ne pouvait pas dépasser la température de 1300°F. Pour travailler les baguettes au Vitrigraph, il faut une température entre 1600°F et 1680°F.


Le four Caldera de Paragon est prévu pour le Vitrigraph et peut atteindre des températures au-delà des 2300°F. Après plusieurs mois d’essais et d’erreurs répétitives, et grâce au soutien généreux de la GAAC, j’ai enfin commandé un Caldera.

En attendant que le Caldera arrive, je me suis amusée à envisager différents assemblages. Pour assembler, il faut un pot en céramique ou en terra cotta avec un trou à sa base. C’est la façon dont le verre est assemblé, ainsi que le nombre de pièces/couches de verre (verre concassé ou baguette), qui déterminent  le motif des murines. 33 à 36 disques allant de 3 à 6 po de diamètre sont nécessaires pour remplir un pot.

4_bullseyeExamples_TeranTosca_2013Projectgrant-640x619The above excerpt is from the Canadian Glass Art magazine concerning my 2013 GAAC Project Award. The article appeared in the December 2014 issue and I encourage you, fair readers, to please check it out! Meanwhile, I am teaching a Glass Fusing course August 8th & 9th 2015 out of my studio in Toronto. While this workshop doesn’t cover Vitrigraph pulls it will cover working with glass powders and slumping forms, as well as bezel setting your small fused glass pieces and forging a ring band! $225pp Includes ALL materials

Glass Fusing components for jewelry, and wearable art plus, making a ring band and bezel-setting glass!
Saturday: Learn how to cut various glass shapes, paint glass, work with powdered glass and stringers
How to properly build your glass pieces for fusing.
Annealing cycles are discussed and journaled as well as Slumping, Tack fusing temperatures and other kiln forming techniques.
Sunday: Items are taken out of the kiln/annealer and cleaned, cold working is demonstrated with the diamond saw, and simple hand-cold working methods.
Participants then bezel set one of their fused pieces as well as learn how to form, and solder a sterling silver ring band!
Sterling silver pendant backs and special glass adhesive are included.