Glass Classes at Corning in NY!
In 2012 my life was shattered and everything I knew changed. 2012-2014 brought so much change, upheaval and depression that it left me unsure what to even do next. I felt lost, alone and completely without direction. I began taking some art classes in order to get out of my own head and that resulted in me taking classes in stained and fused glass. I fell in love with glass as a medium and after working with fused glass for a while I tried flameworking and glass blowing with a torch. I loved working with the glass and the torch and the creative possibilities it offered. Throughout 2016 and into 2017 I experimented with the torch making glass implosion pendants, small blown ornaments and vessels and exploring as many techniques as I could. In October of 2017 I was hospitalized for a week due to a still undiagnosed gastrointestinal issue and underwent testing in the months following. Shortly after that in January of 2018 I was diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease and began treatment for that which made me very sick for the next 5-6 months. During this time I stopped doing all my art including glass and my depression and anxiety began spiraling. This fall I decided to try to take control of my life and pursue my dreams again. I took a one day class in making small glass birds on a torch (the pictures on here are from that class). It was very simple compared to what I had been doing but it rekindled my desire to pursue further instruction and exploration in glass art using a torch. I applied for classes at the Corning Museum of Glass in New York not expecting to get in but much to my surprise I received my confirmation for one class and after a week on the waiting list got a confirmation for my top choice class. The classes are both a week long and are at Corning’s Glass school in New York led by top artists in the field. The first is from the end of January into February and the second is later in February. In order for me to attend and make this dream a reality I need to raise $3,154 for my tuition, room & board before December 1st or I will lose my spot in the program. (UPDATE: I am still working to raise the remaining balance due for my classes but I am confirmed for both. Someone has graciously lent me the money for the portion I hadn’t raised yet to give me more time. The school has been paid but I will be continuing to work to raise the remaining amount to pay back the outstanding balance.) I will also need to get to Corning (I will probably end up driving) but right now I am just focusing on raising what I need for the program. My dream is to learn new techniques and rekindle my love of glass art so I can make art to share with others any maybe someday even teach others the art I have enjoyed so much. I named my glass art Infinitely Fearless Designs several years ago when I set up my website, Facebook and started doing fairs and I want to embrace that again and set aside my thoughts and fears and go into this new chapter in my life Fearlessly. I hope that in someway you will be able to partner with me in this as I make these steps.+ Read More
I wanted to share some of my recent work with everyone who supported my classes at Corning this past winter and invite you to go to www.gofundme.com/corningdreams to view my current fundraiser for tuition for the summer classes I have been accepted to during the summer program at Corning. These classes will take what I have learned and build upon that foundation while broadening my knowledge and experience. For more information please go to the link above and read what I am doing this summer and how you can help. In addition I wanted to thank you all again for your help in getting me to the classes I took this winter. The link above also shares more about what I got out of that experience. Thank you for your support and your time.
Update on my second week at Corning. I spent my second week learning to make Borosilicate glass marbles with Miles Parker. We began with simple techniques of gathering and shaping building in various patterns as we progressed. We learned to fume with both silver and gold and worked on techniques to implode our designs using hollow tubing and blown glass followed by reducing techniques. We worried with dichroic glass on the torch (which is much different from fusing with it). We built upon all of this by learning to make lenses for the marbles to magnify our designs and worked on further shaping techniques. We also learned how to encase an opal in glass and use it in the final design of our marble (as seen in the gold and silver implosion marble that is in the group of three marbles. I learned to make a vortex marble, reversal techniques and galaxy marbles. The pictures above showcase a few of my favorite marbles I made in the class though there are many more I made that I really like. I also made a couple that were almost 3 inches in diameter toward the end of the week. I learned so much from this class. Once again we had class time from 9 am until 5 pm then after a short dinner break got to work in the studio practicing until 11 pm. It was an amazing experience. I met some great people, learned many new techniques to practice and had the opportunity to go on some behind the scene tours of the museum, Corning headquarters and the Corelle factory. I’m working this week on my application for spring classes and will keep you guys updated on that once I find out if I get into some classes and what they are (I won’t know until the end of March or beginning of April). These two weeks at Corning were some of the best of my life and without your support this would not have been possible. I am looking forward to summer classes and the opportunity to pursue my passion for glass art further and I hope some of you will be able to continue partnering with me on this journey!
I wanted to update everyone who supported me and helped me get to Corning yo take classes on how my classes went. I will update in two updates so I can share pictures from each class so stay tuned for the next update as well! The first week of class was spent learning how to make glass flowers. We started learning petal shapes, stems and how to join pieces together that we made. Each day we built upon the skills we worked on the previous day making more complex flowers as the week went by. Each morning the studio opened at 8 am and I went in to prep my station and the glass I would need for that day. Class ran each day from 9 am until 5 pm. After a dinner break we returned to the studio and had open work time to experiment and practice until 11 pm. In the pictures with this update you can see some of the flowers (and a leaf) I made and see the progression throughout the week. The last two days of class we worked on Orchids and in one of the pictures you can see two different varieties of Orchids I made. My last flower of the class was the orchid with the blown portion on the front. The class was amazing and the teacher did an awesome job of demonstrating how to make detailed flowers. I met some amazing people and learned so much during my time. I thank you all for your help in making this possible. My second week was spent learning to make glass marbles and intricate details inside them - stay tuned for my next update and pictures of some of the marbles I made in that class!
I’m happy to report that with your help and generosity I officially reached the threshold of being a third of the way to my goal. I want to thank all of you for helping me get this far. I still have 9 days left to raise the remaining 2/3 so if you know anyone else who may be interested in contributing please share this page with them. Without your help I never would have made it this far in my goal to make my dream of taking glass classes at Corning a reality. I am thankful for all of you who have partnered with me in this endeavor!