Glass Fusing – Ruth Prince
Wildacres – July 23-29, 2017
Glass has been used for thousands of years to simulate precious gems, but it is a beautiful jewelry element in its own right. This week, we will explore ways to cut, layer and fuse glass. Then we will decorate our creations with decals, paint, luster, silver clay and anything else we can find to jazz up the surface. We will use inclusions and we will use jewelry molds. Finally, we will work with dichroic glass, a product of the space age and thin-film physics, which always amazes with its shimmer and shine. We will fire our pieces daily and students should go home with around a dozen finished pendants using the techniques we learn during our class. All tools and materials will be furnished by the instructor. No glass experience or art training (or talent) is necessary! This is just fun!
Materials fee: $75
Ruth Prince Bio:
Ruth has a diverse background, working as a mathematician and programmer in the early days of computers before going back to school to study art. When becoming a full-time mom interrupted her studies, she spent several years doing art and crafts classes in her kids’ school because they had no art teacher. When her children were teenagers, she returned to school and graduated with a BFA in painting. Along the way she took classes in silversmithing and enameling as electives and loved them. After graduation, she continued painting, but an ad for a class in something called metal clay led to her back to the world of jewelry making. Since you can fire glass with silver clay, she learned glass fusing and began working with dichroic glass. She uses all she has learned to make one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces that she sells in area shows and a local gallery. For the last few years, she has been teaching metal clay, glass fusing and enameling classes at the Oak Ridge Art center and in the Knoxville area and enjoys introducing people to the pleasure of making their own handmade jewelry.