Caren Hackman Interviews Nancy Bernardeau, Of Smokehouse Pottery

Nancy Bernardeau is a clay artist who specializes in creating one-of-a-kind decorative ceramic forms utilizing the raku process and other associated alternative firing techniques, such as horsehair and saggar firing.  The Rickie Report has admired Nancy’s creations at Artisans On The Ave in Lake Worth.  Caren Hackman shares an interview with Nancy, not only exploring her artistry, but explaining more about different firing techniques.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

Nancy Bernardeau, Smokehouse Pottery

Talks About

 

“The Magic Of Raku”

 

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Glass Embedded Celadon Box by Nancy Bernardeau

 

 

 

Nancy Bernardeau tells The Rickie Report, ” I am constantly drawn to the magic of Raku firing! It is so dramatic to open up a kiln when it is glowing red hot at around 1832 degrees fahrenheit. Of course there is danger involved, making it even more exciting and adrenaline producing! So I gear up with my respirator, high temperature gloves, and clothing that completely covers and protects me from the intense heat. Raku firing gives me the “instant gratification” of seeing my results a lot more rapidly than waiting hours for a kiln to fire and then cool down. I’m directly involved in the firing and reduction process, as I place each piece in a container with combustibles, set it up in flames and put a tight cover on it so it smokes and smolders. This reduction or deprivation of oxygen is what creates the dramatic blacks and crackles, a signature of Raku pottery. The magic continues when the pot is taken out of the container and scrubbed clean under water. The beautiful colors then reveal themselves in sometimes unexpected ways”!

 

 

 

Caren Hackman shares, ” Nancy Bernardeau is a clay artist who specializes in creating one of a kind decorative ceramic forms utilizing the raku process and other associated alternative firing techniques, such as horsehair and saggar firing. It is always a pleasure to visit Nancy and see what new forms, materials and techniques she is incorporating into her work”.

 

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Horse Hair Raku by Nancy Bernardeau

Understanding Raku Terminology:

Raku firing involves opening up a kiln when the pot is glowing red hot at around 100 degrees C (1832 F) and removing each piece with tongs and placing it into a reduction container with either newspaper or sawdust. The pot catches fire and a tight lid is placed onto container, creating smoke which blackens any of the unglazed areas. Thermal shock usually produces an overall crackle on the glazed areas.

 

 

Horse hair raku is removed from the kiln at a lower temperature and is not put into a covered bin. The decoration occurs when strands of horse hair are laid across the hot ware leaving a swirling linear smoke design on the surface.

 

Saggar firing is a type of smoke firing in which each unglazed pot is enclosed and fired in a lidded container. Combustible materials and minerals are added to the container and the piece gets fired, getting the colors from the burning off of these materials creating a soft marbled look on the surface. Polishing with wax adds sheen.

 

 

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Nancy with her kiln

 

 

CH:  Why do you do what you do?

NB:  

Creating with clay offers me the opportunity to satisfy my tactile and visual needs. It also provides constant challenges with infinite learning experiences.

 

 

 

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One of a kind Ceramic by Nancy Bernardeau

CH: How do you work?

NB:

I am not a prolific production potter, although I am in awe of people who are able to do that. I concentrate on creating a few unique pieces at a time. I “nurture” these pieces from conception through fabrication and decoration, finally releasing them to share. The development of each clay piece is like raising a child. I do what I can for it to reach its potential. A great deal of thought, love and care is involved.

 

CH: What’s your background?

NB:

 

I was an art major in college and was exposed to many different art forms. I dabbled in painting, printmaking, jewelry, ceramics and specifically photography. Upon finishing my studies, I worked in commercial photography, and then fashion styling. I then moved to Florida with my husband and eventually became an art teacher certified to teach grades K-12. Upon retiring, I felt compelled to rekindle my love for clay and to dedicate myself to exploring it as an art form.

 

CH: What’s integral to the work of an artist?

NB:

Discipline, desire, PATIENCE, and the curiosity and willingness to explore and experiment. Risk-taking is important and not being afraid to fail.

 

 

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Jar with Jeweled Shoulder by Nancy Bernardeau

 

 

CH: What role does the artist have in society?

NB:

For me the role of the artist is to provoke emotion and stimulate the senses by making people stop, think, perhaps question and, as a result, see things with a new perspective.

 

CH: What has been a seminal experience?

NB:

 

Combined with getting my own pottery wheel and kiln, I took a couple of wonderful and inspiring Master workshops. The first one was with raku master Steven Branfman. It was a transformative and inspiring experience. I started to incorporate glass embedded into my work and started to really enjoy glazing as if it were an abstract painting. Working this way gives me the joy and freedom to work more spontaneously and instinctively. I also participated in a formative workshop with Linda and Charles Riggs, masters of saggar firing, and other techniques that I love, such as naked raku, and horsehair firing.

 

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Horsehair Fired Vessel by Nancy Bernardeau

 

 

CH: How has your practice change over time

NB:

My biggest change was to concentrate on making an attractive form that can be used more decoratively, and also one of a kind, rather than concentrating on making many functional pieces with perfect craftsmanship.

 

CH:  What art do you most identify with?

NB: 

I love art that is vibrant and colorful, energetic and abstract. I enjoy different textures and I also appreciate art that is more monochromatic. I was always attracted to abstract landscape. My favorite artists are Picasso and Matisse.

 

CH: What work do you most enjoying doing?

NB:

I really enjoy making boxes that are embedded with glass. These pieces incorporate wheel throwing, hand-building, as well as the texture and color that the glass creates. The glass enables me to incorporate glaze around it, giving me an opportunity to add contrast and color. I usually finish these boxes off with an interesting wood handle found in nature. When searching for the perfect wood handle, one usually calls out to me because it has a “personality” or a soul. As much as I love color, I also enjoy, appreciate, and create more monochromatically. The monochrome pieces are created using naked raku, horse hair, and saggar fired techniques.

 

 

Nancy’s work can be seen at:


ARTISANS ON THE AVE
630 LAKE AVENUE   LAKE WORTH, FL 33460

561-762-8162 or 561-582-3300

Gallery Hours: Open 7 days a week

Monday thru Saturday 11am – 9pm
Sunday 11am – 6pm

 

 

 

For more information about Caren Hackman:

Caren Hackman is a graphic designer and fine artist living in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. and author of a book about Graphic Design and Good Business practice: http://www.carenhackman.com/book/.

Be sure to check out Caren’s wonderful artwork – Caren is a talented artist in her own right! She is a founding member of the Artists of Palm Beach County.

www.carenhackman.com

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

McMow Art Glass Announces NEW Classes From Beginner To Advanced

McMow Art Glass invites you to its new classes! From beginners to advanced glass professionals, there is something for everyone! If you have always been fascinated by glass, now is your chance to try different techniques! The Rickie Report shares the details and photos of classes beginning February ,2016 through March, 2016. We remind our readers – you can also find magnificent handmade glass decor, functional glass items and glass jewelry at McMow Art Glass’ showroom.

 

 

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701 North Dixie Highway Lake Worth, Florida 33460
P: 561-585-9011   F: 561-586-2292
www.mcmow.com

 

 

 

 

N  E  W        C  L  A  S  S  E  S !

 

 

 

 

FEBRUARY 2016 SPECIALTY CLASSES:

 

 

FEBRUARY2016

 

PATTERN BAR CASTING

Wednesday February 3rd & Wednesday February 10th 6-8pm

$150.00 *Experience Required*

 

 

Learn how to construct and cast pattern bars in this two part class. Specific firing schedules and formulas will be discussed. Students will choose from a variety of Bullseye glass to use when creating a rectangular shaped cast piece. This is an advanced level fusing class; introductory kiln forming knowledge and cutting experience are required. All materials are included. If desired, Pieces may be slumped for an additional & discounted fee.

 

 

 

OPEN FACE KILN CASTING

Saturday February 6th & Saturday February 13th 9am-3pm

$350.00 *Experience Required*

Go to a new dimension with your fused art pieces in this two part class! Students will learn how to make a one-of-a kind, three-dimensional, cast glass piece by using clay and a plaster mixture in an open face kiln casting technique. It’s a class every fuser is sure to love. This is an advanced level fusing class; introductory kiln forming knowledge is required. All materials are included.

 

 

 

 

 

DICHROIC JEWELRY: EXPLORING DESIGN TECHNIQUES

Wednesday February 17th 5:30-8:30

$95.00 *Experience Required*

 

 

In this 3 hour course students will learn a multitude of jewelry design techniques that can be achieved using dichroic glass. The instructor will demonstrate techniques such as reverse etching, using a dremmel tool, and decal application. A variety of methods for making your fused dichroic pieces wearable will be covered as well. Students will create two pendants. All materials are included. Introductory level fusing knowledge is required.

 

 

 

EXPERIMENTING WITH BULLSEYE GLASS:

THE ALCHEMY SERIES

Saturday February 20th 9am-12pm

$125.00 *Experience Required*

Bullseye Glass Company’s long history of artistic experimentation is just one of the many reasons we love their product. This is your opportunity to experiment with the latest edition to their line of reactive glass. Students will create their choice of a plate or sushi platter using silver foil and alchemy glass. This is an advanced level fusing class; introductory kiln forming knowledge is required. All materials are included.

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO FUSED GLASS

Saturday February 20th 12:30-3pm

$95.00 *Beginner Level*

 

Gain elementary knowledge of kiln formed glass in this two and a half hour course. Fundamental fusing terminology, techniques, and principles will be covered. The class begins with a lecture and remaining time is spent creating a set of four fused glass coasters. This is an entry level fused glass class, no experience is necessary. After completing this class, students will be eligible to register for our intermediate level fusing classes. All materials are included.

 

 

ARCHAEOLOGICAL IMPRINTS IN GLASS

Wednesday February 24th 5:30-8:30pm

$125.00 *Experience Required*

Learn how to petrify live plant material into glass using the Fossil Vitra technique. Students will be provided with a variety of plant material, glass powders, and iridized glass to create their choice of a plate or sushi platter. All materials are included. This is an advanced level fusing class; introductory kiln forming knowledge is required.

 

 

GLASS PAINTING with PETER MCGRAIN

Friday February 26th, Saturday, February 27th, & Sunday, February 28th

9am-5pm

$800 *Beginner Level*

 

This 3-day workshop with world renowned glass artist, Peter McGrain, will include a fundamental overview of all the glass painting techniques with an emphasis on creative problem solving for a variety of aesthetic approaches. Techniques include tracing, matting, and the use of silver stains, enamels, and Vitri-Fusáille technique. Instruction includes several formula projects as well as an individual show piece by each student. This is a fantastic class for anyone who is interested in learning as much as they possibly can in a single workshop. No experience necessary. All materials include. PLEASE NOTE: a 50% non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your space. Payment in full is required two weeks prior to workshop start date. No discounts, class credits, or special offers will be given or honored.

 

 

MARCH 2016 SPECIALTY CLASSES:

MARCH 2016

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO FUSED GLASS

Wednesday March 2nd 6-8:30pm

$95.00 *Beginner Level*

 

Gain elementary knowledge of kiln formed glass in this two and a half hour course. Fundamental fusing terminology, techniques, and principles will be covered. The class begins with a lecture and remaining time is spent creating a set of four fused glass coasters. This is an entry level fused glass class, no experience is necessary. After completing this class, students will be eligible to register for our intermediate level fusing classes. All materials are included.

 

MOSAIC MIRRORS

Saturday March 5th 9am-3pm

$125.00 *Beginner Level*

Learn how to create a beautiful mosaic mirror in this one day class. Taylor will walk you through the process of mosaics from beginning to end while you work on your beautiful, one-of-a-kind creation! Class will end with a grouting demonstration to be completed at home. Pattern will be provided and all materials are Included.

 

 

TASTE OF FUSING

Wednesday March 9th 6-8pm

$70.00 *Beginner Level*

In this two hour session participants will learn about the basics of glass fusing, and work with a variety of glass materials including glass frits, powders, and stringers. You will complete your very own fused glass coaster. Each piece will be a one-of-a-kind functional piece of art. The completed fired pieces will be available for pick-up the following week. All materials are included.

 

 

COMPREHENSIVE CUTTING COURSE

Saturday March 12th 9am-12pm

$60.00 *Beginner Level*

In this three hour course Phil will teach students about different cutting & breaking tools, how to cut glass, and the do’s & don’ts of cutting glass. The class will end with a brief overview of a helpful cutting tool, The Morton System. This class is perfect for students who have taken an entry level fusing, mosaic, or stained glass class and are looking to improve or brush up on cutting skills. After taking this course, students should be comfortable enough with cutting to start working on pieces on their own. A 15% discount will be offered on cutting tools!

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO FUSED GLASS

Saturday March 12th 12:30-3pm

$95.00 *Beginner Level*

Gain elementary knowledge of kiln formed glass in this two and a half hour course. Fundamental fusing terminology, techniques, and principles will be covered. The class begins with a lecture and remaining time is spent creating a set of four fused glass coasters. This is an entry level fused glass class, no experience is necessary. After completing this class, students will be eligible to register for our intermediate level fusing classes. All materials are included.

 

 

FUSAICS: SCENES OF THE SEA

Wednesday March 16th, 23rd, & 30th 5:30-8:30pm

$185.00 *Beginner Level*

Create a unique “under the sea” scene using both fused glass AND mosaic techniques! The first class will be spent learning the basics of fusing and creating fused glass adornments to be incorporated into your mosaic piece on the second week. Overall dimensions will be 12” x 12”; Create your own pattern or choose from one of ours. All materials are included.

 

 

MORTON SYSTEM LAB

Saturday March 19th 12-3pm

$60.00 *Beginner Level*

Looking to brush up on your Morton system skills? Then don’t miss this opportunity! Bring in your own Morton System and Phil will teach you how to use it. Don’t have a Morton System? NO PROBLEM! Borrow one of ours for the lab and special order one of your own at a discounted price!

 

 

LEAD CAME

Saturday March 26th 9am-3pm

$150.00 *Experience Required*

If you are an intermediate student looking to take your work larger OR create professional looking panels, then this class is for you! With more than 30 years of experience, Jurgen will walk you through this ancient process step-by-step. Glass and lead is supplied, but you will need to bring your stained glass tools. Leave the class knowing the techniques of Old World Masters and with your very own leaded panel. This is an intermediate level stained glass class; students must be proficient in cutting & soldering techniques. Additional tools may need to be purchased.

 

 

INTERMEDIATE FUSED GLASS

Saturday March 26th 9am-3pm

$150.00 *Experience Required*

Take your fused glass skills to the next level in this full day course! Cutting techniques, kiln preparation, firing schedules, and compatibility & COE are just a few of the necessary fusing concepts that will be covered. Students are encouraged to focus on, and consider design when creating their choice of a fused & slumped plate or sushi platter. Introduction to Fused Glass (or equivalent) is a prerequisite. All materials are included.

 

 

For more information: Contact McMow Art Glass

701 North Dixie Highway
Lake Worth, Florida 33460
P: 561-585-9011
F: 561-586-2292
www.mcmow.com

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

McMow Art Glass Announces Upcoming Classes

McMow Art Glass invites you to its new classes, beginning this week!  From beginners to advanced glass professionals, there is something for everyone!  If you have always been fascinated by glass, now is your chance to try different techniques!  The Rickie Report shares the details and photos of classes beginning January,2016 through March, 2016. We remind our readers – you can also find magnificent handmade glass decor, functional glass items and glass jewelry at McMow Art Glass’ showroom.

 

 

 

 

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701 North Dixie Highway    Lake Worth, Florida 33460
P: 561-585-9011    F: 561-586-2292
www.mcmow.com

 

 

N E W    C L A S S E S !

 

 

 

JANUARY 2016 SPECIALTY CLASSES:

McmowJAN2016

INTRODUCTION TO FUSED GLASS

Wednesday January 6th 6-8:30

$95.00 *Beginner Level*

Gain elementary knowledge of kiln formed glass in this two and a half hour course. Fundamental fusing terminology, techniques, and principles will be covered. The class begins with a lecture and remaining time is spent creating a set of four fused glass coasters. This is an entry level fused glass class, no experience is necessary. After completing this class, students will be eligible to register for our intermediate level fusing classes. All materials are included.

 

 

INTERMEDIATE FUSED GLASS

Saturday January 9th 9am-3pm

$150.00 *Experience Required*

 

Take your fused glass skills to the next level in this full day course! Cutting techniques, kiln preparation, firing schedules, and compatibility & COE are just a few of the necessary fusing concepts that will be covered. Students are encouraged to focus on, and consider design when creating their choice of a fused & slumped plate or sushi platter. Introduction to Fused Glass (or equivalent) is a prerequisite. All materials are included.

 

 

COMPREHENSIVE CUTTING COURSE

Wednesday January 13th 5:30-8:30

$60.00 *Beginner Level*

In this three hour course Phil will teach students about different cutting & breaking tools, how to cut glass, and the do’s & don’ts of cutting glass. The class will end with a brief overview of a helpful cutting tool, The Morton System. This class is perfect for students who have taken an entry level fusing, mosaic, or stained glass class and are looking to improve or brush up on cutting skills. After taking this course, students should be comfortable enough with cutting to start working on pieces on their own. A 15% discount will be offered on cutting tools the day of class!

 

FRAMING LAB

Saturday January 16th 9am-11:30am

$25.00 *Beginner Level*

Framing is one of the last steps in building a stained glass panel and one of the most important! Watch & learn the ins and outs of framing your stained glass projects. Lab participants will learn how to work with a variety of framing materials in this two and a half hour lab.

 

 

PANEL LAMPS

Saturday January 16th, 23rd, & 30th 12-3pm

$95.00 *Experience Required*

Lamps are one of the most sought after and treasured facets of the stained glass world. Create one of your own is this three-part class! Pattern, internal hardware, helpful stabilizing tools, and a copy of Wardell publications’ “Northern Shades” book will be included in the course cost! All other tools, glass, and materials will need to be provided or purchased by the student. A 15% discount will be offered on your choice of a lamp base the day of class. This is an intermediate level stained glass class; students must be proficient in cutting & soldering techniques.

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO FUSED GLASS

Wednesday January 20th 6-8:30pm

$95.00 *Beginner Level*

Gain elementary knowledge of kiln formed glass in this two and a half hour course. Fundamental fusing terminology, techniques, and principles will be covered. The class begins with a lecture and remaining time is spent creating a set of four fused glass coasters. This is an entry level fused glass class, no experience is necessary. After completing this class, students will be eligible to register for our intermediate level fusing classes. All materials are included.

 

 

PATTERN ADAPTATION LAB

Saturday January 23rd 9-11:30am

$25.00 *Beginner Level*

Learn the art of designing your own pattern in this informative lab! The process for adapting a pattern from a photo or other reference will be discussed. The instructor will also review how to design to make cutting easier, when to use lead came vs. copper foil, and where hooks should go on your panels. Have a question about a pattern you want to work on? This is the time to ask a professional.

 

TASTE OF FUSING

Wednesday January 27th 6-8pm

$70.00 *Beginner Level*

In this two hour session participants will learn about the basics of glass fusing, and work with a variety of glass materials including glass frits, powders, and stringers. You will complete your very own fused glass coaster. Each piece will be a one-of-a-kind functional piece of art. The completed fired pieces will be available for pick-up the following week. All materials are included.

 

 

GET TO KNOW YOUR KILN LAB

Saturday January 30th 9-11:30am

$25.00 *Beginner Level*

Learn all about your kiln in this informative lab! McMow Master, Phil, will explain the ins and outs of a kiln and how they work. All fusing levels welcome! Bring a paper and a pen to take notes. Phil will end the lab with a Question and Answer session.

 

 

 

FEBRUARY 2016 SPECIALTY CLASSES:

 

McmowFEBRUARY2016

 

 

 

 

PATTERN BAR CASTING

Wednesday February 3rd & Wednesday February 10th 6-8pm

$150.00 *Experience Required*

Learn how to construct and cast pattern bars in this two part class. Specific firing schedules and formulas will be discussed. Students will choose from a variety of Bullseye glass to use when creating a rectangular shaped cast piece. This is an advanced level fusing class; introductory kiln forming knowledge and cutting experience are required. All materials are included. If desired, Pieces may be slumped for an additional & discounted fee.

 

 

OPEN FACE KILN CASTING

Saturday February 6th & Saturday February 13th 9am-3pm

$350.00 *Experience Required*

Go to a new dimension with your fused art pieces in this two part class! Students will learn how to make a one-of-a kind, three-dimensional, cast glass piece by using clay and a plaster mixture in an open face kiln casting technique. It’s a class every fuser is sure to love. This is an advanced level fusing class; introductory kiln forming knowledge is required. All materials are included.

 

DICHROIC JEWELRY: EXPLORING DESIGN TECHNIQUES

Wednesday February 17th 5:30-8:30

$95.00 *Experience Required*

In this 3 hour course students will learn a multitude of jewelry design techniques that can be achieved using dichroic glass. The instructor will demonstrate techniques such as reverse etching, using a dremmel tool, and decal application. A variety of methods for making your fused dichroic pieces wearable will be covered as well. Students will create two pendants. All materials are included. Introductory level fusing knowledge is required.

 

 

EXPERIMENTING WITH BULLSEYE GLASS:

THE ALCHEMY SERIES

Saturday February 20th 9am-12pm

$125.00 *Experience Required*

Bullseye Glass Company’s long history of artistic experimentation is just one of the many reasons we love their product. This is your opportunity to experiment with the latest edition to their line of reactive glass. Students will create their choice of a plate or sushi platter using silver foil and alchemy glass. This is an advanced level fusing class; introductory kiln forming knowledge is required. All materials are included.

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO FUSED GLASS

Saturday February 20th 12:30-3pm

$95.00 *Beginner Level*

Gain elementary knowledge of kiln formed glass in this two and a half hour course. Fundamental fusing terminology, techniques, and principles will be covered. The class begins with a lecture and remaining time is spent creating a set of four fused glass coasters. This is an entry level fused glass class, no experience is necessary. After completing this class, students will be eligible to register for our intermediate level fusing classes. All materials are included.

 

 

ARCHAEOLOGICAL IMPRINTS IN GLASS

Wednesday February 24th 5:30-8:30pm

$125.00 *Experience Required*

Learn how to petrify live plant material into glass using the Fossil Vitra technique. Students will be provided with a variety of plant material, glass powders, and iridized glass to create their choice of a plate or sushi platter. All materials are included. This is an advanced level fusing class; introductory kiln forming knowledge is required.

 

 

 

GLASS PAINTING with PETER MCGRAIN

Friday February 26th, Saturday, February 27th, & Sunday, February  28th

9am-5pm

$800 *Beginner Level*

This 3-day workshop with world renowned glass artist, Peter McGrain, will include a fundamental overview of all the glass painting techniques with an emphasis on creative problem solving for a variety of aesthetic approaches. Techniques include tracing, matting, and the use of silver stains, enamels, and Vitri-Fusáille technique. Instruction includes several formula projects as well as an individual show piece by each student. This is a fantastic class for anyone who is interested in learning as much as they possibly can in a single workshop. No experience necessary. All materials include. PLEASE NOTE: a 50% non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your space. Payment in full is required two weeks prior to workshop start date. No discounts, class credits, or special offers will be given or honored.

 

MARCH 2016 SPECIALTY CLASSES:

McmowMARCH 2016

INTRODUCTION TO FUSED GLASS

Wednesday March 2nd 6-8:30pm

$95.00 *Beginner Level*

Gain elementary knowledge of kiln formed glass in this two and a half hour course. Fundamental fusing terminology, techniques, and principles will be covered. The class begins with a lecture and remaining time is spent creating a set of four fused glass coasters. This is an entry level fused glass class, no experience is necessary. After completing this class, students will be eligible to register for our intermediate level fusing classes. All materials are included.

 

MOSAIC MIRRORS

Saturday March 5th 9am-3pm

$125.00 *Beginner Level*

Learn how to create a beautiful mosaic mirror in this one day class. Taylor will walk you through the process of mosaics from beginning to end while you work on your beautiful, one-of-a-kind creation! Class will end with a grouting demonstration to be completed at home. Pattern will be provided and all materials are Included.

 

TASTE OF FUSING

Wednesday March 9th 6-8pm

$70.00 *Beginner Level*

In this two hour session participants will learn about the basics of glass fusing, and work with a variety of glass materials including glass frits, powders, and stringers. You will complete your very own fused glass coaster. Each piece will be a one-of-a-kind functional piece of art. The completed fired pieces will be available for pick-up the following week. All materials are included.

 

COMPREHENSIVE CUTTING COURSE

Saturday March 12th 9am-12pm

$60.00 *Beginner Level*

In this three hour course Phil will teach students about different cutting & breaking tools, how to cut glass, and the do’s & don’ts of cutting glass. The class will end with a brief overview of a helpful cutting tool, The Morton System. This class is perfect for students who have taken an entry level fusing, mosaic, or stained glass class and are looking to improve or brush up on cutting skills. After taking this course, students should be comfortable enough with cutting to start working on pieces on their own. A 15% discount will be offered on cutting tools!

 

INTRODUCTION TO FUSED GLASS

Saturday March 12th 12:30-3pm

$95.00 *Beginner Level*

Gain elementary knowledge of kiln formed glass in this two and a half hour course. Fundamental fusing terminology, techniques, and principles will be covered. The class begins with a lecture and remaining time is spent creating a set of four fused glass coasters. This is an entry level fused glass class, no experience is necessary. After completing this class, students will be eligible to register for our intermediate level fusing classes. All materials are included.

 

FUSAICS: SCENES OF THE SEA

Wednesday March 16th, 23rd, & 30th 5:30-8:30pm

$185.00 *Beginner Level*

Create a unique “under the sea” scene using both fused glass AND mosaic techniques! The first class will be spent learning the basics of fusing and creating fused glass adornments to be incorporated into your mosaic piece on the second week. Overall dimensions will be 12” x 12”; Create your own pattern or choose from one of ours. All materials are included.

 

MORTON SYSTEM LAB

Saturday March 19th 12-3pm

$60.00 *Beginner Level*

Looking to brush up on your Morton system skills? Then don’t miss this opportunity! Bring in your own Morton System and Phil will teach you how to use it. Don’t have a Morton System? NO PROBLEM! Borrow one of ours for the lab and special order one of your own at a discounted price!

 

LEAD CAME

Saturday March 26th 9am-3pm

$150.00 *Experience Required*

If you are an intermediate student looking to take your work larger OR create professional looking panels, then this class is for you! With more than 30 years of experience, Jurgen will walk you through this ancient process step-by-step. Glass and lead is supplied, but you will need to bring your stained glass tools. Leave the class knowing the techniques of Old World Masters and with your very own leaded panel. This is an intermediate level stained glass class; students must be proficient in cutting & soldering techniques. Additional tools may need to be purchased.

 

INTERMEDIATE FUSED GLASS

Saturday March 26th 9am-3pm

$150.00 *Experience Required*

Take your fused glass skills to the next level in this full day course! Cutting techniques, kiln preparation, firing schedules, and compatibility & COE are just a few of the necessary fusing concepts that will be covered. Students are encouraged to focus on, and consider design when creating their choice of a fused & slumped plate or sushi platter. Introduction to Fused Glass (or equivalent) is a prerequisite. All materials are included.

 

For more information: Contact McMow Art Glass

701 North Dixie Highway
Lake Worth, Florida 33460
P: 561-585-9011
F: 561-586-2292
www.mcmow.com

 

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561-537-0291

Raida Disbrow Invites You To Havana Beads Studio At Fish House Art Center

The Fish House Art Center is home to 8 working artist studios, gallery and a quaint café with great restaurants within walking distance. Raida Disbrow is a Lampwork glass artist, a ceramicist, jewelry designer and owner of world renown Havana Beads.  The Rickie Report is excited to share some of Raida’s artistry and from personal experience, knows the quality of her beads and jewelry speak for themselves.  One-of-a-kind jewelry designs are available for purchase as well as Lampwork (glass) and ceramic beads for those that enjoy making their own creations.

 

 

 

 

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FISH HOUSE ART CENTER

Features :

Havana Beads

by Raida Disbrow

 

 

4725 SE DeSoto Avenue   Port Salerno, FL 34997

(954) 464-1360

 

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Raida Disbrow is a Lampwork (glass) artist, ceramic artist, jewelry designer and owner of Havana Beads. Fifteen years ago Raida began making one-of-a-kind artisan jewelry creations. In her search for unique beads she discovered the art of Lampworking.

 

 

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Lampworking is an art form which became widely practiced in Murano, Italy in the 14th century. Lampworking is the art of melting glass rods with a torch and creating on a steel mandrel small works of art. These pieces are decorated with thinner stringer pieces of glass and when finished annealed in a kiln for strength and durability.

 

 

 

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Raida has a background in Interior Design and uses these principles to design, and use color in her glass pieces as well as her artisan jewelry. She has a great love for nature and frequently incorporates elements in her beads and artisan jewelry.

 

 

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Radio’s bead creations are well known and respected  throughout the beading world, for their intricacies and unusual designs.  Her artisan jewelry and beads have been published in the following publications.

 

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• Step by Step Wire Jewelry Magazine
• Bead Star Magazine
• Beads 2011 Magazine
• Bead Trends Magazine
• 101 Bracelet, Necklaces and Earrings Magazine
• Bead Soup Book
• Stringing Magazine
• Belle Armoire Jewelry Magazine
Visit Raida’s quaint working studio/boutique at the Fish House Art Center located on the Scenic Manatee Pocket waterfront in the historic fishing village of Port Salerno, Florida. One-of-a-kind jewelry designs are available for purchase as well as Lampwork (glass) and ceramic beads for those that enjoy making their own creations.

 

 

For more information please visit:

FISH HOUSE ART CENTER

4725 SE DeSoto Avenue    Port Salerno, FL 34997

Havanabeads.etsy.com

Gentlewinddesigns.etsy.com

raidisbrow@aol.com

(954) 464-1360

 

 

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Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

OSGS Hosts Holiday Reception, Featuring Glass Artist, Irene Jalowayski

The Rickie Report has watched as people fall  in love with Irene Jalowayski’s glass art.  A relatively emerging artist, she is being featured at an open reception at OSGS in Northwood.  Irene takes her fused glass pieces and creates truly one-of-a-kind affordable jewelry, sushi dishes, menorahs, and a variety of Christmas serving pieces.  Stop by on November 22nd and then plan a nice dinner at one of the dining spots in the Northwood neighborhood!  More details are in this article.

 

 

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Evelyn and Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla invite everyone to their Holiday Reception on Friday, November 22nd  from 6 – 9 pm.  Ortiz-Smykla |Gallery Studio is located at 500 Northwood Road, West Palm Beach, FL.  The Northwood neighborhood offers a wide variety of dining options for those who want to have dinner after the reception.  This reception will feature the glass art pieces created by Irene Jalowayski.

 

 

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“Sailboats”

Irene Jalowayski  has always been an art lover and collector.  She began taking fused art glass classes six years ago.  

 

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Bracelet with Round Silver Wave and Dichroic Glass Cabachon

 

 

She has studied with Sidney Escowitz and taken classes at McMow Art Glass Center and at Art Glass Environments.  Irene now has her own studio and her hobby has become her passion.  

 

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“Lady in Red”

Irene was a featured, emerging artist at ArtiGras, 2013.   Working with glass has allowed her to express her creativity and love for color, shape and form. 

 

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Christmas Tree Bowl

 

Irene gets lost in her work and experiences a thrill every time she opens the kiln.

 

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“Green Face”

Irene’s fused art glass pieces are full of color with lots of dichroic glass mixed with beautiful bright backgrounds.  Each piece is finished with a frame or stand, making it ready to show.

 

Red and Black Bowl

Red and Black Bowl

 

Some are sculptural and some functional objects for the home including large and small bowls, dishes, platters, salt and pepper shakers, olive oil bottles, sushi dishes and serving utensils.

 

"Faucet Table"

“Faucet Table”

 

Irene creates small accent tables with vintage or antique bases and art glass tops.

"Star Menorah"

“Star Menorah”

Irene also has Judaic pieces which include Shabbat sets, candlesticks, menorahs and mezuzahs.

 

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Matzah Plate

 

Functional items include bowls, dishes, platters and many other fun pieces to showcase in your home.

 

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“Shabbat Set”

 

Irene’s hand-made glass pieces make wonderful gifts.

 

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Candle Holders

 

For more information about OSGS:  Visit our website for more information about us:  http://www.osgsart.com/    Evelyn Ortiz Smykla & Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla     OSGS Ortiz-Smykla|Gallery-Studio  p: 561-833-2223 OSGSart@hotmail.com      www.OSGSart.com       Find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/OSGSart

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Wellington Art Society Invites You to Adrianne Hetherington’s Exhibit/Reception at Whole Foods

On Friday, November 8, Whole Foods and the Wellington Art Society will host an Artist’s Reception in honor of Adrianne Hetherington in the Café.  The Rickie Report hopes you will attend to celebrate Adrianne’s creativity and accomplishments. We love Adrianne’s artwork, especially because she is never stagnant!  She is willing to try new mediums and discover new creativity within herself.  Please RSVP for the reception.  In addition, everyone is invited to the next monthly meeting of WAS, to hear a presentation by Tracy Rosof-Petersen, a ceramic artist and well-known creator of Art in Public Spaces.  Tracy will speak about the process of applying for a Palm Beach County public art project, getting the award and creating the sculpted clay tile murals for Southwinds Golf Course in Boca.  It will also include an overview of Tracy’s other collaborative public art projects in Palm Beach County. Details are in this article.

 

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Artists Reception Honoring

Adrianne Hetherington

Friday, November 8, 2013

6:30 – 8:00 pm

Whole Foods Market cafe

  2635 SR7     Wellington, FL

 

 

The Whole Foods Market on SR7 in Wellington has a large cafe, lined with windows which offer nice natural lighting. It’s a perfect setting to display art and Wellington Art Society is pleased to partner with Lauren Belinsky of Whole Foods to bring this show to the communityWhole Foods will provide music, hot and cold appetizers, and drinks. Please RSVP to Suzanne Redmond at sredmond75@comcast.net

 

Adrianne’s artwork will be displayed in the Cafe, which is on the left side of the market. Artists often bring limited editions and prints to sell the evening of their reception.  There is a $5. fee to attend, which is used for WAS Scholarships for local art students pursuing a higher degree in art.

 

 

Adrianne Hetherington has been painting professionally since 1972.  She received an  Associate in Arts degree from Miami-Dade College, 1971.  She began her career as a textile art designer for Serbin Fashions in Miami, FL where she worked for six years.

 

In 1978 Adrianne opened HandPainted Originals and continued to design prints for the interior design trade and hand painted hundreds of yards of silk and cotton fabrics, rolls of wall paper, furniture, wall murals and faux finishes.  Her sample prints were on display in several design showrooms in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta and the DCOTA Building in Dania, FL.  In 1992, due to hurricane Andrew and an aching back, Adrianne closed HandPainted Originals and pursued the art of tile making.  She became a member of the Ceramic League of Miami and eventually a tile art instructor at the CLM.  Her unique technique of carving designs into hand cut clay tiles, firing them in a kiln and then glazing them with a special glass glaze, made for a very popular class.

 

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Paper Collage, “Horse”

 

In 2001 Adrianne and her husband moved to Royal Palm Beach, Florida to retire.  In 2002, Adrianne became a member of the Wellington Art Society and later served as W.A.S. president from 2008 – 2010.  Adrianne’s painting was chosen for the cover of the first issue of the Palms West Almanac Magazine, 2003.

 

Paper Collage, "Serenity Island"

Paper Collage, “Serenity Island”

Adrianne has exhibited her ceramic tile art in the Ceramic League of Miami’s Annual Members’ Exhibitions.  And since moving to Palm Beach County, she has exhibited not only her ceramic art but also paintings and collages.  She received the “Peoples Choice” award for her chair sculpture, “Chair with Points and Balls”.  Adrianne has attended workshops by renowned ceramic artists Robin Hopper and Lana Wilson and water colorist Tom Lynch.   Adrianne has not limited herself to one genre.  Mixed media collage continues to excite her in addition to hand painting silk scarves, ponchos and pillows.

 

 

 

 You Are Invited to:

Wellington Art Society

General  Meeting

November 13th

 

Presentation by Tracy Rosof-Petersen

Ceramic Artist and  Well-known Creator of Art in Public Places

6:30 pm

Wellington Community Center

12165 West Forest Hill Blvd.   Wellington, FL

 

The W.A.S. meeting will be held Wednesday, September 8th in the Card Room at the Wellington Community Center, 12165 West Forest Hill Blvd. Light refreshments will be served beginning at 6:30pm. The general meeting begins at 7:00PM.

 

As always, the evening is for artists and art lovers to hear about all of the exciting projects and initiatives that the art society is involved in and to find out how to participate.  Wellington Art Society has ongoing art exhibitions at the beautiful Wellington City Hall gallery. These exhibitions rotate every few months and are juried shows with artwork submitted by Wellington Art Societies over 100 members. Most of the work is for sale and it is a great opportunity to see and buy fabulous local art.

 

The current show features 17 WAS members. The artwork includes photography, mixed media, watercolor, oil pastel and acrylic media. Tours are given between 11:00am and noon, and will continue to be offered the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month between 11:00am and noon.

 

Front Entry Scene by Tracy Rosof-Petersen

Front Entry Scene by Tracy Rosof-Petersen

Tours are free to the public and are available for small groups or individuals. Please meet in the lobby Wellington City Hall at 12300 Forest Hill Blvd, Wellington, Fl 33414. For additional information, please contact: Bobbin Salisbury,561.762.8652.

 

Additionally, the Wellington Community Center has a permanent display of WAS art, original works that are available for sale and are rotated quarterly as part of the village’s Art in Public Places program.

 

Tracy’s presentation will begin at 7:30. Tracy Rosof-Petersen, creates Art for public spaces, facilitates creative clay and craft workshops and is a teaching artist for the Center for Creative Education. Tracy has studied at the University of Central Florida, California State University and the University of Madrid. Her studies include functional ceramics, sculptural ceramics, sculpted murals and arts integration.

 

The presentation will be on the process of applying for a PBC public art project, getting the award and creating the sculpted clay tile murals for Southwinds Golf Course in Boca.  It will also include an overview of Tracy’s other collaborative public art projects in Palm Beach County.

 

Sene from Tracy Rosof-Petersen's Art in Public Spaces

Scene from Tracy Rosof-Petersen’s Art in Public Spaces

 

“Serenity Shared” created for Palm Beach Co. AIPP, at Southwinds Golf Clubhouse, Boca Raton FL, is a series of 16 murals, depicting the native Florida flora and fauna. The course is host to wading birds, mammals and butterfly habitats. The 16 murals range in size: 2 main front entry murals at 4’tall x 9’wide, 2 heron front entry murals at 4’t x 2.25’w and 12 column murals at 4’t x 1’w.  The mural was created to entertain, educate and amuse.  Tracy wants the viewer to discover and “be surprised” each time they pass by.  Her intention is to fully capture the beauty and serenity of the natural environments and habitats that are maintained to exist and be shared by the visitors to Southwinds Golf Course.  Over 50 plant and animal species were incorporated.

 

 

 

Founded in 1981, The Wellington Art Society is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, providing both local and regional artists the platform to share their work, learn more about their craft and serve the community through their art. The Wellington Art Society is open to any resident in Palm Beach County. Membership forms will be available if you would like to become a member and your $5 guest fee will be applied toward it.

 

 

A 501(c)(3) charitable organization, its mission is to educate and encourage originality and productivity among its members and area youth through programs designed to further the advancement of cultural endeavors in Palm Beach County, Florida.  For more information about the Wellington Art Society, visit, www.wellingtonartsociety.orgwellingtonartsociety.blogspot.com or call W.A.S. President Leslie Pfeiffer at 561-791-3676.

 

 

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‘Art on Park’ Is a Dream Come True! You’re Invited to the Opening Reception!

The Artists of Palm Beach County have found a home!  Art on Park, located on Park Avenue in Lake Park is a splendid space to view, buy or take classes. The Rickie Report was invited to a personal tour with Association President, Joe Friedman and his wife, Irma.  Come to their Grand Opening on January   25th.  Enjoy the refreshments, the vibe and bring some friends!

 

Artists of Palm Beach County

Announces the  Grand Opening Reception

Art on Park Gallery

800 Park Ave in Lake Park

Friday, January 25, 2013

5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

The gallery is another step in establishing an art community corridor on Park Avenue.  Mo’s Art Theatre, Easel Art Supply, and dance studios already lined the avenue, and now Lake Park and the Artists of Palm Beach County can proudly boast about the new art gallery. Come to meet the artists, see their beautiful work, enjoy a glass of wine, refreshments, and live music.

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The current exhibition includes the work of over thirty artists whose work represents various media, among them oils, ceramic, acrylics, watercolor, and photography as well as books of poetry. The group is made up of visual artists, writers and is open to performing artists and musicians. The gallery has co-op space available on a juried basis. 

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The Artists of Palm Beach County include a wide array of creators.  Beside the predictable array of  painters, glass makers, sculptors, ceramicists and jewelers, this group also includes authors, poets, musical composers – and the work you will see is nothing predictable!   The poets paint, the sculptors compose and they have joined forces to offer a nurturing, supportive sense of camaraderie.

 

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Irma at her easel

With over 100 members, there are currently one third of them showing their work in the gallery. Some of the artists use their space for exhibition while others have their brushes and canvases at the ready and will work here.  There is a spacious area for the artist-members to offer classes which will be open to the public. There are moveable walls and plenty of electrical outlets in the renovated space.

 

Views of the Gallery

Views of the Gallery

The Artists of Palm Beach County incorporated in 2004 as a not-for-profit group.  “Art on Park is a dream come true,” Joe Friedman tells The Rickie Report.  A committee from the Association has been in negotiations with the City of Lake Park for almost a year.  “The space will feature member artists on a rotating basis, in addition to the availability of leasing spaces of varying sizes”, he explains. There are over 25 spaces available.

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Becoming a member is $50. annually and the perks are IMG_0260tremendous! Monthly meetings include sharing your work with everyone, demonstrations and guest speakers.  We don’t think you will come only for the food, but the array is truly delectable! (Some of the member-artists take their creativity into the kitchen)…

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Members have the opportunity to show their work at Art on Park, teach classes to the public, become a Featured Artist and so much more.  The space already has three pottery wheels and a large kiln.  The generosity of this group will extend to the residents of Lake Park as well.  Art on Park will offer one free, two-hour class to residents once a month.

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The Artists of Palm Beach County is eager to welcome more artists to be involved, grow their membership and begin taking advantage of their new space.  If an artist is interested in using the space to teach, use the pottery wheels or the kiln please contact Joe Friedman, President at : 561.252.4894 or go to http://www.artistsofpalmbeachcounty.org

 

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For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

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