Making Feathers with Modeling Glass June 2019
Traditional techniques of working with frit and powdered glass to create three-dimensional objects tend to be labor-intensive, as with pate de verre. Over the past five years, Lois Manno has focused her creative energy toward developing a different way to work with powders and frit, one that opens up an entire new world of creativity.
By combining powdered glass with a dry binder, water, and a liquid medium, she has developed a system that turns messy powder into a manageable material with the consistency of clay. The resulting Modeling Glass has a smooth, firm texture, stores almost indefinitely, and is not sticky. No freezing is required, nor are molds involved. The material can be thinned with water into a paste, or can be formed into a shape and dried before firing. This dry state is where much of the cleanup can be done using sandpaper, almost eliminating the need for coldworking.
Modeling Glass can hold a great deal of detail at tack-fuse temperatures, and can also be used to create interesting effects at full fuse. It’s possible to do things quickly and easily that would normally take many hours of studio time. This new two-part system allows the artist to use frit and powders they already own, rather than having to purchase a pre-mixed amount. The resulting glass retains its compatibility, as well as its original color at full fuse temps.
In this 3 day class, Lois will teach her method of mixing Modeling Glass and students will learn step-by-step how to use the material to make their own realistic glass feathers. Her feathers have received a great deal of attention in the glass community, and this is the first time she will be sharing her technique outside the US. Students will also be introduced to other ways of working with Modeling Glass. Lois has just scratched the surface of what this material is capable of!
Lois Manno is a lifelong fine artist and award-winning writer; fused glass has become her favorite medium. Her work is in several galleries across the US, and she is represented in many collections, including the Department of the Interior. She has been a guest blogger for Bullseye Glass and has devoted herself to perfecting Modeling Glass in order to make it available to all glass artists. View more of Lois’ work on her website at www.glassbirdstudios.com and on Facebook at Glass Bird Studios.
Lois' product (see www.modelingglass.com for details) will be available through GlassMakingCourses.co.uk from May 2018.
Please note that Lois' class may be paid for in instalments.
Start time 10 am