Upcoming Jewelry Classes
Instructor: Suellen Fowler
My techniques are based on the style of flameworking developed by John Burton, and taught to me by his student Margaret Youd, in the late 60's. A bubble is built up on the end of a glass blowpipe by coiling layers of clear and colored glass rods, then melting each layer in, until a gather is created. The bubble is decorated with colored cane in various designs, and then formed into a bottle, bead, or ornament. The piece is allowed to cool and then finished.
The solid sculptures are also worked off hand, on the end of a clear rod or solid blank attached to a punty, and color is applied to shape and build up the sculpture. I usually make animals and birds in a natural style, but I also make fantasy pieces, like dragons. I will demo a couple of easy basic designs for critters, and if there is time, make a spinning top.The students will get a chance to try out techniques they will see in class, and hopefully come away with something fun and new to experiment with. These are techniques that require practice and repetition, but all levels of experience are welcome, beginners through expert.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
She displayed a passion for color, drawing and sculpting at an early age. Encouraged by her parents to develop these talents, she was enrolled for several years in children’s classes at the Chounard Art Institute in Los Angeles.
In the summer of 1969, at the tender age of fourteen, she enrolled in the Glass Workshop at Pepperdine College in Los Angeles, a program directed by John Burton. Fowler was instantly captivated by the scintillating qualities of light and color in this volatile medium. She rapidly acquired technical skills and within a few months, she was assisting other students in the class.
At the time of the Glass Workshop (1968 – 1973), borosilicate glass had a limited and unsophisticated set of colors available to the artist. Suellen and a small group of her fellow students began researching chemical formulae that led to an improved, but still limited, range of colored borosilicate cane.
After the demise of the Workshop, Fowler continued working independently developing an extensive range of color formulae. Her formulas were the basis for the development of commercially produced color. She has continued with her color development, and her work shows the rich palette of colors she has available.Suellen Fowler’s glass work will always stand out because of her unique palette of hand-mixed colors, the absolute precision of her skills, and her uncompromising aesthetic quality.
TUITION & FEES
There is a registration fee of $45 for each class for non-members. Current Mendocino Art Center members do not pay a registration fee and may take 10% off each class registration. The discount is reflected in the prices above. Not a member yet? You may sign up below.
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