Friday, January 3, 2014

Beginning glassblowing, Jewelry making and Clay classes start in January 2014

Beginning Glass Blowing
January 18th - February 8th
Saturday Mornings 10-2
$375.
18 years or older (14-17 years must have instructor and parental permission)

This course is designed for beginners. Emphasis is placed on learning the basic skills necessary to complete simple blown vessels. Class time is divided between demonstrations and supervised work time with individual attention for each student. No glass working experience is required. This is a four week course meeting once each week for four hours. Registration is on a first come first served basis, as class sizes are limited.
Instructor: Linda Perrin, www.atlanticartglass.com "A hot glass class in the middle of the winter is a bohemian vacation!"
Full payment is expected by the first session. Call 207-664-0222 to sign up.



Introduction to Jewelry Making and Metalsmithing
January 18th -February 22nd
Saturday Afternoons 2pm-5pm
$190. = 60$ materials
18 years or older (15-17 years must have instructor and parental permission)

This intro level class is designed for beginners or those looking to brush up on their basic jewelry making skills. Students will learn how to make their ideas and designs in metal using techniques such as drilling, sawing, stamping and soldering. We will start by making a simple band ring then move on to a pierced metal pendant or pin as well as set a cabochon stone. The emphasis of this class is to help students learn the fundamentals of working with metal so they can begin to transform their own designs into pieces of jewelry. Saw, rivet, and polish your way to a new collection of bling!

If students have previously attended class, please bring ideas and plans for projects and the class will be more self-paced, focusing on building skills previously learned. 

Materials and tools are provided. 

Additional silver sheet and wire may be purchased from the instructor at market value.
Instructor is Patience Meliora Blythe,http://www.meliorametals.com/
Call 664-0222 to enroll!


Hand built Clay Forms
January 18th - February 15th
Saturday Mornings 10am-2pm
18 years or older (14-17 years must have instructor and parental permission)
This pottery class will explore a variety of handbuilding techniques including pinch, slab and coil through both functional and non-functional projects demonstrated each week. We will discuss and use several different clay bodies and experiment with textures and surface treatments.  Basics of electric and gas kilns will be discussed.  Near the end of the course there will be opportunities to try your hand at wheel throwing.  Pieces will be finished with varying glazes and techniques.  The instructor will be responsive to each student's level of experience whether a beginner or a more advanced student.   A class environment is fostered where you have the opportunity to explore your own creativity. Come play in the clay and create your own beautiful art! Open to students ages 14 and up.

We will provide the first couple pounds as part of the class fee so you can get a feel for what you like to work with. The tool packet will be $13.50 for students. Additional clay will be between $0.52 and $0.65 cents a pound.

Instructor is Kathrine Baltef http://dancingkatpottery.com/ - "My favorite medium is clay because of the peace and joy it brings me to work with it."
 Call 207-664-0222 to sign up.
 








Friday, November 15, 2013

Workshops and festivities!


Warm your hearts as winter approaches by  focusing on 
Shared Experiences!
Take the beginning glass blowing class,
Come to the 4th Annual Fire Gathering!

As always our contemporary glass gallery is open for sales Tuesday through Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday 10am-2pm
Atlantic Art Glass, 25 Pine Street, Ellsworth, ME 04605



Please join us for a celebration on 
The Winter Solstice!
for our 4th annual "Fire Gathering"
Gathering around the hearth/fire has a new spin. Join with your community this solstice to celebrate the darkest day of the year and the promise of returning sun light on the winter solstice.





The Fire Gathering
Gathering around the hearth/fire has a new spin. Join with your community this solstice to celebrate the darkest day and the promise of returning light on the winter solstice.
Fiery Art Making Demonstrations:
Glass-blowing, Blacksmithing, Lampworking and more!
Munchies and beverages!The hot shop warehouse becomes the center of creativity and last minute holiday shopping as demonstrations in the art of Glassblowing by Ken Perrin, Linda Perrin, Derrick Sekulich, Jon Ho, Nate Parker& friends, 
Blacksmithing by Jeff Toman and Dave Benttinen, 
Lamp/Torch Worked Glass by Tara Parker 
Steel Sculpting by Edie Benttinen
Jewelry/Metal-Smithing by Patience Blythe
Live Music By the "Hot Coals"-Dave Lavalle and AJ Emmett

Maine Crafts Association members  are encouraged to come.  They can make an easy donation to MCA: a percentage of all purchases by members will be donated back to MCA. Buy a spectacular hand made gift for someone and give back to the community at the same time!!

Any one who would like to bring some pot luck finger food or a bottle of wine (or the like) will receive a wrapped grab bag gift, ....while supplies last.
Next up!!
Beginning Glass Blowing Classes
begins January 11th and it isn't too early to register!


Beginning glass blowing
January 18th - February 8
Saturday mornings 10am-2pm

Price: 
$425 sorry for the typo - this class is $375! 
Type of workshop:
Glassblowing
Age Restriction: 
14 years or older under 18 accompanied by an  adult.
This course is designed for beginners. Emphasis is placed on learning the basic skills necessary to complete simple blown vessels. Class time is divided between demonstrations and supervised work time with individual attention for each student. No glass working experience is required. This is a four week course meeting once each week for four hours. Registration is on a first come first served basis, as class sizes are limited. Full payment is expected by the first session. Call 207-664-0222 to sign up!

Many new courses will be offered in 2014 including
Handbuilt Pottery Forms with Katheryn Balteff
Watch for our next News letter or
call/e-mail for more info.

Friday, May 24, 2013

"Life on a string"- Living it!




"Life on a String: 35 Centuries of the Glass Bead"
If you are able please attend my appearance at CMOG. May 23-26th!! It is Glass Fest week-end and I cannot think of anything better, can you? Festivities at night, visiting the museum by day and spending time sharing the love by doing a personal appearance at the glass market.

Linda Perrin of Atlantic Art Glass will make personal appearances in the GlassMarket during GlassFest weekend.  Perrin, whose hand blown glass jewelry is inspired by an ancient Italian glassblowing technique, will share an expanded collection of her jewelry...

The Corning Museum of Glass is the foremost authority on the art, history, science, and design of glass. It is home to the world’s most important collection of glass, including the finest examples of glassmaking spanning 3,500 years. 
So imagine my delight to go to this exhibit today! Having dedicated my life to creating contemporary blown glass beads, I was absolutely delighted to see this show open at the Corning Museum of Glass. When Karol Wight, executive Director and curator of Ancient islamic glass says, “Glass beads are truly remarkable objects—they are the miniature masterpieces of the Museum’s collection. These works are important not only for their artistry, but also for the way they are used to convey social and political messages, and for the manner in which beading traditions have been carried on over many centuries.”
I say right on!
Over 200 beads or beaded objects are represented at this show. I overheard a gentleman ask a general question "what is the oldest glass object in the museum?"  ---um Dude, you are standing next to it! Glass beads seems to be among the very first objects made from glass followed soon by hollow core vessels.
Necklace with Glass Pendants and Faience Beads, mold-pressed. Southern Greece or Crete, 1400–1250
To see a small diamond shaped bead in laid with delicate drops of color made in the 1st century AD, or a necklace with glass pendants and beads made, 1400-1250 BC. is absolutely fascinating.

Wishing for a few more contemporary examples I found the lineage of bead makers clearly defined in the exhibit, the regional, and cultural implications of glass beads is as varied as human history itself. 

Kristina Logan Constellation Necklace, 2011 
takes the cake for the most modern representation in Life on a String

Exhibition information from the museum notes that, "An understanding of the history of glass would not be complete without acknowledging the importance of glass beads both as a products of early manufacture in the medium and as artistic representations of diverse cultures and societies. Glass beads have been found at the earliest glass manufacturing sites in the eastern Mediterranean, leading to the knowledge that making beads must have been among the earliest attempts at glass production. The great variations in design and manufacturing techniques over nearly 35 centuries allow glass beads to tell the stories of not only their makers, but of those who used beads for various purposes and in a variety of manners. Through a thematic arrangement, the exhibition Life on a String: 35 Centuries of the Glass Bead, on view from May 18, 2013, to January 5, 2014, explores the different uses of glass beads across time and around the world, as well as examining the chronological development and processes for the production of glass beads."
Living It!!




Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Gathering 'round the fires of a glass studio.

Maine gifted and talented HS students enjoy a glass blowing demonstration .

This winter has been one of record gatherings in the studio. We have offered our beginning glass blowing class, some one day workshops, and glass blowing demonstrations for  a record number of community groups. WOW how did that happen?! Well it has been a long held dream to create an educational and events based component to the studio space we inhabit here at Atlantic Art Glass.
Seems Folks really do like to gather round the fire! As we have shared our work with folks through exhibitions and sales-  the inevitable question rises in the conversation, "How do you do that."? Well in our space (although rather primitive) we can invite folks to watch us blow glass. This naturally leads to folks asking to try it, which lead to our first glass blowing classes. We have been offering winter glass blowing classes for over 5 years. We have inspired a burgeoning group of glass artists in this area. We are committed to fostering their work by making studio space available to them....and others!
Beginning glass blowing class!
Every year our alliances with other artists in the community have grown and they say they have the same experience with the public. As they show their work to the community, they raise curiosity and interest in the "how to" arena.
So we are beginning to offer our space to fine craft artists to teach classes in their medium too. Soon I hope to show you pictures of folks taking other classes here, like metal smithing, black smithing,  printing, photography, and glass fusing, to name a few.
Look how much fun it can be----

Beginning glass blowing class high school student.

Adults enjoying an evening out in the hot shop.

Girl scout troupe 1583 comes in to earn a patch!






Sumner HS students come in for a demonstration.

Brewer HS comes in for a workshop.

Brewer HS workshop includes some hot glass sculpting!
Brewer HS also had a glass fusing lesson.
The administration of this endeavor is a bit daunting. Improving the space to accommodate the various classes, and the public, scheduling artists who have offerings and promoting their classes to the public is our challenge at the moment....But stay tuned- If the rolling stone gathers no moss we are definitely not rolling --we are rocking it here, and gathering momentum every year!!

Brewer HS workshop an example of
cultural enrichment and connections!! 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Linda Perrin's online shop!

You may or may not have noticed that we have an online shop linked to our website and facebook page. It is being put together by my amazing sister in law, Cyndi Stein . Having lots of computer skills from working for Broderbund and other cool places in her life, she is now dedicating her skills and burgeoning photographic talents to the "family" business!


We have such fun together, in this picture we were visiting the international UNESCO world heritage site of Quebec, CA( around halloween!). Perhaps it is here then we dreamt  up the plan to bring Atlantic Art Glass international!! The idea led to some research and now we hope to do an international show in...wait for it- Paris.
I was recently invited to exhibit at Museum Expressions in Paris France. So now the scheme Cyndi and I have, is to save all the money we make from the online shop and use it to pay for travel and show fees to do this show in 2013!!! If you would like to help us with this scheme or just get a little lovely item for someone for the holidays go shop at www.atlanticartglass.bigcartel.com. I assure you it will feel great on so many levels, and you will get a one of a kind piece of contemporary art glass filled with all kinds of good vibes! PLUS it is just plain fun to wear! Nice photos no? Nice glass yes? go ahead treat your self, and help us create more creative economic progress in our small corner of the world.

You could find your self as happy as these two customers of Linda Perrin blown glass jewelry!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Fire Gathering 2012

December 15, 10 am-7pm


25 Pine Street, Ellsworth Maine, 664-0222
Demonstrations:
Glass blowing Blacksmithing and 
Raku fired clay!
Live Music, Munchies and beverages!
  
You are invited!!  
To the 3rd annual Fire Gathering!
The hot shop warehouse becomes the center of creativity and last minute holiday shopping as demonstrations in the art of Glassblowing, Blacksmithing and Raku are shared with the public.

Maine Crafts Association members  are encouraged to come.  They can make an easy donation to MCA: a percentage of all purchases by members will be donated back to MCA. Buy a spectacular hand made blown glass gift for someone and give back to the community at the same time!!

















Any one who would like to bring some pot luck finger food will receive a wrapped grab bag gift, while supplies last.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

COA AD479 Final Projects.

At long last the final post about our glass class at College of the Atlantic. Here are images of the final projects that the students made. A wonderfully  imaginative collection of work reflecting all the inspiration and effort that the ten students made manifest this spring. As I am sure you can tell, we were exceptionally pleased to work with this group. Enjoying every hour we had together, in lecture and lab time. It will be fun to watch what the future brings for these clearly artistically (very) awake and "On Center" individuals. 
Enjoy the show! 

In Between 
blown and sand blasted glass, sterling silver, steel 
Mollie Bedick










Tunnel
Blown glass, window glass, found objects, poetry
Andrea Garcia Molina







Bling
Blown and sculpted glass graffiti


Marco Accardi


























Light Cast
Blown glass, water, wood
Rachel Briggs


Keeping Time Measuring an Abstract
Blown glass, silver leaf, cobalt cullet, fiber, found objects
 Crista Shere


A Troubling of Goldfish
Blown & Kiln worked glass, copper wire, cut glass
Nora Walker








Cross Sections
Blown glass, torch worked glass, hot bit work, copper, found objects
Joslyn Richardson

Eye Candy
Blown glass, torch sculpted found glass, candy
Erica Carey







Built Landscape I & II

Blown, cut, kiln worked glass
site specific installation
Austin Bamford













Mariana Calderon