Creating Fused Elements for Stained Glass
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Learn how to design, incorporate and fabricate fused glass elements using regular non-COE-rated art glass. Add color and bubble texture with Unique Glass Color (UGC) Artisan bubble paints and mica. Add focus elements with Reusche paints and tack-fused glass detail. Class participants will finish the class with fused pieces ready to take home and to continue with the actual panel fabrication independently in their own studio.
Rita Shimelfarb is a glass artist who utilizes both traditional and innovative contemporary glass forming techniques in her work. Building upon millennia-long tradition of stained glass art, she is pushing her chosen medium to evolve beyond traditional imagery and conventional construction methods. Her subjects revolve around themes of life transitions and human archetypes, as well as the sublimation of what it feels like to be an outsider, longing for a place to belong.
Her analytical background in engineering and math comes in handy in solving various glass-construction challenges and in developing new processes for glass manipulation.
Rita has lived and worked in Chicago since moving to the US in 1989 from Ukraine.