It is interesting how some things come full circle. The very first glass class I wanted to take was a glass blowing class from Tom Stanton who owns Holy City Art Glass. The class was through a community center and had a must-have-so-many-students and ended up being cancelled. I then pursued other classes and glass mediums and eventually ended up becoming addicted to glass fusing.
Now, 3 years later, the same community center offered a Stained Glass class and I jumped at the opportunity. Learning how to solder the lead that goes around the glass and perhaps being able to eventually marry my glass fusing with some stained glass aspects was just too good to pass up.
Last week was my first class and it was interesting to observe the differences and similarities.
The biggest difference to me is the need for a pattern. With fusing, I usually stand at my work bench surrounded by glass pieces and just go for it. Sometimes I have an idea with which I start, but only once or twice have I actually sketched something out. In stained glass you need a pattern and even the width of the lines between the pieces is important.
So my first big task is to come up with a simple pattern with simple emphasized as we only have a few classes in which to make our pieces.
Since last night was mostly talking, understanding the materials we will need to get and then some basic glass cutting demos, I don’t really have any pictures to share. Next week, I should have my pattern ready for approval and can share it with you!