Introduction to Kiln-formed Glass with Diane Quarles
October 14 & 15, 1:00-4:00 pm
This will be a 2-day course in the afternoons that will introduce glass fusing methods.
It will include all required materials and tools and will introduce the student to fused glass properties, glass cutting and grinding, and kiln programming. Each student will design, assemble and fire a pendant and matching earrings, a small bowl or plate and an 8" table display piece ( with optional display stand for additional fee). Two-day class cost is $120 plus a $25 materials which includes all required firings. Finished pieces can be picked up on Thursday, October 19 at the studio or at Weehawken in Ridgway. Class size limited to 6 students.
About Diane Quarles: Each year on Easter Sunday, Diane would visit the First Presbyterian Church in Brenham, Texas with her grandparents. The church, built in the late 1800s, was simple and unsophisticated in its whitewashed clapboard siding and aged-oak pews, reminiscent of its early German heritage. In all its simplicity however, the church was always filled with a complex, heavenly light from the antique stained glass leaded windows. This childhood experience created a passion for manipulated light in glass that continues to influence her life's work today. Diane took up stained glass and oil painting as a hobby during college in Texas. She continued working as a hobbyist until her retirement from city planning in 2007. In 2008, she decided to become a glass artist professionally and established Aspen Light Glass Studio, while expanding her work to include kiln-formed glass. In 2013, Ms. Quarles opened her own glass studio and gallery in Ridgway, Colorado where she now masters in glass frit and powdered glass palette knife paintings exclusively. Diane Quarles' work can be found in galleries throughout the US. She has won several awards in glass, including first place in the blown/rolled glass category in the national Delphi Art Glass Festival (2011), Best in Glass at the Ridgway Rendezvous (2012) and second place in the Delphi Art Glass Festival in the kiln-formed category (2015). Her commissioned work is also located in private glass collections in Texas, Alaska, Colorado, New York, California, Virginia, Wisconsin, Arizona, Washington, Missouri and Oregon and in public art collections in Denver and Glenwood Springs, Colorado.