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Intensive Workshops 2024

Lunch Plan for classes is $17 per day. Menus will be provided on the first day of class

** Please be sure to read our cancellation policy for our summer intensive classes before booking**
***Active Glass Axis members get a 5% discount on all summer intensive classes.***

Please contact if a payment plan is needed or if you need the member discount code.
Full payment must be received 1 week before class starts.

Metamorphosis: Drawing with Frit

Kate Clements
Fused Glass
Monday, July 8 - Friday, July 12
10:00am - 6:00pm Each Day

In this workshop students will experiment with frits, often considered an accessory glass, and make it the centerpiece of the work. We will utilize simple tools to create complex patterns and images. We will work within a range of temperatures to capture textures and gestures of the hand, experiment with unconventional slumping to create form, and light and shadow to create depth. Demonstrations and discussions will show how to push the boundaries of fragility, possibilities of scale,  and the potential of material transformation. Students should bring reference images to translate into glass.  


Clements received her MFA in Glass from the Tyler School of Art & Architecture in Philadelphia and her BFA in Painting from the Kansas City Art Institute. She has been awarded residencies at Studios Inc in Kansas City, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, Pilchuck Glass School, S12 Gallery in Bergen, Norway, and the Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City.  Clements’ work has been exhibited at the Bellevue Arts Museum (WA), Delaware Contemporary (DE), Houston Center of Contemporary Craft (TX), SOFA Chicago, Urban Glass (NYC), and S12 Gallery (Norway.)


Persevering With Pipes

Katie Severance
Torchworking and Pipe Making 
Monday, July 22 - Friday, July 26
10:00am - 6:00pm

All Levels. Previous Borosilicate glass experience recommended.

In this 5-day workshop, students will be learning the basics of pipemaking including spoons, sherlocks, chilliums, 1-piece & 2-piece sherlocks, hammers, and basic bubblers. Patterning and scientific glassblowing techniques such as making seals and bends will also be covered. This class is great for the pipe making beginner and intermediate pipemakers looking for refinement. 


*Studio is equipped with Nortel Red Max torches. Students are welcome to bring their personal torches as long as they are equipped with quick connects so they can hook into our gas/oxy lines.


Katie Severance earned an associate degree in Scientific Glass Technology from Salem Community College in 2011. While studying at Salem, Katie completed an internship with Mick Souza at Princeton University. There she fabricated target cells for high-powered lasers while working with specialty glasses such as aluminosilicate, GE180, and quartz.

In 2010, Katie joined Chemglass Life Sciences, where she learned to fabricate various borosilicate apparatus while operating a glass lathe. During this time, Katie furthered her glass education at night by studying artistic flameworking with renowned artist Paul J. Stankard. Katie has presented at the annual symposium of the American Scientific Glassblower Society, and at the International Flameworking Conference. Katie now works as an independent artist in Philadelphia, combining her skills as a scientific lathe worked with her passion for sculpting realistic floral designs.

Exploring Decoration in Metal

Sigrun Simmons- Rank
Friday, August 2 - Sunday, August 4
10:00am - 6:00pm

All Levels


In this weekend jewelry making intensive, students will explore two decorative
metal techniques. Students will create pattern on sheet metal through etching and
hammering. Both techniques will enable students to create metal beads, bracelets,
pendants, or earrings.  The workshop will cover basic jewelry making techniques,
such as jump rings, French ear wire, clasps, stone setting, and cold connection.
This class is open to all levels of jewelry enthusiasts from beginners to advanced
artists, and students will develop individual jewelry based on their ideas.


My name is Sigrun Simons-Rank, and I am an Instructor in the Jewelry and Small
metal Department of the Wingate Arts School at the Arkansas Museum of Fine
Arts (formerly known as the Arkansas Arts Center Museum School) in Little Rock,
Arkansas. I received my training through knowledgeable instructors at the Arts
Center Museum School and studied a wide variety of techniques and lapidary
work. Since 2016, I am sharing my knowledge as a Jewelry- and Lapidary
instructor at the Museum School, have taught various workshops in Arkansas, and
in 2019, I had the pleasure to teach jewelry making techniques at Glass Axis
during their Summer Program.

Imagery on Stained Glass

Joseph Cavalieri
Stained Glass and Fused Glass
Monday, August 5 - Friday, August 9
10:00am - 6:00pm
Joseph Cavalieri

The focus of this five day workshop is to learn and practice how to add detailed images to your stained glass works. In class you will learn four processes include airbrushing glass (using an atomizer and airbrush), pen and-ink drawing, silk-screen printing existing screens the instructor will bring, and painting glass. No need to be an expert painter, we will be tracing images in class.

Enamels are painted on the glass surface then kiln fired onto the glass. On the final day of class, each student will copper foil and soldered the panel together to make a finished stained glass panel up to twelve by fourteen inches.

Great for beginners and those with experience working with stained glass who want to bring it to
the next level. A framing and lighting system developed by Cavalieri will be shared in class, along with presentations on ‘Art Residencies’ and ‘Marketing for Artists.’


Joseph Cavalieri is an artist and educator living in New York City. During the last ten years Joseph has taught over sixty stained glass classes in domestic and international locations. He has attended fifteen art residencies, has exhibited internationally, and has produced many private and public art commissions including a MTA Arts for Transit public art installation at the Philipse Manor Station, NY.

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