The Upper Crust: Magnificent surfaces and compelling layers. Kari Minnick

For: students with some glass experience
Tutor: Kari Minnick

Course Outline

The surface is the entry to a work of art. It can stop you in your tracks or lead a viewer into the layers below, It’s the part you want to touch. Using unusual applications of Bullseye sheet glass, powder, stringer and frit in conjunction with multiple firings, you will learn strategies to enable rich textural surfaces and depth for fused glass.

Gritty, slick or robust relief, kilnforming materials and processes afford us exceptional textural and tactile qualities. Utilizing wet and dry powder processes and combinations of glasses, you will create a variety of surface textures. Through the careful order of firings and observations of the effects of heat work, you will attain and maintain a diversity of desired textures on panel surfaces. Details firing schedules and layering strategies will be explored. Colour, composition, opacity and transparency will be considered. This highly creative and hands-on course is of interest to kiln glass workers as well as artists of other media.

In this course, students will extensively explore texture on fused glass pieces. Texture can occur literally on the top surface of the glass or implied in layers within. We will be concerned mostly with texture that is achieved by glass materials and temperature rather than machines. Time permitting, we may use cold working processes for finishing work. Kiln firing is a creative process in itself. With careful attention to time, temperature, mass and multiple firings, we will attain a variety of textures on the same surface. Both sides of the glass will be considered. Using sheet glass, powder, frit and stringer in conjunction with wet and dry processes, students will create texture from silky surfaces to high relief.

This class is suitable for students with limited glass working experience. All materials are included in the class fee.


Kari Minnick owns and operates Kari Minnick Art Glass Studio, where she produces architectural commissions, fine art and introduces artists from other media to kiln-glass. Her glasswork has won several prestigious awards and is held internationally in private, corporate and embassy collections. Minnick began her career as a painter; earning a degree in studio art from the University of California at Davis. An exhibiting artist and dynamic educator, Kari shows her work and teaches her signature classes internationally.



Course Cost: $1390 (dep of $690 required to secure a place, balance due 1st June 2017)
NOTE: Please read our class cancellations and transfers policies here
Contact Hours: (5 full days )

Monday to Friday

9.30am - 5pm

21st - 25th Aug 2017

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