Find and express yourself in glass beads. Stories come from things we notice, things we remember. They arise spontaneously from our immediate surroundings, yet they have enduring qualities. In the same way, in this class we will preserve the spontaneity of storytelling while developing disciplined techniques for weaving together the stories we bring to class with those we create at the torch.
Your memorable journey in lampworked hollow glass beads begins with layering the medium into upward coils to create colorful and ornate discs. Soon you’ll graduate to perceiving a sense of accomplishment and delight as hollow beads begin to pop out of your dance with glass. Vessels are born thereafter; they embody and contain stories that only you can tell.
This workshop will be about exploring design while deepening our knowledge of flameworking soda-lime glass with emphasis on building, decorating and blowing hollow beads and small vessels including sculpting techniques. We will create rich surfaces by decorating with stringers, Filigrana, enamels, metals and multi-layered glass shards which you will design and blow yourself.
Liliana Glenn's contemporary glass creations embody metaphor and playful improvisation rooted in precise lampwork technique. Artistic explorations of transparency, form and color underlie her approach to design, evident in strikingly original handmade art glass beads and small vessels, jewelry and mixed media sculpture.
To Liliana, the transparent possibilities of glass honor the transient nature of experience and memory, encouraging a lightness of being and resisting fixed interpretations through infinite possibilities.
These same qualities guide her highly acclaimed teaching style which is grounded in a philosophy emphasizing a playful and adaptive approach to melting glass in flame. Students learn theory and technique in a class environment soaked in laughter and conversation. Liliana’s students melt away their preconceptions, create with heightened interest and head home with beauty captured in small glass beads. She teaches beginning and intermediate classes in her studio in Natick as well as Snow Farm, The New England Craft Program in Williamsburg, MA, and other glass programs.
Through her website, international and national galleries as well as her showroom Liliana’s beads, sculptures and wearable designs inspire a diverse and loyal customer base.