• Stained Glass Open Studio
    August 15, 2020
    9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Instructor: Dan Hayward

Skill Level: Participants should have completed at least one beginner stained glass panel project (may be with any instructor/venue) and have a desire to improve skills or take on more complex projects.

The Stained Glass Open Studio is open to anyone who has worked in glass, who wants to have use of the full suite of tools and workspace and who would like to be able to consult with Dan for guidance or assistance.  Participants provide their own glass and supplies and may bring projects which are already in process or start new projects using either their own pattern or any of the patterns which are made available to PGC Beginner classes.  The Open Studio is an excellent way to network with other glass artisans and receive advice and assistance from your peers and from Dan.

The instructed portion of this class will focus on cutting skills.  Like practicing the scales on a piano, the more you focus on how you cut, how close you cut to the paper, how you plan the placement of your pattern on the glass and then plan the series of cuts to get it out, the better you become.  Better cutting reduces glass waste and grinding time.

Dan will bring an assortment of glass produced by different companies so you may see and feel the difference there is among them in terms of the pressure you need and the ability to make long cuts.

Be sure to bring all of your other questions as well as your projects where you would like assistance or advice.

Dan will begin each session with instruction and practice on one or more skills or tools which are part of developing deeper expertise in creating stained glass art. He will reference the three benchmarks of fine craft – Excellence in Craftsmanship, Resolved Design, and Unique Voice – as a means to focus participants on specific areas where each person may see a need for improvement. Skill development topics envisioned include:

  • Use of the Morton and Beetle Bits system for cutting strips and geometric shapes accurately and repetitively.
  • Improving glass cutting skills, including recognizing how different types of glass require different approaches.
  • Problem-solving: interactive session to address issues participants have encountered.
  • Developing your “Unique Voice”.
  • Fundamentals of Repair.
  • Comparison of zinc vs lead came for framing

Fee:  $50, which includes the use of all tools and equipment, access to the instructor’s pattern collection, participation in the “instructed workshop” at the beginning of the session, unlimited questions for Dan, Dan’s assistance where needed.  Participants come and go as they wish during that timeframe, recognizing that the “instructed” portion is always at the beginning of the day.


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Venue Phone: 717-431-8706

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335 N Queen St, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17603, United States

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