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Museum of Glass adds hands-on glassmaking for visitors, beginning with fusing

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on March 16, 2011 at 6:58 am |
March 14, 2011 12:03 pm
Glass fusing. Photo: Ken Emly

You too can now make glass at the Museum of Glass. The museum, famous for its live Hot Shop and artist residencies, is now adding hands-on glass experiences for visitors in response to community requests. The program, “Self Made,” will include three different glassmaking workshops. The first, glass fusing, was piloted in February and is now offered every weekend. Two additional sessions – flame working and glassblowing – are currently in development and will be offered later in the year.

“Our visitors and members of the community have requested we offer more interactive programming, and the timing seemed right to do so this year,” said deputy director and director of public programs Susan Warner.  “These programs will allow visitors to try different glassmaking techniques and get a feel for the material ­– and participants will be able to take home a unique keepsake.”

KeKe Cribbs and kiln. Photo courtesy Museum of Glass.

The glass fusing is led by local artist Kéké Cribbs, who will teach participants how to create a fused glass tile using glass shards, stringers and frit. The tiles are fired overnight and then mailed to the participants’ homes.  Cost for the experience is $38 general / $32 members (price includes all art supplies and shipping), and the workshop is suitable for children ages 6 and over to adults.  Five 45-minute sessions are scheduled for Saturdays (between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.) and four on Sundays (between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.).

To register, visitors can call 253-284-4719 in advance or sign up at the Admissions Desk when they arrive at the Museum.

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