Explore the transformative effect that heat has on glass and on wood. Day one you will cut and layer stained glass to create a one-of-a-kind fused glass piece. Heat in the kiln overnight. The following day you will use a propane torch and brush sander to burn wood and bring out the unique wood grain. The flame will reveal the hidden story of the tree's annual growth, and you can direct this patterning with a vibrant color stain to make the perfect background for your fused glass piece. It's a wonderful combination of materials and techniques.
Mark Brody has been a working artist since graduating from Lewis and Clark College with degrees in art and education. He has taught mosaic and created installations with students in Portland Public Schools for sixteen years. What Mark finds fascinating about mosaic is how the completion of each new project is a transforming and enriching experience. The laying of the tiles is a meditative process of finding the proper shape for pattern, symmetry and design. Mark has compiled many of these ideas and techniques into his new how-to book on mosaic: Mosaic Garden Projects, published by Timber Press.
Mask (for burning/sanding of wood)