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Creating Dimension with Paul Messink

  • $ 795.00


Want to create thick glass panels that have great dimension and depth?

In this 4-day class, students will learn how to apply enamel to glass layers and then stack and fuse these layers into solid panels. Topics covered include design and image selection, layout, discussion of enamels and how they respond to fusing temperatures, painting medium, how to mix and apply enamels, fusing schedules, bubble control, kiln loading instructions, and finishing techniques.

The emphasis of this workshop is the processes involved in creating thick panels that include great dimension. It is not primarily a painting workshop, however many painting tips and techniques are also provided. Although drawing and painting experience is helpful, it is not required. Prior kiln-work experience is required, however.

Students will complete several initial exercises, and 2 additional projects during this class, and are encouraged to choose and bring to the class printed images for compositions they would like to use for these projects. Important image selection guidelines will be provided prior to class.

Dates: September 16-19, 2017 10am - 5pm

Paul Messink

Artist Statement:

"My work is about journeys. We all have a road ahead: decisions to make, fears to face, and unanswered questions about our future. My work presents our unknown futures as a path into a misty forest, and encourages viewers to courageously take that next step in their journey."

Paul Messink is a kiln-work glass artist and instructor who draws on prior drawing and painting experience to create hand-painted, multi-layered glass panels that present nature in deep dimension. While mostly self-taught, he has been fortunate to learn from artists such as Susan Taylor Glasgow, Richard LaLonde, and Mark Salsbury.

“I create hand-painted, multi-layered, kiln-cast glass panels that exhibit nature in deep dimension, presenting natural objects around us in a new way. My goal is to draw the viewer into the work of art, transforming a painting (historically, a 2D art form) into something more. My outdoor subjects often recede into a foggy distance, creating an ethereal, almost ghostly effect.”

Viewers frequently ask if a photograph has been embedded in layers of glass. But using only enamel applied by hand, Paul Messink creates depth using several techniques including layering, diminishing size and color, texture, and translucency. He typically uses 9-12 layers of glass; they are then kiln-cast into a solid panel after all layers are complete.

Paul Messink is a gifted, multi-talented artist willing to share his unique technique with his students. You will love what you can produce in this workshop.

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