|Design and Detail:
Stringer Control and Modular Design Principles
This is an intermediate class focusing on stringer
control and design.
In the class we will concentrate on using stringers to create intricate
on glass beads while in the flame. We'll also discuss methods that aid
individuality in our work by taking technique and design beyond our
and towards a more personal style.
Part of the session I'll be showing how I
manipulate fine stringers using simple tools
and techniques as well as discuss the properties of glass as it relates
to the making of
stringers that hold a highly detailed pattern.
I will also demonstrate and discuss surface
design elements such as:
rhythmic pattern, negative and positive space, color, scale and
bead shape and its relationship to the design and modular pattern
I use modular development in many of my beads as a means of creating a
within a simple framework. I will demonstrate step-by-step how I
achieve this in my beads.
Working out of my studio in Austin, TX, I have
been a professional artist my entire
working career. With a background in painting, art history, ceramics,
textiles, jewelry and
finally glass, my work melds all of these disparate disciplines into my
I draw inspiration from a variety of cultural and historical traditions
them into my glass beads.