When we get requests for an instructor to teach again at BeadFX, we know students want to repeat a wonderful experience. Such is the case of Kim Fields!
Kim is an acclaimed artist and instructor with over 25 years of lampwork experience. On a whim, in 1999, Kim took a beginner’s lampworking class. Just a year later she found that working with glass was so fulfilling, she decided to leave her 20-year corporate career behind and devote herself completely to the art of glass beadmaking and jewelry design. Kim has taught at many of the most prestigious glass studios throughout the U.S. as well as in Europe and Japan. Her recent work can be seen at shows, galleries, and in numerous publications.
“Nature has always informed and inspired my creativity, and it is the primary influence for my beads,” says Kim in her website biography. “Through the colors and textures of each bead design, I strive to capture a small reflection of nature’s beauty. As a birdwatcher, birds are a natural inspiration and using a sculptural approach, I strive to capture the bird in greater detail. Lampworking is a growth process for me and I will continue to explore new ways to express myself through glass.”
Kim’s 3-day class in April will focus on Murrini techniques to create canes of floral components. Murrini are colored patterns or images made in a glass cane that are revealed when the cane is cut into thin cross-sections. One familiar style is the flower or star shape which, when used together in large numbers from a number of different canes is called millefiori. Murrini production first appeared in the Middle East more than 4,000 years ago and was revived by Venetian glassmakers on Murano in the early 16th century. Students in Kim’s classes will learn how to make the floral canes then how to incorporate them into beads.
Floral Murrini Cane Workshop
Friday, April 27 to Sunday, April 29; 10:00am – 5:00pm daily
Learn to make a bouquet of beautiful floral canes and how to apply them to your beads. You should come away from this class knowing how to make all the components for each floral cane including different types of petals and stamens. Well also use a variety of reference materials for form and accuracy. Demonstrations will include making single and multi-petal floral cane. Techniques will include assembling canes, color mixing and overlays, heat control, pulling the cane to the desired thickness, and finally, application and encasement of floral murrini on beads. Skill level: Intermediate; Prerequisite: Must have lampworking experience
Early Bird Special offer: Register on or before March 15 for only $600 plus HST. As of Friday, March 16, the class fee will be $675 plus HST.
Click on the class title for complete information and including the on-line registration cart. A maximum of 8 students will be accepted for the class.