"Glass Axis is a 10,000 sq. ft. art center providing artists, students, and community members
the tools necessary to passionately create innovative works in glass while learning, sharing,
and teaching. Member artists have access to affordable glass blowing, glass fusing, torch
working, cold working, stained glass and neon facilities, plus studio, exhibition, education,
outreach, and income-producing opportunities all under one roof."
Glass Axis offers classes in all things glass related, from stained glass and
mosaic to glass blowing and fusing.
Glass Axis is housed in a neat old factory with lots of tall glass windows, and inlaid stone floors. One thing it lacks, however, is air conditioning. Of course, the weekend I attended my class it was over 100 degrees...outside. Our class area was right beside the hot shop's 2 molten glass furnaces, making for a very, very hot and sweaty day. I loved it! I love the heat and working up a good sweat, but I did not envy the group of ladies there for the glass blowing class!
|My workspace was right next to these blown glass bowls created by one of the studio's resident artists. I found them very beautiful and inspiring as I tried to avoid knocking them off the table all weekend.|
|My design was inspired by these daffodils we found at |
Wildwood Nature Preserve in Kosciusko County.
|The beginning of my hiking-inspired design.|
Finally, after 3 hours of debating and deliberating on which of the hiking photos I wanted to use as inspiration for my piece, then drawing, erasing, redrawing, and re-erasing, and finally getting it down on paper, I had it! And I liked it, too.
|The final design for my stained glass creation. |
Perhaps you've already picked up on the fact that there are waaaaay more than
30 pieces of glass in this design.
|Glass Axis provided all the glass and tools needed for our class. |
They had a nice array of colors and styles to choose from.
|My pattern for creating correctly shaped glass pieces|
|I chose to work with all the same colored areas at one time, to ensure I didn't lose track |
of my design and run out of my chosen colors.
|Those long, skinny, curving pieces of glass are t r i c k y to cut without snapping in half. |
I'm pretty sure I held my breath the whole time.
|Finally finished! For today.|