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Friday, June 21, 2013

Arrowmont Workshop - Beginners Guide to Combining Clay and Glass

Had an amazing time (as always) teaching at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg,TN   a couple weeks ago. I am always so impressed with the work my students take home with them on Saturday. Yes! After just a 1-week workshop!

Classes started Sunday night, and we firing our first kiln that evening! Some students had no clay experience. Some no glass experience. And some neither. Some were professional potters or glass artists. The skill range is always so varied and one of the things I love most about teaching this workshop! 

If you'd like to see more photos, click on over to my Facebook page. And 'Like' the page while you're there!

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.312874482180557.1073741825.148163521984988&type=1&l=0749501d49

Cheers!

Meagan


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Friday, January 27, 2012

Upcoming Clay and Glass Workshop

Upcoming Workshop: March 24, 25 and 31, 2012

Glass and Clay – An Exploration in Combining Materials   

This interactive workshop will introduce the fundamentals of glass fusing and clay hand building. Learn how to create simple, slab-built earthenware forms that incorporate fused and slumped glass. Some experience with glass or clay is helpful, but not necessary.


Maximum class size: 3 students

Class hours:
Saturday, March 24 from 10:00-5:00,
Sunday, March 25 from 10:00-4:00,
and Saturday, March 31 from 10:00-4:00

Lunch provided

Tuition: $250 + $60 for materials and firings.

To register email me at info@MeaganChaney.com. Please write REGISTRATION in the subject line to avoid delivery to my spam folder. 

Thanks! And I hope to see you this Spring!
Meagan. Chaney Gumpert
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Friday, January 27, 2012

Upcoming Fused Glass Workshop

Upcoming Workshop: May 5, 2012


Fused Glass 101   


What is fused glass?!?  This exciting, hands-on class is designed to teach beginners the foundations of glass fusing.  Step-by-step instructions from selecting and cutting glass to color layering secrets and kiln firing techniques will be explored.  Gain a thorough understanding of the process while creating fused glass jewelry and an unique sun catcher!



Maximum class size: 5 students


Class hours:
Saturday, May 5 from 10:00-5:00,


Lunch provided


Tuition: $80 + $40 for materials and firings.


Location: Ocala, FL

To register, please email me at info@MeaganChaney.com. Please write REGISTRATION in the subject line to avoid delivery to my spam mail folder.

Thanks! And I hope to see you this Spring!

Meagan
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Monday, August 29, 2011

Glass and Clay workshop at Arrowmont

Just got back from another amazing week at ArrowmontSchool of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. Possibly the best workshop I've had yet! Everyone had such a positive attitude and Bill May, the new director, has brought great energy to the campus. They have some exciting things planned for the future of Arrowmont, so keep an eye out.
We worked on 2 main clay and class projects. One that incorporated fused and slumped glass into the "window" of a low-fire, slab-built form. The other project was also slab-built but this one incorporating kiln cast glass. These techniques can be adapted to any clay and cone firing range and we talked about that as well. I uploaded a bunch of photos to my Facebook page, so pop on over and follow me there. https://www.facebook.com/MeaganChaneyStudios
Most of the photos are compliments of Sandy Batts, one of my talented students. Thanks for taking photos all week Sandy!
And it looks like I'll be heading back next summer to teach a similar workshop. Whoohoo! Stay tuned as we work out the details.
Meagan. Chaney Gumpert
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Friday, July 15, 2011

Arrowmont - tuition discount!!


UPDATE: May 15, 2012 - discounted tuition rates no longer apply. However, Arrowmont is an amazing, life changing place so it is totally worth it! Attend a workshop.  You will not dissappointed. 

Holy Smokes! I just got a phone call from Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN asking me to pass along this news -

They offering 20% off of tuition for 2011 if you mention you saw this here. What a killer deal! Amazing classes at great prices! Whoohoo! There are workshops in clay, metal, glass, fiber, photography, painting, wood, and more!

I only have 4 or 5 more spots open for Clay and Glass: An Exploration in Combining Materials August 21 - 27th too.

You can register online or call them today at 865-436-5860.

Here are a few photos from the Mixed Media workshop I taught last summer.

If you've been to Arrowmont you know what an amazing place it is. One week at "art camp" can change your life. Seriously. It did for me the first time I went back in 2002.

So, register today and cash in on your 20% discount.

Hope to see you there!
Meagan. Chaney Gumpert
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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Clay and Glass Workshop Opening

Due to a recent cancellation, I have now ONE spot open for a Clay and Glass workshop I'm teaching here at my studio in a few weeks.

Here are the details...

Upcoming Workshop:
July 16, 17, and 23.


Glass and Clay – An Exploration in Combining Materials


This interactive workshop will introduce the fundamentals of glass fusing and clay hand building. Learn how to create simple, slab-built earthenware forms that incorporate fused and slumped glass. Some experience with glass or clay is helpful, but not necessary.

Maximum class size: 3 students


Class hours:

Saturday, July 16 from 10:00-5:00,

Sunday, July 17 from 10:00-3:00,

and Saturday, July 23 from 10:00-5:00


Lunch provided


Tuition: $250 + $60 for materials and firings.


Location: Ocala, FL

If you're interested, let me know ASAP. I like to keep classes small so there's lots of hands-on time.

Cheers!

Meagan. Chaney Gumpert
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Monday, January 31, 2011

Fusing Glass in a Ceramics Kiln

I'm often asked about my firing methods. Since I work with both clay and glass, many people assume that I have two separate kilns. Nope!

Meet Lily. My L&L Kiln. (Easy Fire e23-3) I love her! We've been working together since November of 2003. I bought her in South Carolina from Clay-king.com, and we've made several moves together. North Carolina (Raleigh and Asheville), Gatlinburg, TN and now Ocala, FL. She's a bit shorter than many "standard" ceramics kilns - only 2 sections/rings rather than 3, but she's perfect for my needs. (Purchasing her his another story that I'm especially happy to share with any recent or upcoming graduates.)An article recently went out in the Skutt Kiln newsletter Skutt Hot Topics Yes, Virginia, you can fuse glass in your ceramics kiln that discusses this in more detail. I'm not sure of the author, but it goes on to explain the difference in the two "types" of kilns, and how to load a ceramics kiln for glass.

I'd like to add a few things to the article.

1. - While you can fire glass in a ceramics kiln, it doesn't necessarily work the other way around. Glass kilns traditionally don't get hot enough to fire even low-fire clay. Here are the glass firing schedules I've worked out for my ceramics kiln.

2. - I do have two sets of shelves. The kiln wash/shelf primer used in ceramics is usually thick and gloppy. I use Bullseye Shelf Primer for my glass shelves. It's thin and goes on smooth which is important since the glass will pick up any texture or brush strokes from the shelf/primer.

3. - I also have a Vent-Sure downdraft vent system. This does several things. It helps the kiln fire more evenly - important in clay, glazing, and especially glass. It also helps remove any potentially harmful vapors. Good for your health and the kiln. Less of these volatile vapors are absorbed into the kiln bricks/walls so there's less of a chance your glass will become cloudy from cross contamination and off-gassing.

If you have any questions, drop me a comment. I'm happy to share what I've learned!

Happy Firing!
Meagan. Chaney Gumpert
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Tammy Douglas commented on 03-Feb-2016 10:58 AM
I only have one set of shelves, can I use the Bullseye shelf primer for ceramics?
Meagan Chaney Gumpert commented on 16-Feb-2016 09:10 AM
Hi Tammy,

Thank you for your comment! I apologize for the delay; your question was buried among a list of spam comments.

If you only have one set of shelves, I would use a ceramic kiln wash/shelf primer on them rather than the Bullseye shelf primer. The Bullseye glass primer cannot handle the high temps for ceramics and glaze would still probably stick to the shelves.

Another option is glass Thin Fire or fiber paper. I'm not a fan of this because it's super stinky (toxic) when you fire it and it's only a one time use thing, but it would work in your situation.

http://www.delphiglass.com/fusing-supplies/fiber-paper-shelf-wash/bullseye-thinfire-shelf-paper-20-1-2-sheet-25-pack

http://www.delphiglass.com/fusing-supplies/fiber-paper-shelf-wash/1-8-fiber-paper-24-x-24

Best of luck!
Meagan
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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Traveling - teaching and taking workshops

Well, I'm off in the morning for another travel adventure. Next week I'm teaching a glass/clay workshop at Arrowmont in Gatlinburg, TN and then the following week I'm taking a mixed media class with Michael Sherrill at Penland in NC. It's going to be an exciting couple weeks!


Where does the time go??! I had hoped to get a few more things done in between coming home from the Clay Studio of Missoula and taking off again. Oh well, my pregnant belly is forcing me to slow down my usually quick pace. Guess it's preparing me for the BIG changes that are coming in about 9 weeks or so!

Cheers!
Meagan. Chaney Gumpert
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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

UF Post-Baccalaureate Ceramics - A Year in Review

It's official. I finished up the special study, post-baccalaureate ceramic program at The University of Florida last week.

Though I had hoped to do more blogging during my journey, I found I ultimately needed to spend more time focusing on being a student and becoming more immersed in my work.

But I did want to take a moment to reflect on the past two semesters - what I've learned, what I'll miss, what I'm excited about for the future. The past few weeks, people kept asking, "So, was it worth it? Did you get everything out of the program you had hoped? Was it was you expected?" My simple answer is a hands-down "YES"!

Our wonderful group led by fearless leaders Nan Smith (far left) and Linda Arbuckle (far right)
Not pictured - Fall Graduate TA Kristin Schimik & Spring Graduate TA Charlie Cummings.
What I will miss the most is definitely the people! We truly had a wonderful group. We worked well together - sharing ideas, constructive criticism, and good times. For me, getting out of my studio at home and interacting with other people was priceless. I learned so much from just working in the same room as these artists! There were definitely ah-ha moments when I would observe how someone was constructing a piece or we would problem solve together.

Overall, I wasn't at school, on-campus as much as I would have liked to have been. It was tough juggling the UF-student world, with my married, Ocala world, but I think I did it without compromising too much of either. Commuting back and forth to Gainesville and coordinating what materials, work, and tools to haul on what days was a challenge. One thing's for sure, I definitely will NOT miss that hour-long commute, the subsequent fight for parking, the bus ride to the art building, and then the commute back home!

So, what did I learn? Wow! That's a hard one to put into words, but I'll do my best to sum it up.

I learned that when you push yourself to stretch in new directions, great things can happen. I learned that if you feel like you know what you're doing, the you're probably not growing enough. (It's also ok not to know what you're doing for a while, but important to keep on working.) I learned to think more critically about my work and analyze it from a different perspective. I gained confidence. I was humbled. I learned new techniques. And I started a new direction with my work.

Our end of year exhibition - Fresh from the Fire
Opening Reception: April 9, 2010, WarpHAUS gallery, Gainesville, FL

Here are a few quick snapshots of the work/artists in our group. None of these photos do the work any justice, so I encourage you to check out the website links where provided.

Lauren Faust

Eric Lewis

Alisha Lewis

Alan Schulte

Chloe Rothwell

I failed to get a good picture of Rebecca Rhyne's final presentation. She had her work, a series of 5 ceramic heads depicting intense emotion, thoughtfully installed in a small room off the side of the main gallery.

A group shot of my newest work. I plan to do a longer post talking a bit more about the transition I'm making from relief sculpture to work in-the-round.

Though school is done, the learning never truly stops. I finished up the semester full of ideas for new work. I'm looking forward to getting back into my studio to start these new projects.

Also, I cannot wait to get back to into our garden! It has been sadly neglected, and is in need of immediate attention! I often find it ironic that I spend days in the studio making work about being out in the garden. So, it's time for me to get outside, enjoy Spring, and be inspired!

Thanks for reading along. I hope to be checking in more often from now on.

Cheers!
Meagan. Chaney Gumpert
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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

September Summary - School, Studio, Stress, and Success

"Some of the brightest days start out cloudy, some of the best endeavors start out tough, and some of the most wonderful experiences start out challenging. " -Unknown

September flew by and was nothing less than a challenging, exiting month...

Since starting the ceramics post-baccalaureate program at the University of Florida, I've found myself repeating the above quote quite a bit. It's almost become a daily mantra.

I am a creature of habit. Adjusting to a new schedule and routine has been challenging. The commute to campus is challenging. (I hadn't realized I would be spending 10 hours a week in the car!) And pushing yourself to make new, thought provoking, exciting, innovative artwork is a constant, but necessary challenge.

Some days I feel overstimulated and want to begin everywhere at once. I leave class with so many ideas, it's tough knowing which to investigate first. Right now though, I'm trying hard to absorb as much as possible, without filtering anything too soon.

There's been a lot of sketching and researching happening as I investigate new concepts and forms. Most of my ideas still seem unresolved, but the prospect of new, better work keeps me going strong.
Meanwhile, work continues in the studio at home. Progress is coming along nicely on this sculpture commission. Here's the scale drawingand a few of the unfired forms.
My obsession with glaze testing also continues... I wanted to see how my glazes reacted when overlapped and layered with each other. I did a series of 17 of the 12" test tiles using 42 of my favorite cone 04, low fire glazes. (Only 5 tiles are shown in the above picture.) There were some fascinating results that I cant wait to put to use in my new work!Test tile with more overlapping and layering of underglazes, terra sigillata, lowfire crawl and lizard skin glazes.
So, life and art continue. I don't know about you, but I'm looking forward to the many adventures October has in store. (That, and a little bit of pumpkin pie!)
Meagan. Chaney Gumpert
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