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CONTEMPO

ART GLASS GALLERY

1101 S. Bowen Rd

Arlington, TX  76013

HOURS

Mon closed

Tue 10-6

Wed 10-6

Thurs closed

Fri 10-6

Sat 10-5

100% Deposit Required if class is under $300.

50% Deposit Required if class is over $300

To Register For Classes

Please Call To Schedule:

817.673.2949

Classes available for groups and parties

Feb 4, 2023    10am-4pm

$125  Circle of Life Stained Glass

Instructor:  Debbie Malone

Create your own 6-7” Circle with different shapes of nuggets surrounded by clear textured glass. Your choice of colors and shapes. Learn to cut and grind glass, copper foil, solder and patina. 

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Feb 7, 2023    6pm or

Feb 8, 2023    11am

$65  Fused Glass Picture Frame

Instructor:  Kathy Barnett

All skill levels - Fun and Easy

Choose your glass and design.  Contempo will kiln fire your glass twice to get the wave shape.

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Feb 11, 2023  10am-3pm

$125 Introduction to Jewelry Soldering -Spinner Ring

Instructor:  Sibling Rivalry

Learn to Tackle the Torch with Rick Allen and Laura Conway. If you’ve ever wanted to solder silver and copper to make rings but are intimidated by the torch, this is the class for you.  This class is for beginners and people that just want a refresher soldering class. You will learn to cut, file, texture, patina and solder while designing and creating a spinner ring using sterling silver and copper. Materials and tools are included and as time permits you will make

1-2 rings. 

Valentine’s Day

“Vitrium Heart Sculpture”

February 14, 2023

6pm

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Join well-known glass artist Larry Pile (www.larrypileglass.com) in this once-a-year class in which each student or couple will create a beautiful 9" sculptural heart using colorful strips of fusible glass. Contempo will supply all of the materials and you bring your vision; absolutely no glass-working/glass-cutting experience is necessary for this fun class. Contempo will fire our hearts and have them ready for pickup within a few days. Cost of the class includes instruction, materials & expert firing. Larry will also make his custom-welded, powder-coated stands available for sale and will demonstrate alternative ways to display them as well. Cost is ($285 with a stand or $210 without a stand).

Instructor:  CRAIG MITCHELL SMITH   

$850 Blown Away 9-4pm

February 16, 17, 18   2023 (1 spot left)   

During this three-day class, renowned glass artist Craig Mitchell Smith will share the exciting new techniques he developed in early 2020. Not only will students learn how to make a watertight vessel without the cold working required of a drop-out, they will do so with the addition of texture applied to the piece using their own uniquely created texture mold.  His new way of forming glass allows for making shapes many thought never before possible in kiln-formed glass. Craig calls this “Yoga for Glass” as it teaches the glass to warm up, bend and stretch. This class is for experienced fused glass artists.

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Instructor:  CRAIG MITCHELL SMITH   

$850 Butterfly 9-4pm       

February 19, 20, 21    2023 (1 spot left)

In this three-day class, students will learn how to create Craig Mitchell Smith’s beautiful butterflies utilizing techniques of powder printing using original silk screens. He will also teach how to mount and present the butterfly for garden or the home to display proudly. 

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Instructor:  CRAIG MITCHELL SMITH   

$850 Cast Yellow Rose of Texas

February 23, 24, 25    2023    9-4 (3 spots left)

During this three-day class, students will learn how to create a plaster mold of a wax-sculpted rose they create. Then, using the lost wax method, they will de-invest the mold, and, using powders in colors of their choosing, create a uniquely formed and yellow colored rose that will be ready for prominent display. Mounting and display options will be discussed. PICTURE COMING SOON.

Instructor:  CRAIG MITCHELL SMITH   

$1250 Cactus Flower 9-4pm (4 days)

February 26, 27, 28, March 1    2023 (1 spot left)

During this four-day class, renowned glass artist, Craig Mitchell Smith, will demonstrate how to create his complex, multi-petaled cactus flower utilizing a revolutionary technique of “spot-fusing”. Students will also utilize casting, as well as creating single-use texture molds for this stunner.

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March 4, 2023    10am-4pm

$125  Stained Glass Spinner

Instructor:  Debbie Malone

Create your own 11" Star spinner that turns and twirls. Your choice of colors and star shapes. Learn to cut, grind, copper foil, solder and patina. 

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March 7, 2023   6pm or

March 8, 2023   11am

$60  Flowers in Fused Glass

Instructor:  Kathy Barnett

All skill levels    6x6

Learn the art of making a flower landscape with crushed glass and glass murrini flowers.  Includes glass and firing in the kiln.

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March 11-12, 2023  9-4pm

$500 Screen Printing on Glass

Instructor:  Larry Pile, Screen Printing Master and Kilnformed Glass Artist

 

The class will start with the basics; how screens are made, the differences between powder and wet enamel materials and methods, how to choose and prepare an image for screen printing. etc. We'll also delve into some creative screen printing techniques; the ombre technique, making powder wafers, etc.

Students will each choose and print both a dry and wet image which will be later combined into a single 8"x8" finished piece. Each student will be supplied with a complete set of handouts, including firing schedules, resources, etc.  Several choices of images not shown.

Students will leave with technical and creative knowledge about how to screen print using multiple methods and will have the "muscle memory" having printed using each method.  You will gain an understanding of images best suited for image printing and have a variety of creative methods at their disposal.

March 18, 2023  10am-3pm

$125 Intro to Enameling

(Includes stencil and sgraffito techniques)

Instructor:  Sibling Rivalry

Enameling on copper is a hot technique! You will learn the basic techniques of applying powdered glass onto copper and see the magic of enamel come alive.  This class will show you how to prepare the copper, apply enamels and torch fire your pieces to create your own wearable art. This class is an introduction to basic enameling and all supplies will be provided. All you need to is just show up with your imagination, a love for color and be ready to have fun. Supplies provided include copper, enamel, Jump rings, necklace and the use of a torch and all tools needed to complete your colorful creations.  Please feel free to bring your own tools that are clearly marked with your name.

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April 11, 2023  6pm or

April 12, 2023  11am

$85 Fused Glass Light Fixture or Vase

Instructor:  Kathy Barnett

Make, drape, and drill a center hole in a glass light fixture that will fit a standard pendant light or lamp

(fixture not included). This can also be made as a vase.

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April 26, 2023 10am-4pm

$145  Beginning Glass Fusing

Instructor:  Kathy Barnett

Come join in on the fun and learn how to make your own 8" plate/bowl. You will also make 4 coasters or test tiles as time permits.  You will learn the basics of designing and firing fused glass.

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May 13, 2023 9am-4pm

Reverse Glass Painting

Instructor:  Debbi Elmer

More to come soon

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May 20, 2023   10am-3pm

$125 Introduction Jewelry Soldering - Tackle the Torch

Instructor:  Sibling Rivalry

Learn to Tackle the Torch with Rick Allen and Laura Conway. If you’ve ever wanted to solder silver and copper to make jewelry but are intimidated by the torch, this is the class for you.  This class is for beginners and people that just want a refresher soldering class. You will learn to cut, file, texture, patina and solder while designing and creating a unique pendant using sterling silver and copper.  All you need to bring is your imagination and be ready to have fun.

Class includes: Sterling silver, copper, sterling components, copper and sterling wire, jump rings, sterling chain, use of torch and all tools needed to complete your unique creation.  Please feel free to bring your own tools that are clearly marked with your name.

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June 6, 7, 8, 9, 2023  9:30 to noon (4 Days)

$160  Awesome Kids Glass Art Camp

For kids ages 11 and up.  They will make a variety of fused, mosaic, jewelry and 3D glass projects.  On day 4 there will be a pizza party for the kids and an art exhibit for all the parents.

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June 10-11, 2023   9-4pm

$420 Photographing Glass and Small Objects

Instructor:  Larry Pile

Come to Contempo Art Glass, in Arlington, Texas and learn about the techniques and equipment to

successfully make great photographs of glass and other small objects, such as jewelry, small vessels, etc.,

all from master photographer & kilnformed glass artist Larry Pile (www.larrypileglass.com).

The class will start with the basics; how cameras and lighting work and then how to use those attributes

to make great photos of glass and other small objects, minimizing reflections and getting great,

uncluttered backgrounds. Techniques/equipment will range from using a smart phone and inexpensive

lighting to using high-end DSLR/mirrorless cameras and studio lighting. When you’re finished with this

class, you’ll have a solid understanding about successfully photographing small objects! As part of this

class, students will also be encouraged to bring in a couple of pieces of theirs for the class to photograph;

each student will leave with great, hi-resolution images of their work, as well as the skills about how to

do this at home! We’ll also delve a little into photo editing using Adobe Lightroom, etc.

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June 17, 2023   9-4pm

Whimsical Enamel Glass Animals

Instructor:  Debbi Elmer

More to come soon

July 15, 2023   2-4pm

Mozaiki

Instructor:  Larry Pile

More to come soon

July 28, 29, 30, 2023   9-4pm

Drop Outs

Instructor:  Larry Pile

More to come soon

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August 17, 18, 19, 2023   9-4pm (3.5 days)

August 21, 2023   9-1pm

$795 Glass Weaving

 

Instructor:  Larry Pile

Come to Contempo Art Glass, in Arlington, Texas and learn about basic and advanced glass weaving techniques from weaving master & kilnformed glass artist Larry Pile (www.larrypileglass.com).

The class will start with the basics; color theory, mold preparation, strip cutting and slumping, etc. and move into advanced techniques including custom mold-making, displaying our weaves, advanced strip preparation, creating weaves in various shapes, etc.  A complete set of handouts, including firing schedules for slumping and tack-fusing will be shared.

Each student will make an 11” x 20” woven sculpture, a Silke Mat custom mold (that the student may take home for use in future projects) and will mount their weave on 1” acrylic tubing for a lovely, simple, offset wall display.  All glass and materials will be provided in this amazing class.

Students will leave with technical and creative knowledge about how to design, build, fire and display a glass weave at a professional level.  Students will develop an understanding of how to make a Silke Mat reusable mold.  Students will learn an amazing way to cut 1” acrylic tubing and offset mount glass pieces inexpensively and beautifully.

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September 16, 2023   2-4pm

Optic Topic

Instructor:  Larry Pile

More to come soon

Nov 18, 2023   2-4pm

Piano Plate

Instructor:  Larry Pile

More to come soon

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