Re­sumes glass classes

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - THE GROOVE -

a one-on-one in­ten­sive course in fus­ing and slump­ing with renowned glass artist, Ju­dith Bohm-Parr, for­merly of Cairns and now liv­ing in Childers.

Leanne has been suc­cess­ful in sev­eral other me­dia in­clud­ing print­mak­ing and oils and won a ma­jor award at the re­cent Na­tional Ce­ram­ics Ex­hi­bi­tion in Jan­uary.

The glass fus­ing and slump­ing work­shop at­tracts up to 10 peo­ple on a Sun­day and a wide range of lo­cals and vis­i­tors at­tend.

“I’ve come back this year to make some glass plates and plaques fea­tur­ing iconic trop­i­cal but­ter­flies and cas­sowaries,” said Cher­ryl Wells, who is orig­i­nally from Syd­ney and is house-sit­ting in Moss­man.

“Last year I made many pieces of jew­ellery such as pen­dants and brooches,” she said, “and my teenage grand­daugh­ter re­ally loves it.”

“We also made lots of Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions in­clud­ing Christ­mas tree or­na­ments and themed plates.”

Pip Fagg from Oak Beach said she made a wall plaque last year and gave it away as a gift. “I re­ally want to make an­other one to dis­play in my home,” Pip said.

DAB has in­stalled a glass fus­ing kiln which fires the works at 780 C.

Tech­niques taught dur­ing the work­shops in­clude glass cut­ting, con­struc­tion and prop­er­ties of glass. Var­i­ous glass types used have dif­fer­ent prop­er­ties and re­quire spe­cific treat­ment.

“You re­ally don’t have to have any cre­ative tal­ent,” Leanne Em­mitt said, “as many of the items can be dec­o­rated as ab­stract, us­ing lots of colours and shapes.”

The work­shops cater for begin­ners to ad­vanced and in­ter­ested peo­ple can book by phon­ing DAB.

“Peo­ple come from all over the dis­trict,” Mandy Ryan, DAB com­mit­tee mem­ber said, “and be­cause you can join in any­time dur­ing the year, we have lo­cals as well as vis­i­tors com­ing along.”

DAB’s stu­dio and gallery are open six days a week, 10am to 2pm. Book­ings for the Glass Fus­ing and Slump­ing Work­shops can be made by phon­ing 4098 3337.

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