Cabinet of Curiosities in Glass

3 birds
Pair of Karg artworks
Pair of Karg artworks
 Beads that look like eyes

Date: April 9-10, 2022 (Spring, 2 day)
Medium: Glass
Instructor: Mary Karg (email)
Skill Level: Intermediate

In this Intermediate glass beadmaking class, students will expand their skills to make a collection of unusual beads and small sculptures. By layering and manipulating the glass, students will create feathers, leaves, eyes, pods, flowers, masks, birds, shells, etc. This is an intermediate class—students should be comfortable with using a dual fuel torch, heat control and making a variety of shapes of beads.

This course has ended.

Supply List

Supplies are subject to change. A final list will be emailed to each participant before the first day of class.

  • Didymium Glasses
  • marver
  • tweezers
  • tungsten pick
  • mashers
  • brass or stainless steel knife
  • graphite pad
  • bead release
  • mandrels: assorted sizes
  • silver leaf
  • glass rods (any favorite colors, but will need black, white, clear, dark ivory, opaque red, blue, orange, yellow)
  • small assortment of double helix silver glass (psyche, electra, triton)
  • frit and enamel powders.
  • Any other of their favorite beadmaking tools.
Estimated cost to students: $25.00- $35.00 

Studio Fee

All workshops have a studio fee. Fees are collected at the end of the workshop and payable by check or credit card. MU no longer accepts cash.

Estimated studio fee for this workshop: $TBD*

*The final cost may vary depending on the actual cost of materials at the time of the workshop. It is possible for fees to be less or greater than the range indicated depending upon individual student usage.

Studio supply fees are an estimate and can be subject to change due to supply chain issues or transportation cost.

About the Instructor

A nationally recognized designer, instructor and author from Cincinnati, Ohio, Mary Karg considers herself a wearable artist rather than a jewelry designer, specializing in lampwork, beadwork and metalwork. She seldom makes the same thing twice, although she will get hooked on something she can’t quit until the itch is totally scratched: Mask/Faces, dragged dots, windows, color pencil on metal, bead embroidery, and the current obsession, colored pencil on copper layered jewelry. Her book, Layered Colored Pencil Jewelry was published in May 2017.

“Using colored pencil on metal allows me to push the boundaries of wearable art that produces results unlike any other method. Surprisingly both durable and lightweight, the layers of color and metal combine to form unique pieces of texture, depth and beauty. I love the reaction when people connect with my pieces—personal adornment is often an outward expression of intimate emotions and personality.”

Teaching experience includes The Bead & Button Show, The Bay Area Bead Extravaganza, Miami University’s CraftSummer, Spruill Arts Center, Great Lakes Beadworkers Guild Bead Daze, Wisconsin Loose Bead Society, Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts, Northern Virginia Bead Society, Wildacres Retreat Center and many bead shops and private studios.