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New York

Women at the Fire: An Art Introduction to Glass, Clay and Steel

Torch, hammer, throw and ignite in this women-only art week. Learn artistic techniques that use heat and fire, including ceramics, glassblowing, blacksmithing and encaustic painting.
Rating (4.91)
Program No. 22772RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,199

At a Glance

Torch, hammer, spark, throw and ignite will hold new meaning after you join fellow creative women for an introduction to art-making that uses heat and fire as an integral part of the creative process. Learn to throw ceramics and literally fire your pieces with Raku. Form one-of-a-kind pieces from shimmering molten glass. Explore the ancient art of encaustic, melting beeswax, damar resin and pigment to paint your canvas, then employing fire to burn in and fuse each layer. As if that weren’t enough, you will be taught the art of blacksmithing, and even how to strike a flame from scratch.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking and/or standing for up to one hour at a time.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn glassmaking, ceramics, blacksmithing and encaustic painting from expert instructors.
  • Explore the famous Corning Museum of Glass and learn about the history of glass from 4,000 years ago to the present day and beyond.
  • Step back in time to the 1700s as you learn the art of blacksmithing, start a fire from scratch and cook your lunch in a hearth.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a value-priced single room.
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Jennifer Fais
Jennifer is a representational watercolor/acrylic/encaustics painter with a planning degree and a minor in art from the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay in 1973. Her favorite subjects include birds (especially the Great Blue Heron), nature, landscapes and local landmarks. Painting watercolor house portraits began in 1994 when she was commissioned by the Wheat Agency to paint homes for their realtors to give as gifts to their clients. She continues to enjoy painting homesteads, lake cottages, childhood homes—all the places people love.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Martha Manikas-Foster
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Amanda Warren
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Jennifer Fais
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Christa Westbrook
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Stephen Brucker
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