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Taught by Dona Sawyer
Make an 8” stained glass Swedish Heart in your choice of colors.
Preregistration is required two weeks prior to the beginning of class.
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Registration fee: $43. The class fee of $200 plus a $75 materials fee is due to directly to the instructor at the beginning of class. Dona accepts cash, check, or major credit cards.
Total cost of class - $318
Students will learn the Tiffany Method of stained glass which uses copper foil instead of lead. You will learn how to make a pattern, cut and grind glass, apply copper foil, solder and finish an 8” panel. You will be working with sharp glass, hot soldering iron and solder, and chemicals. Some manual dexterity is required. Wear appropriate clothing, no open-toed shoes. All tools and supplies will be provided. Come ready to work and make a beautiful piece of art!
Dona has been teaching Stained Glass classes for the Ozark Folk Center State Park since 2007. Her students enjoy her class and love making beautiful pieces of glass art that will grace their own homes.
Looking for lodging? The Cabins at Dry Creek are located in the park just down the hill from your classroom. These comfortable climate-controlled duplex rooms are newly remodeled and offer a private bathroom, queen-sized beds, microwave and refrigerator. We offer discounts for students staying 3 or more nights. Call 870-269-3871 to book your room.
The Ozark Folk Center State Park is located one mile north of downtown Mountain View, Arkansas and five miles from the scenic White River. The world-famous Blanchard Springs Caverns is located ten miles north in the Ozark-St. Francis National Forest. Camping, sightseeing, hiking, floating and swimming are popular activities in the National Forest, as well at the Buffalo National River, which is about an hour west of Mountain View.
Teacher Bio and Artist Statement
My name is Dona Sawyer and I am a stained glass and jewelry artist. I think I became an artist because I have been doing some kind of arts and craft with my family since I was a little girl. I got away from it as I became an adult, but then I moved to Mountain View! There is so much art of some kind or another here, that it is almost palpable. I live in the country and feel like I have found my little slice of heaven on earth here. The peaceful setting informs my artwork.
My stained glass style has grown from simple quilt squares to antique, architectural designs, custom designs, natural designs, and fused and slumped creations. I’m drawn to the architectural designs because I love antiques and old houses and buildings and feel like the stained glass that you find in them, on occasion, is like finding a treasure! The fused and slumped glass is just plain fun, because you never know exactly what you are going to have when you open up the kiln!
My jewelry ranges from traditional silversmithing with set bezels and piercework to “found art” objects. I work with silver, brass, and copper, all of the metal clays, as well as glass beads, gemstones, stones, found pieces of broken pottery, parts of machines…basically if it’s shiny, and I can attach it to something, I’ll try to create something out of it! Recently, I’ve been making jewelry, shawl pins, buttons, etc. out of my left over pieces of glass, so I don’t waste anything.
I really enjoying creating beautiful things and exploring different styles, design methods and alternative, creative techniques, the more challenging, the better! I hope you enjoy my pieces as much as I do.