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Below you will find listed bamboo or glass classes in my studio and other places, shows, lectures, and other events I am a part of. If you would like to know more about any of these events or register please follow the link provided or feel free to email my through my contact page if the class takes place in the Beaverton/Aloha studio. If you would like to stay up to date as soon as I have things scheduled you can sign up for my email newsletter by contacting me.
March 24-27 10:00 am -3:00 pm
Bamboo Basics 101
Class takes place in my 900 sq foot studio in Aloha Oregon. A visit to Bamboo Garden, a 20 acre bamboo farm in North Plains Oregon will kick off the workshop, where we will discuss bamboo growth, gathering/grove grooming, and varieties suited for working with. We will gather our materials we will spend the next three days working with. Day one we will meet at my place to carpool. Techniques taught over the next three days will include:Bamboo preparation, cutting, heat bending, drilling, traditional splitting, using traditional knives to prepare strips, pegging, creating holes in bamboo, and tying and binding techniques. This is a class in learning a wide variety of techniques, so students will take home small samples of a variety of techniques (rather than taking home a finished project/decorative object).
The class is $350 and I will need two students for it to run. If I get at least 4 students I will drop the fee to $300 each. If you convince someone to sign up with you I can give you a $25 discount. The class is maxed out at 6 students, I like to keep things small so students have individual attention. Students will need to sign a liability waiver and are responsible for any injuries they may have in class (unlikely to happen beyond minor cuts). Tools and materials will be provided. Students will need to bring a sack lunch each day. Pre-registration is required and a $50.00 deposit will hold the spot. Cancellation must be made two weeks in advance to receive a refund on the deposit. Register here.
February 2 – May 6, 2018
Address: 250 Flora Street | Bellingham, Washington 98225
“Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America chronicles a history of American basketry from its origins in Native American, immigrant, and slave communities to its presence within the contemporary fine art world. Baskets convey meaning through the artists’ selection of materials; the techniques they use; and the colors, designs, patterns, and textures they employ.”
I have a piecein this amazing show, which will be traveling until 2020 is a traveling show. Several events will happen in cojunction with the show. More information about the events will be available at: http://americanbasketry.missouri.edu/
April 14. Both co-curators Kristin Schwain and Jo Stealy will be at the museum. Kristin will give her talk: “From the Industrial Revolution to the Fine Art Museum: The History of Contemporary American Basketry” in the Rotunda of the Old City Hall building. A gallery walk thru with Jo Stealy, will happen afterwards, including comments by any of the basketmakers who are able to attend.
August 10-14, 2018
Peters Valley Craft Center, PA
The light and the shadow, bamboo and glass vessels
Bamboo is a wonderfully complex art material that can be used in a variety of ways to create form. It can be split into narrow strips, bent, crosscut, woven, sewn, and drilled. It can be used to make small scale objects or architectural structures. In this class we will explore using small bamboo and glass elements to create vessel forms that play with light and shadow. Students will learn how to cut, heat bend, drill, weave, and sew bamboo together. Basic tool skills will be covered. Students will learn how to incorporate small pre-made glass elements using creative stitching techniques. Examples of various bamboo techniques will be shown and students will see through slide lecture the variety of ways bamboo can be used as an art material. Participants will walk away with bamboo knowledge to create more at home. http://www.petersvalleyworkshops.bigcartel.com/
The Bamboo Handbag
Bamboo is everywhere in Japan. It has been used for centuries to make baskets, both utilitarian and decorative. In this class we will explore making one type of utilitarian basket, the bamboo handbag. The bamboo handbag is traditionally carried by men or women while wearing traditional dress such as a Kimono. There are many different types of weaves and styles of the bamboo handbag, some bags so highly crafted they have the same status and price as a Coach purse. We will look at images of bamboo handbags and create our own, lined with cloth so we don’t loose our pennies. We will also learn, through lecture and examples, about bamboo as a plant and other bamboo craft techniques.
If you are interested in taking private lessons feel free to contact me. I would be happy to talk about what you want to learn, create a lesson plan, and schedule a class for us.