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Chair Weaving, September 10

Instructor: Dillard Fraizer

Date: Sunday, September 10, 9am-5pm

Tuition: Jax Member 44.00 / Non Member 55.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $10

Class Description: Don’t throw that old chair frame away: learn to weave a traditional splint seat and put it back into use. This is a rapid, easily-mastered technique using sturdy rattan reed and a minimum of tools. All levels of students are welcome.  Students should bring one or more chair or stool frames in good condition.  Stool frames are available from the instructor if requested in advance of the class.

Minimum Age: Responsible Young Adult

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 12

About the Instructor: Dillard Frazier lives in Meadows of Dan, Virginia. Dillard and his wife Pam, began Heritage Arts, a family organization with the goal of preserving the arts of their Appalachian area and heritage. They have made it their goal to be the reservoirs and transmitters of as much of the traditional Appalachian arts and crafts as possible.

To register for this workshop please select whether you are a member of the center from the drop down menu below and click on the “Add to Cart” button in the bottom right corner.

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Cone 10 Glazing and Gas Reduction Firing, October 26-28 & 30

Instructor: Josh Manning and Hona Knudesen

Date: Thursday-Monday, October  26 & 27 (5 to 8pm), 28 (all day), & 30 (at discretion of instructors)

Tuition: Jax Member $125 / Non Member $155

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $30

Class Description: This is the glazing and firing only portion of our Cone 10 Clay and Reduction Firing class. If you would like to take both the Cone 10 Wheel Throwing class and the Gas Reduction Kiln Firing class together, please use this link for a discounted combined price. You can also find the Cone 10 Intermediate Throwing only class here.

In this class Josh and Hona will instruct the class in glazing and cone 10 reduction firing in our large gas kiln. Taking this glazing and firing only portion of the class assumes you already have bisqueware made form cone 10 clay.  If you do not, you will probably want to take the combined class linked here. You must know that your bisqeware is made from cone 10 clay or it may melt in the kiln thereby causing damage to the kiln shelves. Alternatively you could take the class to observe and learn, but you would not have any artwork to show for it.

This class is designed for intermediate to advanced students who have knowledge of throwing/handbuilding and a basic understanding of the firing process. If you are concerned whether this class is right for you, please contact the Center and discuss you’re experience with our Ceramics Studio Manager, Cory Potrafka.

About the Instructor: (coming soon)

Minimum Age: 18 and older or with special permission by instructor

Minimum Enrollment: 4, Maximum Enrollment: 8

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Cone 10 Clay, Intermediate Wheel throwing Class, October 9-12

Instructor: Abby Reczek

Date: Monday-Thursday, October 9-12, 5-8pm

Tuition: Jax Member $95 / Non Member $118

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $25

Class Description: This is an intermediate wheel throwing class led by instructor Abby Reczek. This class is the wheel throwing portion only of our Cone 10 Clay and Reduction Firing class. If you would like to take both the Cone 10 Wheel Throwing class and the Gas Reduction Kiln Firing class together, please use this link for a discounted combined price. You can also find the reduction firing only class here.

In this class Abby will instruct the class in throwing, trimming and hand-building with cone 10 high fire stoneware clay for 4 days starting on Monday, October 9 through Thursday October 12 from 5-8pm. After the work dries it will be bisque fired in our electric kilns. This class will not include glazing and firing of the piece. Taking this throwing only portion of the class assumes you have a plan for glazing and firing your own pieces. Although they will be ready for cone 10 firing you can still glaze for and fire at Cone 6. The Center has options for cone 6 glazing and firing should you need it, easiest way being by attending our open ceramic studio noon to 5 pm on Thursdays. The open studio cost $5 and includes materials like glazes and clay, firing your work will incur another nominal charge (usually around or less than $1 per piece).

About the Instructor: Abby Reczek graduate from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA in 2012. She is originally from this area of Pennsylvania, but her love of pottery has brought her down to Virginia. Following graduation she started a 10 month long residency at the Cub Creek Foundation in Appomattox, VA where she learned extensively about wood firing. While at Cub Creek she learned more about the town of Floyd, its rich art culture, and the apprenticeship opportunities. Abby was awarded the position of apprentice to Silvie Granatelli and has been working with her since September of 2013. She has also been lucky enough to be working with someone who uses carving as a decoration technique because it has allowed her to begin refining the skill that she had started experimenting with at Cub Creek. Abby will be working with Silvie until the fall of 2015. Abby’s work is largely based off things she sees in nature and reinterprets through line drawings which she carves onto her pieces. The pieces are made of porcelain and are fired in a gas kiln in a reduction atmosphere.

This class is designed for intermediate to advanced students who have knowledge of throwing/handbuilding and a basic understanding of the firing process. If you are concerned whether this class is right for you, please contact the Center and discuss you’re experience with our Ceramics Studio Manager, Cory Potrafka.

Minimum Age: 18 and older or with special permission by instructor

Minimum Enrollment: 4, Maximum Enrollment: 8

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Polymer Clay Series: Puff Earrings and Pendants, September 15

Instructor: Teri Walters

Date: Friday, September 15, 5-8pm

Tuition: Jax Member $17.00 / Non Member $21.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $10

Class Description: Polymer clay is easy to make larger beads and pendants with, but they can get SO heavy! Check out how Teri Walters, our resident polymer clay guru, makes hollow beads for some awesome jewelry. Using forms like cookie cutters, she’ll show you how to drape the clay and seal so have a large form at a fraction of the weight. You’ll make so creative and unique earring and pendants in this short, but informational workshop.

Minimum Age: Responsible Young Adult

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 12

 

About the Instructor: Teri Walters was introduced to polymer clay in 1999 and quickly became a “polyholic”. Since then, her artwork has taken her to many different places. She has been featured on local television, has won 1st and 3rd places in Polymer Cafe magazine for her work in millefiori caning and mixed media work, featured in newspapers, participated in various exhibits, has her creations in retail stores, and can be found at local craft shows selling and teaching in her booth. Teri has a great desire to teach and thoroughly enjoys passing on her knowledge and experiences in polymer clay to all those desiring to learn.

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Painting Gauche Postcards, September 16

Instructor: Darcy Meeker

Date: Saturday, September 16, 1pm-4pm

Tuition: Jax Member $16.50 / Non Member $20.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $40

Class Description: This is a relaxed, fun, creative workshop.  Students will enjoy palette-knife play with gooey gouache straight from the tube on wet, heavy, textured water-color paper.  Yum-yum!  Create images on several postcards, then two quarter sheets of heavy watercolor paper with the best quality gouache paints.  Supplies are provided by the instructor so that students won’t have to scramble and buy materials.

Minimum Age: Responsible Young Adult

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 12

About the Instructor: Darcy Meeker tools copper (from earrings to 38-foot wall work), creates sculpture in stone, clay, silk, aluminum, and, well, pretty much anything she can get her hands on, and paints, collages and prints on a variety of materials with the same wide-ranging enthusiasm. She also works in light, currently developing a walk-through light/sculpture experience. Her commissions include a large public sculpture for General Electric in Schenectady, NY, one for the Luther Memorial Lutheran Church in Blacksburg, Va., and other sculptures for private homes coast to coast. Five colleges have given her one-person shows. Galleries in North Carolina, Washington, DC, Virginia, Oregon and Tennessee have included her work in one-, two- and three-person shows. She has been in invitationals and juried shows in Colorado, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Florida, South Carolina, Arizona and North Carolina.”

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Beginning Blacksmithing, September 23-24

This class is full. The next blacksmithing class will be November 11 & 12 with Dillard Fraizer. http://floydartcenter.org/classes/11-november/beginning-blacksmithing-november-11-12/

Instructor: Gerald Boggs

Date: Saturday & Sunday, September 23-24, 9am-5pm

Tuition: Jax Member $88.00 / Non Member $110.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $20

Class Description: This beginning blacksmithing class will introduce students to the equipment, tools and safety precautions involved in the use of the blacksmith’s forge. Once familiar with the tools of the trade, the class will practice fundamental blacksmithing techniques while learning to make basic hooks, tools and decorative flares. Students are asked to bring their own safety glasses and to wear long pants and close-toed shoes. Aprons and gloves are optional.

Minimum Age: 18 and older or with special permission by instructor

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 12

About the Instructor: Gerald Boggs lives in the village of Afton, Virginia. He opened his own shop, Wayfarer Forge, in 2004, where he does demonstrations and commissions. Working as a classical blacksmith, Gerald is not stuck in the past doing over and over designs from the 18th century. Rather, he tries to work within the framework of classical blacksmithing, while embracing design development of the last century. A member of the Old Dominion Blacksmith Association (ODBSA), Gerald is spearheading a partnership between The Jacksonville Center and ODBSA that is making blacksmithing more accessible to the public and experienced blacksmiths alike. http://wayfarerforge.com/

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Beginning Basketry: Appalachian Egg Basket, September 26-28

Instructor: Kathy Dulaney

Date: Wednesday-Friday, September 26-28, 2:30-5:30pm

Tuition: Member $45.00 / Non Member $56.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $10

Class Description: Do you decorate with baskets? Collect them? How about use them? You can learn to make your own in this beginning basket weaving class. Each student in Kathy Dulaney’s Basket Weaving Class will weave an Appalachian style egg basket. Each participant will come away with information on Appalachian Baskets, their origins, and uses. Information will be provided on how to order supplies for future baskets.

Minimum Age: Responsible Young Adult

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 12

About the Instructor: A native of Floyd County, Kathy Dulaney has been weaving baskets and teaching classes for 25 years. Weaving mostly older Appalachian style baskets, she strives to keep the tradition alive by teaching younger folks the art. If you make a basket in one of her classes you can be sure that it will be something you can use. Each basket was designed for a specific purpose and Kathy stresses the usefulness of each in her classes.

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Beginning Portraiture, September 30

This class has been cancelled and will be rescheduled. 

Instructor: Karen Sewell

Date: Saturday, September 30, 9am-5pm

Tuition: Jax Member $44.00 / Non Member $55.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $0

Class Description: Learn how to use common facial and body measurements to create portraits that are realistic and true to the model. Students will use charcoal and/or pencil as their medium learning the importance of value and composition. Students will finish a completed portrait from the photo they provide. MATERIALS: Newsprint, Drawing Pad, Pencil, Charcoal, Kneaded Rubber Eraser, Photos of a person’s face (full on, profile ¾ view would be best).

Minimum Age: Responsible Young Adult

Minimum Enrollment: 5, Maximum Enrollment: 12

About the Instructor: Karen Sewell has had a passion to create all of her life. She enjoys working with multiple media and any subject matter that whispers to her. She was raised in Floyd County, and the beautiful surroundings are a constant inspiration to her.   Karen has diligently developed her own style of painting, which she feels is still evolving. Being diverse in her creative process prevents her from becoming stagnant, allowing her to continue to grow as an artist. When looking at her work, she knows that through the years she has developed a style that reflects her life, her values, and her passions. She is a founding member of the Floyd Artists Association LLC and instruct students in pastels, oils, portraiture and color theory. karensewellartist.com

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Market Style Basket Weaving, October 2

Instructor: Dillard Frazier

Date: Monday, October 2, 9am-5pm

Tuition: Jax Member $44.00 / Non Member $55.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $10 – $20

Class Description: Carry all of your “stuff” in a sturdy rectangle market style basket with a woven bottom. Beginning and intermediate students are welcome in this workshop with an emphasis on technique, attention to detail, and shaping to create crisp corners. Dillard can work one on one with students to add patterns and unique details into their basket.  All materials will be provided by the instructor.

Minimum Age: Responsible Young Adult

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 12

About the Instructor: Dillard Frazier lives in Meadows of Dan, Virginia Dillard and his wife Pam, began Heritage Arts, a family organization with the goal of preserving the arts of their Appalachian area and heritage. They have made it their goal to be the reservoirs and transmitters of as much of the traditional Appalachian arts and crafts as possible.

To register for this workshop please select whether you are a member of the center from the drop down menu below and click on the “Add to Cart” button in the bottom right corner.

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Cone 10 Clay, Glaze and Reduction Firing, October 9-12, 26-30

Instructor:Abby ReczekHona Leigh Knudsen and Josh Manning 

Date: Monday-Thursday, (skip a week) Thursday-Monday, October 9-12, 26-30, Oct. 9-12,26-27 – 5-8pm, Oct. 28 all day, Oct. 30 at discretion of instructors

Tuition: Jax Member $210.00 / Non Member $262.50

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) 50

Class Description: Have you always wondered about that big gas kiln behind the Center? Now you can learn how to prepare ceramic work for it, load it, and fire it during this multiple week class with three of our local potters!

First, Abby Reczek will lead the class in throwing, trimming and hand-building with high fire stoneware clay for 4 days starting on Monday, October 9 through Thursday October 12 from 5-8pm. After the work dries it will be bisque fired in our electric kilns. Then Josh Manning and Hona Leigh Knudsen will help you glaze the work with some of their production glazes on Thursday, October 26 from 5-8pm. On Friday, October 27 from about 5-8pm you’ll learn hands-on how to stack the shelves, load the kiln with work and how to brick up the door. Saturday, October 28, you’ll start early in the morning and learn where to place the burners, how to start the kiln, and throughout the day you’ll learn how to heat the kiln up to Cone 10 temps (over 2300 degrees Fahrenheit). The kiln will need to cool all Sunday, so Monday, October 30 at 5pm you’ll un-brick the kiln door for your first look at the awesomeness of Reduction Firing!

This class is designed for intermediate to advanced students who have knowledge of throwing/handbuilding and a basic understanding of the firing process. If you are concerned whether this class is right for you, please contact the Center and discuss you’re experience with our Ceramics Studio Manager, Cory Potrafka.

UPDATE: The intermediate wheel throwing class with Abby Reczek is no longer available but the gas kiln firing portion is. You can sign up for just the gas kiln firing portion by clicking here. Please read very carefully the requirements for taking the cone 10 glaze & gas firing class.

Minimum Age: 18 and older or with special permission by instructor

Minimum Enrollment: 4, Maximum Enrollment: 8

About the Instructor: Abby Reczek graduate from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA in 2012. She is originally from this area of Pennsylvania, but her love of pottery has brought her down to Virginia. Following graduation she started a 10 month long residency at the Cub Creek Foundation in Appomattox, VA where she learned extensively about wood firing. While at Cub Creek she learned more about the town of Floyd, its rich art culture, and the apprenticeship opportunities. Abby was awarded the position of apprentice to Silvie Granatelli and has been working with her since September of 2013. She has also been lucky enough to be working with someone who uses carving as a decoration technique because it has allowed her to begin refining the skill that she had started experimenting with at Cub Creek. Abby will be working with Silvie until the fall of 2015. Abby’s work is largely based off things she sees in nature and reinterprets through line drawings which she carves onto her pieces. The pieces are made of porcelain and are fired in a gas kiln in a reduction atmosphere.

Josh Manning & Hona Knudsen (bio coming soon)

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Silk Scarf Dyeing, October 14

Instructor: Darcy Meeker

Date: Saturday, October 14, 1pm-5pm

Tuition: Jax Member $22.00 / Non Member $27.50

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) Approx $50

Class Description: Create beautiful silk-wool scarves or silk-rayon velvet scarves during this intensive day of creativity. Each scarf will be a unique piece of you. Use them as gifts or keep them for yourself! Darcy will bring all sorts of fun materials to use to help dyes create visual textures on the scarves. Students should expect to make about 3 scarves during the workshop, however, if students make more or less, the material fee will be adjusted accordingly.

Minimum Age: Responsible young adult

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 12

About the Instructor: Darcy Meeker tools copper (from earrings to 38-foot wall work), creates sculpture in stone, clay, silk, aluminum, and, well, pretty much anything she can get her hands on, and paints, collages and prints on a variety of materials with the same wide-ranging enthusiasm. She also works in light, currently developing a walk-through light/sculpture experience. Her commissions include a large public sculpture for General Electric in Schenectady, NY, one for the Luther Memorial Lutheran Church in Blacksburg, Va., and other sculptures for private homes coast to coast. Five colleges have given her one-person shows. Galleries in North Carolina, Washington, DC, Virginia, Oregon and Tennessee have included her work in one-, two- and three-person shows. She has been in invitationals and juried shows in Colorado, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Florida, South Carolina, Arizona and North Carolina.

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Capturing the Light Workshop: Plein Air Painting with Thomas Bradshaw, October 20-22

Instructor: Thomas Bradshaw

Date: Friday-Sunday, October 20-22, 9am-5pm

Tuition: Jax Member $285 / Non Member $325

Material Fee: $0 – Bring your own materials, a supply list will be provided

Class Description: 

Suited for outdoor painters, from intermediate to experienced, this workshop will allow you to explore the essentials of a limited pallet and why it is key for successful painting.

Enjoy three full days with Thomas Bradshaw, award-winning oil painter, for an intensive workshop of painting landscapes on location in beautiful Floyd, VA. He will demonstrate his technique and explain in detail how to catch the ever-changing light conditions outdoors and how to eliminate the everyday problems of mixing from a limited pallet.

The specific areas of focus are:

  • The value of choosing your scene and understanding the key elements of your composition.
  • The improvement of deliberate brush strokes.
  • Capturing light movement and speed.
  • Discovering the five key essentials to successful paintings.

Before attending the workshop:

  • Make sure know your equipment and how to use it.
  • Bring at least six, 6 x 8 panels for 30 minute studies and three, 8 x 10 or 11 x 14 panels for larger studies.  Do not bring canvases.

A complete materials list will be provided by the Center after registration.

Minimum Age: Responsible Young Adult

Minimum Enrollment: 4, Maximum Enrollment: 12

About the Instructor: Thomas Bradshaw has been painting his impressionistic paintings since 2002. He comes from a dedicated family of creative artists and doctors who always pushed him to follow his own personal journey into fine art.

Thomas is a nationally collected artist with many awards over the years. He has gained success through various juried shows like Plein Air Easton and Winter Park Plein Air, along with other juried shows along the east coast. Thomas’ style is often described in various ways; sometimes a painting will lean toward Impressionistic Realism while other times it leans more abstract.

“Each subject is its own director,” he points out. “Always approaching each scene with an open mind allows the subject to say what it wanted to say.” That is very important to Thomas. “It is a very versatile yet challenging mode of expression through light and shadow. Through this way I am able to imply detail without overstating it. Using my own style of brushwork and palette knife together to create a textured impression and paint quality that entices a closer look.”

Thomas currently teaches Plein Air workshops and indoor classes through For Arts Sake Gallery in Richmond VA. When he is not teaching Thomas travels as much as he can to keep the juices flowing. See you along the trail sometime!

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Polymer Clay Series: Kitty Ring Holder, October 21

Instructor: Teri Walters

Date: Saturday, October 21, 1-4pm

Tuition: Jax Member $17.00 / Non Member $21.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $10

Class Description: Sculpture and polymer clay go hand in hand. Join us for this fun Kitty Ring-Holder sculpture workshop with artist Teri Walters. Teri will demonstrate basic sculpture techniques to create this functional design. If you haven’t worked with polymer clay yet, don’t worry, this class is great for beginners too. More experienced students will also get a chance to experiment with color selection and texture techniques. Students can also customize their sculpture by adding seasonal decorations to their sculptures, like fall leaves at the kitty’s feet.   The final product would also make a great gift for the upcoming season.

Minimum Age: Responsible Young Adult

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 12

 

About the Instructor: Teri Walters was introduced to polymer clay in 1999 and quickly became a “polyholic”. Since then, her artwork has taken her to many different places. She has been featured on local television, has won 1st and 3rd places in Polymer Cafe magazine for her work in millefiori caning and mixed media work, featured in newspapers, participated in various exhibits, has her creations in retail stores, and can be found at local craft shows selling and teaching in her booth. Teri has a great desire to teach and thoroughly enjoys passing on her knowledge and experiences in polymer clay to all those desiring to learn.

To register for this workshop please select whether you are a member of the center from the drop down menu below and click on the “Add to Cart” button in the bottom right corner.

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Intermediate Basketry: Grapevine Basket, October 24-26

Instructor: Kathy Dulaney

Date: Tuesday-Thursday, October 24-26, 1-4pm

Tuition: Jax Member $45.00 / Non Member $56.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $10

Class Description: Baskets are always useful, and handmade baskets are especially beautiful.  You can make your own in this basket weaving workshop that both beginners and intermediate students will find fun.  Each student in Kathy Dulaney’s class will use grapevines as the base hoops and have the option to weave in special materials too.  Each participant will come away with their own basket and information will be provided on how to order supplies for future baskets.

Minimum Age: Responsible Young Adult

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 12

About the Instructor: A native of Floyd County, Kathy Dulaney has been weaving baskets and teaching classes for 25 years. Weaving mostly older Appalachian style baskets, she strives to keep the tradition alive by teaching younger folks the art. If you make a basket in one of her classes you can be sure that it will be something you can use. Each basket was designed for a specific purpose and Kathy stresses the usefulness of each in her classes.

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Lampshade Making, November 6 & 7

Instructor: Susan Icove

Date: Monday & Tuesday, November 6 & 7, 1pm-5pm

Tuition: Jax Member $60.00 / Non Member $75.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) Approx $30

Class Description: Join Susan Icove and make your own perfect lampshade for a one-of-a-kind lamp! Come spend two half days at the Floyd Center for the Arts to learn the process of making lampshades.  If all aligns correctly you should be able to make a few shades to take home.

The types of shades taught during this class are:

Drum Lampshades

and Cone Shape Lampshades

You will be asked to bring your own paper or fabric for this process. When you sign up the instructor will guide you in the selection of appropriate materials. You will also want to bring the lamp(s) you intend to put the lampshade(s) on. This will help determine the size and style of shade you will want to make.

In the class, you will be provided with the following items.

1. Cutting mats

2. Wire to forms for the top and bottom of the shade

3. Spray glue for attaching the fabric or paper to the styrene

4. Arc Patterns to make the shade from

5. Styrene to line the shade

6. Grosgrain to trim both the top and bottom of the shade

Minimum Age: 18 and older or with special permission by instructor

Minimum Enrollment: 5, Maximum Enrollment: 12

About the Instructor: As an artist, Susan Icove seeks to find the beauty in what others may consider junk.  She draws on her love of combining elements of the past with the world of the present.  She creates three-dimensional collages to form lamps and other furnishings, that are often surprising and humorous, using household objects, broken appliances, odd family heirlooms, or just leftover odds and ends. She finds these objects by searching junkyards, thrift stores, yard sales, and even dumpster diving.  Often a lamp will grow around a few parts that work together so that each lamp has a theme.  “Each creative decision builds upon the one before it, perfectly orchestrated in accordance with the message that I seek to inspire,” states Susan.  She feels that lighting is one of the foundations of the atmosphere in our lives and her lamps reincorporate found and recycled objects into our homes in unexpected ways.  Living in the rural southwestern Virginia town of Floyd, Susan has many interests, ranging from her 125 year old home, the local community, and as an owner of a local gallery, Troika Contemporary Crafts.  When not making lamps, she divides her time between her husband David, her children, Max and Margaux, and their many dogs and horses.  After an earlier career as a successful studio potter, Susan turned over a new leaf, and began to assemble her unique lamps.  The challenges of adapting modern living to an old home, while preserving the character of the house, has been a profound influence on Susan’s development as an artist.  Her often playful and surprising solutions to lighting are an obvious outcome.   You can learn more about Susan Icove and her work at her gallery in Floyd and online at www.TroikaCrafts.com.

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Paint Your Own Barn Quilt, November 11

This class has not met it’s minimum enrollment requirement as has been canceled. We hope to schedule another in the spring.

Instructor: Bonnie Shropshire

Date: Saturday, November 11, 9am-5pm

Tuition: Jax Member $44.00 / Non Member $55.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) 2×2- $125, 3×3- $150, 4×4- $175 and a $25 later fee if the student is within 7 days

Class Description: Barn quilts can be painted and mounted on any structure, not just barns. Many chose to use the designs as art to decorate the interior of their homes. Locally, barn quilt designs are found on anything from barns, to sides of houses, above fireplaces, and even on the side of metal storage buildings. A website with hundreds of designs to choose from will be given when you sign up for the class.

Minimum Age: Responsible Young Adult

Minimum Enrollment: 6, Maximum Enrollment: 14

About the Instructor: Bonnie Shropshire, Artist/Designer – After retiring in 2004 after 25 years as a paralegal, Bonnie fulfilled a longtime dream to finish college. She enrolled as a full time student at Surry Community College where she earned her degree in Advertising and Graphic Design. Bonnie is also a designer for OESD/Bernina. She currently has four sets of embroidery designs on the market, including: Feather Beauties and Floral Beauties among others which are based on her very detailed pencil drawings.   Bonnie Shropshire is passionate about art and quilting. An artist her entire life and quilter for more than 29 years, she wanted to combine quilting and art in a way that everyone could participate, even if they have no background in art or quilting.   As a Quilting Instructor for Surry Community College, she became familiar with barn quilts when she and the Surry Quilter’s Guild traveled to Ohio and visited a Mennonite relief auction in August a couple of years ago. She saw so many beautiful designs on the local barns and houses it inspired her to combine both of her loves, quilting and art, into one form.     Bonnie enjoys meeting with fellow quilters, teaching workshops and lecturing to quilt guilds where she shares her ideas and continues to learn new things from other quilters and artist.   When not traveling and teaching, she spends her time developing new quilt patterns for Hoffman’s of California fabric company and enjoying the peace and quite of her studio on their farm just outside of Dobson, North Carolina. She and her husband of 45 years, Jerry, are the proud parents of two grown sons, Marty and Anthony. They have two grandsons, Dawson and Aiden, who live next door to them and has easy access to “Big Nanny’s” cooking and spoiling. They round out their household with Sophia, a golden retriever and four cats, Sylvester, Amy, Misty and PJ.

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Beginning Blacksmithing, November 11-12

Instructor: Dillard Fraizer

Date: Saturday & Sunday, November 11 & 12, 9am-5pm

Tuition: Jax Member $88.00 / Non Member $110.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $20

Class Description: This beginning blacksmithing class will introduce students to the equipment, tools and safety precautions involved in the use of the blacksmith’s forge. Once familiar with the tools of the trade, the class will practice fundamental blacksmithing techniques while learning to make basic hooks, tools and decorative flares.  Students are asked to bring their own safety glasses and to wear long pants and close-toed shoes. Aprons and gloves are optional.

Minimum Age: 18 and older or with special permission by instructor

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 12

About the Instructor: Dillard Frazier lives in Meadows of Dan, Virginia. Dillard and his wife Pam, began Heritage Arts, a family organization with the goal of preserving the arts of their Appalachian area and heritage. They have made it their goal to be the reservoirs and transmitters of as much of the traditional Appalachian arts and crafts as possible.

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Leather Flower Hat: Millinery Workshop, March 24-25, 2018

Instructor: Jan Wutkowski

Date: Saturday and Sunday, March 24-25, 2018, 9am-5pm

Tuition: Jax Member $120.00 / Non Member $150.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) 50

Class Description: Learn to create sweet but dramatic leather flowers that will be used to fashion a small Spring hat. Leather is a very contemporary material in hat-making and these easy to make flowers will be hand-stitched to a straw base; the hat will be further embellished with a combination of ribbon, veiling and feathers. Shading and mark-making on leather will create realism to the flowers. No special tools are needed to make these flowers and no millinery experience is needed. These leather flowers can also be used on garments and in home decor. Come try your hand at creating a unique Spring hat using fine leathers and straw. Students bring: basic sewing kit with sharp craft scissors, variety of needles, tape measure, basic thread colors, bead-head pins (long), foam brush; embellishments like ribbon, veiling, ribbon; apron

Minimum Age: 18 and older or with special permission by instructor

Minimum Enrollment: 4, Maximum Enrollment: 10

About the Instructor: Jan Wutkowski has been creating custom-made hats in the United States since 1996. She studied the millinery arts at the Melbourne (Australia) School of Millinery in 1995. She has been heavily involved in teaching the millinery arts throughout the United States, England, and Australia, since 1998. Learn More about the Instructor at: http://www.hatshatshats.com/index.htm

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Lampworking for Everyone, April 29-30

Instructor: Emilio Santini

Date: Saturday & Sunday, April 29-30, 9am-5pm

Tuition: Jax Member 185.00 / Non Member 225.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $0

Class Description: This class will explore various Venetian techniques at the torch; from basic figure making to basic point pulling, from small glass animals to hollow sculpting. Demos on those and other techniques will increase your knowledge and skill at the torch. Bring ideas and desires to create and will do my best to help you materialise them. Class open to students at all levels. ALL MATERIALS INCLUDED!

Minimum Age: 18 and older or with special permission by instructor

Minimum Enrollment: 4, Maximum Enrollment: 7

About the Instructor: Emilio Santini was born in Murano, Italy, into a family with 600 years of glassblowing tradition. He currently resides in Williamsburg, VA. He has recently begun to combine his flameworking talent with furnace blown and cast work. He has taught extensively in this country’s major glass schools and is a popular instructor for both beginning and highly skilled students.

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Make Your Own Pinhole Camera and Use it!, April 29-30

Instructor: Jeff Liverman & Leia Wood

Date: Saturday & Sunday, April 29-30, 10am-2pm

Tuition: Jax Member $25.00 / Non Member $30.00

Material Fee: (Due during workshop) $0

Class Description: In celebration of Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day, April 30, 2017, we are offering this low cost workshop on how to build your own pinhole camera and how to use it. Russ Young, local photographer and expert in lensless photography, will be a guest in the workshop too. He is our 2017 Featured Artist and is curating a photography exhibition in August through September. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from the best! You will build your camera on Saturday and have instruction on how to use it before you leave. Then, you’ll be asked to go take your photo on Sunday morning and return to the center to develop it on Sunday afternoon. ALL MATERIALS INCLUDED!

Minimum Age: Responsible Young Adult

Minimum Enrollment: 3, Maximum Enrollment: 20

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