Advanced Mandalas with Richard La Londe

Date:   April 8 - 11, 2017 (4 Days)
Saturday - Tuesday (10 AM - 6 PM each day)
Class Size:   10 students
Tuition:   $925 - includes all materials, use of tools and firings

Richard La Londe's glass fusing career extends over 35 years, during which he has earned admiration for both his innovation and his art. His work is included in museum collections around the world. Richard is also credited with inventing the "liquid line" method.

Class Description

Students will start by designing a Mandala that will be built over three days using sheet glass, crushed glass frit mixtures, the liquid
glass line method, and multiple firings. Participants will also learn how to use a Dremel®-style rotary diamond engraver to etch a pattern into silver foil and fuse into glass tiles.

Richard also teaches how to fabricate an aluminum mounting system and adhere these tiles into a pattern to create our 14" x 14" Mandala wall piece.

During the final day of class students will learn to use a digital stencil cutter along with the liquid glass line and silver foil to create imagery for our multi-layer 10 x 10 inch Cave Painting which we will also be mounted on aluminum for wall hanging.

Students will complete 2 projects with wall mounting hangers.

About Richard

From Richard's website:

I was born in 1950, grew up in Vancouver, Washington and in 1972, I graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Geology where by I immediately went into art. In the beginning, along with my art, I did many different jobs including commercial fishing in Alaska, becoming a journeyman welder, building houses, creating stained glass windows, forging ornamental iron, blowing glass, and building kilns.

I began fusing glass in an electric kiln in 1981. I use glass that is handmade by Bullseye Glass Company, in Portland, Oregon. In the early 1980s they created the first complete color range of glass that was compatible and when fused together it didn't crack apart. I was one of the initial artists to work with this glass as it became available, and pioneered new techniques. I taught fusing for Bullseye in glass facilities around the United States and in Canada from 1983   1988. In 1985 I taught at the Pilchuck Glass School.

Those early days were about developing techniques and finding out what I could do with the glass. After a few years I began to translate my ideas into the pictorial murals and handkerchief vessels that I am known for today. In 1984 the Corning Museum of Glass purchased one of my early vessels for its collection and I also created my first public fused glass mural for the Washington State Arts Commission, 5' high X 25' long. In the Seattle area, you may have seen my International Arrivals Gateway at the SeaTac airport. Today I live on Whidbey Island and continue to teach, exhibit in galleries, and create public and private commissions.