Glass Art Club Keeps Evolving

Beth Longman

The Glass Art Club of SaddleBrooke has been full of activity since our seasonal and full-time members engaged their sense of fun and creativity by taking classes and making new, beautiful glass art pieces this fall/winter season.

First of all, our name has been updated to better reflect the broad range of glass art that our members create. The former name, Stained Glass Club of SaddleBrooke, implied a focus on traditional stained glass. However, our new name now reflects our members’ wider interests in creating and learning about mosaic tiling, lead came construction, and glass fusing. Traditional stained-glass classes are still offered, but glass fusing is by far the most popular of our class offerings and became possible in 2018 when the club acquired a kiln. The interest in glass fusing exploded our membership numbers to over 100 in 2019!

In addition to the wide range of classes offered, club activities during fall/winter included a holiday potluck held at the Activity Center, a glass and tool sale in January 2020, and a successful wine and cheese fundraiser and silent auction in October 2019. The funds we raised will be used to purchase a larger kiln and offset potential costs to make modifications to the existing facility. Club board members are working with the SaddleBrooke TWO board and staff to find a suitable location for the larger kiln to accommodate our members’ growing interest in glass fusing.

We are in the Turquoise Room at the SaddleBrooke TWO Arts and Craft Center Mondays 9 a.m. to noon and Thursdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., so stop by for a visit. You can find more information about the club and a class schedule at www.glassartsb.com or email us at glassart@glassartsb.com. If you can’t find time to work in a new class or two this spring, watch the website for classes starting fall of 2020!