By Janet Serra

Posted: 03/02/2017 16:39:00

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum  located on Main St in Ridgefield is hosting a special Glass Bending workshop with with Suzanne McClelland and Dorie Guthrie on Thursday, April 27, 2017, 6 pm to 8:30 pm.  Participants will join exhibiting  artist Suzanne McClelland and master glass artist and UrbanGlass instructor Dorie Guthrie for this special workshop in The Studio at the Museum.

The highlight will be experimenting with bending glass rods using open flame, combining rich colors and flexible forms. McClelland will talk about her exhibition, including the site-engaged glass installations, then partner with Guthrie to lead participants through the exciting process of working with glass. Materials and light refreshments provided.

This workshop will be followed by a weekday workshop: mix, mash and make on April 28 from 10 am to 11:30 am for kids ages 4 to 8 with an adult.  Kids will discover how Suzanne McClelland uses various materials and a range of art-making methods in her exhibition Just Left Feel Right, combining collage, drawing, and painting. Experiment with images, tools, and techniques to make mixed-media masterpieces. The cose is $15 per adult and one child; member $12.

About Dorie Guthrie

Born in 1982 in Moline, Illinois, Dorie Guthrie was first exposed to the medium when she stumbled upon a small glass studio in her hometown. Since graduating from Illinois State University in 2008, she has continued her studies, being awarded scholarships at Corning Museum of Glass, Penland School of Craft, and Pittsburgh Glass Center, where she furthered her technique. Over the last five years, she has worked on staff at the Pilchuck Glass School and has also been a teacher's assistant at Corning Museum, Pilchuck, and Pittsburgh Glass Center. Guthrie was selected to demonstrate flameworking at the 2013 Glass Art Society Conference in Toledo, Ohio. Before moving to Brooklyn, she taught kilncasting, flameworking, fusing, and imagery techniques at Brazee Street Studio, a Bullseye Resource Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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