Summer 2015 Guest Instructors

Featured Artists


The Summer 2015 session of art glass classes at Delphi's Creativity Center in Lansing, MI is gearing up to start soon. This season renowned glass artists Peter McGrain and Deb Crowley impart their innovative new ideas and techniques to student glassworkers at Delphi.

Get to know each artist and their work, then see which class is right for you! Class sizes are limited so register now to ensure your opportunity to work with these amazing artists.

Peter McGrain Peter McGrain



Award winning artist/designer Peter McGrain has been working with stained glass for over 30 years. During this time he has handled every type of stained glass project imaginable; ranging in scope from intimate experimental panels to large-scale architectural installations. In all, it is his attention to composition and technique that make his imagery so successful.





Check out Peter's work on his website or our Pinterest board.



Class: Introduction to Traditional Glass Painting




Friday, June 5, 2015

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Description
Painting on glass is by far the most effective way to add energetic expression and the appearance of gestural immediacy to your glass artwork. Learning the basics of traditional glass painting will enable you to achieve all the visual effects youve been dreaming of. This class offers a comprehensive introduction into the various aspects of genuine glass painting techniques, including the use of traditional glass stainers paints, silver stains, and kiln-fired enamels. Students will learn how to specially prepare and apply these paints to any glass surface, as well as how to effectively develop any type of image using painted linework, texture and shading. This class is an absolute must for anybody who wants to take their glass artwork in a more exciting and visually stunning direction. You will discover for yourself that with very little practice and just a few simple tools that you too can create painted masterpieces of your own. No experience required.


Mosaic Bottle Lantern


Class: Fun with VITRI-FUSILLE




Saturday-Sunday, June 6-7, 2015

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Description
Imagine creating bright colorful stained glass compositions without the mechanical or aesthetic burdon of lead lines! Its possible with Peter McGrains newly developed Vitri-Fusille process. Vitri-Fusille is a hybrid technique which combines the processes of Contemporary Flat Fusing with Traditional Glass Painting.

In this class students will create their own project using the Vitri-Fusille process. Youll be amazed how carefree stained glass can be when you dont need to worry about the difficulty of using lead and solder to hold your stained glass picture together! No soldering required! Working with a pallet of System 96 compatible glass you will learn how to effectively design, execute and fire a Vitri-Fusille project. Also included will be an overview of the basic Fusing and Traditional Painting Techniques which make this amazing process possible. These include preparing the design, cutting the colored glass elements, fusing a base tile, and developing the finished imagery using the methods of tracing and matting with kiln fired paints.

Vitri-Fusille elements can be used for window art, doorway panels, room dividers, and even lighting fixtures. No experience required.


Fun with VITRI-FUSAILLE
Deb Crowley Deb Crowley



Deb has been creating art for over 40 years, 25 of that in glass. She creates blown, lampworked, fused, sandblasted and all types of cold worked glass like stained and faceted. Many of these techniques are incorporated into her art work. Deb has taught nationwide for over twenty years and really enjoys passing on her knowledge to others.



Explore Deb's work on her website or our Pinterest board.
New Class

Class: Sculpting Birds, Fish and More

from Soft Silver Luster Glass




Saturday, June 20, 2015

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Description
Are you ready to make something beyond beads? Expand your skills to include sculpture and see how to develop silver colors in the same class! Learn tips and secrets from Debs many years of flameworking to create realistic animals while keeping it all HOT! We will start with a manatee and silver luster frit to get the feel of sculpting and reducing the silvers, then move on to a beautiful little hummingbird, learning to keep thin heat sinks like the wings from chilling and breaking off. Finally we will make a wearable fish or two depending on class time, with luster fins for that killer fishy bling! Bonus demo on Debs famous glass display stands too! Be ready for a whole lot of FUN! All skill levels are welcomed.


Sclupting Birds, Fish and More
New Class
Class: Beginning Boro Tubing: Vessels,

Shellsand Hollow Fish Pendants




Sunday, June 21, 2015

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Description
Not sure where to start blowing borosilicate tubing? Have you tried it and ended up frustrated? Then this is the class for you! We will blow small vessels to fill with memories like the clear round one with my Bahamas sand and seahorse, or a perfume necklace. Next we will make a beautiful seashell, blowing and shaping and then cutting it open and piercing it to wear or hang. Finally we will make hollow fish, either with a loop to wear or to leave on a punty. Learn what size tubing you need for each item, heat base of hollow items, and cold, warm and hot seals. Some lampworking experience required.


Beginning Boro Tubing
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ABOUT ME
Chandra Rusk Agostini

Chandra Rusk Agostini

Chandra currently serves as the Marketing Director for Delphi Glass. She graduated from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a concentration in stained glass. She studied under the direction of master stained glass artist  Frederick L. Leuchs. After graduation she continued her work in glass during a year long apprenticeship at Southern Art Glass studio in Lakeland, FL, under the direction of glass artist and designer Marni Johnson. She continues to pursue her passion for glass and hopes to broaden the spectrum of her expertise to include all facets of art glass. She her Delphi Artist Gallery here.