Intermediate Level Open Glass Studio - 8/7/21
with Nikki Pynn
Intermediate Level Open Studios: Participants must attend a Beginner Stained Glass Class before being permitted to attend Intermediate Open Studio. Exceptions for those with prior stained-glass experience will be considered. Materials will be available for purchase to be used in the studio, and instructor will consult with participants individually about their project ideas.
Currently, maximum number of participants has been cut in half from the original 6 due to Covid-19 and proper distancing measures.
18 and Older, or with Special Permission from the Center and Instructor
About the Instructor
Bio: Nikki has worked in stained glass since graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University, 1980, with a Bachelor in Fine Arts, Painting and Printmaking. Nikki Pynn is self-taught in a non-traditional method, guided by professor critique. Many years later, Nikki learned the traditional method of working in stained glass through work at Sledd/Winger Studio, Richmond, Va.
Nikki worked with copper foil panels until 2012, when she began experimenting with found objects. She was influenced by the negative space of various objects, particularly the broken bike wheels left behind repairs made by her husband. She began filling in the spaces between the spokes on wheels, and holes of sprockets discarded by local bike shops.
Statement: "Breaking through the perceived boundaries of stained glass has become my recent focus. I’m inspired by the women of the Bauhaus School that pushed past the limitations imposed on them and raised artforms from functional to fine art. Louis Comfort Tiffany’s contributions and changes to construction of stained glass, transformed a formal flat medium to dimensional with copper foil and layering of glass. It’s been my experience with presenting stained glass out of the window, that there is room to push perception and explore construction challenges. Jack Earle did this with ceramics when he saw the medium being replicated rather than forming questions.
I decided to challenge the notion that art shouldn’t be touched. People want to get involved with objects and will touch things to get closer to them. Putting glass in a structure built for stability such as bike wheels that move is how I’m testing the resiliency of glass in public art. I made the decision to keep the objects manually moved to encourage viewers to “participate” with the notion of using curiosity and what’s usually forbidden.”
This Class is Part of the Mindful Artistry Series
Class Registration and Cancellation Policy
Registration: Class registrations are confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Cancellation/Refund: The Floyd Center for the Arts will conduct classes for which an adequate number of students are registered. Class status is determined 1 week before the first date of the class, unless otherwise noted. Acceptance of payment does not guarantee that a class will run. If the Center must cancel a scheduled class, students who registered for such classes will be given the opportunity to transfer their payments to another course or receive a full refund of their tuition payment.
Student Withdrawals: Students withdrawing from a class before the cancellation period has ended, (one week prior to the start of class, unless otherwise noted) can receive a full refund or may transfer their payments to another class of their choice. Students who withdraw after the cancellation period has closed or after class has started, will not receive a refund.