June Workshop in Oregon

I’m very happy to be teaching a 5-day glasspainting workshop at Fusion Headquarters in Newburg, Oregon, June 15-19. It’s a long time since I visited the West Coast and I’m looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting some new ones.

Stained glass by Debora Coombs for St Mary's Cathedral, Portland, Oregon 1995-98

“Old Friends” includes 18 Catholic saints and blessed, several of whom have been canonized since I painted their portraits in St Mary’s Cathedral on NW Davis in Portland in 1997. It’ll be curious -and wonderful I hope, to revisit the project that spurred our immigration to the US.

Go to Fusion Headquarters for workshop info or to register.

Watch (a much younger) me painting the saints for St Mary’s Cathedral

More about Stained Glass Tiling

Winter Study 2015 at Williams College: Stained Glass Tiling. Instructor Debora CoombsThe course lasted 19 days (that included a field trip and final exhibition) and there were 10 students. I gave presentations and/or specific instruction each morning. Students were required to put in a minimum of fifteen additional hours per week on their own time.

The assignment was to design a stained glass panel using one or two regular convex polygons that fitted together to form a two or three-dimensional tiling pattern plus a border that could be of various shapes. Each piece of glass was to be fired at least twice and the decoration of the prototile/s should repeat.

Aglaia Ho put together a series of slides that logged her process, from early geometry to sculptural soldering. Watch here

Each student started from scratch with no prior experience. They learned how to cut glass; carve stamps from lino; paint and print on glass with a variety of tools; to copper foil, assemble and solder; and to frame their panels with zinc. Students worked as a team to hang their exhibition, make posters, art cards, and publicize the event.

We took a field trip to MASS MoCA to see Filthy Lucre and All Utopias Fell, then drove up to Vermont to visit my studio and have dinner.