Category Archives: Hands-on

Treat Your Mom to (Paper) Flowers

By Bonnie Wright, Curator of Education and Community Engagement

Taking inspiration from the Botanicals of the Museum of Glass exhibition Joey Kirkpatrick and Flora C. Mace: Every Soil Bears Not Everything, join us for an afternoon of paper flower making on Saturday, May 7! It’s a fun and gratifying craft, and from such simple materials – just paper, tape, and wire – you can create the most beautiful blooms.

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Joey Kirkpatrick (American, born 1952) and Flora C. Mace (American, born 1949); Field Daffodils, 2015; Flower, composite, glass, paint, and steel; 26 1/2 x 22 x 8 inches; Photo courtesy of the artists.

I’ll be at the workshop, so I hope to meet you! I’m looking forward to making some paper bouquets for both me AND my mom in Pennsylvania. Let’s hope the flowers survive the plane ride!

During the session, you’ll learn how to create several styles of crepe paper flowers and foliages using traditional crepe, duplex (double-sided) crepe, and European crepe paper. You’ll leave with some knowledge and a lovely paper bouquet in hand!

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Photo courtesy of Laurie Cinotto.

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Photo courtesy of Laurie Cinotto.

Laurie Cinotto, who will lead the workshop, is a local crafter and DIY project designer. She crafts all sorts of things out of paper, like birdcages, notebooks, lanterns, and ornaments, but her area of expertise is paper flower making. You can find out about all the things she makes on her craft blog, LaLaLaurie.com.

Laurie and her husband share their lives with two permanent resident cats and a steady stream of foster kittens. She chronicles the lives of the felines on TheIttyBittyKittyCommittee.com, which many Tacoma locals will be familiar with! In 2014, she published The Itty Bitty Kitty Committee book. Unfortunately, cats aren’t allowed at the Museum’s flower workshop…

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Photo courtesy of Laurie Cinotto.

Laurie’s paper flower making workshop is a great hands-on activity to do with your mom ahead of Mother’s Day or to create a surprise bouquet for your mother on May 8!

Workshop details, including time and cost, are available on the Museum’s calendar. Hope to see you on May 7!

Bonnie Wright is the Curator of Education and Community Engagement at Museum of Glass. A newcomer to the west coast, Bonnie can often be found exploring Tacoma, Seattle, and the region’s natural wonders.

Fused Glass Egg Workshops!

By Bonnie Wright, Curator of Education and Community Engagement

Have you tried your hand at tack fusing?

Fusing is a technique used to bond together pieces of glass using heat from a kiln. Tack fusing is a form of fusing that allows some textures, composed while cold, to stay partially intact after the fusing process has taken place.

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Museum of Glass now offers seasonal tack fusing projects, including Santas and wreaths during the holiday season and conversation hearts on Valentine’s weekend. The next seasonal project, Easters eggs and hatching chicks, will take place on March 12 and 13!

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Fusing opportunities take place on the second full weekend of each month. On months with no seasonal project, MOG will revert to its traditional full fused tile making workshops.

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Visit our website for all upcoming fusing activities!

Bonnie Wright is the Curator of Education and Community Engagement at Museum of Glass. A newcomer to the west coast, Bonnie can often be found exploring Tacoma, Seattle, and the region’s natural wonders.