I had the immense pleasure of spending 3 days last week with Mark Angus at the Bild-Werk in Frauenau, Germany. Mark proved himself to be a wonderful teacher as well as an inspiration to myself and the other students in the course.
Mark shared with us some of his techniques for creating his art. We got right to business by silver-staining a bunch of pieces of float glass on the first evening and using traditional tracing black on others to start some small compositions. Over the next days, we continued to work those pieces, which were fired overnight, and to create new ones as well. I absolutely loved seeing how his mind works and how he goes about creating his artwork. He has a fabulous personality and is very open and graceful in the way that he teaches. I gained so much over the course that I could never have learned on my own and I am eternally grateful for the experience. I immediately grabbed a slot (one of the few remaining, apparently) in the Bild-Werk’s International Summer Academy and I am already eagerly anticipating what I’ll learn then!
If you’re not familiar with it, as I was not until I found I was coming to Germany and someone graciously suggested it to me on www.Warmglass.com, The Bild-Werk is a school and art facility dedicated to furthering all forms of art and inspiration from music and theater to painting, drawing, and especially glass work – just to name some. It’s situated in Bavaria in the beautiful little village of Frauenau which also houses the Glass Museum and many glass production sites and outlets. The website for the Bild-Werk is http://www.bild-werk-frauenau.de/en/home/index.php and I would encourage anyone who is near the area to visit!