The following is from GlassRoots
GlassRoots in Newark is pleased to announce it’s spring 2017 fundraiser, Gardens and Glass to be held at the Van Vleck
House and Gardens in Montclair, NJ on Sunday, June 11 from 1-4pm. Tickets are $75 and available on the GlassRoots website at www.GlassRoots.org.
Gardens and Glass will feature flame working demonstrations against the backdrop of the illustrious Van Vleck Gardens, as well as brunch bites, fine teas, mimosas, and other treats. GlassRoots will showcase the hand-made glass artistry of its students and teaching artists along with examples of fine craft from other New Jersey makers and designers.
Co-chairs for this event are acclaimed furniture designer Tucker Robbins and Curtland Fields, CEO of the Turrell Fund. Exhibits from New Jersey Makers will include woodworker Alan Adler, ceramist Marguerite Brennan, felt designer Rachael Grochowski, textile artist Amy Pilkington, and botanical artist Susan Frei Nathan.
GlassRoots is a Newark-based 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for achievement to youth and young adults by engaging them in the creation of glass art and the development of entrepreneurial and life skills. GlassRoots programs are STEAM-based (science, technology, engineering, arts and math), and are offered as in-school residencies, after-school and summer arts programs, workforce development programs, and as workshops for teens and adults, using competency in handling molten glass as a pathway to personal development.
The fire and danger of glass making attracts and engages our students, but before they know it they have learned –
Life skills of patience, teamwork, creative problem solving, disciple and resilience that they need to safely work with glass.
Academic skills, as they experience hands-on, the chemistry, physics, and math and engineering required of glassmaking.
Business and job readiness skills, as they create their own products, which they price, market and sell, gaining an understanding of business strategies, job readiness and entrepreneurship.
Glassmaking is a fascinating and fun for everyone! GlassRoots has a wide variety of classes all areas of glassmaking for kids and adults, beginners and seasoned glass artists. The class schedule is available here. Everyone can learn to manipulate molten glass over a flame to create gorgeous jewelry and other glass objects and release their inner artist!