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British-American artist to teach master class in glass at Toledo Museum of Art

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Joanna Manousis, "Selene"

British-American artist Joanna Manousis will teach her kiln cast glass techniques during a one-week glass art master class at the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) July 15-19. Glassworking experience is preferred but not required.  

In addition to teaching her class, Manousis will join Two Tone Studio artists Boyd Sugiki and Lisa Zerkowitz for a free lecture in the GlasSalon Friday, July 19 at 7 p.m.

Manousis’s class will explore the use of ‘hanging-core’ and ‘surface-core’ refractory molds as a means to create residual details within solid kiln cast glass.

Through daily lectures and demonstrations, she will cover basic to advanced kiln casting strategies. Students will create original structures from found objects and hand-sculpted clay, acquiring the skills necessary to assemble finished models for refractory-core and lost wax casting investment.

During the week students will also be introduced to polyurethane mother molds, hand-built refractory molds, hot wax construction, wax finishing, sprueing and firing techniques, along with de-investment tips for core molds. In addition, various cold-working methods will also be explored to polish and reveal the internal cavities within finished glass castings.

Manousis has been recognized with nominations for the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award and a Bombay Sapphire Award Nomination for 'Excellence in Glass' as well as the Margaret M. Mead Award and the Hans Godo Frabel Award.

She holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Alfred University, New York, and a Bachelor’s Degree in fine art–glass from The University of Wolverhampton, England. Manousis has worked, studied and taught in Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia.

Her class is one in a series of glass master classes the Museum is hosting through August 2019. The glass master classes run one week, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with lunch provided. Each week-long class costs $950 for Museum members and $1,000 for nonmembers.

The Manousis Master Class is supported by Bullseye Glass Co.

For more information or to register for a master class in glass, visit or call (419) 254-5080.