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Exeter Fine Crafts April 2021 Newsletter

April 2021 Newsletter
Jordana Korsen
Hot Glass
Jordana Korsen
Exeter Fine Crafts is pleased to present Jordana Korsen as our featured artist for the month of April. Jordana knew fairly early on that glass would be her medium of choice. After completing a Masters of Fine Art in interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College, she became equally focused on art education. She describes her work as “spontaneous, whimsical, and free,” yet “polished, controlled, and technically sound.” Glass is an exciting art form both in the making and in the fabulous result. No other medium can capture the play of color and light in the way that hot glass can. Jordana's work is contemporary and full of life and color.
Jordana has been an educator in hot glass since 1992. She spent over two decades developing the glass program at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge and has done teaching stints at the highly acclaimed Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York. She currently teaches at the Hot Glass Art Center in Marlborough, NH. As a glass maker, Jordana is a juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen and shows her work in dozens of galleries and shops including the Museum of Glass in Corning and Exeter Fine Crafts.
Jordana Korsen
Hot glass is a traditional medium that celebrates all that is right in our society. Collaboration, trust, teamwork, timing, creativity, and community. The movements in creating each piece can be likened to an intricate dance where each person has a set series of steps and timing is important.
To view Jordana at work, check out this link:
What's New
Baskets, Baskets, Baskets!

From the extremely traditional to the very modern, we have just received a wealth of new handcrafted baskets into the gallery. Deanne Sanville makes her baskets using time tested, labor intensive, traditional techniques. Her baskets are made from strips of Black Ash wood or reeds and some have wooden covers or bases. These baskets are made to be strong and functional in a tradition that has been handed down for hundreds of years. While the oldest known basket is estimated to be approximately 12,000 years old, it is speculated that basket making has been practiced for much longer than that. The art of basketry has been practiced in many cultures around the world where they have been used for both aesthetic and utilitarian purposes.
Peggy Thrasher
EFC welcomes newly juried basket maker Peggy Thrasher to our amazing group of artisans. These ribbon baskets are the most vibrantly colorful that we have ever seen while still maintaining strong technical accuracy. Peggy uses Triaxial weave to create these intricately patterned pieces. The weave style and color-play serve to create optical illusions and a sense of undulating movement in each of these small works.
Upcoming Classes
Tuesdays, April 27 – June 15; (8 weeks)
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Tuition: $138, Sterling silver available to purchase
Instructor: Rob Peacock

Learn basic metalsmithing skills in this beginner’s class. Designing, sawing, filing, polishing, and texturing techniques will be demonstrated and practiced. Copper provided for practice. Students will design and make a sterling silver pendant or earrings.
Saturday, April 24
10:30 am – 3:30 pm
Tuition: $ 95 Sterling Silver available to purchase
Instructor: Rob Peacock
Put a fresh spin on an ordinary ring. Create rings that are as fun to wear as they are beautiful. Students will make two separate ring bands, one wider than the other that will be fabricated together to allow the thinner band to move freely over the wider band. Soldering, forming, and hammering will be demonstrated. Copper and studio tools provided.
Wednesdays, May 5 – June 23; (8 weeks)
6:30 pm – 8:30 PM
Tuition: $275, includes 25 lbs. of clay      
Instructor: Lorraine Dilmore

This course will introduce simple throwing techniques, with weekly demos and instruction given on the wheel. Students will learn at their own pace and be guided toward creating a variety of forms. Continuing students can refine and expand their capabilities to work on more challenging forms, matching sets, larger pieces, and/ or special projects. Glazes and firings included. Bring a towel to use during class
pottery wheel
Saturday, April 17
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuition: $115 All materials included
Instructor: Kathy Binns
Learn how to set a cabochon gemstone in a new and different way using ‘tabs’ instead of a typical bezel. The tabs are designed into the pendant and pierced to suit the stone. Students will make a silver pendant using a gemstone of their choice. Some previous jewelry experience helpful.
Saturday, May 1 ~ Ages 13+
10:30 am – 1:00 PM
Tuition: $40; Pay instructor $15 for materials
Instructor: Mary Jo McCauley

Learn how to dye a luxurious silk scarf! A vast array of colors available to choose from, using the traditional Japanese Shibori method, a resist fabric dying technique. Commonly mistaken for tie-dye in the West, the original Shibori techniques were ancestral, handed down exclusively within Japanese families. Select from two sizes of hand rolled Habotai silk to create a lovely gift for yourself, or for someone special. These would make a perfect Mother’s Day gift!
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April Hours
Monday - Saturday
11 - 5:30
Sundays 12 - 4:00
Closed Easter Sunday