"Basic Stained Glass:
In a concise, four-session pre-planned set of lessons, Johnsen covers the fundamentals of working with stained glass in a way that not only allows students of the technique to learn how to make their own stained glass panels, but also allows the instructor to measure their progress against the worksheets that are provided as part of the book. Six patterns are provided for the students to progressively increase their skills.
The lessons follow the natural order of stained glass practice: 1. Tools, Equipment and Materials; 2. Cutting Glass; 3. Soldering; and 4. Finishing and Framing. Johnsen also provides health and safety tips, as well as notes on glass cutting, copper foiling, soldering and flux. The worksheets cover glass cutting practice, foiling and soldering practice, the transfer of the pattern to glass, soldering, cleaning and finishing, framing with zinc borders and with wood, then finally a project evaluation. The author even includes a form that allows the members of the class to evaluate the teacher and the instruction, providing valuable feedback to those who teach stained glass techniques using the book.
Originally from Arkansas, Ms. Johnsen holds Art Minors at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She spent the final semester of her Masters degree program at the University of Tennessee's Gatlinburg Art and Craft Center. She has taken numerous workshops from such renowned glass artists as Linda Abbot (wire wrapping), Norm and Ruth Dobbins (glass etching), Gil Reynolds (glass fusing), Robin Werner (glass painting) and spent two years in apprenticeship with Donna German of the Glass Shack in Oceano, California. Ms. Johnsen conducts weekly stained glass classes at Vandenberg Air Force Base, where she is under contract with the VAFB's Skill Development Center.|
She is the owner of PJs Stained Glass Studio in Santa Maria, California, specializing in custom orders, gift items, and repairs. She is active in the Los Padres Artist Guild on the central coast and serves as Parliamentarian and Chairman of the Guild's Scholarship Committee. Ms. Johnson is currently employed at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, California, where she works as an educational administrator for special grants.
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