Dates: March 20, 21, 22 2020
Location: Denny’s Workshop at the Helvetica Lavendar Farm in Hillsboro, Oregon
Theme: Freestyle Flower Garden
Create a breathtaking glass-on-glass mosaic masterpiece! No experience required! This is a 2.5 day workshop, where you will start with a custom framed window, approx 12″x 15″ that will be transformed into a gorgeous work of art. Frame upgrades will be available at workshop and are priced between $25-$50.
Students are encouraged to participate in potluck style lunches. More information will be provided after registration.
March – Denny’s Workshop with Kory Dollar
Register Now for Kory's Stained Glass Mosaic Freestyle Flower Garden. Price includes all supplies and materials for a 12 " x 12 " glass on glass mosaic
Stained Glass Mosaic Workshop with Kory Dollar of Marvelous Mosaic Fine Art
Theme: Sugar Skulls or Mandala
October 23, 24, 25, 2020
Denny’s Workshop in Hillsboro, Oregon
Location: 12814 NW Bishop Rd, Hillsboro, OR 97124
The studio is located on the Helvetica Lavender and Tree Farm
Hours: Friday 10am – 5pm
Saturday 9am – 5pm
Sunday 9am – Noon
Food is not provided for this event, but a potluck is something most students participate in.
Registration questions please contact Kory Dollar at firstname.lastname@example.org
Host: Denny Miller
Denny’s Workshop – October – Mandala and Sugar Skulls
When you come to my workshop, how do you see me? Do I seem all together? Do I appear to know what I’m doing?
The truth is, I often see myself more like this:
I feel broken, torn apart, confused, hurt, a hot mess. I think that all of us may be broken in some way or another. For many years I functioned in the mode of the second picture, patched together with string, band aids, and bubble gum. As wonderful as staying home to raise my kids was, I lost a sense of who I was. My worth, value, and vision. I was constantly taking care of the needs of others while [mostly] ignoring my needs.
As my children grew older and left home, I began to “refind” myself. I think the process revolved around my personal faith, art, a community of women/friends, and starting to care for my needs more intentionally. My faith didn’t waiver but the other things did.
Although I’ve always enjoyed art, I am not a trained artist and for many years my pursuit of art centered around doing art projects with my kids and making Christmas gifts. At one particularly frustrating time in my life I needed an avenue for venting. I went to Goodwill and bought cheap plates and threw them against the back wall of my garage. While I don’t recommend this, the process was cathartic but I was left with a box of ceramic fragments. This lead to making my first mosaics. I began to see with new eyes, finding mosaic possibilities everywhere I went. My eyes were focused outward and I discovered beauty all around me.
There is something very healing about creating art. For me, it is discovery and process. Learning something new. Moving out of my box. Challenging myself. Creating something that won’t disappear as clean dishes do after a meal… It brings me peace. In fact, my friend Ra’Ood finds the process of mixing and pouring paint to be very meditative.
Art brings me peace and joy. I relax. Pablo Picasso said, “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” When I do art, I am renewed. I refill my cup so that I have more to give others.
If you need healing, peace, joy, think about coming to my workshop or picking up art on your own. Perhaps, it will lead to your own path to healing and wholeness.
Stained Glass Mandala Workshop with Kory Dollar of Marvelous Mosaic Fine Art
Theme: Mandala Madness Mosaic Party!
Dates: Friday, April 26 and Sunday, April 28, 2019
Time: Friday 9 am to 12 am, yes 12 am or as late as you want to work. Sunday is grout day 9 am to 12 pm. Location: Hillsboro, Oregon
Address: Denny’s Workshop
This coming Saturday, March 16— Gourd Burning and Staining, 10 am to 4 pm. $30. Gourds, stains provided. If you have a wood carving tool, please bring it. I have a limited his coming Saturday, March 16— Gourd Burning and Staining, 10 am to 4 pm. $30. Gourds, stains provided. If you have a wood carving tool, please bring it. I have a limited number to share. Pre-registration required .
Stained Glass Mandala Workshop with Kory Dollar of Marvelous Mosaic — Friday, April 26 (9 am to 12 am or however late you want to work) and Sunday, April 28, 2019 (9-noon to grout), $200.
Paper Making, April 27, 9 am to 2 pm (approx.). $15. We will make a variety of kinds of papers, paper casting and add inclusions. We will experiment with vegetable paper as well.
We are in the process of scheduling a Crazy Quilting workshop (meeting a number of weeks for a shorter length), possibly a ceramics workshop, and — with the advent of hotter weather — marbling and shibori classes. Some of us attended a Golden Product workshop and will be setting up a day to play with different products and techniques. We are hoping to bring the Golden instructor in to teach Radical Recipes (art not cooking). If you are interested in any of these classes and would like more information or to give input on when we schedule the classes, please let me know.
As usual, we are always playing with alcohol inks and pour painting and are open to scheduling any art class you are interested in.
See you soon!
It’s been 2.5 years since I opened Denny’s Workshop and the workshop continues to evolve. I knew when I started that I wanted time and space to do my own art but also desired to welcome others in to explore art together, to create community, and to find healing through both relationship and the process of making art. I am now officially a non-profit organization (affiliated with Artists for Community Organization International). What does this mean?
As a 501(c)(3), my emphasis is on making art available at an affordable price and even offering some art classes free. Students can participate in classes or in open studio sessions which cost $5 per session (or $30 per year). This minimal cost covers use of most of the tools in the workshop. If you use materials (paper, stickers, paints, canvases, clay, etc) I ask that you make a donation to cover the cost of the supplies if possible. Without donations, eventually I will run out of materials to share. I realize that not everyone can afford to make a donation and that is okay. Some share by helping with special projects or by donating supplies or even helping clean up after a class. I do not turn students away if they cannot donate and I do not “police” it.
If you believe in what I am offering and want to help keep the workshop alive, I am looking for people who would like to make a commitment to monthly donations — even as low as $5 a month — or who would like to make a one time contribution to the workshop and receive a charitable donation receipt.
A couple of notes for those who are new to the workshop:
- I’m a one-person workshop. I have no employees but love volunteers! It also means that you need to contact me before you come because if no one says they’re coming to an event or an open studio, I may decide to go grocery shopping. Check in advance! I’m here a lot and will try to accommodate your schedule.
- I don’t have a lot of classes on my schedule because I am finding it works much better for students to contact me with what they want to do… and then we set up a class and time that works.
- I love all forms of arts and if I don’t have experience in the kind of art you’re interested in, I may still want to explore it with you.
- Friend me on Facebook. That’s where I post last minute classes and other opportunities as well as art done in the studio or by me.
- The schedule is constantly changing. New things appear as people request them.
Jackie Hanes will be teaching a class in Crazy Quilting — with an emphasis on left handed stitching. Some of us righties will also be taking the class.
Monica Pardy will be teaching techniques for painting ceramics that win awards!!
We hope also to be offering a beginners class in painting with watercolors.
If you are interested in taking any of these classes, contact me for details. OR if you’d like to teach a class, I’m always looking for teachers.
Note: I recently completed the mixed media piece at the top of this blog. Here’s an explanation:
Finally finished the piece I’ve been working on intermittently for the last six weeks. It was not a planned piece. It just emerged step by step from my heart. It’s not beautiful. It’s not even well cleaned. Even the faux pearls have lost some of their shine. But all that is okay.
Let me tell you what my interpretation is. Yours may be different. Please feel free to tell me what you see.
The left side is all about brokenness and pain and how we deal with it. The child is broken. Nothing is as it should be. The x’s across the mouth indicate the inability to talk about it. Withdrawal and isolation is also depicted in how the broken heart has chicken coop wire around it so that no one can get close and then barb wire to keep others at a distance.
There are pieces of beauty — tile, mosaic bits, and more. But many pieces, especially tools, are rusty.
There is a torn family photo which is a nod to how one person’s pain can break relationships, has long spreading implications. It is not only the injured person who is affected.
Dividing the two sides is a tree limb with actual silk worm cocoons on it and then faux butterflies. This symbolizes new birth to me. Change. Transformation.Out of the ruins comes beautiful mosaic butterflies. The background is fluid, no long frozen. There is movement. There are tiny sparkles reflecting discovery, pieces of joy. Embedded are many watch faces because new life does not come quickly. It takes time.
Nothing on the right side is perfect. I didn’t clean the mosaic pieces well. Some of the sheen came off the pearls. Newness does not translate to perfection.
It is a piece of hope to me. Despite incredible pain, there can come a new beginning.