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The Telegram
  • Glass art inspires creativity for Herkimer students

  • High school junior Tim Sullivan thought glass fusing wouldn’t be too difficult.

    But last week when guest artist Tina Betz taught his art class at Herkimer Junior-Senior High School how to fuse glass, Sullivan realized just how much work it takes.

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  • High school junior Tim Sullivan thought glass fusing wouldn’t be too difficult.
    “You just figure laying down glass and putting it in a kiln is going to be easy,” the 17-year-old said.
    But last week when guest artist Tina Betz taught his art class at Herkimer Junior-Senior High School how to fuse glass, Sullivan realized just how much work it takes.
    “Watching how it heats up and looking at all her works and stuff, you definitely need some talent for that,” Sullivan said. “I think it’s cool. Definitely better than just sitting here drawing stuff. It’s more hands-on.”
    Through a $5,000 Art$tart cq grant administered by Central New York Arts, Herkimer art teacher Heather McCutcheon was able to bring Betz into the school to work with students from her studio art and sculpture classes.
    “I’m always excited to do something different,” McCutcheon said.
    Students used glass donated by Julie Bigger, of Glimmer Glass Gifts in Sherburne, to design their own art pieces, which they’ll be able to take home once they’re complete.
    Senior Jennifer Sherman, 18, designed a butterfly coming down to a flower. She said she learned a lot from the lessons, including which types of glass fuse together, how to overlap them to make different patterns, and how to cut them so they fit together.
    “I love that you can use your imagination to make new pieces,” she said. “I hope that future classes can get to do this again, because it’s a great experience.”

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