Bullseye Sheetglass: Murrine with Giles Bettison

May 14-19, 2017 | Class Fee: $1,000 (includes all materials)

CLASS DESCRIPTION: This six-day class will explore graphic possibilities using colored glass and the murrine technique. Giles will demonstrate how his artwork expresses conceptual ideas about perception and place through the medium of glass. Class participants will reflect on the ways that unique narratives can inform the artwork they choose to make. The class will work with cold, warm, and molten glass. An open mind is required. The class will culminate with Brass ‘N Glass, YAYA’s annual glass studio celebration, featuring live music and special glass demos.
Experience level: intermediate preferred. Class size: 6 participants max.


GILES BETTISON is an internationally acclaimed artist, known for his pioneering efforts with the murrine technique and his adept use of patterns and visual textures. Giles’ work uses abstract representations of surroundings and landscapes, real and imagined, to examine the way people respond to the environment they find themselves in and to demonstrate the concept that movement through life is manifested in the patterns that consciously and unconsciously govern our lives. The texture, light, and color in rural and outback Australia, as well as the grids and rhythms of urban landscapes, are part of his personal experience of connecting to place and people. He has taught in the US at Corning, Pilchuck, and Penland; Cerfav in France; Creative Glass in Switzerland; Canberra School of Art and JamFactory in Australia. His artwork is collected internationally and is in many public and private collections. Originally from Australia, Giles currently resides in New Orleans.

Thanks to Bullseye Glass for their generous donation of materials for this class.  

The YAYA ARTS CENTER is a non-profit facility that provides multi-media arts training for people of all ages. Your participation in YAYA classes directly support free glass education for New Orleans youth.