CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Pottery Place will offer an adult pottery painting workshop at 7 p.m. Feb. 6. Participants will make a "Be Mine Heart Plate," appropriate for adults and teens. The fee is $30 per person.
A preschool story art class will be offered at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Feb. 13. Participants will make handprint heart plates. The fee is $13 per person.
For additional information and to register for these classes, call 304-746-4777. Pottery Place is at 2824 Mountaineer Blvd., Southridge Centre.
Sweetheart Expo/Craft Fair
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Woman's Club of South Charleston will have a Sweetheart Expo and Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 8. Vendors and crafters will have handmade gifts appropriate for Valentine's Day including sand art, jewelry, bows and tutus. Admission is free. Food and beverage will also be available for purchase.
Cameo glass exhibit
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Division of Culture and History unveiled "The Cameo Glass Artistry of Kelsey Murphy," a new permanent exhibit, Jan. 27 in the North Connections Room of the West Virginia State Museum.
Kelsey Murphy is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with more than 30 years' experience in graphic design. In 1982, she and Robert Bomkamp, an aerospace development machinist, began working together at Glass Expectations in Cincinnati, a flat-glass etching company. Two years later they were contracted to design and create three-dimensional, compound curved vessels by Pilgrim Glass in Ceredo. In 1987, they moved their equipment to Ceredo and officially became part of Pilgrim Glass.
Bomkamp designed equipment and carving procedures and Murphy designed the art and masking procedures, while the glass company worked on the glass chemistry. After five years of a 95 percent breakage rate, the most extravagant cameo glass ever made emerged under the signature "Kelsey/Pilgrim." Until Murphy developed her unique methods, only five layers of cameo glass had ever been successfully cased and carved. She and Pilgrim Glass Union glass blowers pushed that number to 12.
After Pilgrim Glass closed in 2001, Murphy and Bomkamp continued to work with the remaining blanks (uncut vessels) at their home and workshop, Studios of Heaven, in East Lynn. Each piece of cameo glass made there is stamped "Made in Heaven."
The collection of glass on display represents work by Murphy, Bomkamp and apprentice Christina Carpenter. The pieces were made from 1989 to 2013. The 55-piece collection was donated to the West Virginia State Museum by philanthropists and art patrons Drs. Joseph B. and Omayma Touma, of Huntington. For more information, contact Charles Morris, director of museums, at 304-558-0220.
West Virginia State Museum and State Museum Shop, Culture Center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday. Capitol Complex, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E., Charleston, WV 25305-0300; 304-558-0220 or www.wvculture.org.
Hansford Center art class
ST. ALBANS, W.Va. -- The Hansford Senior Center is hosting weekly classes in basic drawing beginning Feb. 4. The four-week class will focus on basic drawing techniques, how to apply them, how to apply value charts, perspective and figure drawing. Classes begin at 1 p.m.
The classes are free and open to the public. Students need to supply their own sketchpad, a No. 6 drawing pencil, a large gummy eraser and a ruler. The instructor is Frankie Kane, a former art teacher in public schools. Class size is limited to 16. Call 304-722-4621 to register. Hansford Senior Center, 500 Washington St., St. Albans.
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