The Foundations of Cutting Glass w/ Peter McGrain - Online Class- Watch Now

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Peter McGrain

Peter McGrain


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Award winning artist/designer Peter McGrain has been working with glass for over 40 years. During this time he has handled every type of project imaginable; ranging in scope from intimate experimental panels to large-scale architectural installations. In all it has been his attention to composition and technique that have made his imagery so successful. His work can be found in several public and private collections in both this country and abroad. In 1990 one of his creations was recognized at the World Glass Congress as the finest example of stained glass created during the entire deade of the 1980s. Peter is a contributing writer for GLASS ART and GLASS CRAFTSMAN magazines and frequently travels, offering visiting artist workshops. He currently maintains an independent studio in Florida where he creates his own personal work as well as commissions. As a renowned workshop leader he has encouraged countless students to develop their own styles using the techniques he teaches. His company, Peter McGrain Glass Painting, is dedicated to bringing glass painting supplies and educational support to the expanding art glass community. The Glass Press has published a comprehensive book titled Peter McGrain / Uncommon Stained Glass which features a full overview of this accomplished artist’s work. In 2014 he was awarded the prestigious Joseph Barnes Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Glass Guild, this country’s predominant Glass Art and Restoration Organization.


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Equipment/Machinery Needed:  None

  We think Tanya Veit sums this video up best:

"I don't care what you think you know about class cutting, this video is unbelievable.  Peter is amazing. I remember when we were in the film studio setting up to shoot and I said to Peter, 'grinders are in the other room' and he looked at me funny and said 'I don't use grinders.'  Meanwhile, I am looking at all these crazy squiggle and horseshoe shapes that he plans to demonstrate on table to cut and break out.  He did it.  Flawlessly.  I was mesmerized by it, to be honest.   If everyone could cut glass like that, you could make any fused or stained glass project.  I've never seen anyone cut and break glass like that.  Not even close."

-T. Veit

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The Foundations of Cutting Glass - Full Version02:16:04

This video can be watched in your library by full version or chapter selection. Handouts and firing schedules can be downloaded and found in your library next to the "watch now" button.

1. Studio Set Up, Safety & Tools00:24:39

2. Scoring & Breaking00:14:39

3. Breaking Glass by Hand00:05:28

4. Breaking Glass w/ Tools00:05:36

5. Breaking by Tapping00:06:04

6. Cutting Glass Strips00:07:24

7. Cutting Glass Squares Quickly00:03:46

8. Complex Shapes00:12:48

9. Outside Curves00:03:48

10. Inside Curves00:02:48

11. Squiggles & Waves00:12:41

12. Intermission: The "L" Cut00:00:52

13. The Horseshoe Cut00:04:19

14. Cutting Circles00:05:35

15. Cutting a Glass Hole00:03:49

16. Cutting Shapes Out of Opal Glass00:02:47

17. Gallery of Pete's Work00:02:09

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