7211 E. Ho Road #20-Carefree AZ, Mailing: P O Box 264, Cave Creek, AZ 85327,
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(480) 488-2425

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DESERT GLASSHOPPER STUDIO, GLASS ART, GALLERY, & CLASSES

NEW CLASSES  ADDED:


VERRE' EGLOMISE™ WORKSHOP 

1 day OR  2 day class

  • 2 day Wed-Thurs (11/7-11/8)
  • 1 day 11/7 or 11/08/18

AND MORE

About Me

PEGGY PETTIGREW STEWART

Master Glass Artist


Peggy Pettigrew Stewart’s award winning glass art has been featured in museums, exhibitions and galleries worldwide. Her fascination and unique journey in glass began 21 years ago, after battling cancer, and recently ( & major brain surgery in 2015.)  With a technical background she has been able to develop new techniques, processes with glass. With her technical knowledge she has helped manufacturers develop new materials,tools and equipment. She is one of the early pioneers working with Float glass. Considered a master at fusing, casting, kiln sculpting, & sandcarving. She has studied extensively coldworking, sandblasting & sandcarving in addition to fusing. She combines multiple processes to create her unique glass art. She is one of just a few U.S. instructors to teach the Verre’ Eglomise ™  glass technique. Ms. Stewart attended the famed Pilchuck International Glass School and Academe' Taller in Spain. She has studied & worked with many masters of glass. She had the honor of working Team Chihuly during installation of the Dale Chihuly exhibit in Phoenix Arizona. Her work is held in museums and private collections worldwide. 

Her glass is bent to release prismatic color, and is evident in all of her glass works, ranging from human face-to-glass expressions to individually themed bowls formed by kiln forming, kiln casting, sculpting, sandblasting & carving, coloring and use of exotic metals. 

Ms. Stewart gives voice to the human spirit through her glass sculpturing of “Heroes of Woodstock” ™, a growing collection featuring the faces of great musicians from the Woodstock festival that defined a generation almost half a century past. She continues her decades-long fascination and experimentation with translucence and transparency, with color and light.

My experience

  • Attended Pilchuck International Glass School in Stanwood Washington
  • Attended Academe’ Taller, Barcelona Spain
  • Verre’ Eglomise (™) glass master artisan
  • 21 years experience
  • Glass sculpting, casting, fusing
  • Glass sandblasting & Sandcarving artist
  • Glass Teacher: workshops, classes, Webinars, DVD’s, podcasts
  • Owner & artist at Desert Glasshopper Studio in Cave Creek Arizona, US

My Glass projects

“Legends Of Rock”   The musicians of the Woodstock & Summer Of Love concerts. Life cast and created in Glass Storyteller sculptures. Featuring members of Jefferson Airplane / Starship, Big Brother & The Holding Company (with Janis Joplin), Santana, Hot Tuna, Grateful Dead, Beautiful Day, Country Joe & The Fish, Youngbloods, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Moby Grape, Steve Miller Band, Cold Blood, Tower Of Power, and more. 


“Rivers To The Ocean”  A series of water / ocean inspired glass sculptures created in the Verre’ Eglomise (™) technique. A 400 year old process. Kiln forming / sculpting / casting, with deep intaglio (reverse) Sandcarving, hand painted & stained, with precious metal inlay and overlay. 


“Hopi series”  A series of glass face sculptures / storyteller pieces depicting images of the Hopi Tribe of Northern Arizona.   


 

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10am-4pm Tuesday- Saturday. Sunday & Monday by appointment

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DESERT GLASSHOPPER STUDIO & Gallery

7211 E. Ho Road #20 , Carefree AZ Mailing address: P O 264, Cave Creek AZ 85327

(480) 488-2425
Email: GlasshopperAz@me.com

HOURS

Mon

Closed

Tue

10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Wed

10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Thu

10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Fri

10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Sat

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sun

Closed

Call us at 480-329-3880

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GLASS ART

FEATURING THE GLASS ART OF 

PEGGY PETTIGREW STEWART

Fine art handcrafted & signed glass 

Glass sculptures

Collectible handmade glass

Custom glass art & design

Handcrafted Glass Art furniture

Glass jewelry & handmade glass gifts

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WORKSHOPS & CLASSES scheduled

11/07/18-11/08/18:  

VERRE’ EGLOMISE™ GLASS WORKSHOP (1 & 2 day options)


$400 for the two day workshop. 

$250 for 1 day. 

Materials included 

Class limited to 5 persons.


PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

  • Create large & thick float glass bowl
  • Mold making & glass Kiln Forming
  • Sandblasting Sandcarving,
  • Adding color (stain, paint, inks),
  • Inlay / overlay of precious metal leaf (copper silver gold)

Peggy Pettigrew Stewart instructor, Desert Glasshopper Studio

1 & 2 day workshop - 9/22 & 9/23/18


CLASS DESCRIPTION:  ALL NEW! 

Looking for something different & beautiful!  Each student will learn a unique technique and process to create stunning glass art. The process can be combined with fusing, slumping or flat glass. It can be used to create a variety of glass creations (sculptural to functional). This includes large bowls, vessels, sculpture, tables, furniture, sinks as well as small art, décor & even jewelry.  This process can be used on ANY type of glass (including float).

This process includes kiln forming / sculpting the glass by making your own mold & large bowl. Then each person will learn sandblasting & sandcarving, combined with the beautiful technique of working Intaglio (reverse). Students will learn the process of intaglio/reverse

glass painting combined with overlay of exotic metals such as copper, gold or silver. Then creating negative space. The class is suitable for all, from beginners to professional level glass artists. Learn to make your own unique molds for any glass. Pieces will be ready to take home.

Each student will take home a beautiful & completed large glass piece created in the class. The piece will be very thick glass vessel or bowl (1/2” thick) and 12” in diameter. Other sizes available in class. In addition, each student will make a 4” crystal square. The completed piece can be used to create a beautiful bowl.  We will be working with thick float glass. This is a technique that will change the student’s glass art forever.  Students will return home with skills, knowledge, materials and the ability to continue using this unique technique.  The process allows for students to create beautiful art immediately.  

CLASS IS SUITABLE FOR ALL LEVELS AND EXPERIENCE (from beginning to professional)

STUDENTS SHOUD BRING:

Notebook, pen & paper, black sharpie pen

Apron or old shirt

Design ideas that will fit inside a 12” circle

MATERIALS:

$50 per student, payable to instructor at beginning of workshop. Fee Includes all glass, tools, paint, metals, resist, and misc. items required to complete the class. 


PRIVATE & GROUP workshops & classes

  • Verre’ Eglomise (™) glass
  • Float Glass
  • Dichroic float glass
  • Sandblasting, etching & carving
  • Glass coldworking & finishing
  • Fused Glass jewelry
  • Sandblasted & etched wine glasses, and functional tableware
  • Slumping, kiln sculpting, kiln casting
  • 1 day workshop option

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WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

Available for private or group workshops, programs, classes, exhibitions, demonstrations, special events.  Can travel local, national or international

AS OF 6/1/18 the new studio in Carefree will be open. Tuesday - Saturday,  Sundays and Mondays by appointment OR if there is a special event in the town taking place.

  • Verre’ Eglomise (™)  A unique glass process & technique, using kiln forming, sandblasting/carving, hand painting, and inlay/overlay of precious metals.
  • Fused Glass  From beginning to professional level.
  • Sandblasting /sandcarving /etching
  • Photo Resist imaging in glass
  • Glass combing
  • Dichroic & Quadroic glass working small to large on various types of glass
  • Float Glass  all types of techniques using float glass
  • Glass Casting Kiln casting, sand casting
  • Mold making
  • Glass Cafe (™) A unique fun glass experience, project based for anyone, any group, any size, any age and anywhere

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Glass supplies: glass, tools, equipment

  • Float glass: ½” thick in 10”, 12”, 16”, 18” and 24” round. Pencil edge
  • Dichroic Float Glass (various sizes)
  • Kiln Cloth (Desert GlassCloth)
  • Sandblasting & carving supplies
  • Buttercut Resist (45mil)
  • Green 11 mil resist (Green Cell)
  • Verre’ Eglomise supplies & tools
  • Gold leaf (copper, silver, variegated)
  • Leafing, inlay & overlay tools and products
  • Sandblast & sandcarving resist (Buttercut and Green Cell)
  • Sandblasting Equipment & machinery
  • Coldworking supplies & Equipment
  • Jewelry making supplies
  • Videos and instruction materials



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UPCOMING EVENTS, SHOWS & EXHIBITS

4/6/18-6/6/16 SOUND AND VISION EXHIBITION AT NATIONAL LIBERTY MUSEUM IN PHILADELPHIA PA.  I have two of my Rock & Roll sculptures / storytellers on display there. Right next to The Liberty Bell & Constitution Hall.  A beautiful exhibit displaying glass art with music.



PRIVATE, SEMI-PRIVATE & SMALL GROUP WORKSHOPS 

AVAILABLE BY APPOINTMENT.   We offer on and offsite glass experience events, workshops and fun. Programs for all ages and all levels (no experience is needed) to professional level.  


We will offer a full range of workshops & classes at the new Carefree Studio starting June 2018


AND WE WILL OFFER STUDIO & EQUIPMENT RENTAL TIME.


Some of the workshops:

  • Glass fusing for all levels, including advanced & professional.
  • Extreme Fusing
  • Combing and raking glass
  • Vitrograph, pot melts, screen melts
  • Kiln casting, kiln sculpting
  • Mold Making
  • FLOAT GLASS - every thing you can think of.  We are the specialists
  • Working with Dichroic & Quadroic Glass. In the kiln and cold worked
  • Fused glass jewelry (including findings, metal work, dichroic)
  • Large Bowl slumping
  • VERRE’ EGLOMISE (tm) GLASS  Our special workshop not offered in the USA.  This is our most popular workshop.
  • PATTERN BARS
  • SANDBLASTING & SANDCARVING
  • PHOTO RESIST - making a stencil from a photo or drawing, and sandblasting into glass.
  • COLDWORKING (from beginner to advanced).  
  • Lap wheels, lathes, wetbelt sanding, grinders, polishing (& using polishing compounds) glass saws, ring saws, cutting large and thick glass sandblasting/carving, Beveling and more.
  • WORKING WITH LARGE DICHROIC GLASS (and Quadroic (tm) glass. 



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BREAKING NEWS 6/1/18

We are opening a public studio in June 2018. Located at the corner of Ho & Hum roads in downtown Carefree.  A beautiful full range glass studio, GALLERY, glass supplies, studio rental (includes all equipment).


WE WILL HAVE A GLASS GALLERY WITH GLASS GIFTS, TO FINE ART FOR SALE. ARTIST DIRECT!

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As The Desert Glasshopper Hops (the blog)

Daily thoughts, notes, ramblings, photos, projects, funny stuff, and more


  • Anything IS possible, even in glass.
  • If you break glass, make jewelry
  • Some of the pieces that didn’t come out the way you wanted with work may be your favorites.
  • Never give up.