Creating Dimension – Paul Messink

September 23-27, 2020

8:30am – 5:00pm


Want to create thick glass panels that have great dimension and depth?

In this 5-day workshop, students will learn how to apply enamel to glass layers, and then stack and fuse these layers into solid panels. Topics covered include design and image selection, layout, discussion of enamels and how they respond to fusing temperatures, painting medium, how to mix and apply enamels, fusing schedules, bubble control, kiln loading instructions, and finishing techniques.

The emphasis of this workshop is the processes involved in creating thick panels that include great dimension. It is not primarily a painting workshop, however many painting tips and techniques are also provided. Although drawing and painting experience is helpful, it is not required. Prior kiln-work experience is required, however.

Students will complete several initial exercises, and 2 additional projects during this class, and are encouraged to choose and bring to the class printed images for compositions they would like to use for these projects. Important image selection guidelines will be provided prior to class.

All materials included
Light snacks morning + Catered Lunch
$1050 CAD

Paul Messink


 "I'm looking forward to coming to Canada to share my Creating Dimension workshop, and am very excited that we'll be using Rogue enamels in my workshop for the first time. This is an excellent product that provides so many possibilities for color combinations, particularly in the bright color range where great results are often difficult."

Paul Messink is an award-winning kiln-work glass artist and international instructor who draws on prior drawing and painting experience to create hand-painted, multi-layered glass panels that present nature and figures in deep dimension.  While mostly self-taught, Messink has been fortunate to learn from artists such as Susan Taylor Glasgow, Richard LaLonde, and Mark Salsbury.

“I create hand-painted, multi-layered, kiln-cast glass panels that exhibit nature in deep dimension, presenting natural objects around us in a new way.  My goal is to draw the viewer into the work of art, transforming a painting (historically, a 2D art form) into something more.  My outdoor subjects often recede into a foggy distance, creating an ethereal, almost ghostly effect.”

Viewers frequently ask if a photograph has been embedded in layers of glass.  But using only enamel applied by hand, Messink creates depth using several techniques including layering, diminishing size and color, texture, and translucence.  He typically uses 9-32 layers of glass; they are then kiln-cast into a solid panel after all layers are complete.