About 10 years ago, Clare Shepherd was at Walter Reed Army Medical Center recovering after serving as an Army Logistics Captain in Kuwait. A therapist suggested she participate in their art program and she reluctantly tried her hand at glass fusing. When Shepherd moved to Maryland a short time later, a family member suggested she try a class at Maryland Hall.  MD Hall's Glass Program had been in existence for a short time under the leadership of Gayla Lee. Shepherd tried a class and fell in love with the art form and the process. "The classes really pulled my out my funk," she says. "The art really was the therapy I needed and has helped me grow in so many ways."

Artist Statement

Glass makes me happy.

What’s nice about art is that it brings people from all parts of the community together – we have doctors and lawyers and stay at home moms and retired people – all in one class and they learn from each other and get to know each other. When they come to the glass class they can find a common bond, everyone shares what they know and they share ideas.

I see these classes for many people as art therapy – like they were for me. 

You can be abstract or literal and still do glass – we have all different types of people in the class. 

I try to teach technique but each person makes what they want. I have 4 or 5-year-olds and I can know about their personality based on what they decide to make and how they approach it. It really lets you see someone’s personality.  

Clare Shepherd's Classes This Season

  • Instructor Name
    Clare Shepherd
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    117A
    Member Price
    $200
    Non-Member Price
    $225

    This course will introduce students to the exciting possibilities of fused glass. Over four weeks, students will learn to cut, fuse, and slump glass. This jam packed class will cover many techniques to create jewelry, functional dishes, wall hangings and decorative art. This class is ideal for beginners and new glass fusers who want to improve their technique and understanding of fused glass. Need glass cutting practice then this class is for you. A $70 materials fee will be due at the beginning of class. Go to www.flickr.com/photos/marylandhallglassfusing/ to see examples and class projects.

  • Instructor Name
    Clare Shepherd
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    117A
    Member Price
    $200
    Non-Member Price
    $225

    This course will introduce students to the exciting possibilities of fused glass. Over four weeks, students will learn to cut, fuse, and slump glass. This jam packed class will cover many techniques to create jewelry, functional dishes, wall hangings and decorative art. This class is ideal for beginners and new glass fusers who want to improve their technique and understanding of fused glass. Need glass cutting practice then this class is for you. A $70 materials fee will be due at the beginning of class. Go to www.flickr.com/photos/marylandhallglassfusing/ to see examples and class projects.

  • Instructor Name
    Clare Shepherd
    Ages
    8 to Adult
    Room Number
    117A
    Member Price
    $35
    Non-Member Price
    $60

    Create Valentine's that will last a lifetime! In this fun and productive workshop we will provide all the materials you need to create beautiful personalized Valentines for your loved ones. Hearts, lace, stencils and more will provide endless options for creativity. Parent and child will create fused glass valentines just in time for Valentine's Day. No previous glass experience necessary. A materials fee of $5 per project will be due at the end of class. (Parents should register just the child for this class, not themselves.)

  • Instructor Name
    Clare Shepherd
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    117A
    Member Price
    $60
    Non-Member Price
    $85

    Beginner class for all ages including how to decorate and layer the art glass using stencils, stringers, confetti, repurposed glass, and frit to form a beautiful glass suncatcher. Simple instructions helps all students create these plates by designing from their own imagination, with help as needed from instructor. No experience necessary for this 2 hour class.

  • Instructor Name
    Clare Shepherd
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    117A
    Member Price
    $175
    Non-Member Price
    $200

    Cutting glass circles are not for the faint of heart. In this four week class students will learn advance glass cutting techniques to cut their own glass circles and create a beautiful bowl or dish. Students will learn how to create cane and murrine and be introduced to the vitrigraph kiln. All skill levels are welcome. A materials fee of $70 will be due to the teacher at the beginning of the first class.

  • Instructor Name
    Clare Shepherd
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    117A
    Member Price
    $175
    Non-Member Price
    $200

    Cutting glass circles are not for the faint of heart. In this four week class students will learn advance glass cutting techniques to cut their own glass circles and create a beautiful bowl or dish. Students will learn how to create cane and murrine and be introduced to the vitrigraph kiln. All skill levels are welcome. A materials fee of $70 will be due to the teacher at the beginning of the first class.

  • Instructor Name
    Clare Shepherd
    Ages
    8 to Adult
    Room Number
    117A
    Member Price
    $35
    Non-Member Price
    $60

    Children will draw a picture of their favorite animal or pet on paper and then construct the same portrait on a 6 inch square tile of glass using fusible glass. Projects will require overnight firing and will be available for pick up the following week. A materials fee of $5 per project will be due to the instructor. Go to www.flickr.com/photos/marylandhallglassfusing/ to see examples and class projects. Please bring a picture of your favorite animal or pet. (Parents should register just the child for this class, not themselves.)

  • Instructor Name
    Clare Shepherd
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    117A
    Member Price
    $60
    Non-Member Price
    $85

    Beginner class for all ages including how to decorate and layer the art glass using stencils, stringers, confetti, repurposed glass, and frit to form a beautiful glass suncatcher. Simple instructions helps all students create these plates by designing from their own imagination, with help as needed from instructor. No experience necessary for this 2 hour class.

  • Instructor Name
    Clare Shepherd
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    117A
    Member Price
    $120
    Non-Member Price
    $145

    In this three week class students will get to explore techniques in patterns, flow and textures in glass. Students will create pattern bars, flow bars, bacon bars, part sheets, and be introduced to the vitrigraph kiln. This class will create parts and pieces to be used in creating a final project piece such as a glass dish, or free standing project. All skill levels are welcome. A materials fee of $70 will be due to the teacher at the beginning of the first class.

  • Instructor Name
    Clare Shepherd
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    117A
    Member Price
    $120
    Non-Member Price
    $145

    In this week class students will get to explore techniques in patterns, flow and textures in glass. Students will create pattern bars, flow bars, bacon bars, part sheets, and be introduced to the vitrigraph kiln. This class will create parts and pieces to be used in creating a final project piece such as a glass dish, or free standing project. All skill levels are welcome. A materials fee of $70 will be due to the teacher at the beginning of the first class.

  • Instructor Name
    Clare Shepherd
    Ages
    6+
    Room Number
    117A
    Member Price
    $35
    Non-Member Price
    $60

    Children of all ages will enjoy working with a parent to arrange brightly colored pieces of glass which will be heated in a kiln to fuse them together to make their favorite Pokemon characters and mindcraft creatures. They can be made into glass jewelry, nightlights, coasters or suncatchers. This is the perfect chance to capture your favorite characters in a new medium. Projects will require overnight cooling and will be available for pick up the following week. A materials fee of $5 per project will be due at the end of class. Bring pictures of your favorite characters for reference. Go to www.flickr.com/photos/marylandhallglassfusing/ to see examples and class projects. (Parents should register just the child for this class, not themselves.)

  • Instructor Name
    Clare Shepherd
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    117A
    Member Price
    $150
    Non-Member Price
    $175

    Learn the basic method of weaving with glass. You will learn how to design and form glass in the kiln which will be used to form a textured glass weave using glass strips and stringers. The woven piece will be shaped to look like fabric. Your pieces will be 6 by 6inches. Material fee is $40

  • Instructor Name
    Clare Shepherd
    Ages
    6+
    Room Number
    117A
    Member Price
    $35
    Non-Member Price
    $60

    Children of all ages will enjoy working with a parent to arrange brightly colored pieces of glass to create nightlights, suncatchers or jewelry. Projects will require overnight cooling and will be available for pick up the following week. A materials fee of $5 per project will be due at the end of class. Bring pictures of your favorite bugs, butterflies or pets for inspiration. (Parents should register just the child for this class, not themselves.)

  • Instructor Name
    Clare Shepherd
    Ages
    6+
    Room Number
    117A
    Member Price
    $35
    Non-Member Price
    $60

    Children of all ages will enjoy working with a parent to arrange brightly colored pieces of glass which will be heated in a kiln to fuse them together to make glass jewelry, nightlights, coasters or suncatchers. This is the perfect chance to make a gift for Mother's or Father's Day. Projects will require overnight cooling and will be available for pick up the following week. A materials fee of $5 per project will be due at the end of class. Go to www.flickr.com/photos/marylandhallglassfusing/ to see examples and class projects.

  • Instructor Name
    Clare Shepherd
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    117A
    Member Price
    $150
    Non-Member Price
    $175

    Learn the basic method of weaving with glass. You will learn how to design and form glass in the kiln which will be used to form a textured glass weave using glass strips and stringers. The woven piece will be shaped to look like fabric. Your pieces will be 6 by 6inches. Material fee is $40.

  • Instructor Name
    Clare Shepherd
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    117A
    Member Price
    $60
    Non-Member Price
    $85

    Beginner class for all ages including how to decorate and layer the art glass using stencils, stringers, confetti, repurposed glass, and frit to form a beautiful Sushi /Appetizer plate with companion Wasabi or sauce dish. Simple instructions helps all students create these plates by designing from their own imagination, with help as needed from instructor. No experience necessary. Material fee of $15 due at the beginning of class. No cutting required. Pre-cut art glass, design elements and 2 firings included. (Chopsticks not included.) For more information, please contact the instructor at clare.p.shepherd@gmail.com.

  • Instructor Name
    Clare Shepherd
    Ages
    8 to adult
    Room Number
    117A
    Member Price
    $35
    Non-Member Price
    $60

    Beginner class for all ages including how to decorate and layer the art glass using stencils, stringers, confetti, repurposed glass, and frit to form a beautiful glass suncatcher. Simple instructions helps all students create these plates by designing from their own imagination, with help as needed from instructor. No experience necessary. Material fee is $5 per project.

  • Instructor Name
    Clare Shepherd
    Ages
    6+
    Room Number
    117B
    Member Price
    $35
    Non-Member Price
    $60

    Children will draw a picture of their favorite animal or pet on paper and then construct the same portrait on a square tile of glass using fusible glass. Projects will require overnight firing and will be available for pick up the following week. A materials fee of $5 per project will be due to the instructor. Go to www.flickr.com/photos/marylandhallglassfusing/ to see examples and class projects. Please bring a picture of your favorite animal or pet. (Parents should register just the child for this class, not themselves.)

  • Instructor Name
    Clare Shepherd
    Ages
    6+
    Room Number
    117A
    Member Price
    $35
    Non-Member Price
    $60

    Children of all ages will enjoy working with a parent to arrange brightly colored pieces of glass which will be heated in a kiln to fuse them together to make glass summer suncatchers. Projects will require overnight cooling and will be available for pick up the following week. A materials fee of $5 per project will be due at the end of class. Go to www.flickr.com/photos/marylandhallglassfusing/ to see examples and class projects. (Parents should register just the child for this class, not themselves.)

Clare Shepherd

Teaching Artist