About 8 years ago, Clare Shepherd was at Walter Reed Army Medical Center recovering after she 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

    In this open studio styled workshop you can continue working on projects under the supervision of an experienced instructor. Students choose the projects. This class is a great way to get a refresher, have your questions answered, or get help with more advanced projects. We can provide the instruction and extra motivation you need to get that project done! A Glass One class or equivalent is required to take the open studio. Materials fee based on individual projects. For more information, please contact the instructor at clare.p.shepherd@gmail.com.

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

    In this open studio styled workshop you can continue working on projects under the supervision of an experienced instructor. Students choose the projects. This class is a great way to get a refresher, have your questions answered, or get help with more advanced projects. We can provide the instruction and extra motivation you need to get that project done! A Glass One class or equivalent is required to take the open studio. Materials fee based on individual projects. For more information, please contact the instructor at clare.p.shepherd@gmail.com.

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

    Looking to explore a new medium and try something new? Well, this class is for you! This class will introduce students to kiln fused glass by creating their favorite beach scene or sun catcher in their own style. The fused glass art composition is beautiful enough to display in your home or use as a gift for someone special. Using recycled glass, frit, powders, confetti, stringers and noodles design your own glass sun catcher. This class is appropriate for beginners or glass artists with some experience. Bring nature pictures for inspiration. A materials fee of $15 will be due at the beginning of class. Projects will be fired after the workshop and available for pick up the following week. For more information, please contact the instructor at clare.p.shepherd@gmail.com.

  • Instructor Name
    Clare Shepherd
    Ages
    6+
    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
    6-12+
    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
    16+
    Room Number
    117A
    Member Price
    $60
    Non-Member Price
    $85

    Come play with us and create that one-of-a-kind functional fused glass dish.  Students will cut colorful pieces of glass using mosaic cutters.  You will arrange a design on a clear piece of glass and add glass frit and stringers.  Then we will fire your project in our kiln.  (There are many designs to choose from.)   This class is suited for all skill levels. A materials fee of $15 is due to the teacher at beginning of class. Projects will be fired after the workshop and available for pick up the following week. For more information, please contact the instructor at clare.p.shepherd@gmail.com.

  • Instructor Name
    Clare Shepherd
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    117A
    Member Price
    $125
    Non-Member Price
    $150

    This course will introduce students to the exciting possibilities of fused glass stringers. Over three weeks, students will learn to cut, fuse and slump glass. This jam packed class will cover many techniques to create functional dishes, wall hangings or decorative art focusing on thin lines. Students will have a chance to use a vitragraph kiln working with hot glass over 1600 degrees. This class is ideal for all skill levels. If glass cutting practice is needed, then this class is for you. A $70 materials fee will be due at the beginning of class. For more information, please contact the instructor at clare.p.shepherd@gmail.com.

  • Instructor Name
    Clare Shepherd
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    117A
    Member Price
    $125
    Non-Member Price
    $150

    This course will introduce students to the exciting possibilities of fused glass stringers. Over three weeks, students will learn to cut, fuse and slump glass. This jam packed class will cover many techniques to create functional dishes, wall hangings or decorative art focusing on thin lines. Students will have a chance to use a vitragraph kiln working with hot glass over 1600 degrees. This class is ideal for all skill levels. If glass cutting practice is needed, then this class is for you. A $70 materials fee will be due at the beginning of class. For more information, please contact the instructor at clare.p.shepherd@gmail.com.

  • 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.)

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

    Looking to explore a new medium and try something new? Well this class is for you! Students will be introduced to kiln fused glass by creating an abstract coral bowl. The fused glass art composition is beautiful enough to display in your home or use as a gift for someone special. Using recycled glass, frit, powders, confetti, stringers and noodles design your own glass dish or wall hanging. This class is appropriate for beginners or glass artists with some experience. A materials fee of $15 will be due at the beginning of class. Projects will be fired after the workshop and available for pick up the following week. For more information, please contact the instructor at clare.p.shepherd@gmail.com.

Clare Shepherd

Teaching Artist