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fused glass pendants
with joni esser-stuart

Joni Esser-Stuart will be teaching a three hour pendant making class! In this workshop, participants will create three pendants and will learn the basics of kiln formed glass, how to cut glass and the process of designing fused glass pendants. These wearable pieces of art will allow students an opportunity to be creative in crafting their unique one of a kind pendants. Joni will provide a selection of regular fusible glass as well as dichroic glass to use in designing your pendants.


Pendants will be fired and Joni will schedule a brief meeting (approximately 15 minutes) one week later at mutually agreeable time to add bails to each pendant.


All participants must wear closed toed shoes to attend the workshop! There is a $25 materials fee for this workshop which must be paid to the instructor via cash or check at the beginning of the workshop.


There are two options for this workshop.

Session A: June 22, 2024; 1-4 PM

Session B: July 27, 2024; 1-4 PM

The minimum for this class is 5, and the maximum is 10. If the class does not meet the minimum, participants will be refunded. Tickets are non-refundable once the registration deadline ends.​

Please email Mary Bell, Program Director,  at with any questions. Kentuck workshops are non-refundable after the registration closes. If you would like to cancel before the deadline passes, please email or call 205-758-1257. If the class does not meet the minimum by the registration deadline and the workshop is cancelled, all participants will be refunded their registration fees.

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Session A: June 22, 2024; 1-4 PM

Session B: July 27, 2024; 1-4 PM

Location: Kentuck Art Center's Georgine Clarke Building classroom

Tuition: $100/session + $25 materials fee

Ages: 18+

Participants must wear closed toe shoes!

This workshop is made possible in part by grants from Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

meet the instructor

Joni Esser-Stuart

Joni Esser-Stuart is originally from Wisconsin but has lived in the South for more than 25 years. She has taught graduate and undergraduate social work courses at Kansas State University, the University of Southern Mississippi, and the University of Alabama. She loved working with students and enjoyed teaching and working on her research projects. She was also involved in community service and arts organizations. She often used her grant writing skills to benefit and enrich the community. Joni has spent the last several years developing her skills as a fused glass artist. She enjoys making decorative and functional art, designing jewelry, teaching workshops and classes. Her colorful platters and one-of-a-kind pendants are truly unique and women of all ages love wearing her fused glass art. Joni divides her time between her home in Northport, Alabama and Pembroke Pines, Florida.

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