Miriam Di Fiore

“Linfa Vitrea” (Vitreous Lymph)
Translating Nature in Glass
Thin Pate the Verre/Kiln forming
Date: July 31 to August 6, 2017

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This class is like a suggestive (and fun!) walk in a “magic glass garden” where we will explore a very interesting method to make full fused thin glass pieces, one millimeter thick or less, that have a good consistency and resistance with the minimum deformation. 
We will make delicate petals and graceful leaves with an extremely natural realism.
We will also make flat glass pieces extremely thin, with the same poetic but strong enough that can be cut with a glasscutter, to use them for multiple decorative purposes.
We will also explore an evolved form of “freeze and fuse” to make seashells, and small bowls, and several unexpected creative possibilities that we can get from the freeze glass powder.


Get the complete knowledge about the powder behaviour during the firing. Discover the particularity of each colour available, the effects concerning the reactions when we mix sulphur with lead and copper colours. Learn how to manage and adapt the firing schedules following the differences of viscosity. Build good molds and learn how to reproduce them.

Class plan:

7 days total class. 6 days (39 hours) of studio time. The fourth day is off (August 3), to sightsee in the area. Morning off on the last day to have breakfast and visit the Casteggio Street Market.

We will work with Bullseye Glass 90. (Glass frits and powders) Each student will have detailed firing schedules and a description of the processes developed in the class. All materials are included.

Other activities:

On dates August 1st , 2nd  and 5th
Cooking lessons with dinner (see description on “Side Activities”)
5:00PM to 7:00PM
Total price: 180 Euro

Free activities:

Sightseeing in the hills with a visit to the ancient abbey of St. Albert  (XIII Century) and Castle of Oramala & Picnic lunch with local products. Visit of Casteggio Street Market.
Wine Tasting with fresh finger food.

All levels (no special requirements)


Option 1Class with accommodation in Apartment or House in our Village  (single room, shared bathroom, kitchen, see “Housing in Mornico Losana”): 1.240 Euro (included 22% taxes)

Option 2 *Class with accommodation in B&B Gli Acini, (single room, private bathroom, restaurant):
1.320 Euro  (22% taxes a transportation service are included).

Option 3 *: Class and accommodation in Hotel Le Vigne di Corvino (***) Private big single room, TV sat, private bathroom, air conditioning, breakfast included. Restaurant a-la-carte in the hotel. Transportation service included.
1.512 Euro Standard room
(22% taxes and transportation service are included).

Option 4
1.000 Euro Class price without housing

* Request quote for accommodation in double room.

All accommodation is subject to availability.

100 Euro discount on class fees for students who have already been in my classes here in Italy or to those who apply to more of one class.


Fee includes:
Housing for 8 nights.
All materials and class notes, Tea & coffee, cookies and fruit always available in studio.
“Welcome breakfast” the first day.
Cappuccino and Croissant breakfast during the visit to the street market. 7 lunches in the terrace with spring water and local wines; 1 traditional dinner; 1 dinner “Pizza Night”; spring water.

Other services included:
Transportation to/from Voghera Station. Transportation to/from your eventual housing location outside the village. Two trips to the supermarket for grocery shopping. Transport expenses and expert guide during the outing to the hills.

Miriam Di Fiore Glass Studio Via Partigiani 5, 27040, Mornico Losana,(PV), ITALY
Telephone: +39 0383 892114, Mobile: +39 3487459674 e-mail: miriamdifiore@gmail.com