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

Teaching Artist

Clare Shepherd's Classes This Season

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    This is a fun introduction to kiln formed glass, an amazing material with endless possibilities. In this 2.5 hour workshop students will learn how to cut glass and create a beautiful fused glass dish or bowl. Recycled glass, pattern bar pieces and stringer will be used to create one of a kind a 9 inch by 9 inch dish or bowl. This class is suited for students of all skill levels. Beginners are welcome. 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.

    *Class schedules are subject to change in accordance with the guidelines issued by the CDC and the Anne Arundel Health Department regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

    *In registering yourself or your child for this class, you agree to follow the Maryland Hall COVID-19 Guidelines while attending classes at Maryland Hall during the Winter/Spring 2021 semester.