The Planning

You are looking at fused glass legacy murals created by school age students and Mesolini glass Studio.
These fused glass murals will not fade and are durable for exteriors as well as interiors. Their applications
are similar to that of a ceramic tile. Word of mouth and invitations are how most of the projects in this portfolio
have come about. Once the interest is expressed the ideas, location, age group and funding are discussed
and brainstorming begins. Funding such projects are many times a combinations of school funds, private &
corporate community donations and/or art organization matching funds. When working with a particular budget
we can scale the project accordingly. When createing a budget we outline design time, in studio preparation,
material costs, set up, classroom time, clean up, kiln time, travel etc. In some cases, the process happens quickly,
in others, it takes time. In the end, the outcome far exceeds the initial expectations of all of us.

We can work with children as young as 3 years old and we invite teachers to participate in all or part of the process,
though it is not necessary. Organized & enthusiastic parent volunteers however, are very helpful. These projects
can be curriculum based, which helps when you are going for public funding. We can help you identify some ideas
if necessary. When you apply for public funds, the public art commissions want to see matching funds and secured
support from both the school & community. This is not a quick or easy process, but well worth the time and energy.

Once the funding is secured the timeline is determined. We like to anticipate that the final stage of installation
allows time for the children to enjoy their work before they are dismissed for summer vacation. This means that
projects take place during the early fall or after winter break.

We provide all the supplies needed for the project. This includes, various colored glasses, shards, threads, noodles,
frit, dichro, latticino, glue, toothpicks, Post Its, glass cleaner and   band aids   to name a few. The most cost effective
situation would be to leave the supplies set up until all children have completed the project. A locked room or heavy
poster board covers, help keep curious fingers away from the glass when an adult is not present.