Workshops & Events

2017 is going to be an exciting year at SWH Art Studio Inc. I hope you will join us in Bell Buckle…and beyond!

…Together we will…Make your dreams concrete!

2016 ended with art being installed and the biggest project of my life getting ready to ship. I will be busy posting after I’m done being busy delivering!  Watch my Blog posts for more information in the coming months.  My immediate goal is to get out information on the amazing workshops and events that are developing for 2017.
2017 Workshops in Bell Buckle 

Take a workshop to learn a new skill, refine your technique, or to give yourself time and space to be creative.  The Studio Workshops have been held annually since 1991 and are held just outside the historic town of Bell Buckle at SWH Art Studio, Inc., with Sherri Warner Hunter and prestigious visiting artists. It’s about an hour drive southeast on I-24 from Nashville.  If you live locally, you may want to commute or, like out-of-town participants, stay at a local Bed & Breakfast to immerse yourself in the creative experience. Delicious lunches and refreshments are included, and all supplies and tools are covered by the Materials Fee.  Enrollment is limited to ensure personal attention so early registration is recommended. Lodging is extra and arranged by participants.  Local lodging suggestions will be included with your confirmation.


STEPPING STONE WORKSHOPback by popular demand!

Instructor:  Sherri Hunter
Dates:  April 22, 2017…Earth Day!
Workshop Fee:  $80
Materials Fee:  $25
Limit:  10
Time:  Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm                                                                                             …and you’ll need to ‘unmold’ at home.

Learn the basics of the art of mosaic using glass and ceramic tile.  You will learn how to use various tools to cut the materials into shapes as well as how to design for mosaic artwork while creating a unique stepping stone for your yard and garden.  We will be doing both a reverse cast method and an embedding technique.  You will leave with a cast stepping stone and a mold to continue your ‘path’.  There will  also be time to create a second design so you will be ready to make your second one at home!



Instructor:  Sherri Hunter
Dates:  May 17 – 21, 2017
Workshop Fee:  $700
Materials Fee:  $80
Limit:  8
Time:  Wednesday – Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Whether you are sculpting in clay plaster, concrete or some other media, many forms need some type of inner structure to help them stand rigid – a skeleton; an armature.  Different construction methods will be demonstrated to address the needs of sculptures in different scale and media.  Wire, rebar, and metal meshes will be some of the basic materials utilized.  The focus will be on mastering hand tools and basic wiring techniques however foam carving will also be covered and utilized in some of your structures.  Welding will be part of the discussion but not taught in this class.  Installing sculptures for interior and exterior display will also be addressed.

We will go through the process of designing and building the appropriate armature structure for your sculpture. Maximum size: About the size of a medium dog.  The key will be what you can transport or ship home.


CONCRETE FORMS – Just 2 weeks away but still a couple of places open!

Instructor:  Sherri Hunter

Dates: June 23 – 25, 2017
Workshop Fee:  $325
Materials Fee:   $75
Limit:  8
Time:  Friday Evening, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm                                                                       Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Learn how large-scale sculptural forms can be created using lightweight polystyrene foam as the base for freestanding sculptures, bas relief, totems, water features, or architectural elements as well as a substrate for mosaics.  You will be guided through creating a maquette (scale model), enlarging designs, and visualizing a three-dimensional form to prepare you for carving an 18″ polystyrene foam block.  Once carved, the forms will be covered in a layer of fiberglass mesh and polymer fortified concrete.  Once completed, the pieces can be used as a base for mosaic or finished with a variety of surface treatments.

How to go ‘big’ with this process will also be discussed.


CONCRETE CAMP: Sculptural Forms and Substrates                                                               Come join us!                                                          

Concrete Camp

Instructor:  Sherri Hunter
Dates: July 12 – 16, 2017
Workshop Fee:  $700
Materials Fee:  $80
Limit:  8
Time:  Wednesday – Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Two very different techniques for utilizing concrete to create sculptural forms will be presented in this workshop.

Carved polystyrene foam is (literally) at the core of Hunter’s public artworks. Polymer fortified concrete combined with alkali resistant fiberglass mesh is applied over the foam, creating a relatively lightweight sculpture for interior or exterior use. This process invites you to engage both subtractive and additive sculptural thinking. Not all forms are suited for this system.

We’ll also create a simple armature construction to utilize as a base to apply and model a face in concrete.  Working with basic metal forming techniques we’ll develop an understanding of choosing the right armature for the sculptural forms we image.

Facial proportions will be presented and sculpting techniques demonstrated with plenty of time to refine your techniques through hands-on practice working both horizontally and vertically.

BIRD BATH WORKSHOP – Sorry.  Due to change of date for an installation, this workshop is postponed until next Spring.

Instructor:  Sherri Hunter
Workshop Fee:  $325
Materials Fee:  $75
Limit:  8
Time:  Friday Evening, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm                                                                                
Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm*

*The Bird Bath needs to wait a minimum of overnight before transporting.

Add color, sparkle and a welcomed oasis for for birds in your yard or garden!   You will learn both simple casting for the bowl, and simple armature construction for the the base or stem as you form and embellish your birdbath.  The studio is jam packed with brightly colored tile and glass to use as your embedded decorations.  You are also invited to bring personal treasures to make your birdbath truly unique.  This is also a great workshop to collaborate on with another person.

* Creative Partner Fee is $50 and can be noted on the Registration Form.



Deborah Aldo

Debora Aldo

Visiting Artist:  Debora Aldo
Dates: September 6 – 10, 2017
Workshop Fee:  $700
Materials Fee:  $80
Limit: 10 students
Time:  Wednesday – Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Dalle de Verre is the French word for thick glass paste slabs as well as the techniques for creating stained glass panels using them.  This workshop will introduce you to designing and constructing small panels using Dalle de Verre with or without pebble accents.

Participants will create original designs, select glass, and build a simple mold.  Learn how to shape the glass using a tiles saw, followed by faceting the surface with a carbide tipped hammer.  Uniquely formed glass shapes will be cast in concrete to complete the project, a 12” x 12” panel.  There will be plenty of time to experiment with materials and tools.

This is the only time and location Aldo will be teaching this class in 2017.

For more information on the artist:

Color, Texture, Bling!                                                                                                                         This is the last ‘in person’ class on these fabulous techniques that Kelley will be teaching.  She’s taking it to video!  Come joins while you still can!                                                                                                                   

Kelley Knickerbocker

Kelley Knickerbocker

Visiting Artist:  Kelley Knickerbocker  
Dates:  September 27 – October 1
Workshop Fee:  $700
Materials Fee:  $75
Limit:  10
Time: Wednesday – Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

This course will cover two distinct approaches to glass-on-glass mosaic.

Radical Dimensions:  Differing opacities of stained glass are adhered in layers to a mirror substrate to explore light diffusion, color blending and unique 3-D background/foreground effects.  Additionally stained glass strips of diverse heights and lengths are stacked on edge to showcase the light-handling properties of the riven edge, creating dramatic dimensional contrasts with surrounding elements. Students will cut and set an unglazed porcelain background to complement their stacked glass.

Color, Texture, Bling!:  Stained glass, colored glass shapes (gems, bead, millefiori, etc.), and textured clear glass are combined on a mirror substrate.  We will use a ring saw to cut spirals and other incursion into glass elements as well as when to use the correct adhesive for glass-on-glass clarity and adhesion.  Finally, we will learn the benefits (stain-proof and colorfast, just to name a few), ease, and extra bling potential (optional metallic additive) of SpectraLock epoxy grout.

Additional topics covered:  Designing for these techniques; efficient cutting and setting tips for glass and porcelain; and framing.

Students will gain an understanding and proficiency by creating at least three small mosaics incorporating these techniques.  All materials will be provided but students are welcome to add to their selection by bring some of their own glass, bobbles and bling.

NOTE:  Basic proficiency with a standard glass cutter and straightedge is critical to getting the most out of this workshop.  Unfortunately there’s just not enough time to teach this during the workshop.  An understanding of basic mosaic principles and vocabulary is helpful but not necessary.

For more information on the artist visit:

Other Exciting Events & Workshops!!



Concrete Intensive – 2 week workshop!                                                                                         October 22 – November 4, 2017 Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts                               For more information:

This workshop will be the best concrete camp ever!  We will cover both the light weight system that I use for all my large scale commission work and tied armature techniques.  Once you have learned  the basics, these techniques can be combined to create a hybrid structure.  You’ll have the time to incorporate personal iconography and imagery.  With the extended format, there will also be added concrete systems and techniques to experiment with, including surface treatments and coloring.



         Hacienda Mosaico in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico          Concrete Garden Art in Paradise!  

January 21 – 27, 2018

To register or for more information click here:  

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CONFERENCE: Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA)

For more information:

It was a blast!  The 2018 conference is in Boston!!  Watch the SAMA website for updated dates and information.

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