ARTworks offers workshops next week

It’s all glass and baskets at two ARTworks workshops coming next week with Basketry Basics and Beyond: an encore Workshop with Kim Keats on March 9th and Sea Glass: a Glass Fusing workshop with Greg Rawls on March 7th. 

“Sea Glass” is a technique developed by Greg Rawls that creates an open weave glass bowl that is reminiscent of sea glass and coral reefs. This is an introductory class on the basics of glass fusing. Choose from a variety of colors, a limited selection of shapes, and learn how to cut and assemble glass into a “Sea Glass” pattern that will be fused into a 10” round bowl to use at home. Different types of glass, safety, the science of glass fusing and the amazing potential of fused glass will all be discussed as well.

All students must wear closed toe shoes. Safety equipment and glass cutting tools will be supplied. Tuition includes all materials and kiln time, $75 payable to Gregorie Glass during class. Email to register.

Your instructor is Greg Rawls, an accomplished glass artist whose work can be seen in fine art galleries throughout the southeast. His art has been displayed in the South Carolina Museum; he has won awards at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston and won the 2012 Cooper River Bridge Run poster competition with an entry made of glass. He is showing “SEA GLASS” at ARTworks in Beaufort through March 2, following an exhibition at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he finished in the Top 100 out of 1500 worldwide submissions.  Workshop time is 630 to 9pm.


Explore basketry basics through the creation of a woven work of art. Kim Keats will provide instruction and materials for a start-to-finish basket or sculpture using imported and harvested materials such as rattan, vine, cedar bark, palm roots and fronds.

Participants will learn a variety of basketry techniques including lashing, rib work, simple and random weaving.

The workshop is great for beginners as well as experienced basket makers. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and bring a bagBasketry Basics and Beyond:  Encore Workshop with Kim Keats March 9th lunch for an artist picnic. $55, contact Kim Keats, 843-384-2435 or

Kim Keats holds a BFA from Augusta State University. She pursued graduate studies in fibers at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and received an MFA from Georgia Southern University. Kim’s fiber works have been exhibited in museums including the Orlando Museum of Art, the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, the Museum of York County in Rock Hill, SC, the South Carolina State Museum, and the Wiregrass Museum of Art in Dothan, AL. Keats’ sculptures are in the City of North Charleston Public Art Collection, and the Medical University of South Carolina’s Contemporary Carolina Collection at the Ashley River Tower. She is the recipient of the South Carolina Arts Commission 2009-2010 Individual Artist Fellowship Award in Craft.  Workshop time is 10am to 4pm.


ARTworks’ classrooms are surrounded by artists working in their studios, a gallery, a black box theater, and the BIG Story Fest from April 11-14.  ARTworks is the community arts center of Beaufort, the coolest arts council in the Carolinas, and applies the many creative tools of The Arts to strengthen artists, and enrich audiences, collectors, and visitors through high quality arts experiences and arts education programs 365 days a year. Located at 2127 Boundary Street, Beaufort.