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John and Donna Sarafis - owners of Dancing Light Fused GlassTestimonials from our students



As a professional glass artist, I had been looking to expand my knowledge of glass painting with light. I had seen Donna Serafis’ award winning “Texas Oaks in the Wildflowers” and knew immediately that she was the master in frit glass painting. After contacting her, she invited me to participate in a workshop at her private studio in the piney woods of Texas. What an experience! She is not only a brilliant artist in her own right, but an incredible teacher and mentor. She helped me develop a better understanding of glass application as a true art medium and opened my mind’s eye in how I view the natural setting. Thank you so much Donna for sharing your personal genius and talent. I would recommend your classes to anyone who wishes to unlock their own potential as a glass artist. I know you have done that for me.
(Palisade Stained Glass Art)



After seeing Donna’s “Texas Oaks in Wildflowers” piece on Delphi I was entranced, I had no idea that landscapes could be made from glass and I knew I needed to find out more. After checking out the Dancing Light Fused Glass’ website, I was elated to see that Donna and John taught classes.

I recently traveled from Phoenix, AZ to take a 5 day Autumn Landscape Class. I quickly found that taking a class with John and Donna is like escaping from reality to an artist hide-away retreat. Their studio is settled amongst the trees of their beautiful acreage, overlooking their pond and surrounded by nature, making the views from the windows a natural inspiration for our pieces. It was such a serene and peaceful place to learn and be inspired.

The class was like no other art class I’ve ever taken, Donna and John shared tips and tricks for not only the piece we were working on but for future solo pieces as well. I could really tell they weren’t trying to hold anything back, they were very willing to share all their past experiences. Donna was very encouraging, supportive and patient. The class contained students of all different levels of experience but I felt it flowed well, I never felt rushed or held up and I received plenty of individual attention. Donna is an amazing teacher, by spending just a few moments with her you can tell she really a passion for art and her students. This couple truly cares for their students and wants them to succeed. I can’t wait to take another class. (Fire Horse Studio)



I recently attended a two-day fused glass workshop with Donna. I've been doing fused glass for a little over two years, and Donna taught me some techniques that I couldn't find in San Antonio. She also shares a lot of information that other instructors don't tell their students. I thoroughly enjoyed the class and plan on taking the Aspens class soon.



As a graduation gift for finally completing my master’s degree, I decided to sign up for a weekend workshop to learn how to work with fused glass. A quick search on the Internet led me to so much more than I ever imagined. After E-mailing artist and studio owner Donna Sarafis, we made arrangements for a weekend workshop which would introduce me to the art of working with fused and dichroic glass.

Dancing Light Fused Glass Studio is nestled in the woods just north of the historic resting place of Sam Houston in Huntsville, TX. Donna and her husband and partner John Sarafis have created a delightful retreat for those looking to develop and explore their creative side. Our session began with the history of glass making. I learned that warm glass uses a kiln to join pieces together. It is an ancient art form known to have existed as early as the second millennium B.C. in Mesopotamia. Warm glass techniques, however, were virtually lost by the second or third century A.D. Rediscovered in the nineteenth century, its popularity grew slowly until the mid 1974 when 3 glass blowers in Oregon founded Bullseye Glass and led the way in developing a line of "tested compatible" glass. Since that time, there has been an explosion in the fused glass world.

My history of glass lesson soon led to a hands on experience of learning to make pendants, earrings and a stand-alone piece. While we worked together and got to know one another, it was very evident that John and Donna Sarafis are very special, unique individuals who care about all those who come into their lives. Donna shared that she feels fortunate to be a part of this movement as it has allowed her to combine her talent with painting to create one-of-a-kind, fused glass pieces. This unique talent led them to win a national contest sponsored by Delphi Glass, one of the largest retailers of glass in America. Donna and John were awarded first place in the kiln-formed (fused) category of their annual Festival Contest for their "48 x 30" three-piece mural, Texas Oaks in the Wildflowers. I discovered that Donna and John's unique work has been accepted in Hanson Galleries, Houston, Clarksville Pottery, Austin, Eclectic on the River Walk, San Antonio, Curious Glass, Georgetown, Linda Watkins Gallery, Conroe, and soon to be in the Texas Visual Arts Association Gallery in the Plaza of the Americas, Dallas. Their pieces are now owned by Harlan Crow and Crow Holdings, Dallas, and other private collections throughout the US. Not only do they design original, one-of-a-kind pieces for sale in galleries and shows, but they offer custom work as well.

Donna's artistic side is so closely intertwined with her spirituality, by the end of the first day, it was clear that she was not only sharing her talent with me but that she truly cared about me as an individual. I found myself opening up to this woman I had only known for a few hours yet felt that we had been friends forever. I later discovered that everyone that John and Donna come in contact with feel exactly same way.

I highly encourage anyone looking for a unique, creative and relaxing experience to get in touch with Donna or John to arrange a custom class just like I did. Pretty soon, you too will be creating one of a kind, unique fused glass pieces and the process will assist you in winding down from the daily grind while helping you discover your creative side. (www.dancinglightfusedglass.com)



"I truly enjoyed taking Donna Sarafis' "Painting with Light" class. Donna taught in a collegial manner accessible to both beginner and more experienced students. Instruction was not limited to glass techniques -- Instead, the class also included lessons on composition and style which were clear results of Donna's training as a painter. I have taken classes at several well known glass studios in the Northeast, but Donna's was the best one day glass class I have attended."



(Linda and Jeff were students in a Mini Landscape Workshop held at Hot Glass Houston in Tomball.) "Just wanted to send you an email to let you know how much Jeff and I enjoyed your class. We hope that we can meet up again with you and possibly your husband next time. I especially enjoyed seeing your work and the methods that you use to accomplish it. Thank you for sharing your work and time. "



I want to thank you profusely for the delightful and worthwhile experience I enjoyed in the 4+ day fused glass workshop I attended recently. I definitely got my money's worth and then some, more than I could have expected. I spent considerable time looking on line for a studio within driving distance from my home to take a fused glass workshop. I primarily wanted a real world experience in fused glass, so that I could determine if I have any affinity for the medium, plus to enjoy the experience and meet fellow artists with whom to network.

I got all of that, plus I am very happy with the completed glass pieces you helped me to create! Being rusty, artwise myself, it was so helpful of you with your glass knowledge and good design judgment abilities to help me solve where I needed to go.... I would have been satisfied with the glass instruction itself, to come away with so many "happy" pieces that I could sell to amount to more than I paid for the class if I could bear to part with the pieces -- is far more than I expected.


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