Starscapes: 2-Day Neon Workshop with Dani Kaes and Jacob Wilcox 12/17/2022 + 12/18/2022

Museum of Neon Art


Regular price $ 700.00

Harness the power of the stars in this 2-day beginner workshop. Participants will learn fundamental neon bends in order to create their own constellation. Visiting artists Dani Kaes and Jacob Wilcox guide students through the entire process of crafting neon artworks from design, to working with the fires, to adding gas and electricity. Participants can expect to leave with at least 3 finished neon stars.

Saturday, December 17, 2022
10am - 5pm

Sunday, December 18, 2022
10am - 5pm

Instructors: 

Danielle “Dani” Kaes is a light artist and educator from Tacoma, Washington. She began her glass career as a traditional glass blower. Dani participated in the Hilltop Artist program, both in the team production and as a volunteer in their after-school program. She has studied glass at various institutions such as the University of Washington, Pilchuck Glass School, and the Museum of Glass. She has been working in neon since 2013, both commercially and independently. Her artwork often focuses on the ideas of nihilism and the absurd. She often describes her large scale, animated neon work as “nothing she would ever want in her house” because it is “big, bright, and always flashing.”

Jacob Willcox is a glass and light artist from Tacoma, Washington. He is an alum of the Hilltop Artist program. He has been working with glass since 2012 and is a recent graduate of the Sculptural and Dimensional Studies Program at Alfred University. He has worked and studied at various institutes such as Pilchuck Glass School, Haystack School of Crafts, and the Museum of Glass. He now resides in Seattle Washington where he works as a commercial neon bender while maintaining his artistic practice.

Together, along with Galen Turner, they formed the neon artist collective Gas Filling Tube Suckers or GFTS. GFTS focuses on building and strengthening a community of local neon artists through providing access to materials and education. GFTS has continued to work closely with the Hilltop Artist program in Tacoma, Washington with the aim of providing a continuing education and outlet to young glass artists. More than just neon bending, GFTS also aims to educate all aspects of neon production, from electrical safety to assembly and installation. GFTS also takes pride in cultivating soft skills including critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, and leadership. GFTS has a “community first” model, each show works with a local charity to raise funds and awareness. GTFS has taught classes and participated in events through Pilchuck Glass School and the Glass Art Society. 

MONA Member Discount (Argon level and higher): Enter MONAMEMBER at checkout for $50 off your class!

$250 Class Gift Certificates may be redeemed for this class. 

Enrollment deadline is 48 hours before the start of the class. In the event you want to be put on a waiting list for a class or you're trying to sign up past the 48-hour deadline, please call us at 818.696.2149 or email us at info@neonmona.org. Want to participate but the class is sold out? Email us at info@neonmona.org to inquire about our waiting list. 

Cancellation requests must be received 2 weeks before the start date of the class. We reserve the right to cancel the class due to insufficient enrollment, in which case your tuition will be fully refunded.

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