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A glass act

A conceptual sketch of the finished piece shows homes faces and a place for each student to create a scene from their community.   - Courtesy photo
A conceptual sketch of the finished piece shows homes faces and a place for each student to create a scene from their community.
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In the portable classroom behind Armin Jahr Elementary Isaah Wesby, 9, gingerly plucks pieces of colored glass from a bowl. Piece by piece he places the glass onto a sheet of paper and elevates his pencil drawing to a work of art.

He and about 80 third graders have spent the past month working with Mesolini Glass Studio of Bainbridge Island to create a fused glass collage for the Norm Dicks Government Center.

“We’re experts now,” Wesby said as he demonstrates how to sift the glass with his fingernails.

“I’ve learned to be careful and always listen to what the people are teaching you, he said.

The project, which culminates with an unveiling next month and a field trip to Tacoma’s Museum of Glass, is headed by Gregg Mesmer and Diane Bonciolini co-owners of the Mesolini Glass Studio.

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