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Gig Harbor, WA July 15-19, 2019

We are so thrilled to announce that Pam Nichols and Shannon Weber are combining their Dyeing to Rust and Row Your Boat classes in a week-long workshop. Last summer, so many of us used rusty paper on our boats that we decided to combine the two classes.

For the first two and a half days you will begin by rusting your papers and fabric with Pam who will be joining us once again from Perth, Australia. You will have access to my collection of rust which is, trust me, swoon worthy.

Some of the rusty gold used to rust your paper and fabric

Some of the rusty gold used to rust your paper and fabric

Participants will gain hands-on experience learning how to incorporate rusted papers, rusted fabric and rusty objects into encaustic paintings or to be used in mixed media projects, including the vessels you will create with Shannon.

I have used my rusted papers and fabric for assemblages, painting, collage, cold wax and other artists have rusted clothing.

Topics will include safe handling of rusted materials and techniques.

Kathie will prepare delicious and healthy meals.

We have a lot of fun!

Student Supply List

  • apron

  • 3-4 of your favorite colors of encaustic paint in tins with brushes

  • 1 or 2 Hake brushes, if you prefer these over chip brushes

  • your favorite tools

  • rusty items to attach to your paintings

  • a roll of rice paper and a few sheets of natural papers such as silk tissue paper, mulberry paper or cotton papers

  • Butane torch head such as Iwatani 

  • 2 10"x10" gessoed panels 1.5" deep or encaustic boards

  • 2 12"x12" gessoed panels 1.5" deep or encaustic boards

  • scissors

  • book awl

  • needle nose pliers

  • spool of 4 ply waxed linen thread 


  • beads, feather

  • stash of leftover papers

  • fabric or other embellishment options



Monday: Arrive 9-9:30. Class will begin at 9:30. break for lunch around noon, then resume class until happy hour at 4:30. Dinner will be served this evening by Kathie.

Tuesday-Wed. Arrive by 9:30, lunch break, return to workshop, class will end at 4:30. Dinner is on your own both nights.

Thursday, Same as Monday

Friday, Arrive 9:30, finish projects. Lunch, then show ‘n tell, clean up workspace and return the rust to the rustatorium. Class will be over around 3:30.

By Shannon Weber

By Shannon Weber

The fun continues as you learn how Shannon uses a mixture of repetitive layers, weaving, stitching, cold connections, painting and encaustic in her one-of-a-kind pieces.

You will explore the ever expanding vocabulary of the mixed media woven vessel while combining sculptural concepts of layering, with encaustic medium applied to fiber. This highly focused, process driven workshop will begin with weaving a simple boat form, layering with paper, or fabric, then infusing those fibers with coats of encaustic medium. This gives a warm luminance effect to your vessel and allows marking, exploring oil stick inlay, and embedding surface materials such as found objects, beads, and items collected in nature.

This Rust Workshop Includes

  • Five days of instruction with Pam and Shannon

  • Two healthy, delicious dinners and five lunches by Kathie Vezzani

  • Encaustic medium

  • Hot Plates

  • Brushes

  • Gloves

  • All items for rusting

  • cane, glue

The price for this workshop is $1000 and does not include lodging or transportation. 

$500 is due at registration with the balance due March 15, 2019

The workshop is limited to 10 

The picturesque town of Gig Harbor is the location for this workshop. Listed as one of the most desirable cities in the US to visit (or to live), it is located just across the Narrows Bridge from Tacoma, WA on the way to the Olympic Peninsula. 

Gig Harbor

Gig Harbor

It is south of Seattle and the SEATAC airport. Transportation to Gig Harbor from the airport - Bremerton-Kitsap Airporter stops at two locations in Gig Harbor, the Inn at Gig Harbor or Purdy Park and Ride. 

Accommodation: There are many Arbnbs and B&Bs in Gig Harbor. Here is a link for more options

Well Travelled by Shannon Weber

Well Travelled by Shannon Weber


Shannon Weber is a working studio artist and educator working in 3D fiber sculpture. Her attraction to working with fiber is in the options it presents in its ability to shape-shift when using a variety of reclaimed materials and found objects. By applying ancient techniques and transitioning to contemporary designs, she achieves her desired effects by using a mixture of repetitive layers, weaving, stitching, cold connections, painting, and encaustic. These multiple applications make it very easy to blend metal, wire, coastal debris, rubber, and organic materials of all kinds. Each layer of material mixed with different techniques begins to build structure that gives the objects and vessels their form and opens doors for detailed surface design embellishments.

Shannon's works have received numerous awards and are held both in public and private collections, along with being seen and featured in 38 publications worldwide. 

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Pam Nichols loves wax and rust and her popular Dyeing To Rust workshops sell out quickly. She is an accomplished professional artist whose encaustic work has been shown throughout the Pacific Northwest, Arizona and Australia. She has taught art classes throughout Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii and now lives in Perth, Western Australia.


Kathie Vezzani, who is hosting the workshop at her home in Gig Harbor, also is an artist who paints, rusts and waxes. She organizes trips for other artists and in a former life was a caterer. She has over two decades of experience organizing trips for foodies and artists.