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Kathy Lane has discovered a new hobby through glass art classes at the Turner Center for the Arts.

Stained and Fused Glass Classes, as well as Glass Art Open Studios, meet regularly in the Richard Hill Glass Studio on the Turner Center campus, and will resume in July 2024. Five sessions of Weekday Pottery Classes meet each month in the Hudson Pottery Studio on the Turner Center campus.

Lane spent several years taking Weekday Pottery Classes at the Turner Center, enjoying regular artistic expression and gaining skill in the area of ceramics. When fellow student Elaine Grice suggested that they also take a Stained Glass Class at the Turner Center, Lane readily agreed. She described her enjoyment of the experience, along with a new appreciation for glass artists, saying “whatever a stained glass artist asks for their piece, should be paid without quibbling!”

Lane and Grice admired fused glass works displayed in the Richard Hill Glass Studio during their Stained Glass Class, and decided to take a Fused Glass Class together next. They have been regular students in both mediums of glass art ever since, taking both classes and open studios together up to several times each month. Lane described how Turner Center Glass Instructor Emma Kostopolus has helped to guide her glass art, saying “I can have an idea and present it, and she guides me to completion without taking over.”

The work of Turner Center glass art students and Turner Center Instructor Emma Kostopolus will be showcased in the Glass and Ceramic Art Invitational Exhibit at the Turner Center Galleries, beginning with an opening reception on Monday, June 10, 5-7pm. The opening reception is free and open to the public. Lane currently plans to enter a fused glass dish with yellow tulips, a gnome sun catcher, and a plant stake with poppies. She explained that she also enjoys making extra plant stakes to keep on hand, “to take to a host/hostess when he/she won’t let me contribute anything.”

Lane frequently recommends taking classes at the Turner Center, including Stained Glass, Fused Glass, and Weekday Pottery, to others. She went on to say “I’m thankful we have these opportunities in Valdosta provided by the Turner Center.”

To learn more about these and other classes at the Turner Center, visit, or contact Turner Center Art Education Administrator Hailey Rathmann at 229.247.2787 or