"Mt. Rainier's greatness inspires greatness in us. Ten years ago I came to Mt. Rainier to become a climbing guide. Somehow as a young adult I knew that Mt. Rainier would teach me many lessons and take me further than I could imagine. Climbing Mt. Rainier led to travels around the world, and ultimately to the desire to articulate the "sense of place" that I encountered on the world's great mountains. Photography became my vehicle to show the folks back home what I had seen. What's interesting to me is that this path didn't lead to the places that I thought it would. It led me on a journey of self discovery, personal growth, and creativity."
"Today, my goal for the institute is to foster personal growth in concert with nature's grandeur through creativity. The workshops that we offer take advantage of my knowledge of the mountain from it's icy top to it's lush and ancient bottom. They incorporate a nice blend of shooting time in the field and of classroom and lab instruction at my all digital studio. All of this is packaged together in a fun, inspiring, memorable, and educational workshop. I look forward to spending time with you on Mt. Rainier this summer!" ADAM ANGEL
Read through the Mt. Rainier Institute of Photography's online guide and learn to take your own landscape mountain photography - Download the online guide here.
The Mt. Rainier Institute of Photography operates under a Commercial Use Authorization administered by the National Park Service.
Andrea teaches basic wheel-throwing & hand-building classes suitable for all ages and skill levels. This instruction covers learning how to use a pottery wheel, slab roller & clay extruder. Students enjoy personal instruction, and may choose a "Ceramic Basics 101" class, or tailor the classes to meet a student's personal goals. Instruction is $45 per hour. Independent (supervised) studio time is $25 hour. Andrea provides all tools & use of professional pottery studio equipment, but, materials and kiln firings are extra and cost is dependent on the student's productivity.
RAKU POTTERY FIRING:
Andrea can also accommodate up to four students for Raku firing. Students must provide their own bisque-fired pots, but she will provide all glazes, supplies, propane & Raku kiln for up to four students at $425 per day (9am -'till whenever we get done firing all pots - usually about 6/7pm).
QUICK FIRE FUSED GLASS JEWELRY:
This class is suitable for ages 8 - adult and all skill levels and can accommodate up to three students at a time, $75 per person, per day. The "day" runs from 10 am to about 4 pm, which is usually enough time to make about eight to ten pieces of jewelry. All supplies & firing fees are included. Lots of fun to do when it is a rainy day on the Mountain!
GLASS FUSING & SLUMPING CLASSES:
These classes are tailored to fit what the student wants to accomplish; For example, a specific project or gift item. "Basic Glass Fusing 101" is also taught which, the student starts at the beginning and learns the medium, with on-going lessons & studio time. The cost is $45 / hour for instruction time plus materials and kiln firing. Independent (supervised) studio time is $25 / hour.
Just released! A guidebook to the "Roadside Geology of Mount Rainier National Park and Vicinity" that provides an interpretive overview of volcanic experiences, past and present, in and around Mt. Rainier. The centerfold maps the roads to and through the park with a mile-by-mile narrative describing the geology and other interesting features. 290 photos and illustrations, some of them historic, help the reader understand the forces of nature and the awesome geological complexities. Glaciers, lahars, lava and even buried forests are explained in detail. Historic accounts and current geothermal activity pave the way for this journey through geologic time.