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Windy Blossom Mosaic by Kory Dollar of Marvelous Mosaic Fine Art

October 2018 – Deer Island, Oregon


Mosaic Retreat  with Kory Dollar of Marvelous Mosaic Fine Art at Deer Island Manor

Theme: Fall Themed  

Dates: October 26, 27, 28
$550 for lower bunk (2 spots remaining as of 9/27/2018)
$525 for upper bunk (3 spots remaining as of 9/27/2018)
$650 for King room (sold out)
$450 NO LODGING / Food and Project included (2 spots remaining as of 9/27/2018)

$50 additional for Massage (optional)

Deer Island Manor
64535 Columbia River highway
Deer Island, OR 97054
All packages include cost of class, supplies ,materials,  room and board.

To Register contact Kory Dollar at and request an invoice.




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3 Day Mosaic Retreat with Kory Dollar of Marvelous Mosaic Fine Art at Deer Island Manor;   October 26, 27, 28.

The theme will be Fall with a focus on Trees and Wind. 

Each student will walk away with a 12″ x 15″ custom framed mosaic.
Check out the photos from the May 2017 Retreat

Your Host’s Kory and Diane will fill your weekend with creativity, relaxation, and great food. 

All supplies and materials will be provided. Lodging and meals are included in your package. We will have snack and refreshments available all weekend. There is so much planned! Meet and Greet, Late Night Desert in the Kitchen, High Tea on Saturday, Meditation and Yoga sessions through out the entire weekend, River Hunt, Champagne Brunch on Sunday, The studio will be open till 10 pm. each night.

The three day retreat will be a combination of lecture/slideshow, discussion, Q&A, demos, and hands-on instruction. We will focus on Glass on Glass (GOG) application, using the direct method to create a stimulating optical effect. Kory will demo several unique cuts she uses in her gardens, using three tools, nippers, a scoring tool, and running pliers. During this process, you will learn how cut strips to patternize your glass into flowers while maximizing your glass. Kory will demonstrate and discuss a specific nipping style /technique, Glass Shaving® to create a crisp clean edge, using only wheeled nippers. The class will explore how to create movement, using Kory’s signature cut, One-cut Sliver Cut®. Additional topics covered include: committing to a design, selecting a color pallet, varying opacity, Randomization Method®, balance and composition, creating a one-of-a-kind designs, and incorporating found and unusual items. Kory will discuss grout bleed, adhesives, grout additives, and provide tips and tricks to grouting. Mac glue will be provided. Students are encouraged to bring additional unique items such as broken jewelry, beads, and tesserae to embellish your mosaic.

Advanced Opportunity: We will have several sessions where we will have the opportunity to use a tile saw and cut unique glass tiles, bottles, and a variety of thick materials. Bring a tea-cup, or a bottle with you and we will be cutting unique pieces to add to your mosaic.

There will be a grout demonstration on Sunday. Students are welcome to grout if they have completed the project and glue has dried. If projects are not completed, or dried by 2 pm then a grout package will be available to take home for optional grouting.

Kory notes that she does not strive for perfection; “the art of art is the imperfections.” She says, “It is my goal that I will simplify the process enough to give you ‘artistic freedom without self doubt’. I strive to build confidence in these classes. I do not teach from a pattern, I teach to use your sketch as only a guideline; you are not restricted to the pattern. I will assist you in creating a balanced one-of-a-kind composition, using my uniquely designed simplified steps. We will focus on several unique cuts and I will provide you with tips and tricks that I use daily.”

Cieara Kennedy , a licensed massage therapist will be on staff to provide 15 or 30 min massages with your choice of aroma therapy the cost will be included in your package and scheduled 2 weeks prior to your stay. 

 Lodging :
Deluxe Lower Bunk  $550 / person  4 bunks total
Upper Bunk $525/ person 4 bunks total
Clark Room$550/person + $50/ night upgrade  Check out the Clark Room
Sanctuary Room$550/person + $50/ night upgrade   




Deer Island Manor
64535 Columbia River highway
Deer Island, OR 97054

Schedule For Mosaic Retreat with Kory Dollar of Marvelous Mosaic Fine Art
Friday, October 26, 2018  
 Check-in  Noon – 3 pm
Sunday October 28, 2018
Check out 4 pm

The goal on Sunday is to have projects ready to be grouted by noon. Grout time is scheduled outside at 2 pm. We will need time for your projects to dry. If you are unable to complete the mosaic in time to grout we will send grouting instructions and a optional grouting kit can be purchased. 

About The Manor and Your Host’s Diane and Jason Dunn

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Deer Island Manor is now the private full-time residence of Jason and Lady Diane Dunn.

Deer Island Manor was built in 1908 and served as the local grade school up until 10 years ago. It is on the State’s historical register and sits on the Lewis and Clark trail.

Deer Island Manor is now the private home of Jason and Diane Dunn. They have an eclectic design style that reflects their love of auction and flea market exploring.

The Manor is filled with antique, mid-century and modern finds. Organic vegetable and herb gardens fill the front yard as well as free ranging chickens. Lavender and dahlias are in full bloom!

We have a large gourmet kitchen that may be used by guests. The Great Hall houses an eclectic library, wet bar and art collection as well as a meditation space.


This is a weekend packed full of fun! The Deer Island Manor is just 10 min from St. Helens, Oregon where The Spirit of Halloweentown is having some great activities. Every October the town of St. Helens transforms into Halloweentown, named after the popular Disney Channel movie that was filmed there. Beginning with the lighting of the Great Pumpkin in the town plaza, this is a festival with spooky and fun holiday activities for the whole family. If you wanted to get away for a few hours, Saturday evening. There will also be a huge bonfire hosted by the city near the river Saturday evening is anyone would like to attend. We can carpool there. The bonfire is a free event and open to the public.

October 27
7:15 p.m. Final Pumpkin Lighting Ceremony with Kalabar and Sophie in the
Courthouse Plaza. Come join the fun with these extra special guests. Free
7:30 – 9:30 Boos Cruise. Join friends on the shuttle as it makes its rounds to
locations around town that will be serving up specialty cocktails, brews and
bloody bites that will be scary good. Tickets at .
Limited tickets to this scary good time. Please drink responsibly.
8 p.m. Photo Ops with Kalabar and Sophie. Tickets online

50% deposits will be required to reserve your spot.
Note: If for any reason the class is canceled due to max number of students (6) not reached, or unforeseen reason 100% of the deposits/all payments will be refunded.
If for any reason you need to cancel your reservation, you must do so 45 days prior to the event to get a refund, If you cancel 45 days prior to the event we will process your refund, with a $25 administration fee. After the 45 day deadline, we must fill the spot for you to get a refund, with a $50 administration fee. If you cancel 15 days prior for any reason you will forfeit $100 of your deposit and the remainder balance will only be refunded in the event your spot is filled. All final payments must be received 30 days prior to the event.

November 2018 – Vancouver, Washington

Sold OUT as of 7/22/2018, Please click here to be placed on the waiting list. If there is enough interest, we will hold mosaic class the week following November 9, 10, 11.
Stained Glass on Glass Mosaic Workshop with Kory Dollar of Marvelous Mosaic Fine Art
Theme: WAVES
Date: Nov 2nd, 3rd & 4th, 2018

Hours of class:
Friday 5-9pm
Saturday 9am-5pm
Sunday 10am-4pm
Cost: $300

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Create a breathtaking glass-on-glass mosaic masterpiece! No experience required! Everything will be provided for you. This is a 2.5 day workshop, with  Kory Dollar of Marvelous Mosaic Fine Art, where you will start with custom framed window, approx 15″ x 15″ that will be transformed into a gorgeous work of art.

Students will learn her Three Step Fabrication Method®  to simplify the steps in creating a  Freestyle Mosaic Wave®. We will discuss a unique strip cutting approach to break down the glass and maximize your waste. This is a wonderful opportunity to understand how to organize your mosaic from start to finish, breaking down each section into a layer of elements. Specific topics will include color theory and her NEWLY developed opacity rules. Kory will demonstrate several cutting techniques, including her signature one-cut-sliver cut and a glass shaving cutting style.

Local artist, Kory Dollar, is coming to Melt specifically to teach this class. She is known across the US for her outstanding creations in glass. I encourage you to visit her Facebook page, Marvelous Mosaic Fine Art  and her website, to see examples of her amazing artwork. She is really fun to work with and will bring a lot of energy to this class!

This class is open to adults and children ages 16 and up (a registered adult MUST accompany any children under 16). All attendees must be registered, as we have limited classroom space. Any questions or concerns, please contact Melt Directly.

Each student must enroll separately for each class.  Please review our enrollment and cancellation policy, dress code and other class-related details HERE prior to attending your class. If you have any questions regarding these policies or other class-related topics, please feel free to contact us at (360) 771-5617.

While your safety is our top concern, each student will be required to sign a standard liability waiver prior to the beginning of each class. These will be available at Melt or you can print one HERE and bring it with you to class. We also have a handout regarding Safety in the Studio that we would like you to review prior to your class. These documents can all be accessed by clicking on the “Contact & Policies” tab at the top of this page, if you are unable to download them.

**Photo is an example of and inspiration photo that will be made in this class. This is a theme based class and we all will be working on a one of a kind wave, using technique and style specific to Kory’s Style.  You will receive an email detailing the syllabus for the class one week prior to class.  All supplies will be included in the cost, but You are welcome to bring small unique items to be placed in the wave, like jewelry or small stones to personalize your mosaic.