This an exciting 3-week course that presents an overview of creative possibilities including cutting, blending, and shaping glass in a kiln. We will discuss the nature of glass, how it changes form, how it reacts to changing temperatures, and proper kiln firing schedules for specific purposes. The course will culminate in a simple individual, instructor guided project.
No experience Required
Classes are held Saturdays 10am-1pm.
This is a six-week advanced course that builds on the Kiln 1 - Fusing/Slumping curriculum. Students will explore advanced methods and science behind the variety of fusing processes. Students will complete exercises and projects that apply the variety of methods covered in this course. The course will culminate in an advanced individual, instructor guided project.
Kiln 1 or previous experience with cutting and firing required.
Classes are held Sundays 1-4pm.
The following courses are offered as advanced endeavors into kiln formed glass. In most cases, these courses can be stand alone and may only require minimal prerequisites. However, it is highly suggested that student complete the previous courses so that they have a strong foundation and receive the full benefit of the course and the information presented.
No experience required, however former experience with kiln glass, Kiln 1 & 2 are suggested.
Classes are held Tuesday or Thursday, 6-9pm.
Pate De Verre
Create a colorful and unique glass bowl out of cast glass! Using the French technique of Pâte de Verre (Paste of Glass). This course will cover model and mold construction. Students will the learn how to properly fill a mold with layers of glass color to construct imagery and work with opacity and translucency. This hands-on application will allow the student a great understanding of designing and modeling their own bowl while utilizing the properties of the material and attributes of this unique process.
Imagery - Screen Printing, Stencils, Enamels
This course will delve into the potentials of kiln formed glass to create imagery using screen printing methods, stencils and/or enamels. Students will learn about the purpose of each process and how may be adapted to their current body of work or simply learn the techniques and methods to apply to their individual process at a later date. This process also lend itself to painterly aspects that students may find as a compliment to painting practices. The additional benefits of the material hold the potential to work with light, color and transparency that are unique to the medium.
Students will learn how to translate small sculptural works into beautiful glass jewelry in this 3-week workshop. This course will cover object design, purpose and technical concerns. Students will be taught how to sculpt positive models in wax and clay, make open-face molds, fire the glass, and use cold-working and jewelry making techniques to produce unique jewelry.
Kiln Casting 1
This is an exciting process that utilizes the principles of density when working with glass as a mass. Relief casting explores elements of composition to conduct light and use of monochromatic color . This course will provide in-depth information regarding kiln casting (aka mold melting). The work created will be in relief format with a flat back. This 6-week course will include sculpting methods with clay, mold-making, and the refining of surfaces with the cold working process. Students will be ready to use our studio to make your own work after the class.
No experience required.
Classes are held Sundays 1-4pm.
Kiln Casting 2
This is a wonderful 6-week course that explores the sculptural potentials of the medium of cast glass. Students will learn the methods associated with kiln casting (aka mold melting). The course content will include sculpting methods with clay, mold-making, the lost-wax method and the refining of surfaces with the cold working process. Students will be ready to use our studio to make your own work after the class.
No experience required, however former experience with kiln glass or Kiln 1 - Casting – Open Faced/Relief is suggested.