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 Thursdays, 6pm-9pm.
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 Tuesdays, 6pm-9pm.
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 Sundays, 1pm-4pm.
Pate De Verre
Traditional Pate de Verre (Paste of Glass) is a highly regarded kiln-casting technique in which crushed colored glass is carefully packed into plaster molds with the aid of a liquid binder and fused to create luminescent, solid glass forms. Contemporary Pate de Verre has become more relaxed and inclusive. Aside from the use of crushed glass, few rules remain and artists continue to test the boundaries of this beautiful, ancient art form.
In this class, we will experiment with traditional and contemporary Pate de Verre methods to create bas-relief tiles or small three-dimensional sculptures of your choice. Based on your interest and design, either approach will be encouraged and supported. We’ll further demystify the Pate de Verre process with discussions about various mold materials, binders, glasses and firing schedules. All levels of experience are welcome.
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.
This fun class explores methods for combining glass and metal for wearables and jewelry, or for small objects like keychains, small boxes and other things that require attachment points for adding design elements. Students will plan one-of-a-kind pieces with metal designs achieved by layering into fused glass or by cold application. There are two guided projects with inclusions where students learn about the reaction of metal to glass and discover how to use “reaction” as a design feature. Glasswork will focus on kilnformed layering techniques and multiple firings with a variety of metallic inclusions available, including wire, foils, dichroic and sheet metal. Simple metalsmithing tools will be introduced as we explore the delicate balance between the kiln, the jewelry bench and the coldshop.
covers the basics of kilnformed glass specific to layering glass and the inclusion of metal
explores multiple firing schedules and why and when to use them
improves your flat-glass knowledge and cutting skills
introduces basic jewelry making tools to bend wire and form metal
demonstrates coldshop techniques for finishing jewelry and small objects
No experience required.
Classes are held Thursdays 6-9pm.
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 Saturdays, 1pm-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.
Classes are help Saturdays, 1pm-4pm.