This an introductory course presents an overview of creative possibilities of cutting, blending, and shaping glass in a kiln. We 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 culminates in a simple individual, instructor guided project.
No experience required.
Kiln Casting 1 - Open Faced/Relief
Kiln Casting 1 introduces students to the basic techniques for kiln casting as well as basic equipment in the kiln and cold-shop. Students learn how to model forms from clay and build plaster/silica molds around them to melt glass into. The work created is in relief format with a flat back. Students will be ready to use our studio to make your own work after the class.
No experience required.
This six-week course builds on the Kiln 1 - Fusing/Slumping curriculum. Students refine their previous experience and explore new methods behind a variety of fusing processes including pattern creation. The course culminates in an advanced individual, instructor guided project.
Prerequisite: Completed Kiln 1 or previous experience with cutting and firing.
Kiln Casting 2 - 3D Sculpture & Lost Wax
Kiln Casting 2 introduces students to the Lost Wax process for mold-making and kiln casting. Students learn how to create simple and complex rubber molds for creating wax replicas and multiples of found objects. This class also discusses how to modify waxes or sculpt objects from scratch. These wax models will be transformed in to glass by building plaster/silica molds around them, removing the wax with steam, and casting glass into the mold. This is a fascinating process that can yield amazing results.
No experience required, however completion of Kiln Casting 1 is suggested.
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 experience. 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 completion Kiln 1 & 2 are suggested.
Imagery - Screen Printing, Stencils, & Enamels
This stimulating course presents an overview of the creative possibilities when using imagery with glass by utilizing the screen printing process. This class discusses images, image modification and setup, how to create transparencies from images, screen preparation, firing schedules for both powder and enamels, and the layering of images within a multiple panel composites. Students practice each step of the process for both powders and vitreous enamels. The course culminates in a simple individual, instructor guided project.
This unique course explores methods for combining glass and metal for wearables and jewelry. Students design one-of-a-kind pieces incorporating metal components by fusing them in glass layers. Students learn about the reactions between metal and glass with the addition of metallic inclusions including wire, foils, dichroic and sheet metal. Simple metal-smithing tools are introduced as we explore the delicate balance between the kiln, the jeweler’s bench, and the coldshop.
Press molds are often used in kiln-working when projects are too small or thin for traditional casting processes. The process is also used when the desired object has texture on multiple sides. Within this detail oriented class, students will learn advanced mold making processes and kiln firing schedules.