Glass Fusing & Slumping
Melts and reshape glass in the intense heat of a kiln to for create art pieces or practical objects like plates and bowls. Advanced techniques allow you to combine colors, and even paint on glass, all while using recycled glass to create beautiful and ecologically sound art.
Learn the basics of glass/heat interaction, glass cutting, fusing (combining colors), as well as a brief description of firing and annealing procedures. You’ll come out with a small finished project. Taster classes make great gifts for a DIYer, or a unique bonding experience with family or friends. Sign up for one morning and one afternoon Taster on the same day in separate disciplines and you’ll receive a $15 discount.
Entry-level. Take this class with a friend and get a discount. Also check out this class in our Youth Department.
Enter the world of art glass with fusing and slumping techniques that offer you infinite possibilities for creating with color and form. You will learn the basics of glass/heat interaction, glass cutting, fusing (combining colors), and slumping (shaping glass into or over molds), plus mold materials, and firing and annealing procedures. Each week, you’ll explore a new process and complete a small project for kiln firing.
This workshop uses fusible glass powders to create “drawn” or “painted” images that are kiln fired on multiple layers of glass. The layers are then fused into a single block of glass revealing a picture or design with dimensional qualities.
Prerequisite: Glass Fusing & Slumping I. Take this class with a friend and get a discount
Continue your investigation into slumping and fusing. Using different materials, such as clay, fiber and firebricks, you will design and create your own slumping molds. You will also learn some glass chemistry and more advanced fusing and slumping processes. .
Prerequisite: Glass cutting experience
Master the magical techniques of free flow glass pattern bars by cutting glass into desired lengths, putting them into constructed molds and melting them into spectacular organic and/or symmetric forms. The final pieces can stand alone as art or be slumped into luxurious trays or bowls. Included is an introduction to the glass cold working tile saw, belt sander and sand blaster to clean and polish your work.
Explore techniques for using broken window glass and post-consumer bottle glass to form sculptural and architectural elements. The 2-day intensive introduces fusing window glass in the kiln, casting window glass using plaster silica molds, reforming window glass and bottles in a glory hole and cold working the glass elements, incorporating sandblasting, gluing and other surface treatments. Learn basic glass chemistry, coloration methods and process steps for each application and make at least four projects.
Create unique glass art using tested-compatible glass melted in a flower pot in the kiln. This process heats scrap glass to 1,650˚ F, allowing it to flow onto the kiln shelf, forming a “puddle” of multi-colored glass. You will cut and grind this unique glass into a shape that is then re-fused into a final finished art piece.
This workshop shows how you can use Bullseye glass to create special effects after kiln firing. Differing glass chemistries, when combined, cause reactions that change the fired glass’s color and appearance. Adding metal foils further alters the look of the glass. In this workshop, you will make a number of samples to help give you a wider range of expression in your fused and slumped glass art.
Pre-requisite: At least one glass fusing class or permission of instructor
Practice and perfect the fusing & slumping skills you learn in class. In labs, you can work on class assignments or your own projects. Lab time is supervised, but does not include instruction or materials.