Chicago School of Glass Art

Chicago's Glass Art Studio

Fusing Classes

  • Fusing and Forming – Quick and Easy:
    Four sessions, three hours ea.  Cost: $135.00 includes rental of tools, and fusing fees for class projects.  Students will need to purchase glass from the studio for their projects.  No glass purchased outside of the studio is allowed in our fusing classes. Glass fusing is an exciting and liberating glass art which enables artists to create glass designs by fusing compatible glass pieces together in a kiln.  In this class students will have the opportunity to make a variety of projects, and work with a wide variety of fusing materials and techniques.  In addition we will examine various finished projects and discuss how they were made.  Students will learn basic glass cutting and shaping skills; cleaning and layering techniques, and some basic kiln programming.  Previous glass fusing experience is not required.  (Students may only take this class once.)
  • Supplies and Tools For Fusing and Forming – Quick and Easy Class

    Safety Glasses                             Tweezers                                       Band-Aids

    Small paint brushes               Ruler                                               Sharpies

    Alcohol                                            Vinegar                                         Pen/Pencil

    Paper                                                 Clean rags                                    Small Plastic Container

    Notebook                                       X-acto Knife                               Small Paint Brushes                                   

  • Students may bring a 24” x 24” plywood work board or use one from the studio for the duration of the class.

Once students have mastered the basics in Fusing and Forming–Quick and Easy they may choose to attend our Thursday evening Open Fusing Studio Time ($5.00/hour) available every Thursday evening from 6:00-9:00 PM.  Students must have their own hand tools for Studio Time.  Reservations are required for studio time.  


  • NEW CLASS – Kiln Formed Glass Art – Beyond the Basics:

A New Advanced Class for those who want to take their fusing skills and knowledge to the next level.  This class will meet once a month (January – May; September – November) and provide students with the ability to go from “craft” and “hobby” to “art”.  Cost is $75.00 per class session ($600.00 for all 8 sessions, or sessions may be purchased individually) which includes 3 hours of studio time each week and the firing fee for class project only.  Additional projects may be fired for an additional fee.   Students must have taken the Fusing and Forming: Quick and Easy class.  All Students must have their own hand tools and supplies.  Glass and fusing supplies for this class must be purchased through Suevel Studios.

Session 1, January 29th: Kiln-formed Glass – Moving Beyond the Basic:  In this session we will cover the following topics-

  • What is a Kiln and How Does It Work?
  • What Exactly Is the Glass Doing In There?
  • Viscosity and COE (Coefficient of Expansion)
  • The Only Way to Know is to Do!  Creating Sample Sets
  • Cleanliness is Next to Godliness
  • Creating Fused Elements
  • The Importance of Keeping a Log Book

Session 2, February 26th: Elements of Design: In this session we will cover the following topics –

  • Color – what is it and how do I use it
  • Texture – how to add texture to your glass art
  • Dimension – creating depth and dimension in your art
  • Drawing and Planning your Design – The Importance of Keeping an Idea Book

Session 3, March 26th: Finding the Joy In Cold-Working: In this session we will cover the following topics –

  • So What Exactly is Cold-Working and Why Should I Do It?
  • The Cold-Working Studio – A Variety of Tools and Machines
  • Safety and Etiquette in the Cold-Working Studio

Session 4, April 30th:  Creating Fused Glass Elements:  In this session we will cover the following topics –

  • What is a Pattern Bar and How Do I Use It in My Fused Glass Art Piece?
  • Designing and Planning for a Pattern Bar
  • Cold-Working a Pattern Bar
  • Cleaning and Prepping a Pattern Bar
  • What the Heck is Mokume Gane and How Do I Use It in My Fused Glass Art Piece?
  • Designing and Planning for Your Mokume Gane Slab
  • Cold Working Your Mokume Gane Slab
  • Cleaning and Prepping Your Mokume Gane Slab

Session 5: May 28th: The Many Ways You Can Melt, Shape, Press and Manipulate Glass in the Kiln – In this session we will cover the following topics –

  • Pot Melts
  • Screen Melts
  • Pressed Glass/Half Sheets
  • Combing and Raking

Summer Break – June through August – Students enrolled in the Advanced Class should spend time over the summer planning, designing and creating.  Studio time is available upon request.  Cost is $5.00/hour and students need to have their own hand tools and supplies.

Session 6: September 24th: Forming Glass in the Kiln-Creating Texture and Dimension – In this session we will cover the following topics –

  • How do I Create Dimension in my Fused Glass Piece
  • How Do I Create Texture on my Fused Glass Piece
  • Kiln Carving and Kiln Casting
  • Working with Frit and Sheet Glass

Session 7: October 29th: Working With Enamels and Glass Paints – In this session we will cover the following topics –

  • What are Enamels?
  • Air-brush Techniques
  • Marbling
  • Painting

Session 8: November 19th: The Possibilities that Open Up When You Make Your Own Molds – In this session we will cover the following topics –

  • Ways and Means of Mold Making
  • Materials that work and those that don’t
  • Processes for creating a mold
  • Do’s and Don’ts of mold making

Students need to have taken the four week Fusing and Forming class in order to take the Advanced Class.  Students wishing to take the Advanced Class who have not taken our Beginning level class will need Instructor permission to attend.  You may take all 8 sessions of this class or sign up for individual sessions (*discount only applies if all 8 sessions are purchased in January).  Students who miss a class session may work with the instructor to schedule a make-up session.

More questions?  Call the studio and ask to speak to Markay, she will have all the answers!!


12 thoughts on “Fusing Classes

  1. When are you offering the Fusing 101 Class?

  2. Each page references the Glass Sampler Class. How do I register for that? I don’t see it on the calendar. Thanks!

    • Hi Jessica. If you are interested in taking the sampler just give us a call to sign up. The “sampler” class is as a series of classes that cover the four main “Intro” classes: Stained Glass, Fusing, Lampworking and Mosaics. The confusing part is that it is not a single class, but a series at a random time chosen by the student as they post on the calendar. I hope that helps. Please feel free and give us a call.

  3. I will take a look at your calendar and sign up for some classes soon. Is there a different price for doing the sampler or is each class still the same cost as is posted for the intro classes individually? Thanks!

    • The classes are the same price for each of them, but if you pick up a local Arlington Almanac there is a discount coupon on our ad you can use that will give you 10% off. We have Almanacs in our store too. :)

  4. Thanks so much! You have been extremely helpful and very efficient in your replies. I truly appreciate it and look forward to taking some classes with you soon!

  5. Hi! I have a Groupon for a glass fusing class and am wondering when your next few are going to be scheduled. I don’t see them on the calendar. Thank you!

  6. Ooops – Now I see it!

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