- Introduction to Glass Fusing: One session, two hours. Cost: $60.00, includes tool rental fee and supplies to make one fused pendant. Join us at the studio for a fast paced session as we take you through the basic steps for creating a fused glass pendant. Students will have the opportunity to learn a little about the art of glass fusing and create their own unique piece of jewelry in the process. Additional pendants can be made for only $10. This is a great class for those who have always admired the beautiful glass jewelry at arts and crafts fairs and wanted to know the secret of how they are made. Students will need to return a week later to pick up their completed pendants. No experience necessary.
- Fusing and Forming – Quick and Easy: Four sessions, three hours ea. Cost: $135.00 includes the book, Introduction to Fusing (value $23.95), rental of tools, some supplies and fusing fees for class projects. Students will need to purchase glass for their projects. 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 one or two jewelry pendants, a decorative wall tile and one mold-formed bowl, plate or vase. Students will be introduced to 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 f using experience is not required. (Students may only take this class once.)
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. In addition, twice a month, on Thursday nights at 7:00 PM, we will be offering Fusing Demonstrations of various advanced techniques. Students should pre-register for the demos and may stay to work on their own projects if time allows. Cost for each Demo is $5.00. Students staying to work will pay additional studio time rates. Students must have their own tools, supplies and glass for studio time. Students do not have to have previous experience to attend demonstrations, but must have taken at least the Fusing and Forming class to stay for Studio Time.
Fusing Demonstrations: Check calendar page for dates. Cost for Demonstrations is $5.00. Students should pre-register for all demonstrations and notify the studio at the time of registration if you wish to purchase the accompanying book.
Layering Dichroic Glass: learn how to layer Dichroic glass to create unique jewelry pieces or cabochons. Demonstrations will also be given on the use of a Dremel tool for etching your finished piece, how to incorporate sepia and enamel decals, use of a wet band saw for shaping and cold-working techniques for finishing your piece.
Kiln Casting with Frit: using frit, students will learn how to fill small molds to kiln cast decorative, three-dimensional pieces to add interest and intrique to your fused piece. Cold-working techniques, mold prep and tack fusing will also be covered in this demonstration. Students may purchase the book Glass Kiln Casting (cost: $23.95) as an additional resource on this ancient technique.
Wire Wrapping Your Glass Jewelry: Launch your glass beads or fused glass cabochons into the stratosphere with simple wire wrapping techniques. You will be amazed at how a little bit of wire with the right twists will transform a glass cabochon into a keepsake jewelry piece. Students may purchase the book Innovative Adornments (cost: $23.95) as an additional resource of techniques and patterns.
Working Thick: Join us for this exciting exploration into the world of creating glass art pieces 3/8″ thick or bigger. Learn how to make pattern bars, and glass slabs using various layering techniques which allow the artist to create thick, multi-color, multi-dimensional pieces for wall art or for slumping. Four separate techniques will be demonstrated.
Making Your Own Stringer Using a Vitrigraph, Candle Or Torch: Stringers and noodles are great, but what could be more fun than learning how to make your own stringers uniquely designed for your personal projects. In this workshop we will demonstrate various techniques for pulling or shaping glass stringers that can then be used to bring one of a kind design work to your masterpiece.
Kiln Carving: For this demonstration students will have the opportunity to learn how fiber paper and clay can be used to add depth and dimension to all their fused glass art. Students who work in stained glass may enjoy this workshop as well.
Painting with Frit: using frit can bring a dimensionality to your fused glass that is difficult to achieve using sheet glass. In this workshop we will discuss how the artist can create a 3-D effect using frit and firing the piece multiple times that gives the artwork a photographic quality. Students may purchase the DVD Beginning Fritography with Michael Dupille ($39.95) for a more in-depth exploration of this technique.
Inclusions: Glass fired in a kiln alway produces unexpected results, adding in various items, gold, silver, copper, aluminium, baking soda, etc, can open up a whole new world to explore. Add a piece of copper wire mesh, or gold leaf and watch the magic happen. Students will have an opportunity to see how to properly add an inclusion to their fused pieces, and view some finished pieces to see how the various inclusion react within the glass.
Students are responsible for notifying the studio when alternative manufacturer’s products from the ones we carry in our retail store are being used in their projects. Students are responsible for providing manufacturer’s suggested fusing schedules to the studio at the time of firing. If such information is not provided, items will be fused using studio standard firing schedules. Suevel Studios reserves the right to refuse to fire materials brought in from outside sources or other manufacturers than the above named companies and bears no liability if such items are unsuccessfully fused in our kilns.