- 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
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!!