This quick and easy project is perfect for beginners! You’ll make a hanger for your wind chime and then make the individual chimes from either cast or cut glass strips. We’ll drill the holes in the hanger and chimes, then you can string it together with the fishing line we’ll provide.
Drop out rings are firing molds that allow glass to fall in the center to touch the kiln shelf to make a bowl or vase. As the glass falls through the ring, it stretches in unexpected ways, which we will exploit in our design. On the first day, we will design and fire the glass for our future bowl. On the second day, we will put our new piece of glass on the drop out ring and watch as it heats again to slump until it touches down on the shelf. On the third day, we will be cutting off the rim of the bowl and cleaning it up using cold working equipment. All three days are required.
We are honored to have master glass artist Mark Abildgaard as our guide once again as we explore the possibilities for using clay to create objects that can be cast in glass. This three day class will be an intensive “hands on” experience for students who will learn how to make a mold, set up a kiln for casting, and program firing/annealing cycles. This class is open to students who have no prior glass working experience, however, students with a background in glass fusing will be able to immediately use the information from the class to begin casting glass on their own. All three days are required.
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One way of making plates and bowls is by creating “part sheets,” then cutting them up and combining them with coordinating glass to make a stunning design. We’ll make several part sheets on the first day of class, then make plates or bowls out of the parts on the second day.
Weaving glass isn’t as hard as it may seem! Give it a try, by making a 6″ square weave with some pre-fired components and some that you’ll make for yourself. A quick, fun project that you can customize to give your own flair. On the first day, we’ll make the wavy components you’ll need and the next day you will assemble and fire them into your weave piece. Both days are required.
Did you know you can bend glass in a candle flame? Well, you can if it’s stringer. We will provide a wide range of colored stringer in various sizes for you to play with till your heart’s content. Lay out your designs onto sheet glass and we’ll fire it for you and then slump it into a plate or bowl, if desired.
Ever wanted to make a really big piece, but weren’t sure how to go about it? First, we’ll discuss how to scale designs, handle weight considerations, and several ways to go about effectively splitting a piece into sections. Then, we’ll dive in and make a diptych, or two-part wall hanging.
Did you know that bubbles can be a design element? Yep, they sure can! Learn how to both avoid bubbles in your firing, as well as techniques to create bubbles on purpose. We’ll make a 6″ to 10″ plate with a bubble design of your choice.
A great introduction to the “pâte de verre” (French for “paste of glass”) technique, which uses crushed glass (frit) to create a three-dimensional form. You will get a plaster silica mold of a bowl and we will demonstrate pâte de verre methods and design options. You’ll personalize the project using a palette of glass powders and fill the shell of the mold with colored frit paste. The final piece, which will be available for pick-up a few days after class, will be a hollow form that, despite its delicate and sugary appearance, is a strong and long lasting object.
Kilncarving is another method that allows a glass artist to create surface texture and depth to the back of a billet or brick of tinted glass. You will choose from 1/16″, 1/8″ and 1/4″ fiber paper to create designs to impress into the back side of a billet. You can use the resulting glass as a house number on your home, as a trivet on your dining room table or a beautiful accent to any room in your home or office.
Cutting strips of glass for these projects can be a little tedious, but the results are absolutely worth it! Bring your own design or choose from one of several provided designs to create a strip cut constructed piece of your own.
Make a pound of holiday ornaments during this workshop. We’ll have out some pre-cut trees and rounds in festive colors and the rest is up to you! Add pre-cut stars, stringer, paint, paste (this is like cookie decorating), and glass scraps to create your own custom ornaments to hang on your holiday tree.
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