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Frit balls make elegant use of transparent and clear scrap glass. Light bounces through the frit balls creating a pleasing liveliness to a piece. A touch of opalescent glass can highlight, contrast, or calm the look.
In this 3 sessions class you will have the choice of creating frit balls either by smashing scrap glass in a controlled environment or nipping chunks from narrow strips that you have cut from your scrap.
The jagged pieces of glass will be fired in the kiln and will come out rounded but flat where they rest on the kiln shelf. During the second class, students will clean their frit balls, corral them into a fiber paper dam, and fire them so they stick together but maintain their general shape. The fiber paper dam is cut out by the student and can be either round or square.
The final class day is short and entails cleaning the fired frit ball patti and preparing it for the final slump firing. Dishes will be ready for pick up the following week.
Instructor: Teri Seidler
"My passion since early adulthood has been glass, which was quickly laid to rest as a mother and a budding horticulturist with a nursery. However, 36 glorious years later, I was introduced to fused glass and fell in love with the process, beautiful selections of glass and the endless projects that one can do at home.
Coming into my 8th year now, there is an explosion of new glass, materials and information on glass fusing. The sky is the limit. I love being in a class with other enthusiasts to exchange ideas and the comradery that comes naturally from being at BARN."
Remember to wear close-toed shoes & long pants in the Glass Studio at all times! This is a strictly enforced safety policy. Thank you.