A-Z of Fused Glass class is an introduction to working with fused glass and an orientation to the safety and operation policies of the Glass Arts Studio. Successful completion of this class will allow you to use the Glass Studio during Monitored or Open Studio Access for your own projects.
Included in the A-Z of Fused Glass is instruction on studio safety, fused glass basics, glass cutting, hand tool use, small equipment use (grinders, ring saws), glass mold preparation, kiln use and two fused glass projects.
This is a two-session class held on two consecutive afternoons.
During Day 1 students will be given an orientation on studio safety, and use of basic glass tools. You will practice glass cutting, glass grinding, and use of the ring/slicer saws. A discussion will follow on how to build fused glass pieces including glass choices and design elements. Before the end of Day 1 you will incorporate the day’s lessons and create four small pieces that can be used as coasters or small dishes.
On Day 2 students will review their first fused projects and then move on to cutting circles in order to create a bowl. The structure of the day’s class is designed to walk you through choosing glass and design elements, and filling out the appropriate studio forms to complete your bowl project through the firing phase. During Day 2 you will learn about kiln use, molds and mold prep. You will have the opportunity to use the grinders and ring saws to complete your project.
Projects will be available for pick-up from the studio at a later date to accommodate the second firing of the bowls. That later date and details will be announced during the class.
The material fee covers the cost of glass and glass elements used in creating your projects, and kiln shelf paper required for firing your projects.
Instructors: Diane Bonciolini, Constance Ducar, and Nancy Adams
Remember to wear close-toed shoes & long pants in the Glass Studio at all times! This is a strictly enforced safety policy. Thank you.