Fusing / Hot Glass / Kiln Work Classes

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$30 for a One Month Access

BEGINNER GLASS CLASS FUSING VIDEO

Videos:
Fusing is the process of melting glass together in a kiln.  This process is most commonly used for making dishes, flat panels, and jewelry.  This hour long beginner video introduces you to the materials used in fusing, how to use them (clean, stack and glue), demos building a sample dish project, covers the firing schedule for the dish, and shows you how it is fired in the kiln.  It also talks about the properties of the glass as it heats and cools, along with rates of temperature changes through these properties.  Very basic cutting techniques are also taught in this class.  (For a more in depth cutting lesson, also watch the Beginner Stained Glass Cutting video.)   Click here to see public intro to fusing video on the Great Glass Galore YouTube channel.  Entire video available privately on YouTube, or on an encrypted memory stick.

Help/Class Time:
Schedule an hour of private lesson time to work on a project in studio at $36 for one person or $48 for two, or pick out materials at Great Glass Galore and build (stack and glue) your project at home (then bring it in for firing).
For help, call or text Linda with questions for free, call on the “Duo” App at a cost of $24/hour.

Tools:
None required if building your project at the Great Glass Galore studio.  If you want to work at home, you can pick out materials at the studio and Linda will cut your 2 base layers and you will decorate the third layer.
Click here for a list of tools and materials.

Materials:
Material costs depend on the size of your project and the glass colors you pick out.  Most students spend $25-$50.  Beginners start with a square or rectangular dish.  (7x7” candy dish bowl, 8x8”/10x10”/12x12” shallow slumper dish, or 6x13”/7x14” platter.)  Left over glass can be used to make a 3x3” jewelry dish, 3.5x3.5” ginger plate, or 4x4” coaster.

Firing Fees:
Pay half price on the firing fee for your first project.  (50% off the $14-$33 firing cost for projects listed in the “Materials” section).  Jewelry dish, ginger plate, coaster, and jewelry firings are free.
Click here for available mold sizes and firing fees.

$75 Beginner / $65 Non-Beginner

Includes firing fees and tool rental.

Due to Covid-19, in studio group classes are currently not available.

Private lessons are available at $36/hour for one person or $48/hour for two people.

FUSING CLASS / HOT GLASS CLASS / KILN WORK CLASS DESCRIPTION

All students:  Make one or more bowls, plates, tiles, clocks, coasters, jewelry and more. The projects are shaped to ceramic or stainless steel molds and Great Glass Galore has over 60 molds  available for student use.  The firing fees for all your projects are included in the class fee, but expect to spend $30-$80 on materials. Glass cutting skills are recommended, but not required. Ask about scheduling an optional 1.25 hour glass cutting workshop (cost $20).   System 96 glass is used during class.  If you decide to make more projects outside of class and don’t have a kiln, you can pay Great Glass Galore to fire them.

Beginners: Learn about the materials used in fusing and how to clean and assemble them.  You will also learn a basic firing schedule  for a small project fired in a small kiln, and about the changing properties of glass as it heats and cools.  You will have time to make one large project (up to 12x12” square plate or up to 12” round plate) and several smaller projects.

Non-Beginners: Work on projects at your own pace, or learn more details about firing schedules, setting up your own kiln, kiln wash, molds, fiber papers, or other fusing techniques

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General Class Information

Great Glass Galore is a home-based business. Due to that...

  • Class fee is due upon registration, or a check must be received within 7 days of registering.
  • Class fee is only refundable if you cancel 48 hours or more ahead of the first class.  This gives me time to fill your spot.
  • Missed Classes:  Must be made up within 1 month of the last class of the session.
  • Cancelled classes (due to weather or instructor illness) must be made up on the day class is rescheduled by the instructor.
  • Class size is limited to 7 students.  Once the classes are filled, your name will be first on the waiting list for the next session, or another class session may be opened by the instructor.
  • Students will park and meet 15 minutes before class at the Rock Creek Pool and Tennis courts on the Southeast corner of Rock Creek Parkway and Indiana Street.  From there, you can walk 5 minutes to my house, or drive over together in my car or one other car.  I drive a red explorer.  The instructor will meet you at the pool the first day of class to introduce everyone and take you to the house.
  • If you are allergic to cats, don't sign up for a class or take precautions.
  • If you have heath issues with your vision or hands, please call and talk with the instructor before signing up for class.