Fusing / Hot Glass / Kiln Work Classes

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Beginner Fusing Class $90
January 7th, 2023 2-5PM
March 4th, 2023 2-5PM

Includes firing fees and tool rental.  Materials separate.
Learn about the materials used in fusing and how to clean and assemble them. You will also learn how to use a straight edge cutter and some basic hand cutting techniques. You will have time to make one large square or rectangular project (7x7” candy dish bowl, 8x8”/10x10”/12x12” shallow square slumper plate, 6x13”/7x14” platter, 9x9" rippled bowl, 9x9" wavy bowl, or 9.5x9.5" wavy plate) Left over glass can be used to make a 3” jewelry dish, 3.5” ginger plate, 4” coaster, or 4.5" slumper. Expect to spend $15-$40 on glass. Third layer glass adornments are included.

Non-Beginner Friday Fusing Classes $45
December 16th, 2022 2-4:30PM
Friday January 13th, 2023 2-4:30PM
February 10th, 2023 2-4:30PM
March 10th, 2023 2-4:30PM

Includes tool rental. Materials separate. Firing fees 20% off.
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.   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.   Amount you spend on materials and firing fees depends upon on how many projects you make. Glass cutting skills are recommended, but not required.
Click here for available mold sizes and firing fees.
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  • 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.

General In Studio Group Class Information

  • COVID: All students in group classes MUST BE vaccinated and masks may be required. 

  • Class fee:  50% of class fee is due within one week of registration.  Remainder due first day of session.

  • 50% Class fee deposit is only refundable if you cancel 72 HOURS ahead of the first class.

  • Missed classes:  Cannot be made up.

  •  Cancelled classes (due to weather or instructor illness) must be made up on the day class is rescheduled by the instructor or within 30 days of the last class of the session. 

  •  Tools and Materials are not included in the class fee unless specified.

  • Students required to bring own safety glasses:  Great Glass Galore has new safety glass for $5 each.

  •  Students required to wear closed toed shoes:  No sandals or flip flops.  Sorry I don’t sell shoes.

  • 2 Hour class plus 15 minutes for cleanup:  Classes are scheduled for 2 hours of class time and 15 minutes for cleanup.  If you are still working on you project 5 minutes into the cleanup time, you will be charged $5 extra for every addition 15 minutes over the 2 hour class time.  Note:  This does not apply to beginners.

  •  Any tools/supplies/glass stored at GGG:  by students will be dispose of after a year of no use.

  •  If you are pregnant or breast feeding:  Do not take any of the stained glass classes.

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

  • Parking: Please park on street in front of my yard (from mailboxes below my driveway to lamp post above my driveway), or in my driveway.   Please do not park on the other side of the street or block the middle bay of my garage. Any students signed up with another friend or family member will need to drive together and park 1 car at my house.
  • Class Size:  Is limited to 5-7 students.
  • Cats:  I have cats.  So if you are allergic to cats, don’t sign up for class or take precautions. 
  • Stairs:  Classes are in my garden level basement.  You must be able to go up and down stairs.
  • In-Class Supplies:  Each student gets their own grinder, grinder cookie, and Nick’s Grinder’s Mate.  Each student (or pair coming together) gets their own workbench, Windex, Paper Towels, Alcohol, Cotton balls, ruler, and silver sharpie.  Any used supplies must be cleaned by student using disinfectant wipes at the end of class.  Students will share straight edge cutters and may not be 6 feet apart at all times.

Beginner Glass Class Fusing Video

BEGINNER GLASS CLASS FUSING VIDEO on the Great Glass Galore YouTube Channel

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.) 

Beginner Fusing Video Project Example


Help/Class Time:
Schedule an hour of private lesson time to work on a project  in studio 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.

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.

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.