Fused Art Glass Classes are so awesome! We get a group together - as small as four and as large as twelve - and have so much fun learning about the properties of glass. Everybody has their own unique style and imagination and creativity. These classes are for everyone - even those that feel "artistically challenged" have a wonderful time and produce the most amazing glass pieces! Classes are scheduled when the minimum number of students per class have contacted us. We try to coordinate with the participants' schedules. Classes are generally held on Saturdays.
Class starts at 9:30 and ends at 6:00 - well, we run over a little bit sometimes, it's so much fun! The class costs $125, and we provide all the tools and materials. You will make four to five projects, usually five. Students start out with small jewelry projects to learn glass cutting techniques, then we move into larger 5"x 5" or more trays. We have about ten different projects you can choose from. Let us know if you are interested! Sara@wdsglass.com.
Beginning Glass Fusing Techniques – for students who want to learn the basics of art glass fusing. Starting with an introduction to glass characteristics, the instructor will teach all facets of the basic process of glass fusing from learning to cut glass, use of design elements, assembling art glass projects, and fusing. Participants will complete four projects during class, using hand tools, grinders, lap wheel, and ring saw. $125 per person. Minimum of four people.
Special Projects Class – for students with a basic knowledge of glass fusing techniques, must have completed the Beginning Glass Fusing class. Students will complete one large project or more, time permitting. Projects are expected to be complex. Students will design projects for molds that are larger than 10" in at least one direction. Students will learn advanced techniques and design elements, including the use of a variety of hand and power tools. Charles and Sara provide individual attention to each project. $125 per person, materials, and tools included. Frames for art projects not included in the price. Large or specialty pieces of dichroic glass at additional charge will be available. This class is designed for a minimum of two students and a maximum of four students
Pattern Bars and Pot Melts - pattern bars and pot melts are methods of creating your own unique glass. Students will learn the techniques of creating each type of glass. Then, students will learn how to transform the glass they have created into a beautiful art piece or functional as well as an artistic piece, such as a platter or bowl. This class requires two eight hour Saturday classes. The cost is $250, all materials and tools are included. These classes are also available as two standalone half-day sessions, either Pattern Bars or Pot Melts, for $150. All materials and tools are included. Four students minimum required; students must have completed the Beginning Glass Fusing class.
Circles - this class is devoted to learning to cut circles, both as the basic shape of the desired piece and as a design element. Circles can be used as the base for an art piece in a frame, or a variety of functional pieces such as egg trays, plates, platters, and bowls. Circle cutting is an advanced technique. Students must have completed the Beginning Glass Fusing class to sign up for this class. All materials and tools are provided; frames must be purchased separately. The class is $125, four students minimum required.
Weaving Glass - woven glass is a special technique that results in glass that is truly interwoven. This technique can be used as an open weave in an art piece or can be tack-fused or full-fused to a base for a solid functional piece. The woven glass can be multiple colors and any shape or size. The resulting piece is really special! This class requires two half-day sessions, four hours each. The Beginning Glass Fusing class is required, and all materials and tools are provided. The class is $125. Four students minimum required. This class can be combined with the Flowers, Pattern Bars or Pot Melts class for two full-day classes.
Flowers - Learn to make beautiful glass flowers! This is a two half-day class held a week apart on Saturday. The flowers you can make are amazing - lilies, daisies, iris, cherry blossom, petunia, daffodil, water lily, sunflower, hibiscus, rose, poppy - anything you can imagine and in whatever colors you can imagine! Fused Glass Flowers book included, all materials and tools included (includes copper stems and hardware for assembling flowers). Beginning Fused Glass class required. The class is $150. Four students minimum required. This class can be combined with the Weaving Glass, Pattern Bars or Pot Melts class for two full-day classes.