Glass fusing predates glass blowing, and has been making a resurgence into the craft and art world since the 70’s. With new kilns and a better understanding of how glass, an amazing medium that is fragile, strong, pliable and breakable, works; and how we can manipulate it both hot and cold.
Fused Glass Frit Drawing: Friday August 17, 2018 (10 am – 2 pm)
Fused Glass Animals: Friday September 21, 2018 (10 am – 2 pm)
Fused Glass Dish Set: Friday October 12, 2018 (10 am – 2 pm)
Maximum class size 8 students. Ages 16+ Please bring lunch and water.
Fused Glass Frit Drawing: Friday August 17, 2018 (10 am – 2 pm): We will cover various ways to break and form shapes, and the hows and whys to layer them for the kiln. We will then use frit, powdered glass, as a means of putting images and designs onto the top layer of glass.
Fused Glass Animals: Friday September 21, 2018 (10 am – 2 pm): Create a fun and sculptural glass animal menagerie. Glass fusing is the process of cutting and breaking sheet glass cold, then arranging your pieces and preparing them for the kiln. The glass kiln fires anywhere from 1200 – 1600 degrees F depending on the desired outcome. During this heating process the glass becomes liquid or viscous and melts into 1 solid piece. this Class will focus on specific shapes, imagery, precision cutting and arrangement in addition to utilizing inclusions and lower kiln temperatures. Both fun and educational in the field of glass fusing adding pieces of copper wire in between the layers will allow for the finished piece to be bent and manipulated into a 3-D form.
Fused Glass Dish Set: Friday October 12, 2018 (10 am – 2 pm): . In this class we will make a variety of small dishes using complimentary color choices. In this way students will be able to play with a variety of techniques and walk away with a congruent and beautiful set of glassware.
Learn more : Maggie Gallen started working with stained glass in ’98. 10 years later she became involved with Goggleworks Center for the Arts, where her passion exploded into blowing, etching and fusing this medium. Working as an apprentice, specific courses at Pilchuck and Corning, as well as self exploration, has slowly allowed her experience in this field to deepen. She has taught all forms of glass work for public and private studios over the past 8 years including Taylor Backes Art School, University of the Arts and Glass Routes. See more on her website.