Part 1: Jan 23 12:30-4:30pm
Part 2: Feb 61:00-3:00pm
Part 1: April 9 12:30-4:30pm
Part 2: April 30 1:00-3:00pm
$110 + $30 Supply Fee
Glass fusing is creating items out of glass using a kiln to melt the glass into the desired form. If you want to learn about glass and how to create beautiful and unique items, sign up for this class.
This workshop will introduce you to the art of fusing glass. This workshop will focus on creating small fused glass items to teach the fundamentals of fusing. Students will learn to cut glass, understand and design with dichroic glass and utilize a number of techniques to create beautiful glass art. No experience with glass is required, only an interest in working with glass. All necessary tools will be provided. A materials fee will be required to cover the cost of the glass (sheet glass, dichroic glass, frit, stringers, and pulled canes), jewelry findings and nightlight hardware.
The workshop will be conducted on two days to allow time for the students’ designs to be fired by the instructor. The first day will be learning to cut glass and learning techniques for working with glass. Students will design two pendants, two pairs of earrings, two link bracelets, two nightlights and one 6” x 6” plate. The second day will be to share all projects with the class in order to maximize understanding the outcomes of various techniques. Students will finish the jewelry and nightlights by adding the appropriate findings or hardware. All items will be complete upon leaving class.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Katie has been working in glass since 1976 when she first discovered stained glass art. She attended stained glass classes in Dallas over the years but is mostly self-taught. She created a large number of windows, many of which fill her home. She introduced her sister to stained glass and in return, in 2005, her sister introduced her to fusing. Fusing glass has become a passion and Katie spends her free time creating fused glass art for friends and for the Artists’ Showplace Gallery where her work has been shown since 2009. She has created glass jewelry including pendants, earrings, bracelets and pins. Other items are plates, small dishes, nightlights and picture frames. Her greatest satisfaction comes when she sees someone wearing jewelry she created or sees her work in someone’s home. Katie has taken fusing classes from experienced fused glass instructors since 2006. She has used that training to develop her own style. Most recently, in July, she spent a week in Portland at the Bullseye Glass Resource Center learning the latest innovations in glass fusing. Katie is looking forward to sharing this life-long love of glass with others.
Safety requirement: Closed toe shoes and safety glasses are mandatory
Students to bring: Safety glasses-wraparound style (available at Home Depot, Lowe’s), paper towels, apron (optional but nice to protect clothes), notepad & pen, scissors, exacto knife with sharp blade.
Supply Fee $30
All glass (sheet glass, frit, stringers, pulled cane and dichroic)
Findings for jewelry
Hardware for night lights.
Safety glasses-wraparound style (available at Home Depot and Lowe’s), disposable latex gloves, paper towels, apron (optional but nice to protect clothes), notepad and pen, scissors and an exacto knife with a sharp blade.