Glass fusing and slumping workshop
Goal of this workshop
We teach you how to combine glass in an artistic pattern and then melt this glass together in a kiln. This workshop is a more technical class than our Fusing Fun Workshop and is designed for the more serious artist. Our goal is to teach how to do larger projects in larger kilns with the greatest success possible.
We hear stories about people walking into their local stained glass store and signing up for a "fusing" class. They end up only fusing small pieces like jewelry, never learning about slumping, not ever seeing the fusing process let alone getting their hands on a kiln to use in class. This is NOT how our class is. You will be able to fuse multiple large pieces (or small). You will have the opportunity to personally use a kiln, learning how to use the two types of kiln controllers. You will learn the detailed techniques of fusing AND slumping.
The instructor, Brian Helgerson, will cover in detail his "6 major rules to make glass fusing more successful".
A few of the things we do in this workshop
- Discussion of the fusing process:
- Firing Schedules
- Glass Compatibility
- Volume Control
- Learn how to Fuse Glass
- Learn how to Slump Glass
- Learn how to make these types of projects in this workshop
- Jewelry, pendants, earrings....
- Night lights, wind chimes
- Candle cup vases
- Picture frames
- Simple slumped plates
- Fused and slumped plates
- Put your own artistic design on the popular plate or bowl
- Make an open weave basket plate
- Full sized window panels, cabinet door panels or skylights
- Learn how to make and use these elements in your projects
- Stringers, you learn how to make and bend these in a torch
- Use a torch to make cool looking elements like latticinos, drips and dichroic frit
- Frit, powers and enamels
- Iridized and Dichroic Glass - we show you how iridescent glass can change the look
- Brian shows you how to incorporate metals into and on glass, the inlay of copper, gold or silver metals
- He demonstrates how to sign your art pieces with a gold signature
- Learn how to attach metal or other glass to your projects for hanging, making 3-D projects or design by:
- Special Glass Glues
- Two ways to put holes or tube shaped holes in your glass
- Metal inclusions - which metals work and what effect they show
- Trouble Shooting
- Learn the 7 reasons why glass will bubble
- Learn the 8 reasons projects crack
- Learn why colors and shapes change
- Learn the 4 reasons why one should do a pre test firing
- Discussion of Kilns, Controllers and Equipment
HOW OUR CLASS IS DIFFERENT FORM OTHER CLASSES!
- Learn with a world class instructor with 35 years experience in glass working and over 20 years in glass fusing experience, who has taught 1000's of classes. Plus knowledgeable assistants and staff.
- Learn in a world class teaching studio. Our classroom and workshop area has the latest and most complete setup available. Each student has a well lit comfortable work area with plenty of elbow room for working on their projects. Equipment available for use in this class include:
- Many classes limit the size and quantity of projects you can make in class. In this workshop there is almost no limit to the number of projects you can make in the class for learning purposes. We have large and multiple kilns, so everyone can make large and multiple projects.
- You will have access to a huge selection of different shaped molds used to slump your projects.
- Everything is provided in the workshop except glass. (You will need have your own glass cutter which can either be purchased at the class or bring your own if you already have one.)
- We have seen other peoples teaching studios where they have the students jammed shoulder to shoulder. In our teaching studio we have plenty of room to spread out and work.
- You can be more creative when you have access to the large selection of glass; colors, dichroic etc. Available in our studio store is a huge variety of glass for fusing.
Other workshop information
Sundance Art Glass provides:
- Basic Equipment (you can bring any of your own favorite tools if you like)
What you provide:
- Artistic Talent
- Materials - you will have the opportunity to purchase in class - it does not bother us if you bring glass you already have. We work with COE 90 glass only (Bullseye and Uroboros 90). Please do not bring any other type of glass into the studio. It's easy to contaminate projects with incompatible glass.
- You must bring two tools; a glass cutter and a glass pliers. Each student needs to bring / buy their own glass cutting tools; a glass cutter, pliers, and any other specialized tools you like to use. Please mark your tools. All other tools are provided in class including the circle cutters. If you do not already have the tools, you will have an opportunity to purchase in class.
- Your design book, idea book, your favorite drawing equipment, pencils, paper etc or any other any other specialized tools.
What to wear and bring:
- Bringing your lunch allows you to be able to work during lunch break. Or step out for a lunch break.
- The classroom has a great heater and air conditioner, so bring any comfortable clothing.
- Closed toe footwear required.