Glass Fusing Classes - Sundance Art Glass
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Glass fusing and slumping workshop
This class has been indefinitely suspended

for beginners

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
    • Annealing
    • 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
    • Fractures
    • 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 drilling-holes-in-fused-glass 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

Some Students Finished Projects - You Can Do It Too!

First Time Projects! - You can do it too!
Student Lucia Yang from Pasadena, CA
Wow, a 16" square mosaic tile using fused pieces!
A circle of fused glass make a 16" mirror frame.
Simple, yet good color and well balanced designs.
Danielle Williams
A students study in frit.


  • 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:
    • Use of Kilns and Kiln Controllers (All classes)
    • Use of cold working equipment: diamond tools; grinders, lap-wheel-for-fusing lap wheels, drill bits, etc. (All Classes)
    • Use of Torches to Make Elements that are set into your projects. (All Classes)
    • Use of Sandblasters (Used in classes that teach sandblasting)
  • 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.

Time, Tuition and Location


  • In Paradise, CA - $379 - 3 days see below for hours
    • Discount - Sign up with a friend and both of you can take a 15% discount!
    • Discount - Re-take this same class - You receive a 25% discount if you choose to take the identical class again at a later time - for a refresher course.  If you come again and bring a new friend, you can use both  discounts -  15% plus 25% is a 40% discount! (your friend would receive the 15% discount)


  • Workshop Location: Meet at the School Friday 6 PM
    • Class is at our Paradise CA Studio Location: 1010 Bille Road, Paradise, CA 95969 (Click Here for Google Map) This is different from our main store location.
    • Main store phone 530-872-3021 (We are always there during business hours)  Call here to sign up or for questions.
    • Our main supply store location is also in Paradise, CA at 6052 Foster Road 95969.

Out of town visitors
Motel accommodations

Reserving your space

We have many people who ask us to put their names down but your spot is reserved only when your tuition is paid. The only way to reserve a date is by paying the tuition.

Class Dates

To Be Scheduled

Class Times and Hours

  • Friday from 5 PM to 9 PM (have dinner ahead of time)
  • Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM
  • Sunday from 9AM to 3 PM

Deposit, Refund and Cancellation Policy

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A student's first project. Brian demonstrates two ways to make strip plates.

Other workshop information

Sundance Art Glass provides:

  • Space
  • Knowledge
  • Inspiration
  • Basic Equipment (you can bring any of your own favorite tools if you like)

What you provide:

  • Initiative
  • Motivation
  • 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.


Please be aware we take lots of pictures to show off our great classes on our web site. Just want to let you know in case you are shy, in the witness protection program (like me), or whatever...

The box below is probably the best part of our web site! We've compiled hundreds of pictures from our past student's products and categorized them into the time of the individual class. Click below to browse our past classes photo gallery.

Sign Up

The fastest way to sign up or to add your name to our interest or waiting list is to CALL us right now at 1-800-9HOTGLASS

These are things we attempt to show, do or discuss in this class, time permitting.

Includes Brian's 6 major rules to make glass fusing more successful.

Cutting Glass

  • You will become an expert at cutting glass pieces including small intricate pieces using 6 different tools.
  • You will become an expert at cutting and making glass circles, large to very small using 7 different tools and methods. The 8th method is done in the intermediate class.
  • The 4 tips to make cutting glass circles with a circle cutter successful.

The Glass We Use

  • The discussion of the different choices of glass types for fusing, which work and which do not.
  • Discussion of the Coefficient of Expansion (COE) of glass from COE4 to COE126.
  • Why the real only choice for fusible glass is Bullseye brand.
  • Touch, feel and investigate every choice of glass Bullseye offers us from colors, thicknesses, coatings, and pre-made elements.
  • Use of premade elements for fusing such as stringers, frit, fractures.
  • Use of pre-coated glass like dichroic and iridized and what effects one can achieve.


  • Discussion of the difference between; slumping, sagging, draping and drops.
  • Discussion of the 5 different materials that can be used as slumping molds. We use two of these in this class.
  • Proper preparation of molds, coatings and vents.
  • Proper preparation of glass before slumping.
  • Firing schedules and temperatures for slumping.
  • Discussions of cures for problem shape molds. More detail given in our Advanced Slumping Classes.
  • You will have the opportunity to slump many projects in this class.


  • Preparing a kiln shelf for glass fusing using three different materials.
  • Preparation of glass before firing.
  • How to produce a shiny smooth surface with over glazes and methods to limit devitrification.
  • Discussion of 4 reasons why glass cracks during fusing and how to limit the chance of cracks.
  • How to limit the chance of unwanted bubbles in your
  • Demonstration of two ways to intentionally make bubbles in your glass pieces.
  • How to keep the kiln wash from sticking to the back of the glass.
  • Three different ways to remove kiln wash from the back of the fired project.
  • Demonstrations on making glass jewelry; pins, barrettes, pendants, holes in pendants.
  • Discussion of different glass glues and why you should try to avoid glues.
  • Discussion and demonstrations of 4 ways to hang or attach glass; drilling holes and making holes
  • Demonstrations on metal inclusions; which metals glass fusers work with and how to use them.
  • You will have the opportunity to fuse many and large fused projects.

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