Class Descriptions

A - Z   Just for Kids   Holiday Fun (Mother's Day, Halloween, Christmas)
Beginning Fusing
The foundation for all hot glass working starts here. Glass fusing is the process of using a kiln to manipulate glass under heat. It's FUN and CREATIVE. Create like you never thought you could. Incorporate your creations into your more traditional glasswork. You will take your work to a higher level with the knowledge of glass fusing. We'll make coasters, an 8" bowl or plate or a soap dish, 4-6 pendants or a tile or two. We'll learn about glass cutting on the first night. You'll only be limited by your imagination. Taking this class will qualify you to take the Fusing Fun Workshops or advanced fusing classes. We rent kiln time at the studio. Experienced students may choose their own projects based on their skill level.
Beginning Stained Glass
You will learn the basic steps of working with stained glass while you create a panel about 10" by 14". Step by step instruction is provided, learn to cut glass, fit, foil, solder, frame with zinc and patina. Supply cost varies. This is a great refresher class for Returning students!
Flat Panel Lamp Shade
Learn the steps needed to build and assemble a flat panel lamp shad-start to finish. Prior stained glass experience required. Please choose lamp book pattern and glass before class. Pattern must be approved prior to class.
Frame Your Panel In Zinc
We'll teach you how to frame your panel with zinc came. Space is limited. Bring all your soldering gear, supplies and a panel to frame.
Fused Bowl Class
Create a beautiful bowl, or dish. Students will create a glass  bowl to be fired into a disk, then placed onto a mold (there will be several to choose from). Let your creative side go wild! You can use glass frit, stringers and pieces to decorate your project. You'll choose from one of the molds to create the shape for your project. The bowl will be fired and available for pickup in a week or two.
Fused Bowls
Create a beautiful 10” bowl or dish. Students will create a glass bowl to be fired into a disk, then placed onto a mold (there will be many to choose from). Let your creative side go wild! You can use glass frit, stringers, pre-cut shapes or cut you own designs out of glass. Your project will be available for pick up in a week or so.
Fusing Fun
Choose your project - time and space for you to work with an experienced instructor for help. Knowledge of basic fusing and glass cutting required for this workshop, a beginning fusing class!
Fusing Large
Projects are larger in this class and more involved. Make a platter, a plate or a bowl or choose from one of many molds. Students will make a more detailed design. Bring your ideas for design or use one of ours. No experience required.
Get Fired Up!
Take your glass fusing skills up a notch in this in-depth workshop. Go beyond basic and explore a variety of techniques for using fusible materials. During the hands-on portion of the class, students will work independently to build and fire, two projects that demonstrate fusing, slumping, and draping. During the lecture portion of the class, learn the advantages and disadvantages of using various items like fiber paper, fiber board, ceramic molds and stainless steel forms. Students will leave class with several projects and a new level of understanding and confidence. You’ll be primed and ready to load your own kiln and turn up the heat. Last night of class is for finishing and tweaking both projects.
Hot Stuff!!!
Learn the fundamentals of fusing. Quickly create a glass tile and create an additional project such as a night-lite. Both of these projects will be taken to a full fuse. We will also create a piece that will be tack fused and then slumped into a square or round dish. We will supply the tools, molds, instruction and kiln time. You will provide the creativity and supplies. The projects will be fired after class and you will return after a few days to pick up the final project.
Intermediate Fused Glass
For students who would like to work on more involved projects with the help of an experienced instructor. Your choice of project. Price may include materials. Check pricing information when you enroll in this class.
Intermediate Stained Glass
You will expand and polish your stained glass skills. Attendance at a beginning class or prior stained glass experience is required. Pre-registration is required, so call ahead & reserve your space. Bring your tools.
Intro to Fused Glass
Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of glass fusing. We'll cover fusing types, firing schedules, incorporating Dichro and more.
Jewelry
Think about last minute gifts for someone special. Create beautiful fused glass pendants using a variety of glass including dichroic. Students will cut design and kiln fire pendants and earrings, bracelets and pins. No experience required, children 10 and up are welcome.
Lead Came
In this new class you’ll learn the technique of lead came. We begin with pattern preparation,  then cutting the lead came, assembling, soldering through cementing and final clean up. Beginning Stained Glass required for entry. Pattern provided.
Learn to Cut Glass
Learn to cut accurately while you learn to follow the pattern lines. We'll teach you how to cut curves, inside and out. We'll show how to use running pliers and breaking pliers to make difficult cuts easier. We'll also show you how to use a circle cutter to make perfect circles easy. This class is perfect for fusers, and anyone who is struggling with cutting glass.
Mosaic
Learn the basics of applied mosaic while you create a beautiful mosaic design in an 8 ½” square wooden base. You’ll learn to use mosaic nippers to create your design. Grouting will need to be done at home. A demonstration of grouting will be shown by the instructor, instructional handouts will be provided.
Mosaic Madness
In this 2 session workshop you will learn techniques for direct mosaics, using scrap glass, nuggets, glass tiles, adhesive and grout. Bring something to cover in glass- a table, flower pot, bird house etc. Skill level: Beginner
Mosaic Mirror
Learn the traditional mosaic techniques. We will be making a 10” square project, with a choice of one of three patterns. All materials included. If you have a favorite piece of glass that you want to use, bring it to class. Bring your tools if you have them.
Mother's Day Fusing
Bring your Mom, sister, brother, Aunts, friends or children: you'll have fun making a 8” sun-catcher and a pendant! $30 class fee includes all materials and firing. Projects will be available in a week or so.
Open Studio Workshop
Workshop is great for the person who needs help on a project. Come use the shop space and glass grinders to work on any project. Reservations and pre-payment is required to ensure enough staff is available to help with your specific needs.
Open Studio Workshop - Flat Work Only
This is a great time to work on your project (lead or foil) within a structured studio environment with access to many tools and an experienced instructor.
Ornaments for the Holidays
You can use pre-cut bases (or cut your own) to make ornaments, jewelry, and nightlights. Make as many as you like. Bases and kits are available during class. Tool use and glue are included as well as limited scrap glass.
Pot Melts, Intro
Pot melting is a simple introduction to kiln casting. The possibilities are endless while using scrap glass. Develop your potential for creating truly one of a kind work for special projects.
Reproduction Lamps
This class is intended for the serious glass artist, no feint of heart allowed. You will learn how to use glass to its fullest. Shading and highlighting techniques will be demonstrated so you can emphasize design. Laminating will be discussed so you can add realism and depth to your lamp) a procedure done Tiffany himself). Reinforcing with wire and brass will be done to ensure strength. This class will challenge and improve your skills and creativity. When finished, you will have a work of art that can be passed on for generations. Prior to class (minimum of 10 days), students must have picked out a lamp design to make sure that all components are on hand to help avoid delays. You can plan on having homework to complete your lamp, but it will be worth the aggravation!
Santa’s Cookie Plate
Make a cookie plate as unique as the man himself. Your “kids” will love to fill the plate with cookies to leave out with a glass of milk to thank Santa. You will choose one pattern out of the three to cut, fit, and decorate. We will fuse it and slump it. You’ll listen to all the compliments you’ll receive! Kits available.
Sodering Clinic
Bring a copper foiled project ready for soldering, your soldering iron, solder and flux. We will give you instruction technique as well as problem solving. Pre-registration is required.
Technique Class
Improve and fine tune your technique, have your questions ready!
1st class: Soldering- bring foiled glass, flux and solder as well as your soldering iron. We will  be giving lots of tips and information on how to improve your soldering as well as how to care for your iron.
2nd class: Edging.  We will show how to use ball chain, twisted wire, lead came, how to cut larger sizes of zinc and how to use handy hangers.  Demo only, information handout provided.
3rd class: We will discuss plating, shading effects, and how to cut a perfect circle.  Lots of time will be allowed for questions.
Tiffany Style Lamp Class- the Odyssey Method
This is the ultimate stained glass project. We will help you select the perfect glass for your shade as well as teach you the steps and techniques used to create a beautiful work of art. Class meets 6 times over a 7 week period, allowing students more time to complete their lamps. Cutting and soldering skills required. Please choose mold before first night of class. Student will rent molds for this class.
Workshop
Do you have unfinished projects or want to make something you don’t know how to start?  You can work in our studio and get some advice, help and have fun.  You can have the use of our tables, grinders and staff.  Due to space limitations, we ask you to pre-register for these workshops online or call us at 269-342-1146.

 


 

Just for Kids

Fused Ornaments
Create 2 beautiful ornaments for your tree or window. Learn to create a simple mold from fiber paper, and then fill it with glass frit and stringers. No experience needed. Children 8 and up welcome. Materials and firing is included in this class.
Kids Ornament Class
Children will make two fused glass ornaments. Sign up in advance to assure your child's space.

 


 

Holiday Fun

Beginning Stained Glass Snowflakes
No experience is required to these holiday gifts underway. Students will use bevels, precut glass shapes, iridized and textured glass to make a stained glass snowflake. You will learn the basics of foiling and soldering and will leave with a finished project. All materials and the use of our tools is included. There will be several patterns to choose from and a great variety of glass. Open to all, 15 and up.
Fused Frit and Stringer Snowflakes
Come to our studio to get your Holiday gift-giving underway! You’ll make two fused glass snowflakes while learning the basics of fused glass and glass cutting. This is a great class for the beginner as well as the time starved artist. Students will use frit, stringers, iridized and dichroic glass to decorate their snowflakes. We’ll drill a hole in your snowflakes for hanging before you pick them up. All materials included. Fired projects will be available the week after class.
Fused Glass Christmas Ornaments
No cutting required! Come and make Christmas ornaments, using ready-made fusing cut-outs. Make as many as you want. We’ll fire the ornaments and you can pick them up in a week or so. You may also make night lights, or wine stoppers.
Heart Potpourri Bevel Holder
Learn 3-day assembly while you make this charming beveled holder. Please purchase bevel kit at signup and foil your bevels before class. You will also need flux and solder for this class. Basic glass skills required for entry.
Kids Ornament Class
Children will make two fused glass ornaments. Sign up in advance to assure your child's space.
Mother's Day Fusing
Bring your Mom, sister, brother, Aunts, friends or children: you'll have fun making a 8” sun-catcher and a pendant! $30 class fee includes all materials and firing. Projects will be available in a week or so.
Ornaments for the Holidays
You can use pre-cut bases (or cut your own) to make ornaments, jewelry, and nightlights. Make as many as you like. Bases and kits are available during class. Tool use and glue are included as well as limited scrap glass.
Santa’s Cookie Plate
Make a cookie plate as unique as the man himself. Your “kids” will love to fill the plate with cookies to leave out with a glass of milk to thank Santa. You will choose one pattern out of the three to cut, fit, and decorate. We will fuse it and slump it. You’ll listen to all the compliments you’ll receive! Kits available.