Glass Fusing workshops
Thursday or Friday afternoons, starting April 1st, & running April 7,8, 15, 21st or 22nd 1pm-5pm $130pp
This 4-hour class introduces many fundamental concepts of creating glass objects in the kiln. After a brief overview, students will make an 8″ x 8″ fused and slumped plate or bowl, enjoying a wide range of glasses to choose from. Small wearable pieces will also be made; students will learn how to cut circles, ovals, rectangles, squares and more! Pieces will be fired after the workshop and available for pick-up a few days later. No experience necessary! Please add your choice of date in a note when checking out.
METAL + GLASS 4wk: Next course starts up Wednesday, April 6th- runs Wednesday evenings Form • Fabricate • Cast • Fuse – Learn basic Goldsmithing – 6:30-9:30pm, 8 weeks, 1 evening per week. – $275 per person, 6 people max, 3 people min. Deposit of $137.50 to hold space Register by March 28th.
evening #1: First evening: working with copper-safety, drilling, sawing.
evening #2: Making a band ring out of silver (stamp, hammer finish, roller print, etc.)
evening #3: Working with wax create pieces w/the lost wax technique- to be cast in Sterling silver.
evening #4: Finishing wax projects, Cuttlefish casting (lo-tech) in house.
evening #5: Kilnworked glass. Fuse several glass pieces (buckle, pendant, cabochon for setting later!).
evening #6: Enameling copper projects, forming, how to make your own basic findings.
evening #7: Bezel settings cabochon stones or fossils or crystals, or an enamelled or Fused glass piece.
evening #8: Finish up projects
No experience necessary!
Copper, wax, glass, and some sterling silver are supplied*. A list of local suppliers is included. Questions concerning this course? Please see our FAQ’s
What is included:
Sterling silver for 1 ring band
Approx 3″ x 3″ piece of 16 to 18 gauge copper
Solder to complete projects in class
1 dozen 3/0 saw blades
Glass powders/Frit & sheet for Fusing
Bezel wire for 1 setting
Use of tools & equipment
Intermediate & Advanced soldering
Evening intro: Course goals/objectives are discussed, students look at soldering demos, inspiration. Start to layout patterns and designs for sawing.
1st Afternoon: Students layout their designs and start sawing them out. Once designs have been sawn out, sanded/filed, cleaned up- sweat soldering designs onto ring blanks begins.
2nd Afternoon: Continuing sweat soldering, forming of ring blanks begins, inner ring is formed. Joint soldering begins (wire solder introduced), students continue truing their rings, forming, and clean-up.
3rd Afternoon: Bezel ‘cups’ are constructed and soldered into place. Filing, sanding and rings are starting to be cleaned. If students are ready to set their stones- quick pendants can be made on this afternoon practising soldering techniques.
4th Afternoon: Rings are ready for patination and polishing, stones are set. Final polish! Early group dinner?
For this workshop students have the option of bringing in their own supplies (listed above & mandatory!) or purchasing the course with a ‘kit’ that includes items listed. Please note that these materials will only be purchased when you purchase the ‘Full monty’ option.
Ars Vitraria Experimentalis : kiln casting workshop
4 Sessions: Saturday & Sunday afternoons, noon – 5:30/6pm, Next course starts March 19th $430 includes materials. This course is perfect for people looking to turn non-glass items into glass. Using the lost wax casting process and/or Pate de Verre, this course covers various mould making techniques. Adding metal inclusions. Packing moulds with glass, casting and annealing cycles, working with alginate and silicone moulds to replicate pieces. Students will learn how to hand finish pieces; grind, sand, and cut glass. Participants in this class will create beautiful and original sculptures, while learning the infinite possibilities of Kiln casting and Pate de Verre. Participants create recycled glass tiles, pate de verre objects, lost wax cast sculptures and more. No experience necessary! Size max 18cm in any direction. Deposit of $215 required to hold seat.
Day 1: Replication. Students will make silicone moulds from items they wish to cast in glass. Examples: plastic/vinyl toy/action figure, anatomical models or small branch, unusual vegetable/fruit, seed pod. Items could also be modelled from Sculpey clay and fired ahead of attending the workshop. Glass options are discussed.
Day 2: Wax pouring and hand-built moulds. Students pour multiple waxes from their silicone moulds, refine their wax models (add or subtract). Models are then weighed and various glass options are revisited. Once glass choice is determined pouring gates are added to models and then a silica based refractory mould is built around the wax models. Once moulds set up the wax is then steamed out. Meanwhile, glass is weighed, and cleaned.
-Items are cast & annealed over the week.
Day 3: De-mould kiln castings/cold working Students remove their kiln cast objects and start the cold working process. Various methods and equipment are discussed and demonstrated.
Day 4: Finish cleaning kiln cast objects.
1.5 kg of glass
alb silicon& plastics necessary for mould building (determine if you will need more through the online material calculator)
n95 Particulate respirator
Hollow-forms, lockets, basic prong settings, photo etching and fusing metals – register by March 22nd
9 weeks, Starting April 5th $380pp includes all materials necessary for projects. Build a hollow-form pendant/ring and construct a locket with hinge and locking mechanism. Learn basic, hand built prong settings, tab settings, and setting free-form cabs. Etching copper/brass and Sterling silver. Working with photos, computer renderings and hand drawn images students will learn various method of applying imagery and working with mordants to etch into metal.
•Sterling plate 3″x 3″ 16 gauge(1.3mm)
•Copper wire (for woven chain practice and armatures)
•Sterling wire & tubing
•Choice of 5-8mm faceted stone for prong setting
•Copper & Brass tubing for hinges
• Consumables: solder, drill bits, emery paper
• Consumables necessary for etching various metals
Students are welcome to bring in their own found items, cabochons, etc., to use in their projects.
Deposit necessary to hold space $190
In this class, students will learn everything about basic insect preparation. We will discuss harvesting and drying specimen, rehydrating dried specimen, and in class we will practice handling techniques, spreading, mounting, the nuances of posing, display, and maintenance. An assortment of ethically sourced insects; Beetles & Moths, in various sizes, shapes, and colors will be provided. Students will learn how to put together and maintain their own rehydration chamber, things to check for during all stages of the process to ensure a clean and successful end product, and tips for gentle handling. We will also cover how to select museum quality materials for displays.
As always, all specimen are ethically sourced. We will be reviewing the origins of the assorted insects used in class, how students can ethically and legally source specimen, and suggested, reputable suppliers. If there are any excess specimen left, they will be available for students to take home for practice and future use.
Students go home with their own prepared beetle & moth, a spreading board that can be used for future projects, and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future. It is recommended students bring a small bag or box or display case to transport their pieces.
In this beginner’s class, students will learn everything about basic arachnid preparation and preservation. We will discuss harvesting and drying specimen, rehydrating dried specimen, and in class we will practice handling techniques, spreading, mounting, the nuances of posing, display, and maintenance. Students will learn how to put together and maintain their own rehydration chamber, things to check for during all stages of the process to ensure a clean and successful end product, and tips for gentle handling. Students will also build their very own spreading boards for use in class and beyond. We will also cover how to select museum quality materials for displays.
As always, all specimen are ethically sourced. We will be reviewing the origins of the arachnids used in class, how students can ethically and legally source specimen, and suggested, reputable suppliers.
Students go home with their own prepared arachnid specimen, a spreading board that can be used for future project, a small rehydration chamber, a simple display case, and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future. It is recommended students bring a small bag or box to transport their pieces.
Spreading boards, insect pins, archival habitat materials and various insects are available at the studio for purchase.