Fused Glass Class
What should make up a good fused glass class?
Most people come to a class to socialize, and not really to listen to the teacher talk about fusing principles and techniques.
But, if you are really interested in beginning fusing, then you will need to understand the principles of what transpires during the fusing and slumping process.
Before signing up for a class, make sure you are getting your money’s worth for your time and effort.
Because of limited time and space, most beginner class will have a lecture period and then a time for assembling pieces to be fired.
Find out what materials you will need and what the cost is of these materials.
Some classes include materials in the price of the class.
Firing pieces takes a lot of time.
The idea of adding the firing of the kiln during class times would be hard to manage.
Some fused glass classes will give you a certain amount of space on a kiln shelf to place your items.
Most classes will have you make and item and then return on a future date to pick up your finished piece.
Materials that are made in classes vary a lot.
Some classes will have you make a simple pendant, picture frame, or free hand creativity pieces.
Other classes will have small and large pieces of glass that you just assemble and arrange to create your own pattern.
Before signing up for a fused glass class, ask questions.
Some of your questions might be:
How much is the class?
How long of time is the class?
What are the qualifications of the teacher?
Do they show you how to cut glass?
What are you offering in the class?
Will there be handouts?
Is this class for people completely new to glass?
What topics will be covered?
Are the materials provided?
If not provided how much should I expect to spend?
Do you need your own tools and supplies?
Do you offer more advanced classes?
If you have any type of glass background, a class that shows how to cut glass would be a waste of time for you.
You would be looking for a class that goes right into explaining the kiln, the compatibly of glass and why it is important, safety issues, supplies and fusing and slumping techniques.
They might even talk about annealing times, how to
program a digital controller
, and items that you cannot add to your glass when fusing.
A great class should answer your questions about:
Safety issues – how to handle glass, wearing safety glasses, etc
Art Glass Supply – basic supplies needed and how to use them
Glass types and COE – Different glass types, different COEs
Cutting methods – What are the different types and how to use them
Assembly – Movement in glass, bubbles, depth of glass, devitrification
Kiln time – Hands on experience with a kiln.
Firing - The firing process, ramps, holds, controllers, annealing, etc.
Preparation - Prepare kiln, shelf, molds
Handouts – Firing schedules, tech sheets, annealing phases, etc.
The information should be presented in a way that you could go home and begin fusing in your own kiln.
These fused glass classes should make you thirsty for more.
They should not leave you feeling like you still don’t know what you are doing, or where to begin.
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