CLASSES AT WEISSER GLASS

     


 


Weisser Glass offers a terrific schedule of classes for beginner through professional levels. Courses are offered in stained glass, fusing and kiln forming, beadmaking, glass jewelry, paperweights, glass casting & mosaic. Our goal is to offer the highest quality of instruction in a friendly and helpful environment! New class schedules are posted about every two months.

WE ALSO TEACH PRIVATE LESSONS AND PRIVATE GROUP CLASSES! SELF-DIRECTED BENCH TIME IS ALSO AVAILABLE. CALL OR EMAIL US FOR MORE INFO.

All classes require pre-registration and payment to reserve your space.
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CLASSES
updated 5/25/18
     

 

 

 

 

Lead Came Stained Glass for Beginners

Seven 2-hour classes. Tuition $245.00; tools and supplies extra

Learn to build a stained glass window using the traditional lead came technique. Everything you need to know including glass cutting, patterns, types of glass, tools, glazing and soldering is taught. Students will complete a stained glass window approximately 11” x 14”. Patterns are provided. Requires some homework.

Thursday eves, 7-9, April 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, June 7

 

 


 

 

Stained Glass- Beyond Beginner

Seven 2-hour classes. Tuition $245.00; tools and supplies extra. Previous stained-glass experience required.

This class has an open curriculum allowing students to continue their exploration into stained glass under the supervision and guidance of an experienced instructor. Students might select a new project like a lamp, box, panel, or bring a project in progress. This class is a great way to learn new techniques, get a refresher, have your questions answered, or get help with more advanced projects. We can provide the instruction and extra motivation you need to get that project done!

Thursday evenings, 7-9, April 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, June 7

 

 


 

 

Telling the Story in Glass: Fused Glass Sgraffito Drawing
with Kelly Crosser- Alge      NEW SESSION ADDED!

3-day workshop. Tuition $695.00; includes materials and use of tools. Previous drawing or glass experience is not required, but an open mind and some fusing knowledge is helpful.

A deposit of $350.00 is required to secure your spot. Tuition balance of $345.00 will be due February 1, 2018
No refunds will be processed after the balance due date unless a replacement can be seated. See full details below.

This intensive workshop will teach the use of glass powders to draw two-dimensional imagery in glass. This is meant to be a ‘crossover’ course, joining elements of fine art and fine craft together. Students will explore traditional ideas of drawing and using a very non-traditional approach; using glass to interpret line, value, contrast, texture, color, movement, gesture, narrative, and composition. If you think you can’t draw, this class is for you!

In addition to learning simple ‘tricks of the trade’ and improvised technical drawing skills, students will have the freedom and individual encouragement to experiment with using glass to create drawn imagery that tell a story, evokes emotion, and expresses mood.  Other topics covered in the workshop will include: kiln-formed canes and murrine, collage part sheets for sgraffito drawing, tool making, incorporating color, reactive glass, volume control, firing schedules, and finishing. By the time students leave, they will have gained a new awareness of the visual language that is possible with kiln-formed glass, as well as confidence in their ability to “see” as an artist.

Thursday- Saturday, May 10-12 , 10-5 each day

This class is full, please call to waitlist

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

"Glass has gripped me from day one. In its many forms, glass is the one medium that has allowed me to create using combinations of art techniques I love from other media. Collage, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, painting, photography, and design... all come together with glass and heat as common ground.

“I'm a self-taught glass artist, specializing in fused glass sgraffito drawing and collage.
I studied studio art for 4 years in the BFA program at Ohio Northern University, where I focused on ceramics, figure drawing, and watercolor before leaving school to start a family. My first experiences and adventures in glass began after college in 1995. I saved money from teaching art to groups of homeschooled students and purchased a tiny kiln, and the glass experimenting bonanza began in my garage. My favorite way to work with glass is a method I call ‘glass powder sgraffito drawing’. You can read more about my work and the technique I use in this recent article: Making Art From Scratch"
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Fusing with Float and Recycled Glass with Nikki O'Neill

4-day workshop. Tuition $795.00; includes materials and use of tools

In Nikki's comprehensive float glass class students will learn all about the properties of window glass, plate glass and tempered glass and how to use these inexpensive (and sometimes free) materials to create beautiful fused glass art works in the kiln. Through a series of projects, students will learn how to cut thick glass, how to work with tempered glass, the nuances of firing window glass, how to add color, and ways to apply standard fusing techniques to using window glass. Students will explore multiple techniques, and there will be discussion of other methods with potential for fusing with float.

Wednesday, May 16- Saturday, May 19
Wednesday- Friday, 10-5 each day, Saturday, 10-3:30


 

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Nikki O’Neill has been working with glass for over 30 years and currently uses kiln-forming techniques to create sculptures and vessels from glass powder and from recycled float glass. O’Neill found her passion for art and working with glass while earning her Ph.D. in biology. Since retiring as a research scientist, she works full-time as a studio glass artist and educator. Nikki is a popular instructor at Weisser Studio and the Corning Museum Studios, and has recently begun to travel more to share her expertise.

 

 


 

 

Printmaking Primer-  Preparing Images for use on Glass.  
NEW CLASS!

2½-hour workshop. Tuition $89.00. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! Students should bring a laptop with Photoshop Elements software (available online for about $99) or similar photo editing program.

The first step in most printing on glass techniques is learning how to turn drawings and photographs into usable images for print making.  In this workshop, we will guide you through the process, and teach you basic steps to manipulating images on a computer that will translate well into printmaking. Using Photoshop Elements- an easy-to-use, versatile photo editing program- you can achieve the formatting needed to use your own imagery and designs for sandblasting, silk screening, photo decals, and more. NOTE: While we use Elements in class, the techniques being taught can usually be applied to most photo-editing programs. This is an essential class for anyone wishing to explore imagery in their work or expand on the possibilities! Each student will have the opportunity to print three transparencies for future projects.

Saturday, May 26, 10-12:30

 

 

 

 


 

 

Photo-Resist Sandblasting

3-hour workshop. Tuition $115.00. Previous sandblasting experience recommended.

Learn the basics of this versatile technique! Easily transfer detailed and photographic images to a sandblast resist for etching using a light-sensitive film. Image preparation, film exposure, and film application will be taught. Each student will make their own sample piece and see examples of other various ways to apply this process to glass creations. Note: students without prior Photoshop experience may wish to take the Printmaking Primer workshop in the morning for more in-depth instruction on photo manipulation.

Saturday, May 26, 1:30-4:30

 

 


 

 

Project Plate Making: Reactive Whites

2-hour workshop. Tuition $115.00; includes all materials, firings and use of tools during class.

In this class you learn about the special design effects that can be achieved when working with reactive glass.  You will see samples and gain knowledge about the reactive qualities of French Vanilla and Dense White and be able to design with sheet glass and accessory glasses like frits, stringers and more. What a great way to spend an afternoon in the studio!. Each student will design and create an 8" x 8" fused and slumped dish.  Students of all levels are welcome.

Saturday, June 2, 10-12

 

 


 

 

Introduction to Laser Printed Decals

-hour workshop. Tuition $99.00; includes materials and use of tools. All levels welcome.

Laser printed decals are a fast and fabulous way to personalize and add photographic detail to your fused glass. Easy to produce on a black-and-white laser printer, you won’t believe what you can do with these decals! In this class, students will learn how to prepare their decals, what works best for decal imagery, and how to properly apply and fire decals. Each student will create a 5”x5” fused and slumped tile or plate with the decal imagery of their choice. Details on images students should bring with them will be provided prior to the class.

Saturday, June 2, 1:30-4

 

 


 

 

NEW SESSION ADDED!
Reverse Glass Painting and Design with Cheryl Chapman


One 3½-day workshop. Tuition $765.00; includes materials and use of tools

A $385.00 deposit is required to secure your spot. The balance of $380.00 will be due March 1, 2018.
No refunds will be processed after the balance due date unless a replacement can be seated. See full details below.


We’re excited to welcome glass painter Cheryl Chapman back to the Weisser Studio! Take your glass art in a new and exciting direction.  Enamel painting on glass is a fun way to use clear glass to create unique, stunning and surprisingly detailed images.  Opaque glass enamels have a bright luminosity and reflective quality all their own.  Unlock the secrets to mixing Fusemaster high fire opaque enamels with both oil and water mediums, working in reverse, the texturing style of grisaille and the stages of applying colored enamels, layering glass and firing to a finished piece.  Cheryl will work with you on your personal imagery working from a sketch or photograph developing your design and finished project d over three and a half days using Cheryl’s multi-stage techniques to create your piece of art.  The focus of this class is on the technical skills so you will be able to take your knowledge home to develop your glass painting style.  Each student will complete a tile or bowl approx. 9” in diameter as well as practice pieces.


Thursday- Sunday, June 7- 10
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 9:30-4:30 each day, Sunday 9:30-12:30
This class is full, please call to waitlist or enroll in the new session- June 3-6

 

DUE TO DEMAND, A SECOND SESSION OF THIS CLASS HAS BEEN ADDED!

Sunday- Wednesday, June 3-6
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, 9:30-4:30 each day, Wednesday 9:30-12:30

 


ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Cheryl Chapman is the owner-artist of Silly Dog Art Glass Studio and enjoys creating pieces of art that convey realism mixed with a splash of whimsy. Cheryl currently divides her time between painting, spending time with her animals and husband and traveling. The Chapmans recently relocated to La Pine in central Oregon and look forward to what will inspire more art in this beautiful community.

Read her complete bio and artist statement here

  Student samples created in the March 2017 workshop in Weisser Studio

 

 


 

 


Copper Foil Stained Glass for Beginners

Seven 2-hour classes. Tuition $245.00; tools and supplies extra.

Learn to build a stained-glass window using the copper foil method. Everything you need to know including patterns, types of glass, glass cutting, tools, soldering and finishing are taught. Students complete a small stained-glass window approximately 11” x 14. Requires homework.

Thursday evenings, 7-9, June 21, 28, July 5, 19, 26, Aug 2, 9

 

 


 

 

Stained Glass- Beyond Beginner

Seven 2-hour classes. Tuition $245.00; tools and supplies extra. Previous stained-glass experience required.

This class has an open curriculum allowing students to continue their exploration into stained glass under the supervision and guidance of an experienced instructor. Students might select a new project like a lamp, box, panel, or bring a project in progress. This class is a great way to learn new techniques, get a refresher, have your questions answered, or get help with more advanced projects. We can provide the instruction and extra motivation you need to get that project done!

Thursday evenings, 7-9, June 21, 28, July 5, 19, 26, Aug 2, 9

 

 


 

 

NEW CLASS!
Modeling Glass: Feathers and More with Lois Manno

Three-day workshop. Tuition $725.00

A $365.00 deposit is required to secure your spot. The balance of $360.00 will be due March 1, 2018.
No refunds will be processed after the balance due date unless a replacement can be seated. See full details below.

Traditional techniques of working with frit and powdered glass to create three-dimensional objects tend to be labor-intensive, as in the extensive amount of mold-making and painstaking packing required of pâte-de-vérre. Over the past five years, Lois Manno has focused her creative energy toward developing a different way to work with powders, one that opens an entire new world of creativity.

Lois has developed a medium system that turns messy powder into a manageable material with the consistency of clay. The resulting Modeling Glass™ has a smooth, firm texture, stores almost indefinitely, and is not sticky. No freezing is required, nor are molds involved. The material can be thinned with water into a paste, or can be formed into a shape and dried before firing. This dry state is where much of the cleanup can be done, almost eliminating the need for coldworking.  Modeling Glass can hold a great deal of detail at lower temperatures, and can also be used to create interesting effects at higher fuse temperatures. It’s possible to do things quickly and easily that would normally take many hours of studio time.

Lois will teach her method of mixing Modeling Glass and students will learn step-by-step how to use the material to make their own realistic glass feathers. Her feathers have received a great deal of attention in the glass community, and this is the first year she will be sharing this new way of working with glass. Students will also be introduced to other ways of working with Modeling Glass as it has nearly limitless possibilities. After five years of experimentation, Lois has just scratched the surface of what this material is capable of!

Display methods will be discussed and demonstrated. Firing schedules will also be provided.

TWO SESSIONS TO CHOOSE FROM:

Friday- Sunday, June 22- 24
Friday- Saturday, 9:30-5 each day, Sunday, 9:30-3

THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL; PLEASE CONTACT US TO BE ADDED TO THE WAIT LIST!

or

Tuesday- Thursday, June 26-28
Tuesday-Wednesday, 9:30-5 each day, Thursday, 9:30-3

THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL; PLEASE CONTACT US TO BE ADDED TO THE WAIT LIST!

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST:


Lois Manno is a lifelong fine artist and award-winning writer, but fused glass has become her favorite medium. Her work is in several galleries across the country, and she is represented in many collections, including the Department of the Interior. She has been a guest blogger for Bullseye Glass and has devoted herself to perfecting Modeling Glass over the past several years. Lois is excited to share this new product with the glass community and can’t wait to see what creative doors it will open. View more of Lois’ work on her website at www.glassbirdstudios.com and on Facebook at Glass Bird Studios.

 

 


 

 

Mosaics in Glass

1½-day workshop. Tuition $275.00; materials additional. All levels welcome!

Mosaic is a versatile art form that has been used to create intricate and beautiful imagery since antiquity. It is an accessible medium for all skill levels, can be made of different materials, and can be applied to almost any surface. In this workshop, students will focus on the use of colored sheet glass to create their own mosaic in a pattern of their choice. Previous experience is not required- if you’ve never cut glass, you will learn how to cut, break, and grind glass to fit to your design. All aspects of the mosaic process will be covered, from surface preparation to glass cutting, adhesives, grouting, and finishing. And it’s a great way to use up scrap glass! Students will have an assortment of projects to choose from, including table tops and wall hangings; costs will vary depending on surface and materials selected. A variety of patterns will be available for use, or students may create their own.

Saturday, June 30, 9:30-4:30 & Sunday, July 1, 10-12:30

 

 


 

 

Learn to Fuse

1½-day workshop. Tuition $295.00; includes materials and use of tools

Learn all about the exciting art of fused glass in this comprehensive workshop! A good foundation of basic fusing knowledge is essential to creating more complex and detailed projects, and we cover all the fundamentals. On the first day, students will be introduced to central concepts like compatibility, cutting, and firing by viewing samples and creating a series of experimental tiles. On the second day, students will create a finished 8”x8” plate or bowl of their own design. After taking this workshop, students will have the essential knowledge to move on to intermediate and advanced fusing classes and to work on their own!

Saturday, July 7, 10-4, & Sunday, July 8, 10-1

 

 


 

 

NEW CLASS!
Diptych Tree Landscapes in Glass with Alice Benvie- Gebhart

Four-day workshop. Tuition $895.00; includes use of tools. $100.00 material fee due at class.

A $450.00 deposit is required to secure your spot.  The balance of $445.00 will be due April 1, 2018.
No refunds will be processed after the balance due date unless a replacement can be seated. See full details below.

Alice Benvie- Gebhart returns to Weisser Glass to teach a four-day layered landscape diptych intensive! Class will focus on creating an effective composition by utilizing color, balance, and visual depth. While creating a series of test tiles, students will gain insight into color theory and develop designs which they will then use to create two wooded landscapes.

Students will learn Alice’s layering techniques, utilizing sheet glass, frit and stringers, as well as fire-in paints and lustres to create a sense of depth and complexity to their pieces, encouraging viewers to “look into” the work. The workshop will cover other topics, such as making frit and understanding copyright as it applies to internet search, as well as using programs like Photoshop to translate imagery into useful glass compositions and successful works of art.

Thursday- Sunday, July 12-15, 9:30-5 each day

 

 


 

 


Soldering Workshop

2½-hour class. Tuition $99.00. Students should bring their own soldering iron and some foil-wrapped pieces of glass to practice on.

Soldering is often the hardest part of the copper foil process for artists to master. Problems commonly encountered include poor solder flow, uneven and streaky solder beads, and difficulty getting the proper amount of solder onto the foil for a professional look. The good news is that all these issues can be overcome with the use of proper tools and technique! We’ll cover the tips and tricks to making a smoother bead for a better- looking finish. Students will also learn how to manipulate the solder to create assorted decorative patterns to embellish projects. Guaranteed to improve the look of your solder line!

Sunday, July 21, 10-12:30

 

 


 

 

Mastering the Art of Cutting Glass-
Pattern Cuts

2½-hour workshop. Tuition $89.00. Appropriate for all levels, beginner to advanced.

The key to success in any of the glass art forms is good cutting; people are often intimidated by detailed glass cutting challenges, but it’s all a matter of the proper techniques and tools. We’ll teach you to do it well! This comprehensive cutting lesson will cover both simple and more difficult shapes. Learn to cut with ease and confidence; guaranteed to improve your cutting no matter your skill level. An excellent starter class for students with no cutting experience, and a valuable refresher for the more experienced glass artist. Bring any challenges you may have!

Sunday, July 22, 10-12:30

 


 

 


 

 

 

Sandblasting on Glass- The Basics

2½-hour workshop. Tuition $95.00. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!

Sandblasting is a versatile, simple way to enrich both fused and stained-glass projects. It’s also a great way to correct many surface issues in fused glass. Students will learn all the basics, including resist application, prep and machine operation, and will experiment with different blasting techniques. Students will create a few samples while learning various applications for using the sandblaster in creating and enhancing artworks.

Sunday, July 22, 2-4:30

 

 


 

 

Stained Glass Weekend- Lead Came

1½ day workshop. Tuition $275.00; includes use of tools and some supplies. Students purchase glass and metal.

Learn the traditional method of lead came stained glass construction in this weekend crash course. We use the same curriculum as our seven-week course, condensed into 1½ days. Patterns will be provided, and there’s no need to purchase tools! Each student will complete a leaded panel approximately 9”x12”.

Saturday, July 28, 9:30-4:30 & Sunday, July 29, 9:30-12:30


 

 


 

 

Coldworking- Methods and Machines

1-day workshop. Tuition $175.00. Practice glass for the machinery will be provided, students may bring an unfinished piece to class to work on as well.

Coldworking is the process of grinding, shaping, and polishing glass without heat- an essential step to creating a finished, professional look for your glass art! Learn about different options for finishing glass edges and surfaces. Students will learn how to use saws, grinders, diamond flat lap and the wet belt as it applies to coldworking.  You will also learn ways to grind and finish your glass pieces by hand, using assorted abrasives grits and pads, without the assistance of machines. Students will have the opportunity to try out the machines and various methods for creating finely finished artwork. There will also be discussion of fire polishing in the kiln in combination with coldworking. After completing the course students qualify to rent coldworking equipment in the studio.

Saturday, August 4, 10-4

 

 


 

 

Fire Up: Creating and Understanding Firing Schedules

2-hour presentation. Cost $65.00

Compiling 35 years of experience in glass making, Nancy Weisser has designed this lecture to deliver the information you need to understand firing and create your own firing schedules with confidence for various glass fusing, slumping, and kiln-forming projects. Whether you’re new to fusing or an experienced kiln former, you will gain knowledge that you can apply to your own glass practice. Learn about firing theory as it applies to various phases of the firing cycle including annealing and how to use this information to write your own schedules. Free yourself to explore new ideas, analyze and resolve kiln mishaps, and stop always relying on someone else’s firing schedule. Students will go home with a packet of firing schedules for their reference, annealing information, and the confidence to plan projects and fire on your own! Students attending this class will also receive a free copy of Nancy's Fire-Up E-Book when it is released in 2018.

Sunday, August 5, 2-4


 

 


 

 

Mark Hufford returns for 2018!

 

 

We’re pleased to welcome Mark back for another round of his exciting and informative classes.

Introduction to Fired Glass Enamels with Mark Hufford

2-day workshop. Tuition $495.00; includes materials and use of tools.

A $200.00 deposit is required to secure your spot. The balance of $295.00 will be due May 1.
No refunds will be processed after the balance due date unless a replacement can be seated. See full details below.

In this two day introductory class students will learn how to use Colors for Earth enamels and products to paint and enhance fused glass.  Proper mixing, brushing technique, applications and firing are all covered. Students work from patterns, to create a series of sampler tiles while learning a multitude of techniques and applications like opaque paint coverage, watercolor like washes, piping, bubble art and more. Mark is generous with his knowledge, and nurturing with his students giving personal attention to help individuals become comfortable with the products and how to use them. Students enjoy his classes so much they frequently return year after year to study with this master.

Saturday, August 11 & Sunday, August 12
9:30 – 5 each day

 

 

 

Color Theory for Fired Glass Enamels with Mark Hufford

4-day workshop. Tuition $895.00, plus a $100.00 “take home” paint kit fee due at class.
Previous experience with Colors for earth enamels required.

A $400.00 deposit is required to secure your spot. The balance of $495.00 will be due May 1.
No refunds will be processed after the balance due date unless a replacement can be seated. See full details below.

Continue your journey with Mark and Colors for Earth enamels. In this class you will gain a better understanding of color as Mark works you through color theory as it pertains to Colors for Earth enamels.  Students will learn all about shading, tinting, blending and mixing new colors as they study color theory creating a variety of color scheme samplers including complimentary, triadic, monochromatic and more.  Students will work from images of their own choosing and learn how to interpret them into finished painted works in glass. Students will also make a multi-level painted pieces and learn how to paint front and back surfaces to create depth in imagery. Wow, it’s going to be another outstanding class. 

Tuesday- Friday, August 14- 17
9:30-5 each day, with a slightly shorter day on the 17th

 

 

JUST ADDED!

Intriguing Underglaze Techniques for Fused Glass with Mark Hufford   
NEW CLASS!

3-day workshop. Tuition $695.00; includes materials and use of tools

Discover the possibilities of underglaze products for your fused glass in this exciting NEW workshop! Mark has been busy exploring new materials and methods for adding imagery to glass. These techniques are suitable for many different artistic styles and will appeal to all levels from the seasoned painter to those who feel they just can’t paint.

Students will work with ceramic type products like underglaze pigments and underglaze pencils in conjunction with and without enamels and learn ways of painting, stenciling and stamping directly on glass. Oh, the possibilities are endless! If you are hesitant about working with images this way, DON’T BE; Mark is a thorough and enthusiastic top-notch instructor who knows how to bring out the best in his students.  Everything from the potential of mixing and matching techniques and materials to glass preparation, obtaining flawless brushstrokes and firing various projects round out this fun and educational workshop.

Sunday, August 19- Tuesday, August 21, 9:30-5 each day

 

 


 

 

 

Lead Came Stained Glass for Beginners

Seven 2-hour classes. Tuition $245.00; tools and supplies extra

Learn to build a stained glass window using the traditional lead came technique. Everything you need to know including glass cutting, patterns, types of glass, tools, glazing and soldering is taught. Students will complete a stained glass window approximately 11” x 14”. Patterns are provided. Requires some homework.

Thursday eves, 7-9, Aug 23, 30, Sept 6, 13, 20, 27, Oct 11

 

 


 

 

Stained Glass- Beyond Beginner

Seven 2-hour classes. Tuition $245.00; tools and supplies extra. Previous stained-glass experience required.

This class has an open curriculum allowing students to continue their exploration into stained glass under the supervision and guidance of an experienced instructor. Students might select a new project like a lamp, box, panel, or bring a project in progress. This class is a great way to learn new techniques, get a refresher, have your questions answered, or get help with more advanced projects. We can provide the instruction and extra motivation you need to get that project done!

Thursday evenings, 7-9, Aug 23, 30, Sept 6, 13, 20, 27, Oct 11

 

 


 

 

Dream Garden
Master Class with Nancy Weisser

5-day workshop. Tuition $1,095.00; includes materials, use of tools and equipment, etc.

A $550.00 deposit is required to secure your spot. The balance of $545.00 will be due July 1.

Nancy will reveal her process of creating fantastical gardens and imaginary underwater scenes.  This will be a multi-step and multi-element process that will include many techniques and use of various vitreous materials. Glass forming techniques taught will include: vitrograph, working over a torch, making frit from the kiln, crafting part sheets, and other methods for generating a variety of visual effects with frits, powders and dry enamels. Students will be asked to create from their imagination, learning to trust their own instincts and rely on information that already exists in the mind. Emphasis will be placed on creating spontaneously and improvising while exploring design, color and layering steps. This class is ideal for students that are open to the creative process, interested in learning new forming methods and constructing a progressive piece of art that represents their individual style. Finishing and presentation options will be covered as well.  Each student will create two finished artworks, a flora dream garden and an underwater dream garden.

Wednesday- Sunday, September 12-16
Wednesday- Saturday, 10-5 each day, Sunday 10-3

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

There’s No Place Like Home: Altaristas in Glass

NEW CLASS!
There’s No Place Like Home: Altaristas in Glass
with Gail Stouffer and Alice Benvie- Gebhart

Four-day workshop. Tuition $875.00, plus material fee of $200.00 due at class

A $435.00 deposit is required to secure your spot. The balance of $440.00 will be due May 1.
No refunds will be processed after the balance due date unless a replacement can be seated. See full details below.

Previous glass experience is recommended.  Students must have image-making experience to participate in this workshop.

Altaristas- small home altars- are an expression of faith, art, and cultural heritage, with each one conveying the experience of its maker. Each altar is a sacred personal space filled with icons of importance to the heart of its owner.

In this workshop, students will explore the sacred altar as art, enjoying the benefits of learning with two experienced and renowned instructors! Using various glass and mixed media techniques, we will create imagery and symbols close to our hearts, our memories, and the significance of our personal homes and heritage. Whether you gain strength, comfort, or inspiration from your experience of home, you can convey your story of the power of home by creating your own sacred altar space.

The class project will be taking it to the next level, creating mood and emotion. This workshop will cover it all, from concept creation to the final mounting; students will create a biographical piece in which they will develop a scene including background, middle ground and foreground layers where their images and inclusions will reside.

Students will develop color schemes, work with photo manipulation software, glass enamels and powder applications, screen printing, airbrushing, photo resist, and direct painting techniques, to apply imagery on multiple layers of glass. Additionally, each piece will carry an inclusion of a small, but highly visible object inside of the glass. Some mixed-media techniques will also be explored as enhancements.

Students will become skilled at color theory and development, preparing personalized images, creating backgrounds, working with photoresist films, creating their own silk screens, operating an airbrush, printing powder images, layering images, engineering inclusions into their work, specialty mounting, understanding adhesives, and mastering the firing schedules that deliver success, plus effective sandblasting and cold working techniques.

Thursday- Sunday, October 4-7, 9:30- 5:30

 

 


 

 

NEW CLASS!
Precious Metal Silver Clay and Glass with Gail Stouffer    

Two-day workshop. Tuition $445.00, and a $65.00 material fee due at class.

A deposit of $220.00 is required to secure your spot. Balance $225.00 due July 1.
No refunds will be processed after the balance due date unless a replacement can be seated. See full details below.

Learn to combine sterling silver precious metal clay* and fused glass in this exciting workshop with Gail Stouffer! On the first day of the workshop, students will create beautiful and unusual fused glass jewelry focal pieces, as well as matching sterling metal clay “jackets” to set them in. On day two, after firing the components, you’ll put everything together, drilling holes in your glass and metal clay pieces, riveting them, and using some silver soldering techniques as well. Your jewelry piece will have a unique design on both sides, making it a truly reversible piece of wearable art! The perfect workshop for glass fusers or metal clay workers who want to learn more techniques for creating specialty art jewelry projects.

*Precious metal clay can be formed like any soft clay. After firing, the binder contained in the clay is burned away leaving a solid metal form.

Monday, October 8- Tuesday, October 9, 9:30-5 each day
THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL; PLEASE CONTACT US TO BE ADDED TO THE WAIT LIST!

 

 


 

 

Flow Factor
Master Class with Nancy Weisser

5-day workshop. Tuition $1,095.00; includes materials and use of tools.

A deposit of $550.00 is required to secure your spot. Balance $545.00 due August 15.

In this class you learn ways to capture the magic and movement of fluid glass into the solid glass form. Moving beyond controlled linear patterns students will explore special effects that can be achieved inside the kiln using heat and gravity to produce remarkable visual outcomes.  Students learn strategies for capturing the organic movement of glass and methods of forming elements to create interesting design. Students also learn how to recycle discarded and unwanted projects and sample tiles into usable components for flow work. Also covered are methods for constructing containment systems for various shapes, and how to calculate how much glass is needed to fill those spaces. Firing schedules will be thoroughly covered and finishing options are also demonstrated in class and students will have the option to practice these techniques.

Wednesday, October 24- Sunday, October 28
Wednesday- Saturday, 9:30-4:30 each day, Sunday, 10-3

 

 


 

 


Copper Foil Stained Glass for Beginners

Seven 2-hour classes. Tuition $245.00; tools and supplies extra.

Learn to build a stained-glass window using the copper foil method. Everything you need to know including patterns, types of glass, glass cutting, tools, soldering and finishing are taught. Students complete a small stained-glass window approximately 11” x 14. Requires homework.

Thursday evenings, 7-9, Oct 25, Nov 1, 8, 15, 29, Dec 6, 13

 

 


 

 

Stained Glass- Beyond Beginner

Seven 2-hour classes. Tuition $245.00; tools and supplies extra. Previous stained-glass experience required.

This class has an open curriculum allowing students to continue their exploration into stained glass under the supervision and guidance of an experienced instructor. Students might select a new project like a lamp, box, panel, or bring a project in progress. This class is a great way to learn new techniques, get a refresher, have your questions answered, or get help with more advanced projects. We can provide the instruction and extra motivation you need to get that project done!

Thursday evenings, 7-9, Oct 25, Nov 1, 8, 15, 29, Dec 6, 13

 

 


 

 

Contemporary Pâte-de-Vérre Forms
with Alicia Lomné

5-day workshop. Tuition $1,150.00

A deposit of $570.00 is required to secure your spot. Tuition balance of $580.00 is due September 1.
Suitable for all levels of experience; returning students are encouraged to sign up!

We’re thrilled to have Alicia Lomné return to teach her unique approach to the ancient art of pâte-de-vérre. Alicia employs her own signature style to create stunning, delicately detailed vessel forms. In this class students learn how to create molds from models they hand build in class. Then Alicia teaches her methods of hand-packing layers of colored glass frit and powder into the mold making a tremendous range of color and design options possible.

This class will provide a solid base of technical information, and students will explore a variety of casting processes used by Alicia in creating her vessel forms. This will include model making, mold construction, color mixing, and color placement. She will also cover the use of inclusions in the mold; returning students will be encouraged to further explore these types of structures in their pieces. Discussions will cover firing schedules and the use of temperature to attain specific effects.

Students new to this technique will receive all the information they need to work on their own after the class, and returning students may continue their study by working with more involved designs. By the end of this class, you will feel confident in making a mold, packing it with glass, and then programming and firing on your own.

Tuesday- Saturday, November 13-17
THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL; PLEASE CONTACT US TO BE ADDED TO THE WAIT LIST!

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Alicia Lomné, has dedicated the past ten years to exploring techniques in pâte de verre. She shows her extraordinary work in galleries across the U.S. and has taught pâte-de-verre workshops across the country and the globe including Anla Glass (Denmark), Creative Glass (Switzerland), Pilchuck Glass School, Penland School of Crafts, the Corning Museum Studio and Bullseye Glass Co. Lomné lives and works on Whidbey Island in Washington State.  You may see more of her work at www.alicialomne.com

 

 


 

 

Creative Concepts in Kiln Forming NEW DATES
with Morgan Madison

4-day workshop. Tuition $895.00; includes materials and use of tools

A $445.00 deposit is required to secure your spot. Tuition balance of $450.00 is due September 1.

In this class, Morgan Madison will cover techniques use to achieve the distinct linear quality and crisp character of his glass work- students will explore pattern and design by learning Morgan’s unique kiln forming techniques. Through group exercises and one-on-one attention, students will explore aspects of the artistic process, from developing ideas in the sketchbook, to executing them in glass, to preparing work for firing in the kiln. Three different projects will challenge students to relax creative inhibitions while thinking critically about concept and its relationship to technique. The aim of this class is to give students the tools to pursue their own unique visions efficiently and confidently, and to have fun doing so; technical instruction will supply a foundation for advancing concepts for more refined work.

Wednesday, December 5- Saturday, December 8, 9:30-4:30 each day

 

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Morgan Madison has been a full-time artist since 2007. His work, which uses glass and a variety of other media, is informed by his love of drawing and inspired by place and the colors, textures, design, and landscape that define an experience. Madison has been awarded several artist residencies, including one at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, and has taught at UrbanGlass in New York. You can read more about Morgan and his work at www.morganvanmadison.com

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TUITION REFUND POLICIES

For general classes and workshops:

There will be a 10% processing fee for all refunded or transferred tuitions; minimum fee will be $35.00.

  • Tuition must be paid in advance to reserve space in a class or workshop.
  • Tuition will not be refunded for cancellations made within two (2) weeks of the first class date unless a replacement is seated (processing fee applies).

 

For Master Classes* and classes taught by guest instructors**:

There will be a $100.00 processing fee for all refunded or transferred tuitions for guest instructor and master classes taught at Weisser Studio.

  • Tuition must be paid in full by the balance due date or seat will be forfeited.
  • Tuition will not be refunded for cancellations or transfers made after the balance due date unless a replacement is seated. Processing Fee applies.

 

* Master classes are classes three or more full days in length.
** Guest instructor classes are classes taught by non- Weisser Glass staff.

 

 

 

 

 

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