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.
You may register by phone at 301-571-8966
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CLASSES
updated 9-16-17
     

 

2018 CLASS PREVIEW NOW POSTED! SCROLL TO BOTTOM OF PAGE FOR DETAILS...

 

 

 

Sandblasting on Glass

One 3-hour workshop. Tuition $95.00
NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED!

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.

Saturday, September 2, 9:30-12:30

 

 


 

 

Mastering the Art of Cutting Glass, Part I- Pattern Cuts

2-hour workshop. Tuition $79.00. 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!

Saturday, September 2, 2- 4

 

 


 

 

Mastering the Art of Cutting Glass, Part II- Jig, Strip, Fit

2-hour workshop. Tuition $79.00

Cutting straight lines and geometric shapes accurately is a challenge for many artists. In this class making consistent and accurate straight cuts will be the focus. Students will learn to use the portable glass shop made by Morton Glassworks to cut strips, squares, rectangles and more. We will also review the hot glass strip cutter and other useful methods for measuring and making perfect cuts.. Save time, money, and frustration by mastering these extremely useful studio tools!

Sunday, September 3, 10-12

 

 


 

 

 


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, Sept 14, 21, 28, Oct 5, 19, 26, Nov 2

 

 


 

 


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, Sept 14, 21, 28, Oct 5, 19, 26, Nov 2

 

 


 

 

Extreme Stained Glass with Sharon Moffitt NEW FORMAT

1½- day workshop. Tuition $295.00; tools and materials extra.
Previous stained-glass experience required. Students should bring interesting glass and any other objects they would like to incorporate into their projects.


This is not your grandmother’s stained glass; we’re taking it outside the box (or rather the panel) in this course! Take your stained glass to a whole new creative level; explore non-traditional stained-glass assembly techniques and alternative design and construction methods like free-form, “satellite”, and multi-layered, all while maintaining the overall aesthetic and structural integrity of the piece. You will also learn to create unique glass elements to incorporate like sandblasting designs onto flash glass and creating fused glass components in a small table top kiln for added fun and funky details. Learn how to incorporate non-traditional materials into your work as well. Students will create an experimental flat or 3D stained glass piece of their own design, and leave class with the knowledge required to continue their exploration on their own. Come see just how fun spontaneous stained glass creations can be.

Saturday, September 16, 9:30- 4:30 & Sunday, September 17, 9:30- 1

 

 


 

 

Glass Combing

2- day workshop. Tuition $395.00; includes supplies, glass and use of tools during class.

Experience the fun of moving glass while hot to create amazing combed patterns!  Learn ways to set up glass, how to plan controlled designs, how and when to rake the glass for beautiful chevron patterns, and more! There will also be an experimental element to this class as students are encouraged to get creative with combing.  Each student will have the opportunity to create three personal combed pieces of glass. There will be demonstration and discussion of how to use and incorporate combed glass into fused glass projects.  Firings, strip cutting, damming, coldworking, and finishing options are covered in class. Students will have the chance to coldwork one piece as desired, time permitting.

TWO SEPARATE SESSIONS AVAILABLE:

Thursday and Friday, September 28 & 29, 10-3:30 each day
or
Saturday and Sunday, September 30 & October 1, 10-3:30 each day

 

 

 


 

 

NEW GUEST INSTRUCTOR CLASS!

Glass Boxes and Pendants with Jeri Warhaftig

3-day workshop. Tuition $695.00, plus an $85.00 mold fee (each student takes home two box molds, a $116.00 retail value). All other materials and use of tools are included

In this three day workshop glass artist Jeri Warhaftig shares her techniques for creating amazing cast and etched glass boxes and pendants! Using pre-made Colour-de-Verre brand casting molds, students will learn all the steps to create their own cast and etched masterpieces. In the initial casting process, students will learn how to prep molds, determine the amount of glass needed, and proper firing methods. Once the castings are complete, Jeri will teach students her method of working with enamel coatings and students will design custom blasting stencils or use stencils provided by Jeri to impart detailed patterns and designs onto the lids. Jeri will also present her methods of using the Silhouette mask cutter to create fantastic and intricate sandblast resist designs.  Knob options for box tops will be discussed and students have the option to attach a custom designed knob as well.  Each student will create 2 boxes, and a handful of cabochons to use as pendants or knobs.


Friday, October 6- Sunday, October 8
9:30-4:30 each day


BIO:

Instructor Jeri Warhaftig is a glass artist, author, and teacher. She is a long-time member of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers and has been making beads for almost 15 years.  Her work appeared as a finalist in the Bead Dreams Competition in 2004 and 2005. She has taught at many nationally known venues such as the Bead and Button Show, Glass Craft and Bead Expo, and many smaller studios and workshops. She has written for many major publications- most recently The Flow- and authored two books, "Glass Bead Workshop" (2008) and "Creating Glass Beads" (2011).

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Working Deep - Cast Glass Blocks

1½- day workshop. Tuition $395.00; includes all materials needed to create a 5" x 7" x 1 1/2" or 6" x 6" x 1 1/2" block.
Previous fusing experience recommended.

Working in thick fused stacks of glass creates many unique opportunities to create a feeling of space in a finished piece. You will learn all about creating visual depth and how to use the placement of color imagery on multiple layers within the fused piece to maximize viewing impact. Students will build on their experience with fusing and will have a wide variety of sheet glass, frits, stringers and paints to work with. Learn how to use dams and stacking techniques to create a finished piece straight from the kiln, without the need to do extensive coldworking. Firing and annealing of deep blocks will be covered as well.

Saturday, October 21, 9:30- 4:30 & Sunday, October 22, 10- 12:30

 

 


 

 


Flow Factor
Master Class with Nancy Weisser

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

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.

Nancy Weisser has been working in the field of glass since the early '80s. She owns and operates Weisser Glass Studio in Kensington Maryland where she teaches a wide range of classes in the area of kiln formed glass.  She is known for her innovative artworks including installations.

Thursday, October 26- Sunday, October 29
Thursday- Saturday, 9:30-4:30 each day, Sunday, 10-3

 

 


 

 

Powder Plus H20

2½- day workshop. Tuition $465.00; includes all materials and use of tools during class.

In this class, we will explore two special effects that can be achieved in your fused glass by combining powder and water.  Learn to manipulate, move and form the glass in ways that cannot be achieved with dry powder alone. Students will learn methods and varieties of creating crackle patterns and learn how to work with glass slurrie for painterly and fluid effects in glass. Students will create sample tiles and two finished projects in class.

Friday, November 3- Sunday, November 5

Friday and Saturday, 10- 4:30 and Sunday 10-12:30


 

 


 

 

Dream Garden
Master Class with Nancy Weisser

Tuition $1,095.00; includes materials, use of tools and equipment, etc.

For the first time, 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, November 8- Sunday, November 12
Wednesday- Saturday, 10-5 each day, Sunday 10-3

 

 

 


 

 

Stained Glass- Beyond Beginner

Four 2-hour classes. Tuition $125.00; 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, November 16, 30, December 7, 14

 

 


 

 

Stained Glass Weekend: Copper Foil

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

The copper foil stained glass technique was originally devised by Louis Comfort Tiffany to be used for his intricate designs. Unlike the more traditional lead came method, the foil technique allows for more detailed patterns, as well as construction of three-dimensional objects like lampshades and boxes. In our weekend crash course, students will learn the art of the copper foil stained-glass technique; we use the same curriculum as our seven-week course condensed into a day and a half. Students do not need to purchase any tools, so it’s an excellent way to try your hand at the medium without having to invest in all the equipment. Each student will complete a copper foil panel approximately 9” x 12”.


Saturday, November 18, 9:30-4:30 & Sunday, November 19, 9:30-1

 

 


 

 

Blown Ornaments

2- hour workshop. Tuition $99.00
No experience necessary! Appropriate for ages 16 and up.

Learn to make small blown glass ornaments with a Hot Head torch- create unique holiday gifts and surprise your family and friends! Starting with Glaskolben pre-made glass tubes you’ll learn the tips and tricks for blowing these ornaments over a torch and how to embellish them with color. Each student will have the opportunity to make up to six blown Glaskolben ornaments! (additional may be made, time permitting, for an extra fee)

TWO SEPARATE SESSIONS AVAILABLE:

Friday, November 24, 10-12
or
Saturday, November 25, 9:30-11:30


 

 


 

 

Project Plate Making: Strip Cut Construction

One 3½-hour workshop. Tuition $145.00; includes all materials and use of tools during class.

In this class, you will create a fused and slumped dish using the strip cut method of construction. You will learn how to design and fuse using strips of glass on edge, crafting beautiful bubble-free projects featuring crisp linear designs in your glass. Methods for cutting strips, how to fire, and various applications for strip cut construction will be demonstrated and discussed. The pieces pictured above are plates made by students in our last session.

Saturday, November 25, 1- 4:30

 

 


 

 

 

2018 CLASS PREVIEW! More coming soon...

 

 

Glass Paperweights

Two-day workshop. Tuition $425.00, includes supplies and use of tools

In this exciting workshop, students will learn techniques similar to those used by glass blowers to create beautifully colored glass paperweights. Learn to gather glass on a punty from a crucible kiln, pick up color, shape and use special studio finishing techniques. Class size is limited to six students. Each student will have time to make three to four paperweights.

TWO SESSIONS TO CHOOSE FROM:

Saturday, February 10, & Sunday, February 11, 10-4 each day
or
Wednesday, February 14, & Thursday, February 15, 10-4 each day

 

 


 

 

Creating Hot-Worked Cane and Murrine with Gayla Lee

Two-day workshop. Tuition $425.00, includes supplies and use of tools during class. No previous experience required.

Learn to make glass murrine (pattern) bars and stretch them out with glassblowing techniques modified for the kiln forming studio. Students will learn several set-ups for both cane and murrine and try different methods of stretching, twisting, folding, and pulling the glass to create a variety of effects and patterns. All parts will be made with Bullseye 90 COE glass and can be used in fused glass projects.  Class will focus on making the glass murrine, not producing finished work.

Saturday, February 17 & Sunday, February 18, 10-4 each day

 

 


 

 

Sand Mandalas in Glass with Warren Norgaard NEW EXPANDED FORMAT!

3-day workshop. Tuition $695.00; includes materials and use of tools. Students purchase mounting hardware if desired.

We will collect a reserve fee of $100.00 to secure your spot. The reserve will become part of a $350.00 deposit due December 1. Tuition balance of $345.00 will be due January 5, 2018

Warren Norgaard returns to teach his immensely popular Mandala class, in an extended format! In this three-day workshop, students will learn how to use the ancient tools of Tibetan Monks to create personal mandaladesigns in glass. Design, use of both modern and traditional tools, and powder application will all be taught. Imagery selected can go beyond the mandala design with lots of potential. Students will create multiple pieces in class. Warren will also teach metal leaf application to the finished pieces, and students will have the opportunity to apply leaf, finish and mount their pieces for display. Each student will complete three mandalas.

Friday- Sunday, March 9- 11, 2018

 

 


 

 

Knitted Glass: Lost Wax Casting with Carol Milne    NEW EXPANDED FORMAT!

Carol Milne returns with an extended 5-day workshop to share her innovative technique for creating knitted glass sculptures.

Tuition $1,095.00; includes a supply fee for wax, investment mold materials and clear glass for four sculptures. Students wishing to complete additional castings will be charged an extra material fee of $75.00 each. Colored glass can be purchased for a fee.

We will collect a reserve fee of $100 to secure your spot.  The reserve will become part of a $550.00 deposit due December 1st. The balance of $545.00 will be due February 1, 2018.

Carol takes lost wax casting in a new direction with her knitted glass sculptures. Students will learn how to work with wax strands and learn Carol's methods of knitting while making individual objects to cast. This class covers everything: wax-working, venting, mold-making, kiln schedules, and divesting. Carol will work with students individually to analyze each object, determining how best to get a successful casting. You don’t have to know how to knit!  The focus of this class will be on learning how to make successful thin or hollow glass castings with cut-outs or filigree openings in them.  Students will complete four cast pieces, and learn how to divest and finish their castings. All levels are welcome- beginners should be prepared to be challenged.                                                                                                                                     

Wednesday- Sunday, April 18- 22, 2018

 

 


 

 

Weisser Glass welcomes guest artist Kari Minnick in 2018

More details coming soon...!

 

 


 

 

Reverse Glass Painting and Design with Cheryl Chapman

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

We will collect a reserve fee of $100 to secure your spot.  The reserve will become part of a $385.00 deposit due January 15, 2018. The balance of $380.00 will be due March 1, 2018.

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


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 projects created in the March 2017 workshop in Weisser Studio

 

 


 

 

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

Three-day workshop. Tuition $725.00

We will collect a reserve fee of $100 to secure your spot.  The reserve will become part of a $365.00 deposit due January 15, 2018. The balance of $360.00 will be due March 1, 2018.

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, 2018
or
Tuesday- Thursday, June 26-28, 2018

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIME IS RUNNING OUT--DON'T FORGET TO USE YOUR
2016 CLASS REWARDS POINTS!


• Rewards points are not transferable.
• Rewards apply only to classes attended in 2016 and are based on tuition amount paid.
• One reward point was earned for every $10 spent on 2016 class tuition.
• Tuition costs for private lessons and custom instruction programs did not accrue rewards points
• Reward totals were sent to your provided email address January 5, 2017

REDEEMING YOUR POINTS
:
• A maximum of 100 points ($100.00) are redeemable per class lasting 1½ days or more (totaling 9 class hours or more)
• A maximum of 50 points ($50.00) are redeemable per single class totaling a minimum of 3 class hours.
• A maximum of 25 points ($25.00) are redeemable per single class totaling less than 3 class hours.
• Students must attend class in 2017 to use applicable points
• Rewards points are not applicable towards private instruction or custom instruction

 

 

More to come............ check back soon.

 

TUITION REFUND POLICIES

For classes taught by Weisser staff:

  • 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.


For classes taught by guest instructors:

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

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

 

 

 

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