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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PRINTABLE REGISTRATION FORM HERE

     
CLASSES
updated 7-20-17
     

 

 

 

 


 

 

NEW CLASS
Glass Is Your Canvas: 7 Image Techniques for Printing on Glass with Gail Stouffer

One 4-day workshop. Tuition $895.00; includes materials and use of tools during class.
A deposit of $450.00 is required to hold your spot; tuition balance of $445.00 due May 1.

Gail Stouffer returns to Weisser Glass to teach her distinctive style of imagery in glass! In this crash course about printing on glass, the class focus will be on layering imagery, allowing students to build visual richness and depth in their pieces; each layer applied can create a fabric-like background that allows additional central images to float in the foreground.

Students will work with glass enamels, glass paints, glass powders, micas, stencil cutters, frisket and specialty films. Gail will cover the following methods for applying images to glass: screen printing, airbrushing, photo resists, powder printing, custom decals, direct painting, and masking and stenciling. This range of techniques will give students a comprehensive set of tools to express themselves visually using a wide range of images and sources. There will be lots of discussion about when and why one would select one process over another.

Students will create six sample tiles as well as two complete works, highlighting their own personal history, focusing on childhood and love. Each piece will consist of patterns, colors, and textures, overlaid with images of persons, places, and things.  Students will also mount their finished pieces for hanging.

Wednesday, July 12- Saturday, July 15, 9:30- 5:30 each day
THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL; please call the shop to be added to the wait list!

 


 


 



Working with Hxtal Glue

One 2-hour workshop. Tuition $95.00. No previous experience necessary

HXtal is an archival epoxy that surpasses all other adhesives commonly available for gluing and laminating glass and other non-porous materials. Long used in the antiques and art restoration fields, it is an excellent means to achieve results only possible with “cold fusion”.  It dries optically clear, and will not deteriorate or degrade over time. Really the only adhesive capable of securing pieces of glass edge-to-edge, that’s only the beginning of what it can do; you can patch flaws and holes in glass, laminate pieces together, attach hanging hardware and even coldwork the glue after curing.  Various applications of the glue will be demonstrated and discussed, as well as the proper way to mix the HXtal, prepare the surfaces to be joined, and ways to secure the pieces during the curing process. Students will have the opportunity to mix HXtal and glue scrap glass to get hands on experience with the process.

Sunday, July 16, 9:30- 11:30

 


 

 

Kiln Carving

One 3-hour workshop. Tuition $125.00; includes supplies and use of tools during class. No experience required.

Kiln carving is a versatile way to bring depth and texture to your fused pieces. Working with various ceramic fiber papers, you can create relief, imagery, and attain a variety of surface effects, shapes and patterns with only minimal glass cutting and fusing. Learn about the different ways this material can be used with different glasses to expand your creative vocabulary and achieve stunning relief design. Each student will create two small projects approx. 6” x 6” that can be slumped into small dishes.

Sunday, July 16, 1:30- 4:30

 

 

 


 

 


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, July 20, 27, Aug 3, 10, 24, 31, Sept 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 eves, 7-9, July 20, 27, August 3, 10, 24, 31, September 7

 

 


 

 

Learn to Fuse

One 1½-day workshop. Tuition $295.00; includes supplies, use of tools, and firings.


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 more intermediate and advanced fusing classes or work on their own!

Saturday, July 22, 10- 4 & Sunday, July 23, 10- 1

 

 


 

 

Glass Camp- Fused Glass   
Ages 12-18

Five half-day classes. Tuition $225.00; includes materials and use of tools.

Give your child the opportunity to explore the amazing medium of fused glass! Students will work hands-on with the material, learning the art and science of kilnformed glass through a series of lessons and projects designed to spark their imagination and creativity. Artistic assignments will spark students’ interest while illustrating the different principles and techniques unique to the glass fusing process. Learning to cut and work with the material in its cold form, students will see their projects through from the design, through the firing process, to the finished project. Weisser Glass creates a fun and encouraging environment to explore creativity and expression for students of all levels and experience.

Monday, July 24- Friday, July 28, 10-12:30 each day

 

 


 

 


Fused Dichroic Glass Jewelry

1½ day workshop. Tuition $295.00; includes all supplies and use of tools.

Fused glass jewelry is as popular as ever; learn all about working with dichroic glass to create stunning wearable art. Dichroic puts the pizazz in fused glass, and the results are spectacular! Students explore various techniques to create pendants, earrings and more. We’ll show you how to fuse and finish for a professional look; this class is great for the beginner, or the fuser that wants to refine the look of their glass jewelry.

Saturday, July 29, 10- 4, & Sunday, July 30, 10- 1

 

 


 

 

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 approx 9” x 12”.

Saturday, August 5, 9:30-4:30 & Sunday, August 6, 9:30-1:00

 

 


 

 

NEW CLASS
Sand Mandalas in Glass with Warren Norgaard

2-day workshop. Tuition $495.00; includes materials required and use of tools.
A deposit of $250.00 is required to hold your spot; tuition balance of $245.00 due June 1.

In this two-day workshop, students will learn how to use the ancient tools of Tibetan Monks to create personal mandala designs in glass. Finished pieces will retain texture, and be ready to mount. Presentation options, methods, and ideas will also be discussed during class.

Saturday, August 12- Sunday, August 13, 9:30-5 each day


NEW- SECOND SESSION ADDED, DUE TO DEMAND!
Thursday, August 10- Friday, August 11, 9:30-5 each day

 

 

 


 

 

NEW CLASS
Layering a Landscape with Alice Benvie-Gebhart

3-day workshop. Tuition $675.00; includes required materials and use of tools.
A deposit of $350.00 is required to hold your spot; tuition balance of $325.00 due June 1.

Weisser Glass welcomes master glass artist Alice Benvie-Gebhart to the studio. Alice will teach students her unique, innovative and beautiful techniques of layering glass, creating landscapes with incredible space, depth and perspective. Students will gain invaluable insight into how painters and printmaking artists use design elements to create space and depth.

Students will complete two 6” x 8” wall art pieces- a landscape and seascape- that will inspire viewers to "look into" their work. Students will learn how to add texture and detailed elements to their work using sheet glass, powder wafers, glass gold, and black fired paints. Alice will lead students on a path exploring the unique effects and unlimited possibilities that these materials can add to their creations.

The workshop will also cover strategies and techniques for displaying work, with the goal of keeping the translucence of the glass even though it is being displayed on a wall.

Thursday, August 17- Saturday, August 19
Thursday- Friday, 9:30-4:30, Saturday 9:30- 3

 

 


 

 

Coldworking – Methods and Machines

One-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 and 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 26, 10-4

 

 


 

 

Sandblasting on Glass

One 3-hour workshop. 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

 

 


 

 

 


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

 

 


 

 

NEW GUEST INSTRUCTOR CLASS!

NEW DATES!

Glass Boxes and Pendants with Jeri Warhaftig

One 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

$350.00 deposit required to hold spot, balance of $345.00 due August 1st

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- Sunday, October 6-8, 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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Flow Factor
Master Class with Nancy Weisser

Four-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 80’s. 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

 

 


 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

CLASS ARCHIVES
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