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 1-19-18
     

 

 

2018 CLASSES

 


Stained Glass- Beyond Beginner

Four 2-hour classes. Tuition $135.00; 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, January 18, 25, February 1, 8

 



 


Fire Up: Creating and Understanding Firing Schedules

One 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.

Saturday, January 20, 10-12 THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL!

DUE TO DEMAND, WE HAVE ADDED A SECOND SESSION ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 28! SCROLL DOWN FOR DETAILS...



 

 

Project Plate Making: Reactive Whites  
NEW CLASS!

One 2½-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 have the opportunity to design with sheet glass and accessory glasses like frits, stringers and more. What a great way to spend a winter 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, January 20, 2- 4:30

THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL; PLEASE CALL TO BE ADDED TO THE WAIT LIST

 

 


 

 

Glass Beadmaking

One-day class. Tuition $195.00; includes materials and use of tools

What could be more fun than learning to melt glass over a torch? In this workshop you will learn to make glass beads using a canister torch. You will become comfortable melting glass rods in a flame and creating gorgeous glass beads. After learning how to make basic beads you will have ample time to create a variety of decorated beads. Equipment, safety, forming and shaping the bead, and various decorating techniques are taught.

Saturday, January 27, 9:30- 4

 

 


 

 

Blown Ornaments

2-hour workshop. Tuition $99.00; includes materials and use of tools. No experience necessary! Appropriate for ages 16 and up.

Learn to make small blown glass ornaments with a Hot Head torch- create unique decorations 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)

Sunday, January 28, 9:30- 11:30

 

 


 

 


Fire Up: Creating and Understanding Firing Schedules
NEW SESSION!

One 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, January 28, 12:30- 2:30

 

 


 

 

BYOB Experimental Workshop

Two-day workshop. Tuition $345.00; includes some materials. Students provide their own bottles- no experience required.

Our experimental BYOB class is offered just once a year.  Always evolving, this is the perfect after-the-holidays class as we teach you how to turn glass bottles into finished projects. Bring your own bottles (up to 9) to this class and explore fusing and recycling a different way! Get creative as you learn to turn empty bottles into finished projects. The class will start with basic information about firing and slumping bottles, using a bottle cutter and how to cut bottles on a saw. There will be a presentation with many images of project ideas as well as finished samples to view. Students select and plan projects and are encouraged to get experimental exploring ways to add decoration, texture and imagery. Some of the options include etching, painting and working with enamels.  Students also learn how to finish cut edges, use a variety of adhesives including HXtal, how to drill glass bottles and more.  You bring the bottles, we provide all the rest!

Saturday, February 3, 10-4:30 and Sunday February 4, 10-3

 

 


 

 

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, February 10, 10-4, & Sunday, February 11, 10-1

 

 


 

 

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, February 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

 

 


 

 

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, February 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29



 

 


 

 

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

 

 


 

 

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.


Saturday, February 24, & Sunday, February 25, 10-4 each day

 

 


 

 

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, March 3, 9:30-4:30 & Sunday, March 4, 9:30-1

 

 


 

 

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.

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 mandala designs 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

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Warren Norgaard is the founder of the popular Fused Glass Fanatics and Milkweed Art Glass Center in Phoenix Arizona. Warren has a busy studio practice where he teaches a multitude of kiln formed glass classes as well as creating one of a kind artworks for clients and collectors.

 

 


 

 

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

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.

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.

Friday- Sunday, March 23- 25, 2018, THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL; PLEASE CONTACT US TO BE ADDED TO THE WAIT LIST!

SECOND SESSION ADDED DUE TO DEMAND: MAY 10-12. SCROLL DOWN FOR MORE DETAILS!

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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Stained Glass Weekend- Prairie Panels

1½ day workshop. Tuition $275.00; includes use of tools and some supplies. Students purchase glass and metal. Previous lead experience is required.

Learn the tricks and secrets to creating traditional Mission and Prairie-style leaded panels in this weekend crash course! Unlike a typical leaded panel, students will learn strip cutting and methods of cutting on jigs, enabling them to build their piece as they cut their glass. These techniques streamline the building process and help to create beautiful crisp, straight lines with minimal grinding and fitting. There will be a thorough review of the putty process, and students may have an opportunity to putty their panels, time permitting. Patterns will be provided, and there’s no need to purchase tools! Each student will complete a leaded panel approx 9”x12”.

Saturday, April 7, 9:30-4:30 & Sunday, April 8, 9:30-12:30

 

 

 


 

 

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. Along with teaching her knitted glass methods Carol will also teach students how to cast hands!

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.

Deposit of $550.00 is collected to reserve your space in class. The balance of $545.00 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.

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. Carol will also be giving students a lesson on casting hands! All levels are welcome- beginners should be prepared to be challenged.                                                                                                                                     

Wednesday- Sunday, April 18- 22, 2018

 

 


 

 

Realism to Abstraction: Breaking Down and Zooming In with Kari Minnick
NEW CLASS!

Four-day workshop. Tuition $895.00; includes materials and use of tools. Previous glass fusing experience is beneficial, but not required; artists in other media are encouraged to enroll!

Deposit of $450.00 is collected to reserve your space in class. The balance of $445.00 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 accessible art class for kiln workers will be of interest to artists such as printmakers, painters, or anyone for whom visual expression in glass is desired. Starting with their own images, photos, clippings, etc., students will examine why certain imagery appeals to them, how to isolate the potency of the image, dissect, vary and ultimately move toward meaningful abstraction. Through drawings, paper cut outs and/or test pieces, students will plan a series of works and complete a project(s). Using Bullseye glass, frit, powder, and stringer, students will be introduced to processes that enable strong composition, rich surfaces and depth. Using multiple-firing processes, students will consider both sides of the glass as well as investigate surface texture.

Topics to be covered in class may include:

• Getting started: facing the blank “canvas”
• Realism, abstraction and points in between
• Composition and visual editing
• Theme and variation

While basic kiln practices will be touched upon, the focus of the class will be on the expressive use of the materials and creating glass art based on the students’ signature work. Prior glass experience is beneficial but not required. Artists of other media are encouraged to enroll.

Wednesday, April 25- Saturday, April 28, 9:30-5 each day


ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Kari Minnick owns and operates Kari Minnick Art Glass Studio, where she producesarchitectural commissions, fine art and introduces artists from other media to kiln-glass. Herglasswork has won several prestigious awards and is held internationally in private, corporate, and embassy collections. Minnick began her career as a painter; earning a degree in studio artfrom the University of California at Davis. An exhibiting artist and dynamic educator, Karishows her work and teaches her signature classes internationally. You can read more about her on her website: kariminnick.com

 

 


 

 

Project Plate Making: Strip Cut Construction

One 3½-hour workshop. Tuition $149.00; 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.

Sunday, April 29 , 1- 4:30

 

 


 

 

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 , 2018,

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.

 

 


 

 

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


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

 

 


 

 

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, 2018 THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL; PLEASE CONTACT US TO BE ADDED TO THE WAIT LIST!
or
Tuesday- Thursday, June 26-28, 2018 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.

 

 


 

 

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

 

 


 

 

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

 

 

 

Drawing in Graphite- The Fundamentals with Mark Hufford

Join us for another one of Mark’s Inspirational Drawing Class- ALL LEVELS WELCOME!

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

A $345.00 deposit is required to secure your spot. The balance of $350.00 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.

Many people are convinced that they “can’t draw”, that they lack the talent and skill necessary to do so. Mark Hufford believes that anyone can learn to draw if they have the desire! Mark's approach to teaching the art of drawing is so accessible and user friendly, he will have you drawing beyond your wildest expectations in just three days! Drawing is a fundamental form of expression and no matter what art medium you work in, honing this skill (or even starting from the ground level up) will increase your ability to produce your own designs as well as increase your skills of observation that will aid in the execution of any medium.

In this workshop, Mark will thoroughly explain the various types of graphite pencils and other tools used to aid in creating beautifully executed graphite drawings. You will learn methods for interpreting values, identifying shapes, scaling up, with emphasis on honing your skills of observation. Focus will be on drawing representational textures from nature and manmade subject matter.Mark will share multiple techniques he has used in his representational drawing for decades. Whether you are a beginner or more experienced at drawing, there is something to learn from this master of the medium. Each student will receive a drawing kit to use in class and take home to continue their practice of putting pencil to paper.

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

 

 


 

 

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

 

 


 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

CLASS ARCHIVES
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