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Kiln Fusing

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Glass fusing, sometimes called warm glass, is the technique of heating pieces of compatible glass in a kiln until they are completely fused. Classes include all glass, materials and tools.

Classes Offered

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Note: If you are interested in a class that won't work with your schedule or is full, most classes can be scheduled as a party for your group!

  

Fusing Fundamentals

Instructor: Linda Kekic

Fridays, 2 weeks, August 8 & 15, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (FG1415)

Prerequisite: Age 13 & up, no experience necessary. Max: 12 students

$160 members/$180 non-members

  Introduction to kiln-fused glass.  Students will learn to design, shape, assemble and uniquely create a variety of glass art projects including dichroic glass jewelry, a coaster, and a small slumped bowl.  Skills covered include cutting, grinding, use of glass saw, inclusions (mica, bronze, copper), glass paints and slumping.  Work with different kinds of glass, keep a firing log, learn kiln shelf preparation, firing schedules and their effects on glass.  Finish your projects with various findings and wire wrapping.


What a unique class for teenagers and youth here at West Michigan Class Art Center!





Fused Dichroic Jewelry

  


Instructor: Linda Kekic

Friday, July 25, 10 AM - 3 PM (FG1416)

Prerequisite: Age 13 & up, no experience necessary. 

This class is for beginning to advanced students.

$100 members/$135 non-members    Maximum: 10 students

    Students will learn a variety of skills: cutting, measuring, use of  glass saw, grinder, use of inclusions, glass paints and different kinds of COE 90 glass (dichroic, iridized, transparent, opaque, stringer, frit and confetti). Instructions to finish your projects with jewelry findings and wire wrapping will be provided.  Class includes a starter packet of dichroic glass, wire and jewelry findings. Additional dichroic glass will be available for purchase.







Kiln Fused Bowl or Plate

 


Note: If you are interested in a class that won't work with your schedule or is full, most classes can be scheduled at your convenience.

Instructor: Linda Kekic

Friday, June 20, 1 - 3:30 p.m. (FG1417)

Prerequisite: Age 13 & up, no experience necessary. Max:12 students

$85 members/ $105 non-members

  A glass class for anyone wishing to learn the basics of fused glass.  Learn how to cut glass, use frit, stringer and confetti to design a large glass bowl. You will have a choice of different size and shape molds for slumping your piece.  Pieces will be kiln fired, then fired a second time to slump them.  They will be ready for pick up 10 days following the class.

 


What a unique class for teenagers and youth here at West Michigan Class Art Center!




Fused Glass Garden Stakes

 

Note: If you are interested in a class that won't work with your schedule or is full, most classes can be scheduled at your convenience.


Instructor: Peggy Baxter

Tuesday, May 20, 6 - 8 p.m. (FG1418)

Tuesday, May 27, 1 - 3 p.m. (FG1419) No Longer Available

Tuesday, June 3, 10 a.m. to noon (FG1420) No Longer Available

Prerequisite: Age 10 & up, no experience necessary.   (Age 10 - 12 w/adult) 

Maximum: 8 students

$45 members/$60 non-members

   Create two glass flower, butterfly or bug stakes for your summer garden. You’ll learn to cut, stack and layer glass and the basics of kiln fused glass.  You’ll receive a small packet of sparkly dichroic glass to give your garden stakes a little bling!  Additional dichroic glass will be available for purchase.  After firing, your glass will be adhered to a metal stake so they are ready for your garden when you pick them up.









Fused 8-Panel Wind Chime

 


Instructor: Peggy Baxter

Tuesdays, May 6, 6 - 9 p.m. and May 13, 6 - 7 p.m. (FG1421)

Tues., May 20, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and May 27, 10 - 11 a.m. (FG1422)

Wednesdays, July 9, 6 - 9 p.m. and July 16, 6 - 7p.m. (FG1423)

Prerequisite: Age 12 & up, no experience necessary.

Maximum: 8 students 
   

$65 members/$85 non-members

  Create a colorful design on a combination of

8 (1”x 7”) panels of clear glass.  You will learn the basics of using kiln fusing tools and techniques.  At the second class we’ll suspend the fired

panels, side-by-side, to form an 8”x 8” hanging wind chime that is both beautiful to see and hear.

 

What a fun class for youth, teens and adults!  Fun things to do in Kalamazoo!


Venetian Style Millefiori Tree or Flower Garden Pendant

  


Instructor: Dan Kirk

Thursday, June 12, 6 - 9 p.m. (FG1424) No Longer Available

Monday, July 14, noon - 3 p.m. (FG1425) No Longer Available

Thursday, August 14, 6 - 9 p.m. (FG1426)

Prerequisite: Ages 12 & up, no experience necessary

Minimum: 3 students

Maximum: 8 students

$50 members/$75 non-members

  Learn to cut and shape glass for your 2” pendant base.  Then let your imagination run wild as you choose  from hundreds of pre-made millefiori pieces to create the tree or flower garden of your own design.  You will be introduced to basic kiln fusing tools and techniques.  A silver or gold tone bail will be included to finish your piece after firing. 

 















Galaxy Pendants



  


 


Instructor: Dan Kirk

Mondays, June 2 & 9, 6 - 9 p.m. (BMJ1429) No Longer Available

Tuesdays, August 5 & 12, 6 - 9 p.m. (BMJ1430)

Prerequisitie: Age 12 & up, no experience necessary.

$85 members/$125 non-members

   In the first week of this class you will learn traditional lampworking techniques to create star and simple crescent moon cane from COE 104 glass.  In the second class you will nip the cane into murrini for use in creating the fused glass pendant.  This class will introduce you to basic kiln fusing techniques as you combine flamework and fused glass skills to create beautiful galaxy pendants. Two bails are included to finish your first pendants so they will ready to hang on a necklace. Additional silver-tone or gold-tone bails will be available for purchase.




Fusing A La Carte

  
Dishes start at $18

Gecko is $35

Jewelry starts at $8 each

9x9 dish is $60

Instructors: Staff

Monday, April 14, 5:30 - 8 p.m. (FG1405)

Thursday, April 24, 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (FG1427) No Longer Available

Tuesday, May 13, 10:a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (FG1428)

Thursday, May 29, 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (FG1429) No Longer Available

Tuesday, June 10, 10 a.m. -12:30 p.m. (FG1430) No Longer Available

Thursday, June 19, 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (FG1431)

Fri., July 11, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (FG1432)

Tues., July 29, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. (FG1433) No Longer Available

Tues, Aug. 12, 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. (Fg1434)

Fri, August 22, noon - 2:30 p.m. (FG1435)

Sat., Sept. 13, 3 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (FG1436)

Prerequisite: Age 13 & up, no experience necessary. Minimum: 3 students 

  

   $45 Fee includes kiln firing, instructor’s expert help and your choice of projects up to $45.

 

    Have you wanted to mix and match your fusing projects?  Join us for this “a la carte” class.  You pick the projects you’d like to make and how many you want to complete in the 2.5 hours.  Each project is priced a la carte starting at $8 for a pendant and up to $60 for a 9” dish.  You will have lots of projects to choose from to meet your $45 minimum.  We will total up your projects at the end.

 

What a fun class for youth, teens and adults!  Fun things to do in Kalamazoo!

Note: If you are interested in a class that is full or won't work with your schedule, grab a few friends and schedule this class as a party!!  










Parent/Child Fusing FUN Based on Children's Literature: 



Dr. Seuss' One Fish, 
Two Fish, Red Fish, 
Blue Fish

  

Parent/Child Fusing Fun Based on Children's Literature

Instructor: Lori Gavan

Prerequisite: Ages 6 -11, with parent or grandparent. 

No experience necessary.  Max: 12 students

  

Create 2 fish magnets.

Tuesday, May 13, 6 - 8 p.m. (FG1437) No Longer Available

Saturday, Sept. 13, 9 - 11 a.m. (FG1438) 

$25 members/$35 non-members

*Multi-Class discount, sign up for all three below!



Where the Wild Things Are

  

Parent/Child Fusing Fun Based on Children's 
Literature

Instructor: Lori Gavan

Prerequisite: Ages 6 -11, with parent or grandparent. 

No experience necessary.  Max: 12 students

Create 6” x 9” panel

Tuesday, May, 20, 6 - 8 p.m. (FG1439) No Longer Available

Saturday, Sept. 20, 9 - 11 a.m. (FG1440)

$45 members/$55 non-member

*Multi-Class discount, sign up for all three below!




Elmer the Elephant and Friends

Parent/Child Fusing Fun Based on Children's Literature

Instructor: Lori Gavan

Prerequisite: Ages 6 -11, with parent or grandparent. 

No experience necessary.  Max: 12 students

Create a 9” x 9” dish.

Tuesday, May 27, 5:30 - 8 p.m. (FG1441) No Longer Available

Saturday, Sept. 27, 9 - 11:30 a.m. (FG1442)

$45 members/$65 non-members

Multi-class discount, sign up for all three below!




SAVE!  Sign up for all three Parent/Child Classes Above!
$100 Members/$140 Non-Members

 

 



Youth Fusing Fun Based on Famous Artists

 

DaVinci's Mona Lisa
and Picasso Portraits

  

Youth Fusing Fun Based on Famous Artists

Instructor: Lori Gavan

Prerequisite: Ages 9 to 11   

No experience necessary.  Max:12 students


Create a self-portrait 6”x 4” panel.

Tuesday, August 5, 10 a.m. - noon (FG1443)

Saturday, Sept. 13, noon - 2 p.m. (FG1444))

$35 members/$45 non-members  



*Multi-Class discount, sign up for all three below!



Georgia O'Keefe and
Vincent VanGogh

  

Youth Fusing Fun Based on Famous Artists

Instructor: Lori Gavan

Prerequisite: Ages 9 to 11   

No experience necessary.  Max:12 students


Create a  9” flowered bowl.

Wednesday, August 6, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (FG1445)

Saturday, Sept. 20, noon - 2:30 p.m. (FG1446)

$45 members/$65 non-members


*Multi-Class discount, sign up for all three below!


Impressionistic 'Water Lilies'

Youth Fusing Fun Based On Famous Artists

Instructor: Lori Gavan

Prerequisite: Ages 9 to 11   

No experience necessary.  Max:12 students

Create a  3” x 5” night light.

Thursday, August 7, 10 a.m. - noon (FG1447)

Saturday, Sept. 27, noon - 2 p.m. (FG1448)

$35 members/$45 non-members

Multi-class discount, sign up for all three below!



SAVE!  Sign up for all three Youth Classes Above! 
$100 Members/$140 Non-Members

 

  



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