Fusing, Slumping and Kiln Carving

Work made in beginners courseKiln carving, fusing, and slumping involves placing glass in kilns to melt and fuse glass pieces together, to add textures and patterns, and to mould the glass into forms. These techniques are often used in architectural applications, for windows and door panels, room dividers, signs and trophies. Examples of fusing and slumping.


CLOSURES DUE TO NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
The Creative Glass Guild of Queensland closed on Monday 16 March and will reopen as soon as the Queensland government allows. All courses will be rescheduled, where necessary, and people who have paid for courses will be contacted about their options for a refund or credit. For those who wish to enrol in a course, please complete enrolment forms without payment by putting “zero” in the Payment and Receipt Details.

COURSES – BEGINNERS

Fusing & Slumping – BEGINNERS 

Tutor: Barbara Humphreys

Do you want to enter the wonderful world of fused and slumped glass?  In this course, Beginners to glass, and those with some experience, will learn the processes required to create a beautiful fused and slumped glass piece to take home.  Learn how to cut glass, the safety practices when working with glass, how to prepare glass for kiln firing, the use and care of Guild kilns, and learn what happens to glass in the fusing and slumping processes.

Prerequisite: No experience necessary.

Numbers: Minimum 5 with maximum 6  

Dates: Saturdays and Sunday  – 2.5 days –
Day 1 & 2: 9:30 am-4:00 pm and Day 3: 9:30am-12:30pm

  • BFS1: 29 February and 1 March (Day 1 & 2), 7 March (Day 3) CANCELLED
  • BFS2: 23 and 24 May (Day 1 & 2), 30 May (Day 3) CANCELLED
  • BFS3: 8 and 9 August (Day 1 & 2), and 15 August (Day 3) Enrol in course
  • BFS4: 10 and 11 October (Day 1 & 2), and 17 October (Day 3) Enrol in course
  • BFS5: 14 and 15 November (Day 1 & 2), and 21 November  (Day 3) Enrol in course 

Cost: $396.00 – Includes all materials, patterns, kiln use and course notes.


COURSES – INTERMEDIATE

Fusing and Slumping – INTERMEDIATE

Tutor: Katrina Jackson

Now you have completed Beginners fusing and slumping, why not experiment and create your own designs with a tutor to support?  Topics include choosing your project (pattern and mold); project design choices; selecting glass, glass cutting techniques; project composition; and setting the kiln.  Come prepared with design ideas and inspirations.

Prerequisite: Guild membership and completion of Beginners Fusing and Slumping course.

Numbers: Minimum 5 with maximum 8.

Dates: Sunday – 9.30am to 3.30pm  (6 hours)

Cost: $70.00 – glass & kiln use not included. (Note: Materials and kiln use are charged separately as projects will have different requirements and be ready for firing at different times.)

Pot / Screen Melt – INTERMEDIATE

Tutor: Catja White

Sunday – 2 days – 9:30am – 1:00pm

Ever wondered what to do with all that scrap fusible glass? This two day workshop will introduce you to the world of pot and screen melts. Pot and screen melts can be used to make jewellery, inclusions in other fused glass projects or simply as works of art in their own right.

Numbers: Minimum 5 with maximum of 8

Prerequisite: Completion of introductory fusing and slumping glass course.

Cost: $TBD – includes all materials


WORKSHOPS

Kiln Carving – Making patterns in glass 

Tutor: Barbara Humphreys

Ever wondered how patterns are “carved” into glass? Kiln carving is a simple firing process that achieves a bas relief, textured, or sculpted look in glass.
Learn techniques to create “carved” glass, and how to create and cut patterns from ceramic fibre paper; the types of glass to use; and kiln firing processes involved. Safety procedures for using glass and ceramic fibre products are covered. A great beginner course as no glass cutting skills are required. Experienced glass users will also benefit by learning new techniques to add to their glass skills. Participants will make two glass “kiln carved” projects.

Prerequisite: No experience necessary.

Numbers: Minimum 5 with maximum 6

Dates: Saturday – 1 day – 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Cost: $150.00 – Includes glass, patterns, kiln use and all other materials.

Fused Glass Christmas Decorations – BEGINNERS 

Tutor: Chris Bell 

Great presents for Christmas! In this workshop, the tutor will provide a number of Christmas themed designs to work on, or you can bring your own.  Instruction will be given to those who have not cut glass before. Expect to make about 8 to 10 decorations which, after firing, you will take home along with the “bibs and bobs” to decorate them.

Prerequisite: No experience necessary.
Note: This workshop is not a replacement for the beginners fusing and slumping course.

Numbers: Minimum 6 with maximum 8.

Dates: Saturday or Sunday – 1 day – 9:30am to 3:30 pm

Cost: $140.00 – includes glass cutting instruction, small glass pack, firing fees, adhesives, ribbons and decorations to  finish at home. Additional glass is available to purchase.