Explore the sculptural and functional sides of glass working. Kiln fired glass casting is a technique that allows us to work with the delicate and exciting material of glass without the expense and complexity of glassblowing. Working with a sculptural form of your choice, you will learn to create a mold and cast the final piece in glass. As you work on your projects, you will learn the properties of glass such as, annealing, painting with glass powders, and using cold working equipment to refine finished pieces. At the end of the class, you’ll take home several glass pieces of your own design and making!
What you will learn in this class:
Learn about the properties of glass and kiln-firing
Learn how to make an open-face mold, a two-part 3D sculptural mold, and a vessel mold
Learn how to apply glass powders onto a mold surface and how to fill a mold with glass
Learn how to do cold working on glass work after it has been fired to refine the finished piece
The glass frit you will use to fill your molds will be available for purchase in the studio. The cost of this supply will depend on the size and design of your piece, but will generally range in price, up to $30.