Glass fusing involves firing glass in a kiln until it reaches a temperature that the glass melts and melds (fuses) together. There are 3 basic levels of glass fusing: full fusing, when the glass melds completely into one; tack fusing when the glass looks like it is tacked together, and slumping, when the glass slumps into the shape of the mould that it is sitting on.
Glass fusing and slumping is a wonderful and exciting process. The skills and techniques are very similar to mosaicing because the glass looks and feels the same as the glass that we use for mosaicing, so we cut and prepare it the same way. (Actually mosaic glass is “cold” and kiln glass is “warm” meaning that it is designed to work effectively in a kiln.) But it looks and feels the same. So the transition from the one process to the other is easy.
The glass is absolutely stunning in range and colour. The array of things you can make is limitless. You can make platters, vases, fridge magnets, jewellery, artwork for hanging and much more.
You can either learn to fuse glass by joining when it suits you and learning as you go. We can teach you whenever it suits. Or you can attend one of our quarterly Glass Fusing Workshops. (see further below)
We are open daily for Glass Fusing and Slumping Classes. You begin by attending a 45 minute private lesson, where you will learn some theory which is essential to understand before you start fusing. This cost is $30 and will run 45 minutes before our daily session, either at 9.15am or 1.15pm. Thereafter you will have your first 2.5 hour Glass Fusing Session where you will learn hands-on how to fuse glass. You will make your first piece at this session. At these sessions people will be working side either fusing glass or mosaicing. Beginner Classes are pitched at the Beginner Level and no prior experience is required. Glass Fusing Workshop costs are $45 (incl. gst) per session plus cost of glass plus kiln usage fee. A minimum of 4 sessions are required to learn the basics. There are many different things that you can learn, and we can tailor your sessions to teach you what you want to learn. Techniques are grouped by Basic, Intermediate and Advanced. In your first 4 sessions you must choose things from the Basic Group, but thereafter you can choose from Intermediate or Advanced. During that time you can expect to make several pieces, learn several techniques, learn to cut glass and come out with enough knowledge and know-how to feel confident making your own pieces.