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. I can teach you whenever it suits. Or you can attend a quarterly Glass Fusing Workshop. (see below)
Glass Fusing and Slumping Classes are being run on Friday mornings from 10 am -12.30 pm. If this time does not suit you then I offer the option of attending a 45 minute private lesson where I teach you what you need to understand to fuse glass. Thereafter you can attend any of my workshop sessions where you will learn hands-on how to fuse glass. At these sessions people will be working side either fusing glass or mosaicing. 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. During that time you can expect to make several pieces, learn several techniques to cut glass and come out with enough knowledge and knowhow to feel confident making your own pieces. Contact me here to discuss further or to book in. Or call Merryl on 0425 761914.