Foundations of Kiln Working

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A 6 week intensive that teaches beginners the fundamentals of using a kiln to fuse & slump flat glass into solid glass art.

The Class

This 6 week intensive that teaches beginners the fundamentals of using a kiln to fuse & slump flat glass. It includes six, three hour sessions of instruction/shop time.

Participants will use kilns across variety of introductory projects to learn four common techniques of kiln forming glass: 

1. Fusing - cut and assemble different layers of sheet and frit glass to form designs for jewelry, tableware and display art.

2. Slumping - melt fused panels over molds to form objects like plates, bowls, etc

3. Bas Relief casting - melt sheets of glass over fiber molds to create narrative & design works 

4. Image painting - using stencils and frit painting to create images on glass.

Participants will leave with a knowledge of different types of glass, color compatibility and reactivity, and how to make their own kiln schedules. This class will introduce the following skills:

  • Introduction to basic warm shop tools & equipment
  • Safe glass & kiln handling methods
  • Basic design and glass cutting skills
  • Introduction to the use of frits & stencils
  • Basic kiln functionality and programming
  • Intro to coldworking (flat grinder, hand lapping)

Successful completion of this class will allow students to program and use kilns common in home studios. They will also be comfortable participating in open glass sessions at MGW, or to continue building their skills in intermediate classes & workshops.

We will also spend time explaining the variety of type of kilns available and their appropriateness for various techniques for the home artist... for those that wish to build out their own studios.


Students will be required to comply with Covid safety requirements (use of provided personal masks, safety eyewear, and follow sanitary/safety guidelines).

All tools, kilns and glass are supplied.

Classes run Wednesday nights 5:30p-8:30p. Minimum class size is 4 people, maximum of 8.