Glass

You must be 18 or older, or a currently enrolled NC State student, and have health insurance to take classes at the Crafts Center.

Classes are available in varying session lengths as an ongoing study in a specific studio. Students will only have access to the studio for the duration of the class to practice during the timeframe in which the class is being conducted. Classes listed with this symbol: Z provide participants options to utilize a PunchCard and/or purchase a ClassPass:

OPTION 1: PunchCard can be utilized for three additional studio visits after the class has ended to complete [only] projects started in class. The card will be made available on the last day of class.

OPTION 2: ClassPass is offered for designated classes and extends studio access beyond the actual time frame of the class. Students enrolled in second session continuing classes [meaning halfway or more through the semester] will be able to purchase a ClassPass to utilize prior to the start of class – pending enrollment verification.

Workshops are focused sessions that are held for several consecutive days. Workshops do not include additional studio access; however, students will have access to the studio during the time in which the workshop is being conducted.

Crafts Center classes and Workshops are extracurricular, non-credit classes.


Class Prerequisites:

Each class is designed specifically for a designated level of experience. PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP FOR AN INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED COURSE IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THE REQUIRED EXPERIENCE.Please refer to this key, which designates each class level:

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BEYOND BASIC FLAT GLASS

Instructor: Deborah Rodgers

Beyond Basic Flat Glass

Push yourself to learn more about the art of stained glass! Explore advanced construction and soldering techniques to create either a challenging 2D panel or a 3D project. The class fee covers use of studio tools and supplies such as flux, patina, and polishing compound. Students must purchase their own glass, solder, and foil.

Tuesdays [6 weeks], October 22 – November 26: 6:30 – 9:30pm  

Prerequisites: Students must have completed the Introduction to Stained Glass class.

Class fees by level:  I – $90   II – $135   III – $150     Register for this class»

Z This class qualifies for the PunchCard & ClassPass options.

 

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BEYOND THE BASIC BEAD

Instructor: Kathy DriggerS

Beyond Basic BeadWant to take your basic knowledge of glass bead making to the next level? Then this is the class for you! Learn techniques you can use to make beads with more advanced components. Each week a new technique will be taught. You will learn to make complex twisted stringers and latticino. You will begin to learn how to make hollow beads. We will learn the basics of silver glass and how to encase complex designs on beads. If you have a bead press or mold that you have not mastered bring it to the class and learn to use it.

Thursdays [4 weeks], September 12 – October 3: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Prerequisites: Students must have completed the Introduction to Lampworking or Decorative Glass Bead Making class or be proficient in the basics of lampwork.

Class fees by level:  I – $85   II – $115   III – $125     Register for this class»

 

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BOROSILICATE FLAMEWORKING – MARBLES FOR EVERYONE!  [Workshop]

Instructor: Jonathan Davis

Learn to blow, shape, and create marbles using a torch and borosilicate glass. In this weekend class we cover a variety of techniques depending on your skill level and interest. Learn how to safely operate different types of glass working equipment and use a variety of tools to manipulate molten glass into marbles. Some of the techniques covered are Implosions, galaxies, reversals, honeycombs, reticellos and lattachinos. This workshop is useful for all skill levels and concentrates on developing skills in basic flameworking while providing a solid technical groundwork for future development. No experience is required. A materials fee of $20 payable to the instructor covers all glass used during the workshop. For more about Jonathan, visit: www.jonathanmichaeldavis.com.

Saturday, September 28: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, September 29: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:  I – $60   II – $95   III – $105    Register for this class»

 

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DESIGNING WITH STRIPS, STRINGERS, & DOTS

Instructor: Danene Groenke

Designing with Strips, Stringer, & DotsLearn techniques for using strips, stringers, and dots as design element in your fused glass pieces. Strip cutting, reshaping stringers, capturing bubbles, creating stringer “glass” patterns, creating glass dots will be covered. A $15 materials fee is payable to the instructor at the first class for tube of stringers and glass dots. Visit Danene’s website: danenkejewelry.blogspot.com.

Mondays [4 weeks], August 26 – September 23 [skip Sept. 2]: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Prerequisites: Prior glass fusing experience required.

Class fees by level:  I – $80   II – $110   III – $120    Register for this class»

 

 

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IMPROVE YOUR GLASS CUTTING SKILLS [Workshop]

Instructor: Deborah Rodgers

Not happy with your glass cutting, or just need to brush up on your skills? Good cutting is the key to success in any of the glass art forms. Detailed glass cutting challenges can be intimidating, but it’s all a matter of the proper techniques and tools. You just need to learn to do it well! This comprehensive cutting lesson – using traditional cutting methods, circle cutter and strip cutter [not the Morton system] – will cover both simple and more difficult shapes and techniques to successfully cut different types of glass. Learn to cut with ease and confidence to improve your cutting no matter your skill level. Great for both stained glass artists and fusers. Learn how to use the tools of the trade to cut straight lines, inside curves, and outside curves as well as complex shapes. While all tools are provided, if you have your own tools, you are encouraged to bring them so that you can practice with the tools you normally use. An excellent class for those with no cutting experience, and a great refresher for the more experienced glass artist to overcome any cutting difficulties you may be having. All glass for cutting practice will be provided but if you have a piece of glass you’re having difficulty with, bring it!

Sunday, November 3: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:  I – $50   II – $60   III – $65    Register for this class»

 

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INTRODUCTION TO BOROSILICATE FLAMEWORKING [Workshop]

Instructor: Jonathan Davis

intro to boro glass_story block imageLearn to sculpt glass using torches and small rods and tubes of borosilicate glass. You’ll create small figures, vessels, and other glass sculpture.  A materials fee of $15 payable to the instructor covers all glass used during the workshop. For more about Jonathan, visit: www.jonathanmichaeldavis.com.

Saturday, August 24: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, August 25: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:  I – $60   II – $95   III – $105    Register for this class»

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INTRODUCTION TO BOROSILICATE GLASS ORNAMENTS [Workshop]

Instructor: Matthew Sturgess [NC State student]

[For NC State students only]. Learn the basics of solid glass shaping and coloring techniques using torches while developing all the skills necessary to make your very own glass ornaments. Make icicles and other simple shapes and learn how to make a loop so they can be hung as decoration. Class fee includes glass and use of torches & tools to create class projects.

Saturday, October 19: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, October 20: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:  I – $65     Register for this class»

 

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INTRODUCTION TO GLASS BEAD MAKING [Workshop]

Instructor: Kathy Driggers

Intro to Lampworking

Join me for a two day introduction to glass bead making. We will use dual fuel torches to melt glass and form beads on a metal rod called a mandrel. These two days will cover many of the techniques used to make lovely glass beads. All materials will be provided. All you have to bring is your imagination and your interest in learning to make beads.

Saturday, September 21: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, September 22: 12:00 – 5:00pm

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:  I – $85   II – $115   III – $125     Register for this class»

 

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INTRODUCTION TO GLASS FUSING & SLUMPING

Instructor:  Jo Ellen Westmoreland

Intro to Glass Fusing & Slumping

[For NC State students only]. An introductory level class – no experience necessary. Learn the basics of fusing and forming glass in a kiln. Projects include making small plates, bowls, soap dishes, tiles and jewelry. Create designs with both transparent and opaque glass in a range of colors!  Class fee includes glass and use of tools to create class projects.

Fridays [6 weeks], September 6 – October 18 [skip Oct. 11]: 9:45am – 12:15pm                

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:  I – $95     Register for this class»

Z This class qualifies for the PunchCard & ClassPass options.

 

Beginner's green asteriskINTRODUCTION TO STAINED GLASS

Instructor: Deborah Rodgers

Intro to Stained Glass

Add some color to your world! Learn to cut, foil and solder flat glass using the copper foil method. Choose one of several patterns provided by the instructor to create an 8” x 11” stained glass panel. The class fee includes glass and materials to make one panel.

Section A: Tuesdays [6 weeks], September 3 – October 8: 6:30 – 9:30pm
Section B: Wednesdays [6 weeks], September 4 – October 9: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:  I – $110   II – $155   III – $165     Register for this class»

Z This class qualifies for the PunchCard & ClassPass options.

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STAINED GLASS MOBILES – INSPIRED BY CALDER Workshop]

Instructor: Deborah Rodgers

A little bit of stained glass anchored to metal rods and wire make up the perfect recipe for an “Alexander Calder” inspired kinetic sculpture. Add your own creativity to the mix and construct an eye catching mobile or wind chime to brighten your home or residence hall room.

Friday, October 25: 6:30 – 9:30pm
Saturday, October 26: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, October 27: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Prerequisites: Students must have completed the Introduction to Stained Glass class at the Crafts Center.

Class fees by level:  I – $95   II – $140   III – $150     Register for this class»

 

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STAINED GLASS ORNAMENTS AND 3-D STARS [Workshop]

Instructor: Deborah Rodgers

3-D Stained Glass OrnamentsCelebrate your Holiday Season by making ornaments in stained glass. Create one significant piece such as an open-center star, and/or make a series of simpler flat glass ornaments to give away as gifts! Various patterns to choose from will be available. Glass and solder is included in the supply fee.

Friday, November 1: 6:30 – 9:30pm
Saturday, November 2: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Prerequisites: Students must have completed the Introduction to Stained Glass class at the Crafts Center.

Class fees by level:  I – $70   II – $95   III – $100     Register for this class»

 

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THE ART OF FUSING AND SLUMPING

Instructor: Jean Cheely

The Art of Fusing and SlumpingAn introductory class. In this exciting class, you will learn the basics of casting, tack fusing, full fusing and forming glass in a kiln. Projects include making cabochons, small plates, bowls and tiles. Learn to cut glass formulated for fusing and how to create designs with your favorite colors! Class fee includes glass and use of tools to create class projects. Visit Jean’s website: jeancheely.com.

Mondays [4 weeks], September 30 – October 28 [skip Oct. 14]: 6:00 – 9:00pm

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:  I – $85   II – $115   III – $155     Register for this class»

 

 


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Cancellations

Most of our classes fill quickly so there is often a wait list. Late notice cancellations require considerable processing and labor to try and fill the reserved seat. Therefore, cancellations under 10 days are not able to be refunded unless we can fill the space.
• If cancellation occurs 10 or more days prior to the start of a class, a 75% refund of payment will be issued; 25% of payment is assessed for processing charge.
• If cancellation occurs less than 10 days prior to the start of a class, a refund cannot be issued unless the space can be filled. If the space is able to be filled, a 50% refund of      payment will be issued.
If you find you need to cancel out of a class you have registered for, you must drop the class via Reporter», our new online registration system

Cancellation requests will not be accepted at the main desk or via phone or email.

Absences

To receive an optimal experience and get the most out of the class, attendance is important as there are no provisions for make-up sessions for missed classes.

Wait Lists

Names are accepted on waiting lists via Reporter» after a class is full until the day the class begins.  Wait lists are only valid for the current semester’s class – wait lists are not carried over to the next semester.