Kowalski offers glass fusing classes

Glass artist Teresa Kowalski of Newport is teaching glass fusing in a workshop and series of classes in April.

Something new this season is a five-week class on Saturday afternoons.Fused glass is a process in which small pieces of compatible glass are fired in a kiln to a temperature between 1400 and 1500 degrees Fahrenheit, until they melt together.The glass is then fired a second time at a slightly lower temperature to slump into a desired shape. Unexpected things can happen in each firing, making each piece unique.

A one-day workshop titled "Glass Fusing Fun" is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. April 17. This workshop offers a choice of two projects, "Make A Tile" or "Make A Plate."

"Make A Tile" is an opportunity for participants to try their hand at glass fusing in a one-day workshop. They can fuse a glass tile that they design with compatible glass, coarse frit and stringer. Cost is $40, and includes a 5-inch glass tile, design materials and firing.

"Make A Plate" is another chance to experience hands-on glass fusing. Participants can fuse an 8-inch glass plate that they design with compatible glass, frit and stringer. Then a plate mold will be chosen from a selection of eight styles for a second firing. This workshop includes an 8-inch glass plate, design materials, and two firings for $50.

The first five-week class will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays, April 19 through May 17. The second five-week class will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays from April 21 to May 19. The third five-week class will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays from April 24 to May 22.

"Glass Fusing Just For Fun" is a basic, hands-on opportunity for students to learn about fusing glass without a lot of technical lectures. No knowledge of glass art is required. The course emphasizes basic design, setup, and preparing small projects for fusing and slumping, and is appropriate for all skill levels.

Four firings will be completed, with materials supplied. The firings will take the class through fusing at different temperatures. After the initial firings, the glass blanks can be placed on molds and fired again to slump into plates or bowls. A variety of mold shapes will be available to choose, including high-fire plaster. For every firing, students will each have a 12- by 12-inch kiln shelf to use for their projects. Cost for this class is $135, which includes materials and firings.

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