To register for classes we require a $25 non-refundable deposit at the time of registration, please call (419) 897-4100 to sign up.
The following represents a good sampling of many of the classes we run. We are always adding new and exciting projects so sign up to receive our monthly e-mail, and visit our current class offering link.
Fusing Classes - Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced
If you are interested in any of our "Just for Fun" classes, click here.
Understanding Your Kiln
This seminar is great for anyone who owns or plans on owning a kiln. We will discuss ordering, setup, testing and running your kiln. There will be special emphasis on programming, care, and shelf materials. There will be Q & A session to help with individual needs. It’s a great learning experience for all you "firing newbie’s", or a great refresher for current owners. Estimate to run 1 1/2 hours. Reservations required.
Introduction to Slumping
Learn the basics of slumping during this lecture and conversation about a variety of fusing techniques. We will discuss mold prep, volume of glass and some firing programs. This lecture is for those of you that have done a little flat fusing and want to move into bending and manipulating glass! Session lasts about 2 ½ hours
Fused Glass Pendants (Introduction to Fusing)
This is one of our most popular beginning classes! Formal instruction and all materials are included in this professional introduction to glass fusing. We open with a 45 minute "show and tell" lecture about the basic concepts of glass fusing theory. We briefly cover glass cutting and then you will create 10 glass cabochons that you will make into pendants or magnets. Prism will fire your pieces and they will be available for pick up a few days later. Bails (hanging loops) are included. No experience necessary. Some students prefer to take our Glass Cutting 101 class prior to this experience, but it is not required. (Arrangement for private parties of 10 is available). This is the first step in your fusing experience. Class duration 2.5 hours.
Examples of Potential Creations
Frequent Fusers Club: Pendants
The next step to your fusing addiction…this is open studio time for individuals who desire to make more fused pendants after they have taken our Fused Pendant Class. Come and join your fellow fusers for community and fun. It’s also a great place to fuel your creativity - even if you do have a home studio. System 96 precut squares, rectangles, and scrap will be provided, as well as, noodles, stringers and confetti. We ask that fusers make a minimum of 8 pieces. Bails and dichroic are available for purchase. Reservations are limited so sign up early. Cutting skills are not required, but will widen the possibilities of your fusing experience. If you would like to learn glass cutting, consider taking Glass Cutting 101.
Frequent Fusers Club: Dichro Night Out
Use our dichroic coated glass to create stunning pendants that will knock your socks off! The great part is there is no investment. You pay per piece. We ask that you make a minimum of 3 pieces, but you are wlecome to make as much as you want. It would be nearly impossible to accumulate the amount of dichroic that we have, so this is your chance to play, play, play! Cutting skills are helpful, but not required. Although this is not a formal class, we are available for questions.
Add creativity to your pendants by using decals and manufacturing your own dynamic background glass. It's easier than you think. We will teach a Glassline painting technique and show you how to properly apply and fire decals. You will make 3 dynamic pendants while learning about paint, decals, contrast, and color mixing! Glass cutting skills and previous fusing experience required.
You will learn three exciting jewelry techniques that you can incorporate into your home fusing program. (Or stop in for Frequent Fusers). Capture a bubble, use dichroic as a mosaic, and create a cute flower. Although this is not a project class, you will walk away with 6 beautiful test pieces that allow you to practice your newfound knowledge. All materials are included. Cutting and fusing skills required. About 2 hours.
3-D Light Up Tree
Create a fused 3 dimensional lighted Christmas tree. This six inch tall beauty really sparkles and shines! This tree will delight your friends and family, and makes a really compact design statement and is great as a gift. We will provide all the glass, dichroic for the tips of the branches and the lighting system. Also included is a formal syllabus, complete with pattern, so you can create more at home. Week one will be a cutting and stacking extravaganza. On the second week, we'll guide you through the assembly process and go over lighting options. Firing included, glass cutting skills required.
Faux Woven Basket
This 11" square basket would look great on any table, and is fairly easy to build. You just need to select two complimentary colors, cut your strips and assemble! The spaces in between are empty and create a basketweave effect. We have other samples in other colors in the studio for your viewing pleasure. This class always fills very quickly, so don’t hesitate!
About 2 hours
We've come up with a mini class to introduce you to the plaid technique. The plaid effects that were created when Melissa did all her color studies attracted so much attention that we have developed a 6" version that will teach you the technique! We will provide instruction, one firing, clear glass, and a rainbow of colors for your first experience. These babies really glow, stop in to take a peek! Since we are doing the technical part of the fusing process, you can join us if you have never fused. All materials and flat firing included. We can slump it into a bowl for you for $15.00 extra.
Let's Get Edgy
In this class you will create an 8 1/2" sculptural artwork that is stunningly beautiful. The light shimmers on the uneven pieces on top and creates a magical effect. We will provide all the transparent glass, the glass rods, and the first flat firing. This project will take you about 4 hours to build, so we suggest you take a break for lunch! We will provide a syllabus with our firing schedules so you can get even more creative at your own studio, if you desire.
This is a variation of our formal Edgy Class, similar to the tree or cross. This one is an 8" diameter project that shines like a bright star! The project takes a couple hours to build, and we provide all the glass and firing. It could be mounted on a mirror, wire wrapped, or we can mount a permanent "stand off" bracket for $16.00 extra. This one is really "hot". Stop in to check it out!
Using the edge up technique, you will create an 8 inch square clock. We will be leaving a small hole in the center of our creation for the clock shaft, and you will create the glass design. We will include the glass, the firing and the clock parts.
Birds of a Feather
We know how all you birds like to flock to Prism for Fun Fusing Events. Enjoy a couple hours making these abstract, "stand up" birds with your fellow fusing addicts. We will provide all the materials, instruction and firing. All you have to do is design the personalities, cut, assemble, and pick up a few days later! Set them on a table, or plant them in a flowerpot! Glass cutting and some fusing experience required. 2 hours
Birds of a Feather class samples
Faux Mosaic Dish
Create a mid-size 8" dish. Use frit and powder to create the "grout" lines. Expand your glass horizons with this technique that is perfect for the puzzle enthusiast. Also a great way to use up your scrap! Price includes clear base, white or black border, and scrap glass to create your design. Both firings are also included. Glass cutting and fusing experience recommended but not required.
Faux Mosaic Bowl sample
Fused Holiday Ornaments
Create ornaments for your Holiday events. Firing and materials are included. Use frit, scraps, dots, and your creativity to make some beautiful decorations and/or gifts. You may create as many as can fit on our black tray, up to 8 ornaments. Create turkeys, trees, pumpkins, leaves, diamonds, balls, snowmen, santas, and more! Previous fusing and basic cutting skills are required to register. About 2 hours.
Angels Among Us
These 5" tall angels require a little cutting skill, so if you have taken at least one cutting seminar somewhere, you should be fine. We will have our cute design elements available for you to decorate with, and will show you how to "finish" them after firing. Learn some new tricks while creating some sweet ornaments!
Shapes and Shadows
Learn some light diffusion tricks in this Intermediate workshop. We will provide a 9” square of clear fusible glass as your pallet. You will choose and purchase your transparent colors. We include instruction, both firings, the base glass, and inspiration. This project is a shining example of what you can do with clear glass.
Fused Mood Lamp
Create a 12 x 6 to 8" fused panel that will be first fused flat and then re-fired on a half circle slump mold, so it stands upright! This project may be illuminated with a candle or a small, lighted base. Prism will provide instruction, two firings, and glass design elements such as precut squares, noodles, stringers, confetti, frit, and system 96 scrap. Students will choose and purchase the base glass and must have glass cutting experience. Some fusing experience is also recommended. About 2 hours.
This class is perfect for all you recyclers! "We use our scrap transparents to create a three layer piece of art that won't hold water. Let us show you how to create the lacy effect! We had so many people admire Melissas creation that we had to turn it into a class. All glass and both firings included.
Fused Fritted Tile
During this two-part class you will use frit and glass to create a beautiful artistic tile. Use a design of your choice or choose from the designs available. Pieces will then be fired at Prism. During the first class we will schedule a time for you to come in to add additional details using glass paint. This class is great for anyone who is seeking to learn more fusing skills and techniques. These skills could be used on a larger scale to create plates, etc. Glass cutting skills are required. About 2.5 hours.
Fusingwith Mud, includes Mud Kit and lunch!
Using this very "Unique" texture medium, you will create fun and dynamic images in glass. This Mud technique allows you to create sculptural effects on glass, terra cotta, etc, with just a few simple brushstrokes. You will learn how to sculpt with a brush and create two 4” fused masterpieces. See the samples in the store. Pictures just don’t do it justice. You can do this, I promise! Intermediate skills required. About 5 hours.
Using a rotary tool, you will create the images of your choice on dichroic glass. This class will teach you a technique for attaining fine lines in dichroic, We will discuss fire polishing, and use of saws to create specialty shapes. You will create three beautiful projects that you will be proud to wear. All materials, bails and firing included. Cutting and Fusing exp required.
About 2 hours.
Faux Wine Bottle with Bottle Topper
During this class you will design and create a “wine bottle” made of System 96 fusible glass and a coordinating bottle topper. This class is even better than slumping wine bottles because it offers so many more design possibilities. Prism will provide both firings, use of our mold, design elements, and instruction. Students are responsible for the purchase of the base glass if they desire a color other than white. This versatile dish has a handle and a cavity that measures 4x8. Perfect for hors’dourves. About 2 hours.
Fused Table Sconces
Create two lovely candle sconces for your table or mantle. Make them for yourself or as wedding, holiday or housewarming gifts. Customize your design and colors to suit your taste. Most materials included, however, specialty precuts will be available for purchase. Both firings included. You may pick up a week later! Some cutting skills desirable.
Create a cute Fused Wall or Window Pot Pocket that you can fill with your favorite dried flowers. (So many of you fusers asked us to create a pattern for this that we made some extras up and have decided to give it away for free. So stop in and check them out.) We created this class event so that all of you that don't own a kiln have the opportunity to make your own. We will cut the base glass to just the right size and provide all the materials and design elements for your pot making pleasure. About 2 hours.
Created by a student
Clear glass included, Choose and purchase your other colors ahead of time. Firing and instruction included. Fill a whole 13” round kiln shelf with snowflakes, or make one large one. Use our patterns or make your own. These make beautiful decorations or gifts for Christmas. Cutting and Fusing experience required. About 2.5 hours.
Designing with Glass Powder
Learn techniques for creating artistic design elements with glass powder and fine frit. We share our Tips and Tricks for firing powder, a short session discussing color, a step by step description of the firing process and you get to make a couple of your own fired design elements. (Firing included). Class fee includes a small kit containing powder sifters, patterns, a mask, instructions and a list of everything you will need to create fun projects at home. This class is suitable for students with previous fusing experience that just want to “up” their game. Note: If you don’t have a kiln and want us to fire your pieces onto a glass base later, just select the glass when you pick up your finished pieces and we will fire for a small fee.
Carveable Mold Making Seminar
This seminar will focus on creating new and exciting fusing molds while using Kaiser-Lee Board. This board is easy to work with and allows you to make parts that are interchangeable for creating several molds in one! You can even use it to create inserts for your existing ceramic molds. You will view sample projects and learn about cutting, sanding, and arranging this board. Each person will receive a small piece during this class. As a gift you will receive a 10% discount off your Kaiser Lee purchase during the class. Fusing and cutting experience required. About 3 hours.
Fused Funky Clock
Create a fun and funky fused clock. You will learn about fusing, drilling, clock assembly, and other techniques. Clock works, fusing, and instruction will be included. Purchase glass prior to class.
Pre-requisites: Fused Glass Pendants class and basic cutting skills.
Fused Tile Clock
Create a tile using specialty painting techniques. Learn to drill a hole, and assemble the clock works. Previous fusing experience required. All Materials Included. You will do the artwork during the session. Let us know when you want to come back to drill the hole and attach the clock! About 2 hours
All Cracked Up
Take this class to learn a specialty design technique that you can use in future fusing projects. Learn the secret behind this cracking technique while creating a 7" square or round design element. You could turn this panel into a beautiful dish, or break it up and use the pieces as creative design elements. This is another one of those design techniques that really adds dimension to your art! Bring Powder sifters and masks, or you may purchase at time of class. We provide the first firing and the glass.
Prices will be based on size of project + base glass
This is the perfect opportunity for all experienced fusers who would like to make BIGGER projects. Come to Prism’s studio and use our hand tools to cut glass, wash, and assemble your dish, plate, or bowl. Choose from our extensive selection of “house” molds. Prices are based on size and number of firings. We will also provide scrap glass, class noodles, class stringers, and confetti, fire paper, and primo primer prepared molds. We will load and unload the kilns.