Learn about the new and amazing world of glass fusing: glass cutting, design, care and operation of a glass kiln. You’ll learn techniques to make pieces as small as beads or earrings and as large plates and vessels, or just make something for art’s sake. Our classes give you every tool you need to form beautiful new glass pieces. With each class you will successfully complete fused glass projects using a variety of glass types and fusing techniques.

Fusing 101 * Fused Glass Pendants * Glass Paper Cards * Heart Dish * Pocket Hearts * Galentine's Day Flower Bouquet * Valentines Couples Casting Hearts * Other class possibilities


Fusing 101

2 weeks: Sundays Jan 24, 31; 12-3:30 pm

In this 2 week class you will be introduced to the fundamentals of glass fusing. We will teach/ introduce you to:

  • glass safety
  • glass hand tools
  • basic glass cutting
  • types of glass and glass compatibility
  • kiln overview
  • arranging glass for fusing
  • how heat affects glass
  • firing schedule fundamentals

In particular we will focus on arranging glass for flat fusing - the first step towards many more advanced techniques. You will make a pendant and a set of 2 coasters or small dishes.

  • Class limit: 6 students/6 family units
  • Ages: 18 and up
  • Tuition: $80
  • Prerequisite: none  
  • Instructor: Anne Brahaum

This class is FULL. To sign up for the waitlist or to be notified if we offer another section, please go to our Registration Form. Once you complete the registration form we will email you an invoice and confirmation within 4 days.


Fused Glass Pendants

Thursday February 4th, 5:30-7:00

This fun class starts with a brief introduction to fused glass and what heat does to glass in a kiln. Then, the real fun begins. Using a wide variety of colored and patterned glasses, you will design your own glass pendants, 2-3 per student, depending on complexity. Your work will be fired and assembled and available for you to pick up in approximately a week. 

  • Class limit: 6 students/6 family units
  • Ages: 8 and up (children 8-16 must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Tuition: $49
  • Prerequisite: none  
  • Instructor: Anne Brahaum

To register for classes please go to our Registration Form. Once you complete the registration form we will email you an invoice and confirmation within 4 days.


Glass Paper Card

Saturday, February 6th, 1:00-2:30 pm

If you can cut paper, you can cut this fun new product- paper made out of glass powders.  "Glass Paper" is thick like construction paper and can be cut, hole or shape-punched, and torn just like paper. 

After cutting out design elements from glass paper, you will place your designs on a blank glass background to be fired. You will design 3 small blanks (approximately 1.5" square) that will then be affixed to the front of blank greeting cards. We will fire the pieces for you and affix them to the blank cards. Work will be ready to pick up in approximately a week.

  • Class limit: 6 students/6 family units
  • Ages: 8 and up (children 8-16 must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Tuition: $45
  • Prerequisite: none  
  • Instructor: Gail Bridges-Rea

To register for classes please go to our Registration Form. Once you complete the registration form we will email you an invoice and confirmation within 4 days.


Heart Dish

Sunday, February 7, 12:00-1:30 pm

We all know Valentine's Day is all about the candy, right? Step up your candy presentation game with our fused glass heart plate class. You will make a 4.5" heart dish that is food safe and dishwasher safe!

  • Class limit: 6 students/6 family units
  • Ages: 13 and up
  • Tuition: $60
  • InstructorAnne Brahaum

To register for classes please go to our Registration Form. Once you complete the registration form we will email you an invoice and confirmation within 4 days.


Pocket Hearts 

Wednesday, February 10, 5:30-7:00 pm

Forget about diamonds. Show your love for those you care about by making them a one-of-a-kind glass heart. These small hearts are the perfect size to carry around in your pocket and remind you that you are loved. 

We will provide 2 heart blanks along with a wide assortment of embellishments for you to create 2 pocket hearts.

  • Class size: 6 students
  • Ages: 8 and up (children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Tuition: $45
  • Prerequisite: none
  • Instructor: Anne Brahaum

To register for classes please go to our Registration Form. Once you complete the registration form we will email you an invoice and confirmation within 4 days.


Galentine's Day Flower Bouquet

Saturday, February 13

Session 1: 2:00-4:00 pm (this session is full)

Session 2: 4:30-6:30 pm

 

Grab your best gal pals and come to BCGC to celebrate your friendships and catch up while creating your own bouquet of flowers. You will each make 3 glass flowers that you will decorate with glass frit and powders, enamel paints, and whatever else you think your flower needs. Your flowers will be fired for you and attached to a copper "stem".

  • Class limit: 6 Galentine pairs
  • Ages: 16 and up
  • Tuition: $49 per person
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Instructors: Anne Brahaum and Gail Bridges- Rea

To register for classes please go to our Registration Form. Once you complete the registration form we will email you an invoice and confirmation within 4 days.


Valentine's Day Cast Glass Hearts

Sunday, February 14, 2:00-4:00 pm

Come and make some unique cast glass hearts with your sweetheart! In this fun Valentine's event, you and the special someone in your life will design and make your own cast-glass heart.  

You will first decide on the size and shape of each of your hearts and cut out your casting mold. You will then fill your casting mold with a variety of glass pieces which will melt together into a solid cast glass heart.

All firings are included and pieces will be ready to pick up in about a week. 

  • Class Limit: 6 couples
  • Ages: 16 and up
  • Tuition: $55 per person
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Instructors: Anne Brahaum and Gail Bridges-Rea

To register for classes please go to our Registration Form. Once you complete the registration form we will email you an invoice and confirmation within 4 days.


Wave Plate

No workshop scheduled at this time. Let us know if you are interested.

During this fun workshop you will learn how to design and assemble a unique free-standing wave panel.  These panels are curved and look beautiful displayed in a windowsill, on a bookshelf, or in front of a candle.  Your pieces will be fired you and ready to pick up in about a week.

  • Class limit: 4 students
  • Ages: 18 and up
  • Tuition: $65
  • Prerequisite: none  
  • Instructor: Anne Brahaum

Fused Glass Plate

No workshop scheduled at this time. Let us know if you are interested.

Make an 8” dinner plate out of fused glass!  We will start with a brief introduction to kiln formed glass and the ways in which heat and glass volume affect kiln formed glass.  Students will then learn how to arrange glass for fusing and lay out a design in glass.  We will fuse and slump it for you and it will be ready to pick up in about a week.

  • Class limit: 6 students/6 family units
  • Ages: 8 and up (children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Tuition: $70
  • Prerequisite: none  
  • Instructor: Anne Brahaum

Fossil Vitra

No workshop scheduled at this time. Let us know if you are interested.

Learn how to make your own "fossils" in glass!  In this fun 2 hour class, you will learn how to apply glass powders to organic materials and fire them in the kiln to make a fossil impression.  Finished project will be a 5" square fossil panel. If you have a favorite plant you would like to use, flatten it out before class.  A variety of plants and flowers will be provided to use if you don't have your own.  

 
    
  • Class size: 6 students/6 family units
    Ages: 18 and up
    Tuition: $65
    Prerequisite: none
    Instructor: Anne Brahaum

Glass Enamel Pour

No workshop scheduled at this time. Let us know if you are interested.

This class is the glass version of the currently popular acrylic pour painting technique.  In this fun 3 hour class, you will get to play with enamel paints and learn different techniques for creating galaxy-like effects on fused glass.  We will be using non-toxic and food safe enamel paints designed for enamel pours.

During this 1 day class you will learn how to perform enamel pours using different techniques to achieve varied effects.  You will create two 5x5” poured test tiles with the techniques of your choice. We will fuse and slump it for you and it will be ready to pick up in about a week.

  • Class size: 6 students/6 family units
  • Ages: 8 and up (children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Tuition: $69
  • Prerequisite: none
  • Instructor: Anne Brahaum

Kiln Carved Plate

No workshop scheduled at this time. Let us know if you are interested.

“Kilncarving” is a process used in kiln formed glass that produces glass with a 3 dimensional relief, textured, or sculpted appearance.  To produce kiln carved glass a design is carved into ceramic fiber paper, glass is stacked on top, and the piece is fired in a kiln.  The result of kiln heat and glass viscosity produces a glass piece with a “carved” underside that takes on the pattern and relief of the ceramic fiber paper.

During this 1 day class you will learn basic kilncarving techniques, how temperature and glass types affect kiln carved outcomes, and design your own 8” kiln carved plate. We will fuse and slump it for you and it will be ready to pick up in about a week. 

  • Class limit: 6 students/6 family units
  • Ages: 16 and up
  • Tuition: $65
  • Prerequisite: none
  • Instructor: Anne Brahaum

Fusing 201

No workshop scheduled at this time. Let us know if you are interested.

Students will build on their previous fusing skills to make more complex fused glass art pieces.  Expand your knowledge of fused glass and learn about dilution, inclusions, reactions and various construction methods.

Throughout the sessions, we will work on: expanding your cutting skills with circles, strips and squares; designing your own art glass sheets to use as inclusions; color theory and dilution in glass; and on-edge construction basics.

Includes:

  • 12 hours instruction and work time

  • Glass and all the supplies needed to complete class projects

  • Use of necessary tools

  • All kiln firings

Class limit: - 8 students

Ages: 16 and up

Tuition: $180

Prerequisite: Fusing 101

Instructor: Anne Brahaum


Chemical Reactions in Glass 

No workshop scheduled at this time. Let us know if you are interested.

This beginning class in fused glass chemical reactions will introduce you to:

  • The chemical composition of different Bullseye glasses
  • How the chemicals in certain glasses react to each other when fired in the kiln
  • What reactions to expect when combining different glasses
  • What factors contribute to the intensity of chemical reactions
  • The inclusion of metals for different reactions

After learning about the chemical reaction possibilities, students will design 4 different 4.5”  tiles using reactions of their choice.   

  • Class limit: 8 students
  • Ages: 8 and up
  • Tuition: $70
  • Prerequisite: none
  • Instructor: Anne Brahaum


Fused Mosaic Plate

No workshop scheduled at this time. Let us know if you are interested.

Come create a beautiful mosaic plate. Colors can be random or you can choose a complimentary color palate. We can help you with this and show you palate choices. No previous cutting skills are needed. In 10 minutes or less we will have you cutting straight lines like a pro. The spaces in-between the squares and rectangles are filled with glass powder frit. It has a resemblance to grout. After your piece is fused, we will slump (bend) it into a plate shape. The size will be a 8 inch square.

  • Class size: 8 students
  • Ages: 8 and up (children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Tuition: $69
  • Prerequisite: none
  • Instructor: Erin Cerwinske

Fused Glass Picture Frames

No workshop scheduled at this time. Let us know if you are interested.

Make and amazing keepsake picture frame for you or a loved one this holiday season. Interior of frames measure 4" x 6".

  • Class size: 10 students
  • Ages: 8 and up (children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Tuition: $49
  • Prerequisite: none
  • Instructor: Erin Cerwinske

Galentine's Day Fusing Party 

No workshop scheduled at this time. Let us know if you are interested.

In the words of Leslie Knope, “What is Galentine’s Day? Only the best day of the year! Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and boyfriends at home and just come kick it breakfast style. Ladies celebrating ladies.” 

So this February 13th, grab your best gal pals, make waffles at home or head out for breakfast for dinner first, and then stop by BCGC to celebrate friendships and catch up while creating a one of a kind heart themed collage piece. The fused glass art will be 7.5 X 7.5”, and participants will learn basic cutting skills while also playing with Frits, powders, Glassline paint pens, and copper metal.

Class limit: 8 students

Ages: 16 and up

Tuition: $49

Prerequisite: None

Instructor: Erin Cerwinske


fused glass snowflake

Fused Glass Snowflakes

No workshop scheduled at this time. Let us know if you are interested.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Come sun, snow, rain, or shine, we can make our own snow for winter. We will provide a palate of snow flake pieces, some sample patterns and all the tools you need to make one large or three small fused glass snowflakes.

Class limit: - 8 students

Ages: 8 and up (children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult)

Tuition: $49

Prerequisite: none  

Instructor: Abby Gitlitz


Dichroic Glass Jewelry Workshop

No workshop scheduled at this time. Let us know if you are interested.

Whether new to glass or interested in expanding your jewelry creating potential, this 4-hour workshop will teach you how to cut and use 4 different techniques with specialty Dichroic glass to create 3 unique pendants, a pair of earrings and give you the time to work through your designs and techniques.

We will introduce you to the use of transparent and opaque glass and color harmonies, the special considerations and possibilities of using Dichroic glass,

We will fuse your pieces according to your choice of texture and finish them with silver or gold-plated findings. Your work will be ready for pick up in one week at the BCGC.

No previous experience is necessary.

Class size: 8 students

Ages: 8 and up (children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult)

Tuition: $99 (includes Dichroic glass, silver leaf, silver or gold-plated findings)

Prerequisite:None

Instructor: Michal Ann Carley


Cancellation policy: If you need to cancel please call or text (812)345-2470. All classes have a non refundable $10 processing fee.
A refund of credit for BCGC (good for classes, events, and our gallery) will be given if cancellation is received within 24 hours of the scheduled first class.
A refund credit of 50% of class tuition will be issued if cancellation happens within 24 hours of the class.
No refund will be issued if you are a no show