Open Studio Sessions

If you’ve completed at least one class (glass fusing 101, fused glass plate, kiln carving) at BCGC, you’re eligible to attend Open Studio sessions. Bring your Bullseye glass to the BCGC studio and enjoy access to tools, kilns, and non-glass supplies. We do not teach kilnforming techniques in Open Studio. You must have the basic knowledge and skills necessary to complete your project. Advance registration is required.

TIMES OFFERED

BCGC will be open for Open Studio session every Monday, 5:00pm-9:00pm.

  • 11/25
  • 12/2
  • 12/9
  • 12/16

COST

The basic rate for Open Kilnforming Studio is $5/hour.

ADDITIONAL FEES

  • Bullseye glass - $5.00 per 100 grams. Glass must be weighted out prior to the assembly of your piece, or you will be charged for the full weight of your finished piece. 
  • Kiln firing in a AFG Oval 13 on a 24" width x 39” oval shelf $35
  • Kiln firing in Jen-Ken AF3P-24-E on a 21” round shelf $25
  • ThinFire shelf paper (20” x 20”") $3.50
  • Fiber paper - prices vary
  • Frequent Fuser Card $90 - Covers six firings at $15 each.
  • Mold rental $5 per mold
  • If you do not have enough work to fill a kiln, you may opt to have your glass fired with other glass on a similar firing schedule. BCGC will load it in a kiln the next time there is space, though BCGC cannot guarantee when that will happen. Cost to fire an individual project is $0.13 per square inch per firing with a minimum charge of $7.50. *All firings are charged per 24-hour period

KILNFORMING RULES

  • Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. Make a reservation by calling 812-369-4777 or by emailing, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Bring or purchase your own Bullseye glass for your project. Bullseye scrap glass can be purchased by weigh tin the studio. All glass is 90 COE.
  • Basic tools, GlasTac and glass cleaner will be provided
  • A BCGC staff member will be present during Open Studio.
  • Kilns must be programmed by a BCGC staff member (or under staff member supervision).
  • Projects must be composed entirely of Bullseye glass—including accessory glass like dichroics, frit, stringer,etc.
  • When designing your pieces, factor in shelf dimensions plus a 0.5" distance between your piece and the shelf edge, in all directions.
  • Choose slumping molds before designing your pieces.
  • Molds may be fired together in one kiln only when the firing schedules are similar. Refer to Mold Tips: Suggested Slumping Schedules.
  • It is possible to arrange to bring in projects for firing outside of Open Studio. Call or email to make arrangements.
  • You may share kiln space with another artist, but BCGC is not responsible for making such arrangements.
  • Special considerations apply to firing elevated drop-out molds and investment castings. Enquire for details.
  • As we do have classes going on, kiln space may be limited from time to time. If this happens, we will make arrangements to have your piece fired at a later time, as soon as the schedule allows. If you need something fired immediately, please call ahead and find out what the kiln usage looks like. We will do our best to work it out.
  • Since studio storage space is limited, you may not leave materials or tools in the studio, and you must pick up your fired pieces in a timely fashion. Limited locker space is available for rental.
  • BCGC is not responsible for damage to items left on the premises or projects that fail due to customer negligence or error.
  • BCGC staff has the right to refuse to fire any piece at any time if they feel the project will damage our equipment.