Glass Fusing

What is Glass Fusing?

Glass fusing involves creating a design in glass and then heating the glass to around 800ºC to join the pieces together. (Don’t worry, you won’t need to go near the kiln once it’s hot.) The hotter the kiln gets, the smoother the finish; at lower temperatures you can make things with texture. Glass fusing is great for 3D items such as dishes and stand-up glass panels as well as jewellery, coasters, suncatchers, bespoke wall tiles, splashbacks and more.

You don’t have to be able to cut glass accurately, so it’s great for beginners. Also, as no lead is involved, a fused glass course is safe for expectant mums-to-be and under 18’s. You can make fused glass art to be proud of in as little as a day, so we run one day taster courses as well as longer courses.

Taster days

We start with a quick look at what happens to glass in the kiln at different temperatures (you won’t be touching a hot kiln though) and glass compatibility. If you’ve not cut glass before, we’ll then teach you this useful skill. Next you’ll have the chance to create something using float (window) glass.

a student having a good time making fused glass on a glass fusing day course

After a light lunch, you’ll discover Bullseye fusing glass in its many forms and create some pieces from this- coasters, bowls, suncatchers, soap dishes; the choice is yours. The smaller your creations, the more you can make. Dichroic glass is available to purchase if you’d like some. (It’s included in the cost of jewellery classes.)

Up and Coming Courses

Improvers

On a glass fusing improvers’ day you’ll have the opportunity to explore tack fusing, using Bullseye fusing glass to make things with texture. Experiment with sheet glass, stringers, frit, confetti and reactions between different glasses. Frit landscapes are always popular, as are hanging suncatchers, Christmas decorations, textured bowls and soap dishes. You’ll be able to make two or three items depending on their size.

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Up and Coming Courses

Weekly classes

On our weekly glass fusing classes you have the opportunity to work through a range of topics, beginning with learning to cut glass (if you’re a beginner), exploring float glass, Bullseye fusing glass, accessory glass (frit, stringers, confetti etc.) and techniques including full fusing, tack fusing, kiln carving, inclusions, hanging loops, jewellery and more.

Up and Coming Courses

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