FALL CLASSES 2014


Updated June 22, 2014

Registration begins
Monday, June 9
at 10am.

Classes at Vitrum Studio fill very quickly on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register early to insure a place in the course(s) you would like to take.

We require a completed application and paid deposit to insure your registration for a course.

Please complete an Application Form (in PDF format) and mail or fax it to us.

Several easy ways
to register.

  • By phone: (301-595-0736)
  • By fax: (301-595-0081)
  • In person:
    Vitrum Studios
    6824 Industrial Drive, Studio #105
    Beltsville, Maryland, 20705

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THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL, BUT A WAITLIST IS AVAILABLE.
September 6 & 13, 2014
Two Consecutive Saturdays 10-4 each day
Tuition $395 - Deposit $200
Intermediate level.
and again on
September 7 & 14, 2014
Two Consecutive Sundays 10-4 each day
Tuition $395 - Deposit $200
Intermediate level.

This two-day class will be held on two consecutive Saturdays or Sundays to allow for the more involved firing that is required.

This class is an updated version from the first version we taught – we have added the option for an Optic Drop as one of your choices! You will have the opportunity to design and fabricate two drop forms during class, one large and one small. The information imparted is the same as we shared in the first version – but you now have the option for a gorgeous optic bubble style as one of your options for either of the two projects!

We will discuss various mold options and will have a wide variety of finished bowls and vases to inspire you. We will also have several drop-formed vessels in various stages of the slumping process so that you can observe the actual movement of the glass during the firing. During the second day of class, you will coldwork and finish the slumped forms created on the first day.




Dear Students,

Many of you know that I often travel to Europe in the summer to teach at various locales. I always mention that the Creative Glass studios in Zurich and outside London are some of my very favourite places to teach. Creative Glass is one of Europe’s premier glass studios with three beautiful facilities, and owners Erna and Harry are fantastic resources in every way. 

We have finally persuaded Erna to make time in her extremely busy schedule (she develops and oversees the class programs and also teaches a wide variety of unique courses at all three locations) to come to us this year, and to teach two of her classes that I have long wanted to take myself.  She is an extraordinarily gifted teacher and a talented artist with a unique artistic approach.  I hope you’ll be able to take the time to study with her.

                                    -Judith




THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL, BUT A WAITLIST IS AVAILABLE.
September 22 & 23, 2014
Monday & Tuesday 10-4 each day
Tuition $325 - Deposit $175
Intermediate level.
and again on

THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL, BUT A WAITLIST IS AVAILABLE.

September 24 & 25, 2014
Wednesday & Thursday 10-4 each day
Tuition $325 - Deposit $175
Intermediate level.

In the first stage of this two-day class, students will use high fire enamels,  stamps, engraving tools and other simple methods to discover how an ordinary piece of glass can be transformed into a sophisticated jewelry element.

Then each student will design and create an Art Clay Silver component to embellish and enhance the original glass piece.  Students will learn how to create a rivet to join the two elements together to create a stunning piece of wearable art. The rivet not only acts as a connector to join different materials – it also serves as an important design element within the final piece.

Students should bring basic metal clay tools and 40 – 50 grams of Art Clay Silver.  All other materials and use of some tools will be provided. Students will complete two full pendants as well as several glass blanks and reference samples.




THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL, BUT A WAITLIST IS AVAILABLE.
September 27, 28, 29 & 30, 2014
Saturday thru Tuesday 10-4 each day
Tuition $725 - Deposit $375
Intermediate level.

This four-day class explores the related textures in fabrics, baskets, and weavings, which are the foundations and the sources of inspiration for Erna’s creative and technical approach to glass design. 

Students will work with frit, glass powders, reactive glasses and metallic elements and use these materials to create components that result in unusual color shadings and visual textures.  Multiple stage firings will transform these materials as they combine and react with one another, leading to beautiful (and sometimes unexpected) results. Thorough group analysis of these “surprises” will lead to further development and understanding of the techniques covered.

Students will create two wall pieces with heavily textured surfaces and aged, weathered effects, all inspired by textiles. Students will analyze firing results together, and emphasis will be placed on the growth and development of designs and ideas, culminating in highly individual pieces.

Shield Series, Erna Piechna-Sowersby




October 4, 5 & 6, 2014
Saturday thru Monday 10-4 each day
Tuition $595 - Deposit $300
Intermediate level.

In this class you will reexamine this time-honored glass construction process pioneered by Klaus Moje, the father of contemporary kiln glass. Pushing the limits of what we know as strip cut construction, we will explore what happens when variables are altered.

Choosing from Vitrum Studio’s extensive library of samples for this class, we will explore and research design possibilities through sample making.  On the first two days each student will create a variety of samples. Then, as a group, the class will examine the results of each piece after firing. These carefully analyzed results will inform the design of the final larger project on the third day.




THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL, BUT A WAITLIST IS AVAILABLE.
October 11 & 12, 2014
Saturday & Sunday 10-4 each day
Tuition $325 - Deposit $175
Intermediate level.

Vitrum artists have done many experiments to learn how to control the distortion and displacement of design in kilnformed glass.  These experiments have resulted in the techniques that we will share in this unique class.

We’ve long been intrigued with the natural ability of glass to flow in the heat of the kiln, as well as how it moves and affects the surrounding or underneath glass, patterns and shapes.  You’ll start by creating bold geometric patterns created from stringers and sheet glass, then we’ll use the heat of the kiln to contort these rigid patterns into flowing designs with striking optical form and depth.  Controlled bubble entrapment as design elements and visual distortions will also be demonstrated and explored.

You’ll create and take home a wide variety of samples that will launch your work in new directions.




November 1 & 2, 2014
Saturday & Sunday 10-4 each day
Tuition $325 - Deposit $175
Beginner level.

Kiln Glass II is the ideal next step for the student who has completed Introduction to Kiln Glass I, either at Vitrum Studio or at another studio. It is also beneficial for those who jumped head-first into creating with glass on their own and now have questions about the process. This two-day workshop will strengthen your knowledge about the technical aspects of fusing glass, freeing you to express yourself artistically.

You will be introduced to basic design concepts by designing and creating a plate and two coordinating pieces of tableware, and you’ll have several styles and shapes from which to choose. We will show you ways to refine your glass cutting skills and you will gain a better understanding of common problems you may encounter - and how to avoid them.  You’ll learn to use a circle cutter, how to cut glass to fit other shapes, and how to measure and cut glass to fit other pieces in a composition.  Simple methods for coldworking an edge will be explored so that you can create more professional work even in a small home studio.

Finally, a refresher on firing schedules and proper firing techniques will be reviewed so that you will be prepared to work on your own and adapt firing schedules appropriately for your own projects.




THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL, BUT A WAITLIST IS AVAILABLE.
November 8, 9 & 10, 2014
Saturday thru Monday 10-4 each day
Tuition $625 - Deposit $325
Intermediate level.
New Session Just Opened
November 11, 12 & 13, 2014
Tuesday thru Thursday 10-4 each day
Tuition $625 - Deposit $325
Intermediate level.

Alice Benvie Gebhart specializes in brightly colored landscapes in unique palettes that are created with layers of richly colored sheet glass and powder and then enhanced with dichroic glass and traditional glass paints. This workshop will cover her processes, both instinctive and practical, in creating compositions with depth, perspective and unusual color schemes.

Alice, a longtime landscape artist and instructor who maintains a gallery and studio in Rhode Island, has created with glass since 1995 and has developed her own techniques and distinctive style in her kilnformed glass work that reflects her painting background.

Workshop participants will make several samples as well as two 6” x 8” wall pieces, a landscape and a seascape, as they are introduced to Alice’s techniques.  Lecture topics will include translating sketches into glass compositions, underpainting and finding light, and highlighting mood in your work. Alice will also demonstrate her techniques for presenting work in a way that preserves the transparency of glass.

To see more of Alice’s work, visit her web site at www.alicegebhart.com

Autumn Dawn
Alice Benvie Gebhart
Fantasy of Trees
Alice Benvie Gebhart
Violet Dunes
Alice Benvie Gebhart



November 15 & 16, 2014
Saturday & Sunday 10-4 each day
Tuition $325 - Deposit $175
Beginner level.

In this two-day class you’ll be introduced to the endless design possibilities when you “carve” shapes into the back surface of glass using a variety of fiber materials. These materials, in turn, lead to vastly different surface results. This is a wonderful method to create glass panels with incredibly detailed contours that catch, bend and reflect the light. It’s a simple technique that can produce a complex, sculptural look in your work.

We’ll introduce you to the technique with lectures and demonstrations, including information about which glass styles work best and the importance of correct firing temperatures. You’ll create a set of samples with multi-layered designs.  After firing, we’ll discuss the results of each set of samples. With this new knowledge you’ll have the opportunity on the second day to design and create a larger pair of kilncarved panels.

Tuition includes all glass and materials for the completion of the projects.  Glass cutting skills are helpful but not necessary.




THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL, BUT A WAITLIST IS AVAILABLE.
November 21, 22 & 23, 2014
Friday thru Sunday 10-4 each day
Tuition $575 - Deposit $300
Intermediate level.

This is an intensive introduction to working with glass colors that chemically react with each other during the fusing or flame working process. Vitrum Studio’s staff members and many of its visiting instructors have long used these color reactions to great effect in their own personal work, and now we’ve brought together the information we have learned into a comprehensive course on this fascinating aspect of kilnforming.

Students will begin by creating sample charts of the reactive glasses as a reference for their home studios.  They will also create samples exploring the potential of these reactive glass combinations and finally will complete a larger kilnformed composition that incorporates color reactions as a part of the design.

We will have access to Bullseye Glass’ large palette of reactive glass colors, stringers and rods (including the luster rods), silver foil, as well as their Reactive Cloud White and Reactive Clear Ice during the workshop.




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