SPRING CLASSES 2014


Updated April 1, 2014

Registration begins
Monday, December 2 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

For those visiting from out of town, click here to find a listing of Motels convienient to Vitrum Studio.




February 1-2, 2014
10-4 each day
Tuition $325 - Deposit $175
Beginner level.

Kilnformed Glass II is the ideal next step for the student who has completed Introduction to Kilnformed Glass, 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 (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.
February 1, 2014
10-4
Tuition $145
Beginner level.
THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL, BUT A WAITLIST IS AVAILABLE.
February 2, 2014
10-4
Tuition $145
Beginner level.

This one-day workshop will introduce you to several methods of making heart-themed jewelry pieces just in time for a gift for your Valentine! Using both pre-fused glass blanks and sheet glass, you will create three heart-shaped pins or pendants, and a pair of heart-themed earrings (Think Red Hot Candies!).  We will demonstrate simple techniques with dichroic glass to create different effects and enhance the heart shape. You will learn to use some basic coldworking techniques to shape your blanks, how to fire polish for a professional look, and have some wonderful jewelry pieces for yourself or for Valentine’s Day gifts! 





THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL, BUT A WAITLIST IS AVAILABLE.
February 8-9, 2014
10-4 each day
Tuition $325 - Deposit $175
Intermediate level.
THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL, BUT A WAITLIST IS AVAILABLE.
May 10-11, 2014
10-4 each day
Tuition $325 - Deposit $175
Intermediate level.

Here at Vitrum we 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 displaces and distorts 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.





THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL, BUT A WAITLIST IS AVAILABLE.
February 14-16, 2014
10-4 each day
Tuition $595 - Deposit $300
Intermediate level.

In this three-day class, the first in a series, we will attempt to capture the beauty of the landscape around us in diminutive kilnformed panels. The small size of our projects will ensure that students will have the opportunity to complete several pieces during the class.

We will demonstrate how to use glass frits and powders to create a variety of miniature landscapes in a Pate de Verre style. We’ve eliminated the complicated and messy mold making process typical of Pate de Verre, but have kept the subtlety of line and color that makes traditional Pate de Verre so appealing.  This class will also emphasize attention to detail and the importance of good design and craftsmanship in the execution of the final projects.  We will discuss and demonstrate various ways of displaying the final pieces.

Examples of student projects from recent classes.





February 21-23, 2014
10-4 each day
Tuition $595 - Deposit $300
Advanced level.
THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL, BUT A WAITLIST IS AVAILABLE.
June 6-8, 2014
10-4 each day
Tuition $595 - Deposit $300
Advanced level

At last, the long-awaited second in a series of workshops focusing on the landscape in miniature! This three-day class is designed for the student who has already taken our Kilnformed Landscapes in Miniature course, and builds upon the concepts and techniques covered in that course.  Prefired components, larger formats, new color palettes, and multi-part pieces are just a few of the many new techniques we’ve discovered and the class will further explore these topics.  This class will also focus attention on the importance of good design paired with good craftsmanship in the execution of the final projects.  We will also place emphasis on the importance of consideration of the method of display for each piece from the beginning.

Prerequisite: Kilnformed Landscapes in Miniature.





March 1-2, 2014
10-4 each day
Tuition $325 - Deposit $175
Intermediate level.

Understanding how to use glass powders effectively allows you to think about glass and glass design in a completely new way. You can break out of the limits of sheet glass as you become more painterly in your work, using soft lines and shading rather than the harder lines of cut glass pieces. You can mix and overlay powders to create new colors and subtle hues. We will demonstrate how to make powder wafers to create realistic details in your work and you will create both a floral study and a landscape as you explore these techniques.





THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL, BUT A WAITLIST IS AVAILABLE.
March 8-11, 2014
10-4 each day
Tuition $895 - Deposit $450
Advanced level.
and again on
THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL, BUT A WAITLIST IS AVAILABLE.
March 14-17, 2014
10-4 each day
Tuition $895 - Deposit $450
Advanced level.
and again on
THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL, BUT A WAITLIST IS AVAILABLE.
March 19-22, 2014
10-4 each day
Tuition $895 - Deposit $450
Advanced level.

Richard Parrish's Tapestry bowls, trays and wall panels are widely recognized for their intricate patterning and coloration. This new workshop, debuting at Vitrum Studio, will explore how an original idea develops into a comprehensive line of studio glass work. The Tapestry pieces rely on color relationships, design, and technique for success.

Workshop participants will make two finished pieces as they are introduced to the major techniques involved in making this type of work, and how those techniques result in the subtleties of color use and pattern that make Richard’s Tapestry pieces so compelling. The first piece will introduce the necessary techniques and initial thoughts about color and pattern. The second piece will be a significant work carried through from beginning to finished piece while focusing on the importance of well-made and well-finished work. Additional small samples and study pieces will be introduced along the way.

Richard’s Tapestry pieces are based on a belief that work that begins with ideas and is supported by design and technical knowledge will be stronger, more personal and more original than those works without a solid foundation of these critical components.

To see more of Richard's work, visit his website at www.fusiostudio.com.




THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL, BUT A WAITLIST IS AVAILABLE.
March 8, 2014
10-3
Tuition $150
All levels.

LOOKS simple – BUT to make it look GOOD you need to know the tricks!

Try your hand at designing and creating a functional kiln formed platter in this NEW one-day class in our popular Sampling Series.

You’ll create a plate of your own design using opal and transparent colors in a bold Vitrum-designed color scheme.  By carefully stacking and overlapping these color layers, you’ll make more colors in the same sophisticated palette while creating a complex design.

We’ll fire the piece for you after class and shape it in a mold. You’ll have a beautiful and unique piece that can grace your home or make some lucky person happy.

Tuition of $150 includes all material, firings and use of all needed tools for a finished glass piece.




March 15-16, 2014
10-4 each day
Tuition $295 - Deposit $150
All levels.

Working in a professional glass studio, you will create fused  pendants, earrings, and pins in this introductory workshop while learning to exploit the transparency, depth, and unique sparkle of glass.

You will be introduced to the techniques of layering colored glass, using dichroic coatings, shaping blanks with saws and grinders, and using multiple firings to create a professional look on the finished pieces. On the second day you will also be introduced to basic wire wrapping and jewelry construction techniques.

Discussions will include setting up a basic home studio for small scale jewelry fusing and coldworking. Tuition includes all materials and the use of basic tools for a variety of jewelry pieces.




March 22-23, 2014
10-4 each day
Tuition $295 - Deposit $150
All levels.

This two-day class will teach you design and cutting techniques for unique glass jewelry pendants with custom-designed wire bails that shows the hand of the maker. You will learn wire bending techniques and basic metal forging methods to make 3 different styles of handmade bails that you will then cold bond to your glass pendants

We will cover glass cutting techniques, kiln firing for volume control and final appearance, wire shaping and  basic metal forging and molecular bonding…..and you will leave with unique glass pendants that you designed and made yourself.





THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL, BUT A WAITLIST IS AVAILABLE.
March 28-30, 2014
10-5 each day
Tuition $695 - Deposit $350
Intermediate level.

By taking a thoughtful approach to using the Vitrigraph kiln we can create cane and murrine that rival those created in a hot shop.  Capitalizing on the ways glass can be arranged in and flows from a crucible, students in this innovative workshop will learn to create reproducible decorative canes and intricate murrine using the Vitrigraph Kiln. These elements can then be combined and used in other kiln-glass projects.

Prerequisites: Students will need to be able to confidently cut 3”-5” circles out of 3mm glass. Glass cutting is reviewed in this workshop but students need to have experience prior to class.

To see more of Nathan's work, visit his website at www.nathansandberg.com.





March 31- April 2, 2014
10-5 each day
Tuition $725 - Deposit $375
Advanced level.
and again on
THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL, BUT A WAITLIST IS AVAILABLE.
April 4-6, 2014
10-5 each day
Tuition $725 - Deposit $375
Advanced level.

This workshop, designed specifically for prior Vitrigraph students, explores new methods for making intricate murrine using the Vitrigraph Kiln. By pre-fusing (and in some cases pre-pulling) components, our options for making intricately designed cane and murrine dramatically increase. This class will focus on the pre-pulled and pre-fused murrine component and how glass sheet, frit and rods can be used in various techniques to reach new levels of murrine complexity.

Prerequisites: Students must have previously taken a Vitrigraph Cane & Murrine workshop from Nathan, and should be able to accurately cut circles out of 3mm glass. If necessary, glass cutting can be reviewed in this workshop but students must have some experience prior to class.

To see more of Nathan's work, visit his website at www.nathansandberg.com.




THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL, BUT A WAITLIST IS AVAILABLE.
April 5, 2014
10-4
Tuition $150
All levels.
and again on
NEW SESSION JUST OPENED.
April 6, 2014
10-4
Tuition $150
All levels.

We've developed a new, one-day workshop in our Sampling Series in celebration of the Cherry Blossom season: Sashiko ware: Indigo and White.


These designs, based on the traditional designs in the ancient Japanese form of white cotton thread reinforcement stitching on indigo fabric inform our Indigo and White tableware serving dishes.

We've got numerous tips and tricks to share as you make this set of Asian-inspired dishes in the traditional indigo and cream colors to grace your home or to give as a gift that will be treasured for seasons to come. We'll approach the projects using basic design principles, and give you guidance on the best use of stringers, rods (and even some elements you'll create yourself) to make elegant, unusual designs inspired by traditional Asian patterns. We'll cover the firing schedules and supply all the materials for a small platter and two coordinating dishes. We hope you can join us for the fun!

Tuition includes all materials and the use of needed tools.





THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL, BUT A WAITLIST IS AVAILABLE.
April 12-13, 2014
10-4 each day
Tuition $350 - Deposit $175
Advanced level.

This class, designed for the student who has already taken our Optic Topics course, continues the study of learning how to control the distortion and displacement of design in kilnformed glass as it passes through the firing sequences. 

Building on techniques and concepts from the first course, you’ll create bold geometric patterns in stringers and sheet glass that use a variety of new techniques to shape the glass that is placed on top of these patterns before they are fired together. During the firing, the heat of the kiln will visually contort these rigid patterns by forcing changes in the top glass as it seals to the bottom pattern. Advanced controlled bubble entrapment as design elements will also be introduced and explored in the workshop.

Once again, you’ll create and take home a wide variety of samples of these techniques that will launch your work in new directions. 

Prerequisite: Optic Topics.




THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL, BUT A WAITLIST IS AVAILABLE.
April 12, 2014
10-4
Tuition $150
All levels.

In this one-day workshop you will learn to make a miniature Japanese-inspired Kimono pin and coordinating fan-shaped earrings as we celebrate spring and the Cherry Blossom Festival here in Washington, DC.

Anne will demonstrate easy ways to design, cut and construct your Kimono shape out of dichroic glass, and how to add decorative elements with small pieces of frits, stringers and patterned dichroic glass to add the obi and sleeve details. She’ll show you how to cut out a matching pair of earrings in the traditional fan shape that can coordinate with the kimono, or be in another color combination entirely.  And, as usual, she has a lot of unique techniques and design details that make the difference!





April 25-28, 2014
10-5 each day & 1-4 last day
Tuition $725 - Deposit $375
All levels.

Working with the techniques Martha Pfanschmidt has developed for creating her colorful abstract works, students will use colored powders and glasses to construct multi-layered, thick glass pieces that have a complex yet clear visual language. From patterned and colored parts that the students create they will develop larger compositions by cutting and re-assembling the parts into final “collaged” pieces.

To see more of Martha's work, visit her website at www.pfanschmidt.com.




THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL, BUT A WAITLIST IS AVAILABLE.
April 26, 2014
10-3
Tuition $325
All levels.
and again on
NEW SESSION JUST OPENED.
April 27, 2014
10-3
Tuition $175
All levels.

Join us for this fantastic class and take home a strip-cut 8” x 8” plate that you designed! This is a wonderful opportunity to sample the strip-cutting process while you make a finished piece for yourself or for a special gift.

We’ll have pre-cut strips in a subtle palette of 9 gorgeous tints, White, French Vanilla and Clear Bullseye glass. You’ll create your design (geometric or random lengths) under the instructor’s guidance, learn to dam it properly, then we will fire it and cold work the edges for a professional finish, and slump it into a mold.

Tuition of $175 includes all material, firings, coldworking of the edges and use of all needed tools for a finished glass piece.




THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL, BUT A WAITLIST IS AVAILABLE.
May 3-4, 2014
10-4 each day
Tuition $295
All levels.

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 large kiln carved panel (or two smaller 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.
February 8-9, 2014
10-4 each day
Tuition $325 - Deposit $175
Intermediate level.
THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL, BUT A WAITLIST IS AVAILABLE.
May 10-11, 2014
10-4 each day
Tuition $325 - Deposit $175
Intermediate level.

Here at Vitrum we 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 displaces and distorts 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.




May 10, 2014
10-4
Tuition $145
All levels.

This one-day workshop will introduce you to unique ways of creating glass earrings that have a clean, contemporary look. Using specific firing temperatures, cold lamination and a bit of silver smithing, you’ll create three pairs of elegant sterling silver and glass earrings. We’ll also teach you how to use the new Easy Ear Wire tool that allows you to make an elegant finding from a straight piece of wire in seconds.  All materials and the use of tools are included in the tuition.





May 17-18, 2014
10-4 each day
Tuition $295 - Deposit $150
Begining level.

This two-day introductory workshop is designed with the beginner in mind and will guide you through an exploration of the possibilities of fused and slumped glass. We will demonstrate the basics of glass cutting, explain the various steps of a firing schedule and discuss the importance of glass compatibility and annealing. You will be able to experiment with design possibilities using a wide variety of frit, stringers, confetti, sheet glass and iridized glass in the Bullseye Glass palette.

During the class you will create a set of example tiles, a thick color study tile and two fused and slumped bowls. Our goal is to introduce you to both the technical and artistic side of the medium of kilnformed glass. Tuition includes all materials and the use of basic tools, and is a prerequisite for most of our other classes.

photos by William Ralph




May 30 - June 1, 2014
10-4 each day
Tuition $595 - Deposit $300
Advanced level.

In this three-day workshop, students will explore a variety of thoughtful techniques to create kilnformed components that will be used to convey the essence of the environment around them. Students will be exposed to a body of techniques designed to soften and ease the edge, blur the line, and convey a sense of natural beauty while respecting the natural properties of glass -- transparency and translucency.

Design components will be kiln-fired, then manipulated using both hot and cold techniques and selectively combined in the projects. For the student with a knowledge of fusing who is interested in exploring new techniques in the medium.





THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL, BUT A WAITLIST IS AVAILABLE.
February 21-23, 2014
10-4 each day
Tuition $595 - Deposit $300
Advanced level.
THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL, BUT A WAITLIST IS AVAILABLE.
June 6-8, 2014
10-4 each day
Tuition $595 - Deposit $300
Advanced level

At last, the long-awaited second in a series of workshops focusing on the landscape in miniature! This three-day class is designed for the student who has already taken our Kilnformed Landscapes in Miniature course, and builds upon the concepts and techniques covered in that course.  Prefired components, larger formats, new color palettes, and multi-part pieces are just a few of the many new techniques we’ve discovered and the class will further explore these topics.  This class will also focus attention on the importance of good design paired with good craftsmanship in the execution of the final projects.  We will also place emphasis on the importance of consideration of the method of display for each piece from the beginning.

Prerequisite: Kilnformed Landscapes in Miniature.




June 7, 2014
10-3
Tuition $150
All levels.

In this one-day workshop, we will work with some specific hues that yield unexpected results when fired. An extensive collection of glass samples will be on hand to enhance discussion and students will have access to the full Bullseye sheet glass palette for the creation of their own sample set. The usefulness of sample making and best practices, along with storage solutions, will be covered. Both experienced kilnformers and those new to the art will benefit.




June 8, 2014
10-3
Tuition $150
All levels.

In this one-day workshop, the class will discuss and experiment with combinations of Bullseye Glass and silver foil and the magical reactions that occur when these two are fused together. Students will have access to the full Bullseye sheet glass palette as we examine and discuss the way the silver reacts with the base glass, and how combining the two and selectively covering part of the silver creates a whole new color surprise

The usefulness of sample making and best practices, along with storage solutions, will be covered, and each student will make 16 silver and glass reactions samples during the class. Both experienced kiln formers and those new to the art form will benefit. 




June 14-15, 2014
10-4 each day
Tuition $295 - Deposit $150
All levels.

When Anne brought in her samples for her contemporary take on the classic Egyptian Coil design for jewelry, we ALL had to try them on (Yes, everyone!) . These earrings are gorgeous, elegant and move wonderfully with the body, and the bracelet is simply breathtaking.

In this two-day class you will make two pairs of earrings and a beautiful bracelet using dichroic glass cabochons and silver-filled wire. You’ll learn all the tips and tricks of cutting and firing the cabs so that they are uniform and consistent, as well as how to form the bracelet links and earring components using simple jewelers’ tools.  Anne will show you how to prepare the metal to securely attach the fused cabochons. Glass cutting and wire working skills will be helpful but not necessary.




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