SPRING CLASSES 2015


Updated November 17, 2014

Registration now open.

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.
February 7 & 8, 2015
Saturday & Sunday 10-4 each day
Tuition $350 - Deposit $175
Intermediate level..
and again on
THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL, BUT A WAITLIST IS AVAILABLE.
February 14 & 15, 2015
Saturday & Sunday 10-4 each day
Tuition $350 - Deposit $175
Intermediate level.

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

We’ve long been intrigued with the natural ability of glass to flow in the heat of the kiln, and 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 construction techniques and the heat of the kiln to deliberately 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.




Class Sample by Anne Paynter-Hill

February 20, 21 & 22, 2015
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, 10-4 each day
Tuition $595 - Deposit $300
Intermediate level.

In this three-day class, the first in a series of workshops that will focus on the landscape represented in miniature, 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 impressionistic style, with a subtlety of line and color.  A unique firing process will help to retain the size and shape while, at the same time creating a soft, pate de verre look. This class will also emphasize attention to detail and the importance of good design and craftsmanship in the execution of the final projects.  Additionally, we will  discuss and demonstrate various ways of displaying the final pieces.

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Class Sample by Karen Wallace

THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL, BUT A WAITLIST IS AVAILABLE.
February 28 & March 1, 2015
Saturday & Sunday, 10-4 each day
Tuition $375 - Deposit $200
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 day, each student will create a variety of samples. Then, as a group, the class will examine the results of each of those samples after firing. These carefully analyzed results will inform the design of the final larger project on the second day.




THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL, BUT A WAITLIST IS AVAILABLE.
March 7 & 8, 2015
Saturday & Sunday, 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 delicate 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 of a seasonal flower and a landscape as you explore these techniques.




March 13, 14 & 15, 2015
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 10-4 each day
Tuition $595 - Deposit $300
Advanced level.

This three-day course is the second in a series of workshops focusing on the landscape in miniature and is designed for the student who has already taken our Kilnformed Landscapes in Miniature course as it builds on 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  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: Landscapes in Miniature




March 25, 26, 27 & 28, 2015
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday
10-4 each day
Tuition $895 - Deposit $450
Advanced level.
and again on
March 29, 30, 31 & April 1, 2015
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday
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, which first debuted 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.




April 11 & 12, 2015
Saturday & Sunday, 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 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 using stringers and sheet glass. After firing these stringer patterns, we’ll use a variety of new techniques to distort the shapes and lines in a second firing by deliberate placement of mass. Advanced controlled bubble entrapment as design elements will also be introduced and explored in the workshop

And, 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 15, 16, 17 & 18, 2015
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday
10-4 each day
Tuition $895 - Deposit $450
Advanced level.
and again on
THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL, BUT A WAITLIST IS AVAILABLE.
April 25, 26, 27 & 28, 2015
Saturday, Sunday, Monday & Tuesday
10-4 each day
Tuition $895 - Deposit $450
Advanced level.

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 murrini using the Vitrigraph Kiln. These elements will then be fused into a blank that will ultimately be used to explore the Dropout methods of slumping glass in the kiln.

Students will learn the basics of working with the Vitrigraph kiln as well as a selection of updated/advanced methods of murrine making. Each student will create one Dropout vessel while learning the many variables involved in the Dropout process.

 Prerequisites: Students will need to be able to confidently cut approximately (30) 3”-5” circles out of 3mm glass. Glass cutting is introduced in this workshop but students need to have experience prior to class.




April 19, 20 & 21, 2015
Sunday, Monday & Tuesday 10-4 each day
Tuition $675 - Deposit $350
Advanced 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 approximately (30) 3”-5” circles out of 3mm glass. Glass cutting is introduced 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.




May 2 & 3, 2015
Saturday & Sunday, 10-4 each day
Tuition $325 - Deposit $175
Intermediate level.

This two-day workshop is designed to introduce you to the techniques involved in creating one-of-a-kind accent tiles. You will explore various glass tile making techniques that are designed to give consistent results whether you are making one tile or a hundred. We will discuss methods of maintaining a consistent size and footprint in your tiles, and how to manage the contour of the design using heat control.

Among the topics to be discussed and illustrated are:

  • Various ways of texturing the front and back surfaces tiles;
  • Creating a mural/panel made up of smaller glass tiles;
  • Designing tiles around a theme and making several different types of tiles that carry the theme;
  • Etching detailed patterns into iridized tiles; and
  • Overlaying opals with transparent colors to create new hues and subtle transitions.




THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL, BUT A WAITLIST IS AVAILABLE.
May 9 & 10, 2015
Saturday & Sunday, 10-4 each day
Tuition $375 - Deposit $200
Intermediate level.

This is the second in a series of classes that reinterprets one of the basic construction techniques in the kilnformer’s arsenal - stripcut construction.  Radially arranging strips of glass is a versatile play on this time-honored way of working, and is suitable for creating designs that range from precise and formal and to loose and organic.  Using this method of construction, precisely symmetrical patterns reminiscent of the Art Deco period are just as achievable as naturalistic branching structures.  

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 day, each student will create a variety of samples. Then, as a group, the class will examine the results of each sample after firing. These carefully analyzed results will inform the design of the final larger project on the the second day.




THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL, BUT A WAITLIST IS AVAILABLE.
May 15, 16 & 17, 2015
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 10-4 each day
Tuition $595 - Deposit $300
Advanced level.
and again on
NEW SESSION JUST OPENED
May 29, 30 & 31, 2015
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 10-4 each day
Tuition $595 - Deposit $300
Advanced level.

 A Sense a Place has been a Vitrum classic workshop since Judith and Kevin taught it at The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass over a decade ago.  Many of the class projects have changed over the years, but one that has always been included in the class is “Summer Snapshot”, a perennial class favorite.  Responding to multiple requests, we’ve developed this class to focus solely on the many interesting techniques associated with this one project and further explore them.

In this three-day workshop, students will use a variety of methods to create kilnformed components that will be combined in the composition of their two final pieces – the Shoreline and the Stream Bed. Working with iridized glass, you will create custom iridized frit and colorful cabochon blanks to use as “raw material” for a variety of components of the two projects. We will also work with frits and powders to create representations of natural elements found in these water environments.  

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




June 5, 6 & 7, 2015
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10-4 each day
Tuition $595 - Deposit $300
Advanced 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.




June 13 & 14, 2015
Saturday & Sunday 10-4 each day
Tuition $325 - Deposit $175
Intermediate 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.




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