SUMMER CLASSES 2016


Updated June 1, 2016

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

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



This class is full, but a wait list is available.
June 11, 2016
Saturday, 10-4
Tuition $175
All levels.

The time honored technique known as strip cut - strips of glass are cut, laid up on edge, dammed and fired - creates crisp, sophisticated patterns. In this one-day class, you will be introduced to the best practices for cutting the strips as well as designing and composing patterns while creating an 8" square plate. The palette students will use is made up of the soft colors of Bullseye Tints in combination with White or French Vanilla - a perfect reflection of Springtime! Students will also be led through the process of correctly damming their piece and the appropriate firing schedules.  Just in time to make a great Father's Day gift!




This class is full, but a wait list is available.

June 25, 2016
Saturday, 10-3

Tuition $155
All levels.

Here at Vitrum, the question we are asked most often is "What should I DO with all of my scrap glass?!?"

Here is a smart way to use all of those bits and pieces that you've been storing!

Inspired by the variety and beauty of flowers, we'll show you all the tricks for cutting, shaping, layering and composing small pieces of sheet glass and stringers to make your very own garden! You'll make a set of four coasters, and we'll show you several techniques to affect the surface of your coasters.

You’ll learn how to:

·         make straight, accurate squares

·         make frit from your smaller scrap pieces and use it in a different way,

·         bend and shape stringers

·         fire your work in a kiln

You'll make a set of four coasters, and we'll show you several techniques to affect the surface of your coasters. A terrific gift idea, or a lovely way to adorn your own patio table.




July 9, 2016
Saturday, 10-3

Tuition $155
All levels.

Perhaps you've seen the samples from our Sorbet Series, combining Opaline glass with bright oranges, yellows and greens to make a whole new palette. But have you seen what happens when you combine Opaline with the beautiful Bullseye transparent blues and greens? Cool, refreshing and perfect for setting a summer table - maybe poolside!

In this one-day workshop we'll show you how to best cut your strips (even really skinny ones!) for a perfect fit and discuss design considerations as a group. Each student will have the opportunity to make three pieces - either a nesting set or a tray and two small tasting dishes. All firing schedules will be covered, too, meaning you'll be ready to make more in your own studio.




July 30 & 31, 2016
Saturday and Sunday, 10-4 each day

Tuition $325 - Deposit $175
All levels.

What is design? It's a way of thinking and a way of making. Over time, artists and craftspeople have developed a "language" that helps them not only to describe their projects, but to plan them as well. These elements and principles are guidelines that help artists make good choices when creating artwork. Using paper, drawing implements, scissors and glue, students will learn the basics of design that can then be applied to their glass making in the future. This fun two-day workshop will help build your skills in making more professional work as well as discover more about your own creative process.




This class is full, but a wait list is available.

August 6 & 7, 2016
Saturday and Sunday, 10-4 each day

Tuition $350 - Deposit $175
All levels.

Are you interested in incorporating metals into your kiln glass work? This is the class for you! In this two-day workshop you'll make a variety of jewelry pieces that incorporate copper, silver and gold in a variety of forms. You'll be introduced to tools and techniques that will help you change the look of the metals before placing them in your composition, and several ways to successfully lay up your pieces. We'll go over all of the firing schedules in detail, too. And, we've incorporated a NEW project into the class curriculum using Bullseye's new Alchemy glasses, which does amazing things with silver. This is your chance to try it for yourself!




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