Workshop Themes - Fuse It with Petra Kaiser
Choose a theme from the vast variety of kiln forming techniques and schedule your very own private class. You may also choose several themes and invite us to teach a class at your studio. Please call me to discuss time, costs and your personal class topics.
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Adding Textures and Color
Textures add a lot of interest to your glass work. In this class you will learn 5 different methods to add texture to your glass. Petra will show you how to keep the texture on Wissmach textured clear glass and what to do with it. You will also learn how to create your very own textures in glass using several different materials including Kaiser Lee Board of course.
Reverse Fusing with Wissmach Luminescent Glass
Wissmach luminescent Glass and reverse fusing molds made with Kaiser Lee Board are a perfect match. The luminescent coating gets a dichroic like appearance and Petra will show you several ways to create objects with a variety of reverse fusing molds. By adding texture to the glass you will get the most unique little dessert dishes or bowls. You will also get the patterns for several other reverse fusing molds and projects.
Deep Drop Kiln Forming
Stretching glass has become very poplular. We also call it deep drop, since the glass drops or streches through a dop out form that is set as high as you desire or as high as your kiln allows.
You’ll learn to make your own drop out mold with Kaiser Lee Board, how to fire the most interesting patterns and how to either incorporate an interesting rim or how to cut off the rim. And of course you will get the correct firing schedules to be able to create those popular vessels at home. This is a 2 part class so please schedule 3 hours for the first part and 2 hours for the second part.
Drape Kiln Forming
When glass forms over a mold, we call it a “Drape”. We do have developed a system that is so versatile, that you can drape nearly everything – from bowls to vases, from candle holders to baskets, without having to buy a drape mold ever again. This system is space and cost effective and will last you through your entire kiln forming adventure.
Besides making the mold kit, you will learn how to set it up for a multitude of shapes. You may also choose a project made in any technique you desire. (see glass design techniques below).
Kiln Cast Sculptures
Kaiser Lee Board is an ideal material to cast any open face shape you desire. You will learn what kind of shapes would work well for this special type of kiln casting technique. And the best part is that you will be able to use your casting form over and over again. You will also learn how to alternate the mold to make more than just one shape with your casting mold. When you cast with Kaiser Lee Board you do not necessarily have to cold work your art work after firing. We will also show you how to set up your casting molds for pot melt casting.
Create Your Own Sheet Glass with On Edge Design Technique
The On Edge Design method gives you many possibilities to create glass shapes, from free form to geometrical exact. From representational to abstract. You will have many different projects to choose from and will also learn to bend glass strips before you use them in your projects.
Create Your Own Sheet Glass with Random Glass Pieces and Frit
Who says you need full sheets of glass to create something. Here at the Fuse It Studio we love random pieces of fusing glass and enjoy creating new shapes of glass which than can be used to make all kind of projects, like bowls, lamps, vases, sculptures and wall art.
From Birds to Frogs – in this class you will learn how to make a Kaiser Lee Board Mold for any type of critter you like, as long as it is possible to use it for an open face casting.
You will also learn to use frit in the pate de verre technique to cast your critter with more controll, than just filling it with glass bits.
Multi Tasking K-L Board Mold
This class is an ideal introduction to working with Kaiser Lee Board. Petra will show you several ways of using a 8″ x 9″ x 1″ piece of board and how to cut it to create 2 molds that when combined can be used in many different ways. You will learn how to cut and carve KLB and how to fire a dish in one easy firing. Even so we have one them, everyone of you will leave with several original molds and project possibilities and the confidence to utilize KLB for even more unique projects.