FAQ

Workshop Frequently Asked Questions

Can you teach things that aren’t on your class listing?

There are always new techniques coming out, and, quite honestly, I don’t always think of all the class ideas that we could be teaching – so just ask! We usually have new classes in some stage of development, so your interest may be just the boost we need.

Do we need prior experience for these classes?

For all the beginning classes, no. However, that being said, if you have experience cutting glass you will have an easier time in the mosaics and fusing classes. Beginning Stained Glass is the perfect gateway into the world of art glass since you will learn more than just basic techniques.

Is it difficult to learn?

Not at all, however, it does require time and patience while you are learning. We have been teaching classes for over 25 years so we have lots of experience to share with you.

What about safety? Do I need to do anything special to work at home?

We cover safety issues at the beginning of every class. If any process needs extra equipment or special set up, we can answer all your questions and give you suggestions to avoid any hazards.

What if I don’t have any space to work at home?

You won’t need that much space for any of these techniques. So, setting up on the dining room table, for example, could work on a temporary basis. If you decide to continue working at home, you might want to find a corner of a spare room, or a garage, to set up a work table. While you’re enrolled in a class, you are free to use our tables and a grinder to work on your panel (but be sure to call ahead to make sure there is space available). If you’re not enrolled in a class, we rent the same space for $5.00 per hour. You will need to bring, or purchase, your own tools and supplies. We don’t have the facilities to rent torch space at this time, but we do allow graduates of the fusing classes to come in and run a firing in our kilns. (Price depends on the kiln you rent)

What is the difference between lead and foil?

The copper foil method is for more intricate, delicate designs and 3-dimensional projects such as Tiffany Lamps and boxes. The lead came method is for when the design has larger pieces of glass and more straight lines than curved ones. Traditional designs, bevel clusters and bevel borders are usually leaded, rather than foiled.

What kind of tools and supplies do I need?

That depends on the class you take. For the Beginning Stained Glass Class, we have put together two stained glass tool kits in basic and deluxe versions. We believe that good tools facilitate your learning, but we also understand budget restraints. You will receive your student discount on tools, supplies, books and glass. For the other classes, we discuss necessary supplies during the first session.

What kind of tools and supplies do I need?

That depends on the class you take. For the Beginning Stained Glass Class, we have put together two stained glass tool kits in basic and deluxe versions. We believe that good tools facilitate your learning, but we also understand budget restraints. You will receive your student discount on tools, supplies, books and glass. For the other classes, we discuss necessary supplies during the first session.

What will I make in the Beginning Stained Glass class?

You will complete a small stained glass panel (approx. 12″ X 12″). Quite a few different patterns are available for you to choose from at the first class.

Which method is easier to learn?

It’s not so much which is easier to learn, but which is easier to transition from, so we recommend starting out with copper foil, then learning lead came.

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