About Our Classes

Our mission at Glass Art Kalamazoo is to provide exceptional experiences in glass art and one way we accomplish this is through our classes. We love to teach students about the awesome science and incredible beauty that is glass art.

Unleash your inner artist and explore the many class options we offer – from 1 hour beginner Make It! Classes where you will end up with a finished project you will be proud to display to intermediate workshops to improve your technique to beginner essentials classes where you can learn the basics of glass blowing, torch working or kiln fusing. We have something for everyone! Classes are taught by experienced glass artist who will guide you as your complete your class and hone your skills. We will provide all the supplies, tools, and safety equipment to make your project a success!

The minimum age to take a class varies by studio: 12 and up for glass blowing classes, 11 and up for lampworking classes, and 6 and up for kiln fusing classes. An adult must accompany children under 14 years old.

Check back here as we continually add more exceptional experiences and exciting new projects. Become a member to receive Members First Alerts when a new class is added. Sign up here. You can also sign up for our newsletter to receive notification of future classes at the bottom of this page. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for upcoming events and updates! Click on the calendar link below to see all the classes we are offering this month. If you know what type of class you are looking for, click on that heading and it will take you to those classes.

Glass Blowing Classes

This is where we work with glass in its hottest form as molten glass. Our glass furnace, containing a crucible full of liquid glass, is located in the Hot Shop. In these classes, you will blow and sculpt the glass to make objects. You will use the tools located at the gaffer bench to manipulate the glass as you create. Minimum age to take a glass blowing class is 12 years old. Children under 14 years of age are required to be accompanied by an adult.

Torch Working Classes

Torch working involves making glass art over a torch and encompasses both bead making and lampworking. In these classes, you will make glass beads, necklace pendants, marbles, and other items using both soft and borosilicate glass. We work with small, table-top mounted torches. Using either glass rods or glass tubes, you will use the torch to heat the glass and shape it into bead around a mandrel, or use tools to make pendants and other items. Minimum age to take a torch working class is 11 years old. Children under 14 years of age are required to be accompanied by an adult. Current Torch Working classes include:
(making beads out of glass rods)

(making objects out of borosilicate glass rods like pendants, marbles and sculptures)

Kiln Fusing Classes

These classes involve a variety of techniques with cold sheets of fusible glass. Using special tools, you will cut shapes and designs to place on your clear glass base. You may also use crushed glass, stringers, and powders to create unusual effects in your piece. Your final project will be melted together in our kilns and possibly slumped to create your masterpiece. Minimum age to take a kiln fusing class is 6 years of age. Children under 14 years of age are required to be accompanied by an adult.

Cold Working Classes

Many of the projects created in our studios need to be finished in the Cold Shop. Using grinders, polishers, sand blasters, and saws, you will polish and finish your glass project. Classes in the Cold Shop will rely on practice “blanks” or objects created in other studios to be manipulated and polished. Minimum age to take a cold working class is 14 years of age.

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Bring the fun home with Take It! Kits

Looking for a project you can complete at home on your own time? Check out our Take It! Kits and create your own fused glass suncatcher, magnet, or nightlight. Simply choose your kit, pick it up at the studios, assemble it at home, bring it back to be fused, and then pick it up and enjoy your art. Channel your creative side and pick up a kit today! Great for both children and adults.

Private Lessons

Private lessons are perfect if you are anxious to start working with glass and can’t wait for a class to begin, or if your schedule doesn’t permit you to attend one of our scheduled classes. One-on-one lessons involve private, customized glass art instruction in any of our studios. You will work with your experienced instructor to design the lessons to reflect your goals. Whether you are a beginner learning the basics or an experienced artist that wants to learn a new technique, you can benefit from private lessons by moving at your own pace. You must be at least 14 years old to schedule a private lesson. Price varies dependent on the studio and instructor.