Adult Classes | Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass
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Adult Classes

Adult classes at Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass are designed for anyone 16 and older who is interested in creating glass art. Professional artists teach a wide variety of glass making techniques to offer opportunities for different interests and skill levels. You will get a lot of personal attention and have the ability to create a piece of your dreams. Most adult classes are designed to be around 3 hours long and include enough time for instruction and creation of a piece of your own. The Glass Studio offers classes in both FUSING and FLAMEWORKING.

FUSING classes will teach you how to make different styles of art using professional tools, equipment, and materials. Each class offers instruction, use of the glass studio to create a piece, and the kiln firing of your masterpiece. Students use sheet glass to create a project that will be fused and potentially slumped after creation.

FLAMEWORKING uses gas torch flames for creating artwork with glass tubes and rods. Start out with a beginning bead or sculpture class. We will also be introducing paperweight making classes soon and adding even more hot glass opportunities.

You can register for classes here, online, or call us with questions at 920.751.4658.

IMPORTANT HEALTH NOTE: Due to current COVID-19 guidelines from the CDC and Winnebago County Health Department, face masks are OPTIONAL inside Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass. Thank you for your support.

 

Hot Sculpted Paperweights 1/28

Saturday, January 28, 2023 | 12:00 PM-5:00 PM
Registration is currently closed
$170.00
Learn how to make your own unique glass paperweight! A trained instructor will walk you through step by step to make your own paperweight in our new mini dragon. Our mini dragon holds 15 lbs of molten glass and includes a reheating chamber. You’ll learn how to safely utilize the equipment and glass blowing tools to design then sculpt a paperweight. After it is cooled down and coldworked to get rid of any sharp edges, you’ll receive your piece back in about a week. All experience...
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Metal Clay Jewelry 2/2

Thursday, February 2, 2023 | 5:30 PM-8:30 PM
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$78.00
Create a beautiful pendant combining fused dichroic glass with silver metal clay. The basics of working with precious metal clay will be introduced, including shaping, texturing, drying, kiln firing, and finishing. Students will shape silver clay to create a setting for a piece of pre-fused dichroic glass. After kiln firing, the clay sinters to pure silver! The glass and silver pendant will be fired in our kilns and available to be picked up at a later date. All experience levels Sara...
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Designing with Negative Space 2/7

Tuesday, February 7, 2023 | 5:30 PM-8:30 PM
Spots Available: 6
Registration Cut-off Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2023
$63.00
Learn how to utilize the negative space in your piece! A lot of artwork focuses on the design that fills the positive space but what if we utilizes the negative space in a creative way? Students will learn how to create a simple design that will be transformed after using negative space. Finished piece will be fused and slumped on an S-Curve mold. All experience levels Sara Rezin,...
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Stencils on Glass 2/16

Thursday, February 16, 2023 | 5:30 PM-7:30 PM
Spots Available: 10
Registration Cut-off Date: Monday, February 13, 2023
$53.00
Create your own personalized piece with stencils and powdered glass. For this special holiday edition, we’ll have holiday themed stencils along with our normal stencils. Add an original design, image, or symbol to the platter you design! All experience levels Taylor Moeller-Roy,...
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Hot Sculpted Paperweights 2/18

Saturday, February 18, 2023 | 12:00 PM-5:00 PM
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Registration Cut-off Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2023
$170.00
Learn how to make your own unique glass paperweight! A trained instructor will walk you through step by step to make your own paperweight in our new mini dragon. Our mini dragon holds 15 lbs of molten glass and includes a reheating chamber. You’ll learn how to safely utilize the equipment and glass blowing tools to design then sculpt a paperweight. After it is cooled down and coldworked to get rid of any sharp edges, you’ll receive your piece back in about a week. All experience...
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Bubbles in Glass 2/28

Tuesday, February 28, 2023 | 5:30 PM-8:30 PM
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Registration Cut-off Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2023
$50.00
Learn how to capture waves of colored bubbles, or a regular pattern of bubbles in fused glass. Participants will gain an understanding of trapped air in fused glass, and how to control the bubbles to add magic to a piece. All experience levels Sara Rezin,...
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Candle Votive 3/2

Thursday, March 2, 2023 | 5:30 PM-8:00 PM
Spots Available: 11
Registration Cut-off Date: Monday, February 27, 2023
$38.00
Learn how to make a unique candle votive like you’ve never seen before! In this class, you can create a strip candle votive or a traditional square slumped candle votive. After it is fired and slumped in a kiln, it will be ready for pick up with a tea light ready to put in it! All experience levels Taylor Moeller-Roy,...
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Frit Slurry 3/9

Thursday, March 9, 2023 | 5:30 PM-8:30 PM
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Registration Cut-off Date: Thursday, February 2, 2023
$48.00
Blend frit and glass to create a colorful painted dish, even if you have no prior experience with painting. Colorful slurries made of frit and water will be blended to create a tie-dyed, marbleized or watercolor look on glass. All experience levels Sara Rezin,...
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Ocean Wave 3/11

Saturday, March 11, 2023 | 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
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Registration Cut-off Date: Saturday, March 4, 2023
$65.00
Make a splash with your own fused glass wave! Capture the beauty of the great lakes or the ocean in glass. Cut and shape colorful glass into a beautiful fused glass wave. Your finished piece can be displayed in an iron stand, (metal stand sold separately), slumped into a dish, or a hung in a window as a stunning sun catcher. All experience levels Sara Rezin,...
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Glass Blowing Demonstration 3/16, 5:30-6:30

Thursday, March 16, 2023 | 5:30 PM-6:30 PM
Spots Available: 5
Registration Cut-off Date: Monday, March 13, 2023
$15.00

Come down to our glass studio and watch a unique piece of art being created by a professional glass artist! Our mini dragon holds 15 lbs of molten glass and includes a reheating chamber. You’ll learn about the history of glass art, equipment and tools used by glass artists all over the world, and tricks that glass blowers use to create one of a kind blown glass art.

All ages welcome

Taylor Moeller-Roy,...

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Glass Blowing Demonstration 3/16, 7:00-8:00

Thursday, March 16, 2023 | 7:00 PM-8:00 PM
Spots Available: 3
Registration Cut-off Date: Monday, March 13, 2023
$15.00
Come down to our glass studio and watch a unique piece of art being created by a professional glass artist! Our mini dragon holds 15 lbs of molten glass and includes a reheating chamber. You’ll learn about the history of glass art, equipment and tools used by glass artists all over the world, and tricks that glass blowers use to create one of a kind blown glass art. All ages welcome Taylor Moeller-Roy,...
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Designing with Negative Space 3/21

Tuesday, March 21, 2023 | 5:30 PM-8:30 PM
Spots Available: 14
Registration Cut-off Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2023
$70.00
Learn how to utilize the negative space in your piece! A lot of artwork focuses on the design that fills the positive space but what if we utilizes the negative space in a creative way? Students will learn how to create a simple design that will be transformed after using negative space. Finished piece will be fused and slumped on an S-Curve mold. All experience levels Sara Rezin,...
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Stamping on Glass (Two-Part Class) 3/23 and 3/25

Thursday, March 23, 2023 | 5:30 PM-8:30 PM
Spots Available: 11
Registration Cut-off Date: Thursday, March 16, 2023
$70.00
Thursday, March 23 – 5:30-8:30PM Saturday, March 25 – 10:00AM- 1:00PM Add design and sparkle to your fused glass by stamping on glass with mica and enamels. In part one of this class, students will design sheets of glass using rubber stamps and colorful mica and enamels. The designs will be permanently fused to the glass. In the second session, the custom sheets will be cut up and incorporated into a fused glass tray. All experience levels Sara Rezin,...
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Hot Sculpted Paperweights 3/25

Saturday, March 25, 2023 | 12:00 PM-5:00 PM
Sold Out
Registration Cut-off Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2023
$170.00
Learn how to make your own unique glass paperweight! A trained instructor will walk you through step by step to make your own paperweight in our new mini dragon. Our mini dragon holds 15 lbs of molten glass and includes a reheating chamber. You’ll learn how to safely utilize the equipment and glass blowing tools to design then sculpt a paperweight. After it is cooled down and coldworked to get rid of any sharp edges, you’ll receive your piece back in about a week. All experience...
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S-Curve Seascape 3/28

Tuesday, March 28, 2023 | 5:30 PM-8:30 PM
Spots Available: 1
Registration Cut-off Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2023
$70.00
Create a free-standing curved glass seascape. Students will create a glass piece that will be gently curved and be able to stand on its own after firing, perfect for using as a candle stand or for placing in a window to catch the light. All experience levels Sara Rezin,...
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Open Weave Platter 3/30

Thursday, March 30, 2023 | 5:30 PM-8:30 PM
Spots Available: 12
Registration Cut-off Date: Thursday, March 23, 2023
$58.00
Create an open weave basket out of glass. Students will create a fused glass platter from layers of colorful glass strips. Baskets will be fused and slumped into an open weave shape perfect for a display or holding beads at your dinner table. All experience levels Sara Rezin,...
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