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.

 

Photos in Glass 12/10

Saturday, December 10, 2022 | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Registration is currently closed
$58.00
Transfer your favorite photo or image into fused glass to create a one-of-a-kind piece of art. Participants will email a digital copy of a photo to the museum prior to class so it will be ready to be transferred onto glass on the day of the class. After fusing the image into a plate or tray, the image will have a warm sepia tone. Choose a photograph that you would like fused into glass:
  • Finished size of project will be about 7” x 7”, so your image should be smaller to allow...
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Blown Glass Ornaments 12/10

Saturday, December 10, 2022 | 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Registration is currently closed
$150.00
Use our mini dragon to create your own blown glass orb. Students will learn how to create a simple sphere blown ornament using molten glass. Different colored frit (crushed glass colors) to decorate your ornament and finish it with a hoop to hang on your tree. All experience levels Taylor Moeller-Roy,...
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Cookies for Santa Platter 12/15

Thursday, December 15, 2022 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Spots Available: 7
Registration Cut-off Date: Monday, December 12, 2022
$50.00
Create a platter that will really get Santa’s attention. We will go over making a platter that is food safe and students will learn how to design a plate that looks like Santa’s belly. Students are free to make their own design and make it their own as well. This is a great class for families! All experience levels Taylor Moeller-Roy,...
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Snowman Family Portrait 12/17

Saturday, December 17, 2022 | 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
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Registration Cut-off Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2022
$60.00
Make your own curved display with a family of snowmen! Learn about different ways to make snowmen in fused glass. Participants will create a family of snow people in a winter wonderland. The pieces will be slumped after firing, to stand up on their own and be a great decoration all season long. This is a great class for families! All experience levels Taylor Moeller-Roy, Instructor *Each registration is for one...
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Pate de Verre Bowl 1/8

Sunday, January 8, 2023 | 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Spots Available: 4
Registration Cut-off Date: Sunday, January 1, 2023
$135.00
Create your very own pate de verre bowl with artist Deanna Clayton. Students will learn the basics of pate de verre, also known as “paste of glass”. Using glass frit create a textured bowl that is completely functional. We will keep your bowl and fire it. After, Deanna will electroplate it – a process that will add a metal finish around the rim. All experience levels Deanna Clayton,...
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Indoor Plant Stake 1/10

Tuesday, January 10, 2023 | 5:30 PM-8:00 PM
Spots Available: 14
Registration Cut-off Date: Saturday, January 7, 2023
$45.00
Design and create a mini plant stake for your indoor plants. Similar to our Spring and Summer garden stake classes, you’ll create a piece of artwork that will be glued on to a metal stake to be able to stick into the dirt. Make one to identify the plant or add a little splash of color to your indoor plants All experience levels Taylor Moeller-Roy,...
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Fused Glass Mosaic 1/12

Thursday, January 12, 2023 | 5:30 PM-8:30 PM
Spots Available: 12
Registration Cut-off Date: Thursday, January 5, 2023
$50.00
Create a beautiful fused mosaic tray. Colorful blocks of color are placed on a background sheet of glass, and the spaces between are filled with ground glass frit to give a mosaic and grout look. After fusing, your piece will be slumped into a soft tray shape. All experience levels Sara Rezin,...
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Ocean Wave 1/14

Saturday, January 14, 2023 | 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
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Registration Cut-off Date: Saturday, January 7, 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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Sgraffito for Beginners 1/19

Thursday, January 19, 2023 | 5:30 PM-8:30 PM
Spots Available: 6
Registration Cut-off Date: Monday, January 16, 2023
$50.00
Create your own platter using a technique new to The Glass Studio. Sgraffito is the creating images, patterns, or designs on sheet glass, using colored glass powder. You’ll learn how to use different tools and methods to manipulate glass powder on sheet glass. Once your design is created in the powder, we will fire it and slump it. All experience levels Taylor Moeller-Roy,...
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Snowman Family Portrait 1/21

Saturday, January 21, 2023 | 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
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Registration Cut-off Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2023
$60.00
Make your own curved display with a family of snowmen! Learn about different ways to make snowmen in fused glass. Participants will create a family of snow people in a winter wonderland. The pieces will be slumped after firing, to stand up on their own and be a great decoration all season long. This is a great class for families! All experience levels Taylor Moeller-Roy, Instructor *Each registration is for one...
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Stringers and Line Art 1/24

Tuesday, January 24, 2023 | 5:30 PM-8:30 PM
Spots Available: 13
Registration Cut-off Date: Saturday, January 21, 2023
$53.00
Students will learn creative techniques for incorporating stringers into a glass piece. Lines, one of the basic elements of art, can be added to fused glass art in several ways. Students will bend stringers in candle flames and add them to the front or back of a fused glass piece. All experience levels Taylor Moeller-Roy,...
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Part Sheet Platter (2-part class) 1/26 and 1/28

Thursday, January 26, 2023 | 5:30 PM-7:30 PM
Spots Available: 10
Registration Cut-off Date: Thursday, January 19, 2023
$65.00
Thursday, January 26, 5:30-7:70 PM Saturday, January 28, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM Create your own custom-designed sheet of glass to use in a fusing project! In Part 1 of this class, students will learn several techniques using frit, stringers, and glass powders to design a unique sheet of glass.  The sheets are called part sheets because they will be cut up and incorporated into a finished work in Part 2 of this class. Students will create their own custom designed glass in Part 1, and then use...
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Hot Sculpted Paperweights 1/28

Saturday, January 28, 2023 | 12:00 PM-5:00 PM
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Registration Cut-off Date: Wednesday, January 25, 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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Metal Clay Jewelry 2/2

Thursday, February 2, 2023 | 5:30 PM-8:30 PM
Spots Available: 1
Registration Cut-off Date: Thursday, January 26, 2023
$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: 12
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: 12
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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