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.

 

Pate de Verre Bowl 10/2

Sunday, October 2, 2022 | 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Registration is currently closed
$140.00
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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Spooky Monster Platters 10/4

Tuesday, October 4, 2022 | 5:30 PM-8:00 PM
$50.00
Create a spooky candy dish that you’ll want to keep out long past Halloween! Students will learn techniques to make different kinds of monsters like Frankenstein’s monster, ghosts, and other creatures. After it’s assembled, pieces will be fused and slumped into a functional platter to use for decoration or holding candy. All experience levels Taylor Moeller-Roy,...
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Transparency Tricks 10/6

Thursday, October 6, 2022 | 5:30 PM-8:30 PM
Registration is currently closed
$55.00
Discover the difference a bit of clear glass can make when creating a fused glass dish. You will learn several techniques for diluting colored glass with clear glass. You will then create a fused glass dish incorporating clear and colored glass All experience levels Sara Rezin,...
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Reinterpreting Iconography in Glass (Visiting Artist Workshop)

Friday, October 7, 2022 | 12:00 PM-3:00 PM
Spots Available: 10
Registration Cut-off Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2022
$275.00
This is a 2-part class.  The artists ask that you attend both sessions.
  • Friday, October 7 – 12pm-3pm
  • Saturday, October 8 – 12pm-3pm
Inspired by their shared passion for Tibetan Buddhist Thangka painting, artists Anna Boothe and Nancy Cohen collaborated to create “Between Seeing and Knowing” (opening October 7th  in the Mahler Gallery at the museum). In developing their installation, the artists studied the structural elements of these...
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S-Curve Seascape 10/11

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
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Registration Cut-off Date: Saturday, October 8, 2022
$65.00
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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Hot Sculpted Paperweights 10/15

Saturday, October 15, 2022 | 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
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Registration Cut-off Date: Saturday, October 8, 2022
$145.00
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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Open Weave Platter 10/15

Saturday, October 15, 2022 | 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
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Registration Cut-off Date: Saturday, October 8, 2022
$55.00
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 bread at your dinner table. All experience levels Sara Rezin,...
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Pumpkin Platter 10/18

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 | 5:30 PM-8:00 PM
Spots Available: 2
Registration Cut-off Date: Saturday, October 15, 2022
$53.00
Make your own candy plate for Halloween this year. Students will learn how to cut a circle and transform it into a pumpkin! Pieces will be fused and slumped in a kiln after class. All experience levels Taylor Moeller-Roy,...
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Dichroic Jewelry 10/20

Thursday, October 20, 2022 | 5:30 PM-8:30 PM
Spots Available: 8
Registration Cut-off Date: Thursday, October 13, 2022
$58.00
Create a beautiful, one of a kind fused glass jewelry pendants. Learn several methods for layering dichroic glass to create unique pendants, how to cut glass, and how to finish the pieces with jewelry findings. All experience levels Sara Rezin,...
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Ocean Wave 11/8

Tuesday, November 8, 2022 | 5:30 PM-8:30 PM
Spots Available: 4
Registration Cut-off Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2022
$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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Cheese Plate 11/10

Thursday, November 10, 2022 | 5:30 – 8:30 PM
Spots Available: 14
Registration Cut-off Date: Monday, November 7, 2022
$53.00
Students will be able to create their own cheese plate to use at home! We’ll learn how to keep glass at a consistent thickness and reduce gaps to make sure it is food safe. Pieces will be fused in a kiln after class. All experience levels Taylor Moeller-Roy,...
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Solid Sculpted Pumpkins 11/12

Saturday, November 12, 2022 | 1:00-5:00 PM
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Registration Cut-off Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2022
$150.00
Make your own glass pumpkin! Using our Mini Dragon, Ray, students will be able sculpt molten glass into a festive pumpkin for the season. Students will learn to work with hot glass safely and design their perfect pumpkin. After pumpkins have cooled down and been coldworked, students can pick them up. All experience levels Taylor Moeller-Roy,...
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S-Curve Seascape 11/15

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 | 5:30 PM-8:30 PM
Spots Available: 3
Registration Cut-off Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2022
$65.00
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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Ocean Wave 11/17 (Evening)

Thursday, November 17, 2022 | 5:30 PM-8:30 PM
Spots Available: 8
Registration Cut-off Date: Thursday, November 10, 2022
$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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Ocean Wave 11/17 (Afternoon)

Thursday, November 17, 2022 | 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Spots Available: 3
Registration Cut-off Date: Thursday, November 10, 2022
$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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Iridized Holiday Tray 11/19

Saturday, November 19, 2022 | 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Spots Available: 5
Registration Cut-off Date: Saturday, November 12, 2022
$63.00
Serve your favorite holiday treats on a dish that you have made! Learn the basics of plate making, design, and fusing while making a tray perfect for the holidays. Tips and tricks for working with iridized glass will add a bit of sparkle to your piece. All experience levels Sara Rezin,...
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