Category Archives: Classes for Members

Report on Barry Kaiser’s Class

Several guild members attended an “Images on Glass” screen printing class on August 16-17, 2014. Class members were able to practice different screen printing techniques. We appreciate guild member, Kerry Collect, for hosting the class. Click here to read Dana Worley’s write up on the weekend’s events.

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Strip Cutting Class in October

Wayne Jacobsen stripswill be teaching a class on Glass Stripping 102 for GAGU members.
This class will make 2 objects that will not require cold working. You will be required to fuse and slump the final shape in your kiln.
What will make this class special is that each attendee will receive one of Wayne’s prototype Strip-It Rite tool for making precise and consistent strips of glass. Don’t do much stripping? Strip-It Rite will replace the T-Bar and hand cutter you currently use.
Everyone will be required to bring 2 waffle squares to glass in addition to running pliers. The Strip-It Rite tool works with the waffle grid system. If you do not have a Morton system, Wayne can sell you 2 waffle squares for an extra $20.
The cost of the class will be $225, glass provided. Those who plan to take the class can sign onto the GAGU Facebook page and indicate a preference for the 4 hour class to be on Saturday, October 4 or Sunday, October 5 (Say 11-3). Location TBA.

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Report on Jack Bowman’s Class


by Dana Worley

One of the benefits of membership in the Glass Art Guild of Utah is the opportunity for the guild to bring in instructors for group classes. Not only are we able to attract some of the best teachers in fused glass, but we also have a wealth of knowledge under our own roof.

Last week I had the chance to take a two-day, open-face casting class led by GAGU member Jack Bowman, assisted by Stephen Teuscher (also with GAGU) and “guest lecturer”, Ann Cascarano. The open-face casting process uses clay to create a form over which plaster is poured. Once the plaster is dry, the mold is hardened in the kiln and then filled with glass and fired. Read the full blog entry here …

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Upcoming class by Jack Bowman

Glass Artists of Utah are offering an exciting new class taught by Jack Bowman of Spectrum Glass.
the two and one/half day class will be on May 17 and 18 with the last 1/2 day voted on by attendees.

The $300.00 (for GAGU Members) and $400.00 for non-members) includes materials, lunch and snacks on both full days and you will walk away with a 9″ by 14″ by 1″ thick piece of glass Art.

You will learn Mold making, glass casting, glass inclusions, use of glass metallic and the cold working process, plus
all fusing stages, temps and annealing.

To sign up contact Linda Kalmar at Or call her at 801-597-6013.
Fees must be paid in full by April 15, 2014.

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Precious Metal Clay with Kayleen Knight

We had a full class of Guild members travel out to Stockton, UT on Saturday to attend Kaleen Knight’s Metal Clay and Glass class.

We each were able to complete several projects, including torch-firing fine silver components, setting glass cabochons in art clay silver (using any one or more of a variety of techniques that Kaleen demonstrated), and creating a silver inclusion pendant.  Kaleen is an excellent instructor and was very patient with all of us.

Despite having construction going on in her studio, she managed to teach a full class and cook lunch for us, too!  Members who attended were: Judy Farmer, Pat Wittmann, Cindy Larsen, Kathy Watt, Janell Mattheus, Diane Whittaker, Amber Scheid, and Mary Young.

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Hot Glass Flowers at Holdman Studios

Recently, the Glass Art Guild of Utah members made our annual pilgrimage to Holdman Studios at Thanksgiving Point and make hot glass flowers.  We had a great time, and notably, had three generations of glass artists there!

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David Alcala Workshop

The Glass Art Guild had the pleasure of hosting David Alcala on May 4th and 5 for two one day workshops about Sand Painting with Frit.  Guild Member Dana Worley generously shares her photos.  Complete commentary and additional photos of Dana (and other members) experience in the workshop can be found on her website:  Jester’s Baubles.

David Alcala WorkshopSand Painting frit projectSand Painting with Frit Project

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Neon Workshop – Guest Blogger

Neon Lizard

Neon With Matt Jackson

Who doesn’t like the bright colors and attraction of neon, and of course there is fire and glass too!  Matt Jackson is a third generation neon artist who generously offered an opportunity to learn what it takes to produce a simple neon work of art of your own.  He begins by covers the tools and techniques used in making neon.  We practiced making angle, double back, and drop bend using a blow hose and a cork and either a ribbon burner or cross fire torch.  Matt is very patient and encourages you to jump in and start working.  At first I thought I would be pleased if I bent a tube without collapsing it, but with his help and a few blowouts later, I managed to make a very good letter D.  You get a real good understanding of why layout and execution is important when working with neon glass.  And if that wasn’t amazing after we created our simple neon projects to incorporate with a fused glass project, with Matt’s help he attached the electrodes and we lit them up, and that was just plain cool!  He demonstrated how to burn out any impurities inside the neon tube and then adds the appropriate gas neon or argon depending on the color desired.  I would recommend his intro class to anyone who has ever wanted to try making neon, it is an opportunity not to be missed.

Neon SamplesMatt Jackson - neon artist

Wayne Frewin creates detailed and unique fused glass pieces in his Salt Lake studio with help from his adorable studio pups.

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Peter McGrain Glass Painting Class

Recently, the Glass Art Guild of Utah had the honor of hosting a glass painting class with Peter McGrain.

Participants learned a number of great techniques for painting on glass.  The two finished class projects and an original Peter McGrain piece will be available for purchase at the 10th Annual Glass in the Garden show.  Proceeds will benefit the Glass Art Guild of Utah education fund.

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Patty Gray Class

See photo’s of this class in action on our Facebook page!

Advanced Fusing Techniques
Intensive 3-Day Advanced Class with Patty Gray
Pattern Bars, Sushi Plates, and More

December 11-13, 2010

There will be lots of “hands-on” projects focusing on developing new ideas and designs with techniques and methods learned in the class. We will explore techniques to create depth and surface design elements using frits, powders, stringers, powder wafers, metals, mica powders, iridized and dichroic glass.

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