Glass Fusing

Petra Kaiser

Wednesday, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

12/6/2017- 12/20/2017

3 weeks: $74 members/$93 non-members

11/1/2017- 11/29/2017 (no class Nov 22)

1/3/2018- 1/24/2018

1/31/2018- 2/21/2018

2/28/2018- 3/21/2018

3/28/2018- 4/25/2018 (no class April 11)

4 weeks: $99 members/$124 non-members


Thursday, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

1/4/2018- 1/25/2018

2/1/2018- 2/22/2018

3/1/2018- 3/22/2018

3/29/2018- 4/26/2018 (no class April 12)

4 weeks: $99 members/$124 non-members

Course Description

Fuse It with Petra Kaiser
Glass Fusing Workshop ‐ for beginning and advanced students

Glass Fusing also called kiln‐formed glass offers an outlet for creativity; for those who are artistically blessed as well as those who are artistically challenged. As Petra always says: “Glass is difficult to mess up”. You will be able to create anything from functional to expressive from Jewelry to Sculpture, from Table Ware to Wall Art ‐ nearly everything is possible in the craft of glass fusing.

This class will combine beginning and advanced students. The procedures and techniques that will be taught in this class will include compatibility & testing, basic fusing techniques, annealing, and slumping. Art glass, recycled glass and stringers will be used to produce tiles, dishes, and jewelry. Bottle & window glass will be transformed into fascinating forms. The advanced kiln forming techniques take fusing to another level. Mold making, pattern bars, combing and casting will be some of the techniques explored.

The class will be a hands‐on experience using these methods to create original pieces. The costs of Materials depend on the projects you are making. Small jewelry pieces require less glass than big bowls and plates. Working in glass can become costly but Petra will show you how to use it economically and your finished work will generally exceed the value of the material.

Supplies are purchased directly from instructor. You will be provided with all the necessary tools and supplies to start class right away. The first tool/supply kit costs $88.00. Additional material costs will depend on the quantity purchased and the size of the projects you choose to make.

Instructor Bio

Petra Kaiser is an internationally renowned artist and instructor in the art of kiln formed glass. Since she added the art of glass fusing to her education in 1997 she accumulated quite a list of accomplishments. As an author she has published her innovative ideas in 3 books with Wardell Publication and numerous articles in various international glass magazines. As an artist Petra Kaiser has developed a distinctive style – capturing the Florida sun, light and water in sculptures, functional glassware and wearable designs. As an art lover Petra is always drawn to 3-D sculptures and abstract shapes. When she was first introduced to glass fusing she found the shape giving options rather limiting. So it seemed only natural that Petra and her husband Wolfgang “found” Kaiser-Lee-Board. As a people lover Petra always loved to teach – she even has a degree in it. In her professionally equipped “Fuse It Studio” she experiments with cutting edge techniques and designs and often enough comes up with yet another exciting fused and kiln formed glass project to teach her students. Besides teaching all over the world she is a regular at the Glass Craft and Bead Expo. Here at BIG ARTS she is teaching her popular glass fusing workshops since 1999. For more information go to