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Fusion Studios Workshops

Fusion Studios offers a series of special workshops for those learning to fuse glass for the first time to more experienced artists and designers looking to expand their creative glass working options. The classes and limited to 6 participantsats. All classes are hands-on and taught by artist Richard Altman at the Fusion Studios facility in Tempe, AZ. The studio is 15 minutes from Sky Harbor Airport and affordable hotel accommodations are close by for out-of-town participants. New classes are added frequently, we can notify you of special events via email by signing up for our ecard subscription. Call 480-831-0201 or email questions.

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Introduction to Glass Fusing This class is an introduction to the Fused Glass art form. The class is designed to give you all the information you need to get started fusing glass. This includes helping you discover your area of interest within the many creative fusing techniques and how to evolve your learning in that area. In addition to all the basics you will be introduced to new creative strategies for developing your ideas and designs including use of a computer as a design tool. Some of what you will learn….
  1. What is fusing compared to other techniques of working with glass.
  2. What are the basic technical skills required such as cutting and shaping glass, preparing glass for the kiln, how to use a kiln to fire glass.
  3. How to create your own designs for glass fusing.
  4. How to set up a glass fusing studio of your own.
  5. Introduction to glass and materials used in fusing.
  6. Using temperature as a creative tool.

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Fusing 2.0

For those who have some experience with fusing glass and want to move themselves to another creative level, this workshop is for you. The focus of the workshop is on the development of ways to expand your ability to express yourself using fussed glass. The workshop covers a series of simple fusing techniques and thought processes that can launch you in new directions or revive your current expressions.

Here is a comment from a participant.

I recently completed a 2-day seminar with Richard Altman.  The intent of the class was to expand on my glass fusing capabilities and explore new directions for artistic expression.  As a relative novice to this art, I was anxious to absorb as much information as possible and was very pleased with the scope and content of our discussions.

We began with the “Heat Highway” which was an understandable and enlightening explanation of the effect of heat on glass at each phase of the fusing cycle.  As a former teacher, Mr. Altman was very organized in his presentation with each segment of information building on the previous one.  The concepts presented included design, materials, and creativity which all went far beyond those I had found in reading many books or in the basic classes I have already taken on warm glass.  At the completion of our class time I felt comfortable with the quest to refine and completely equip my own glass studio and branch out into previously unexplored techniques.

I am very grateful for the opportunity to study with Mr. Altman and am excited about continuing and expanding my warm glass adventure

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