Lightwave Glass Studio
Alaska's oldest Art Glass Studio - est. 1974

Instruction

 We offer a variety of beginning and intermediate classes.  Small class sizes of 4 to 6 people ensures the individual attention that makes learning easy and fun. Please contact us for current class schedules at 344.7636 or through the web contact form.

Beginning stained glass - In this class students learn the basics of creating a stained glass panel while constructing a small window using the copper foil method. You will learn about glass selection, glass cutting, copper foiling glass and soldering your project. No previous experience required. Cost $175.00, includes all supplies.

Intermediate stained glass - This class teaches the basics of creating a stained glass panel using the Lead Kame Method. In class you will learn the techniques to shape and cut lead kame, solder, and glaze your project. Glass cutting experience required. Cost $175.00, includes all supplies.

Introduction to kiln working - This class is the basis of all other kiln working classe we teach. This is an informational class designed to give the student a good grasp of the basics for successful kiln working. In class you will learn about firing schedules, volume control, and how glass moves at high temperatures. Student projects are 3D glass medallions that can be incorporated into stained glass panels or used as tiles. A great way to start or expand your kiln-working experience. Cost $110.00, includes all supplies. See the class flyer here - Class Flyer.

Kiln work for windows/mosaics - This class explores using kiln-fabricated parts in a leaded or copper foiled window, or in mosaic work. This is an exciting way to use the kiln to enhance your stained glass projects.  By adding shading, lines, patterns and by making unique colors, you can give your work more depth and personality. Basic glass cutting skills required. Cost $140.00, includes all supplies. 

Introduction to glass painting - This class introduces you to the basics of traditional glass painting. Learn about the brushes, paints and mediums that are used to apply vitreous paints to glass. The techniques of shading, tracing and various texturing techniques will be explored. No painting experience, or drawing ability, required. Cost $180, includes all supplies. 

Introduction to plate making - This class examines the process of layering larger, multiple pieces of glass for successful firing. Firing schedules and design elements will be presented along with information about devitrification, bubble control and slumping. Cost $135.00, includes all supplies.

Frit casting - This kiln class introduces the student to glass casting in the kiln. You will learn about molds and mold materials along with firing schedules to get a variety of results, using glass frit as a casting medium. Cost $110.00, includes all supplies.  

Plate making, advanced techniques - This class examines the process of layering larger pieces of glass for successful firing. Concepts for determining firing schedules and constructing design elements will be presented along with information about devitrification, using volume as a design element, edge finishing, bubble control, and using molds. Cost $175.00, includes all supplies.

Online Instruction Videos

GLASS CUTTING BASICS  -  This video discusses the different tools and techniques to use when cutting double strength window glass along with techniques to use when cutting shapes from art glass.

TIPS FOR SOLDERING COPPER FOIL - This video demonstrates some of the soldering techniques I
have found helpful to obtain nice looking soldering beads.
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