4708: Fun Friday!

Fun Friday is a monthly(ish) afternoon class with fun focused projects that are great for adults and older kids alike. 

December: Ornaments
Ho-Ho-Ho! Deck the halls! (Or your windows!) Make an ornament or sun catcher, such as a holiday tree, snowman, dreidel, or anything wintery you can think of! This class is perfect for beginners to kiln formed glass. Each student will use instructor-supplied materials to make a colorful holiday ornament! This class is suitable for both beginners and experienced students.

December: Holiday Ornament

Jan: Snow Flakes

These snowflakes will never get offended! These flakes will melt your heart, so make your own with us.

Jan: Snow flake


Feb: Hearts Galore
Get ready for Valentine’s Day and make a heart, maybe even give it away…

Feb: Hearts


Mar: Fishies

Join our Fun Friday class and “swim” in your creativity! These fun fishies have so many possibilities…

March: Fishes

4707: Dry Plaster Casting

Tired of working flat? Want an easy way to get some real depth into your glass? Here’s a fun class where you will learn one of the easiest methods of kilncasting sheet glass to achieve bas-relief sculpture. This incredibly versatile method has endless fine art and architectural applications. In this two day class, we will discuss different types of glass and their firing schedules. Working with color and how it can affect dimensional casting will also be explored. Bring items you may want to cast with this method or choose from our image library. All materials and firings included. 

fused bas relief casting float glass

Class 4701: MIG Welding

Ever wanted to learn how to weld? Want to impress your friends, your older brother and that cute bartender? It’s easier than you think! In three evenings you will learn how to lay a bead, and handle all sorts of sharp and dangerous tools. You will be able to complete a small project and leave with lots of ideas and know-how for other projects. This class will teach you the basics of welding, metal work and design, joining, bending and finishing. And you will get dirty! Note: Sessions A & C are evening classes. Session B is an afternoon class.

A photograph of a person welding

Class 4705: Table Manners

This is your chance to venture into making a piece of furniture for your home. You will cast or fuse an incredibly cool glass top to create the table of your own design.  You will get an introduction to welding and then cut and weld a steel frame to finish your one-of-a-kind piece. No prior welding or glass experience is needed but not discouraged. This is a 4-night session class.

Class 4706: Bits ‘n’ Strips

In two sessions, you’ll create a distinctive sushi plate using a unique pattern bar technique. Your choices along the way will explore the capacities of glass as a creative medium: Selecting colors—opaque, transparent, both? Cutting and layering shapes—bits and strips, irregular or not, deliberate or random? We’ll discuss the basics of firing schedules, safety procedures, and some of glass’s distinctive properties; work with glass cutting hand tools, chop saw, and belt sander; deal with serendipity; and keep your project together through multiple firings.

Class-size is limited; prior experience with glass fusing is a good idea. 

Class 4704: Fused Glass Coral Bowls

Diverse and beautifully mesmerizing, coral provides shelter and creates an environment to help marine life thrive. Inspired by the labyrinth-like patterns of coral found in our oceans, we invite you to make a fascinating interlocking glass design!
Students are provided with a variety of glass colors to choose from, as well as tools to cut and shape the pieces. As one carefully arranges the glass fragments, they can experiment with different patterns and arrangements to create a stunning coral-like design.

Happy Holidays from Washington Glass School and Studio

Tis the Season!

All of us at the Washington Glass School & Studio Wish You and Family a Joyous Holiday Season! And a Happy Healthy New Year!

Artists and Educators from the Washington Glass School

(L-R) Patricia De Poel Wilberg, Erwin Timmers, Christina Helowicz, Nancy Kronstadt, Kate Barfield, Tim Tate, April Shelford, Michael Janis, Trish Kent and John Henderson. Not pictured: Graciela Granek, Sean Robinson, Diane Cabe, Gabrielle Morris, Kyle Crosby, and Daphne Matyas.

McLean Project for the Arts Presents: Continuum: Artists Teaching Artists

McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) – on of the DMV leading contemporary visual arts organizations will present an invitational exhibition focused on Artist/Educators.

Continuum: Artists Teaching Artists is an invitational exhibition highlighting works by artists who give significant time to teaching, mentoring, and community-building, while continuing to sustain and develop strong and innovative personal bodies of work. Continuum includes works from Artist/Educators from most of the area colleges and universities, including George Mason, George Washington, Georgetown, Northern Virginia Community College, University of Maryland, and Maryland Institute College of Art. Also represented are some teaching institutes such as the Washington Glass School.

All of the participants are as dedicated to their on-going artistic practice as they are to their students, and vice versa.

Continuum featured artists include: David Carlson, Patrick Craig, Robert Devers, Kate Fitzpatrick, Helen Frederick, Janis Goodman, Reni Gower, Michael Janis, Maria Karametou, Steve Prince, John Ruppert, Foon Sham, Judy Southerland, Tim Tate, Erwin Timmers, Stephanie Williams, Sue Wrbican, Peter Winant.

Continuum: Artists Teaching Artists

September 16 – November 10, 2022

Opening Exhibition Reception September 22, 2022 from 7-9pm

MPA Emerson & Atrium Galleries

1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean, VA 22101



For more information and to register for the Opening Reception – click HERE.

Community College of Baltimore County to Visit Washington Glass School

The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) new fall class schedule includes a trip to Washington Glass School!

Community College of Baltimore and Washington Glass School  co-teaching

The CCBC offers classes to the public that are designed to enlighten and offer social and cultural enrichment. Led by knowledgeable glass collector Howard Cohen, the CCBC will hold a tour of the Washington Glass School on November 16, 2021.

It will be the Best Class Ever. The more you know!

Kerri Sheehan Returns! And She’s Ready To Rumble!


Kerri Sheehan returns to kick some glass butt!

Kerri is looking to kick some glass butt!

Kerri Sheehan was there with Tim Tate and Erwin Timmers at the birth of the Washington Glass School and taught classes with us for many years. After a long hiatus, has come back to us to help students find and grow their passion for warm glass.

Kerri Sheehan

Kerri Sheehan

When she’s not in the studio, she’s a video producer, helping clients all over the country tell their stories. She’s also a playwright, and has been active in DC’s creative community for more years than she’d like to admit.

Kerri will be back teaching at the Washington Glass School starting in January 2019! Look at the new class listings to see whats coming up in the new year!