Current Classes

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Class Location
Washington Glass School, 3700 Otis Street, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712
(Map available on Contact page.)


Class 3000 - Class 3000 Beginner’s Glass Lover’s Weekend
Class 3001 - Class 3001 – MIG Welding for Dummies
Class 3002 - Class 3002 – Reverse Glass Painting
Class 3003 - Class 3003 – Lighting Solutions For Your Home
Class 3004 - Class 3004 – Laura Beth’s Super Bowl Party!
Class 3005 - Class 3005 – Open Studio – Work At Your Own Pace

Deposit for Class Registration, balance due at class time.

Class 3000 Beginner’s Glass Lover’s Weekend (Class 3000)

As highlighted in Washingtonian Magazine – Our most popular class, this is the fastest way to learn all aspects of warm glass in the shortest amount of time!
Under the supervision of a professional glass artist you will learn the fundamentals of fusing, slumping and dimensional kiln casting. Everything from bowls and plates to sculptural objects… this is the perfect way for a beginner to learn the basics of glass… and you will leave with several very cool items! This class will be held 2 times this semester.

Laura Beth Konopinski

Session A: Sept. 22/23 Session B: Nov. 10/11

1pm to 5pm each day

$350 per student (all materials included)

Class 3001 – MIG Welding for Dummies (Class 3001)

Ever wondered about learning 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! Class is Full! Waitlist being formed!

Erwin Timmers

Tues Eves in Oct. (09, 16, 23)

7pm to 9:30pm

$375 per student

Class 3002 – Reverse Glass Painting (Class 3002)

Want to add beautiful detail, lush color and imagery to your Kiln formed glass?
In this beginner course on Reverse glass painting students will learn how to use vitreous enamels incorporating ancient techniques using a cartoon, grisalle and flooding to create a fabulous small bowl or plate.
The instructor, Patricia de Poel Wilberg has a fine arts and art education background. She is an artist in residence at WGS creating works incorporating reverse glass painting. Her work incorporating her techniques are currently on exhibit at the Ice House Gallery in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia.


Patricia de Poel Wilberg

Wed. Evenings Oct. 03, 10, 17, 24

7pm to 9:30pm

$400 per student

Class 3003 – Lighting Solutions For Your Home (Class 3003)

Bring some serious color to your life, and brighten up your living space. This is the perfect way to use glass in a most practical application: a lamp. You will design your own colored glass, determine your own shape, and have your choice of several different hanging or mounting options. For considerably less than the price of a designer fixture, you can put your own name on one. Tuition includes glass, mold materials, and mounting hardware. No glass experience is needed, and electrical experience will be provided.


Erwin Timmers

Tuesdays eves Oct 30, Nov 06, 13

7pm to 9:30pm


Class 3004 – Laura Beth’s Super Bowl Party! (Class 3004)

You like bowls?  So do we!  So come join Laura Beth Konopinski at a super Bowl Making party! Laura Beth joins Washington Glass School after working at Pittsburgh Glass Center, and brings a new fun energy to the studio! Email the instructor directly – –  for availability… and let the bowl making begin!

Max 6 students per; 3 bowls per student depending on size of bowl.


Laura Beth Konopinski

Super Bowl Parties take place on the following dates: Wed. Sept 12 Tues. Oct 02 Wed. Nov. 14

7pm to 9:30pm

$85 for each session if using float glass; $120 for Bullseye glass

Class 3005 – Open Studio – Work At Your Own Pace (Class 3005)

Already know the basics of casting or fusing? Open Studio gives each student the opportunity to work independently in a world class studio. Tuition includes a kiln firing per session, clear base glass and colored scrap glass, use of studio tools. Note: students working in dry plaster casting need to schedule cleanup date with studio coordinator.

Studio Staff

Wed/Thurs/Sat afternoons (call to confirm appointment)

1pm to 4pm

$300 for 4 sessions