Current Classes

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As the DC/MD area reopens, there will be a few changes, some temporary, some permanent, but all to keep our community and staff healthy and safe, while ensuring a smooth transition back into facility use and maintaining the high-quality service our glass family deserve.
All staff and studio artists at the Washington Glass School have been vaccinated. WGS is requiring all visitors to be vaccinated. Please bring your vaccination card. For now, WGS continues to require masks indoors. Changes in the pandemic metrics and prevention guidelines will update the entry protocols.

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To register for any classes:

The Washington Glass School has started the secure online payment option for most of the classes via PayPal. Scroll below to see the online purchase options!

Or pay the old fashioned way – please call the Registrar (M-F, 10 am til 5 pm) with credit card info – or mail a check made out to Washington Glass School. Be sure to include the course number and your phone number with your deposit. If there are any problems, email

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


Class 4001 - Class 4001 – MIG Welding for Dummies.FULL- sign up for our wait list
Class 4002 - Class 4002 – Christina’s Super Bowl Party!
Class 4003 - Class 4003 – Beginning Glass Lover’s Weekend. CLASS FULL. WAITLIST SIGN UP ONLY.
Class 4004 - Class 4004 – Beginning Glass Casting. Class full sign up for our waitlist.
Class 4005 - Class 4005 – Glass and Steel Tables
Class 4006 - Class 4006 – Open Studio – Work At Your Own Pace

Deposit for class registration, balance due at class time

Class 4001 – MIG Welding for Dummies.FULL- sign up for our wait list (Class 4001)

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! Limit 4 students (sign up early to get in!) 3 Day Class.

Erwin Timmers

SESSION 1: May 10,17,24. session full, sign up for waitlist only.

7pm to 9:30pm

$400 per student

Class 4002 – Christina’s Super Bowl Party! (Class 4002)

You like bowls?  So do we!  So come join Christina at a super Bowl Making party! Email for availability…..and let the bowl making begin! This course is perfect for those looking for a casual Saturday of fusing. Glass fusing experience is highly recommended. Haven’t worked with glass before? Check out our Glass Lovers Weekend.  (email the instructor Christina directly on this one –

(max 5 students per session; 3 bowls per student depending on size of bowl)


Christina Helowicz

Session one: March 5th- Full Session two: April 9th- full

1pm to 4pm

$100 for each session if using float glass; $135 for Bullseye glass

Class 4003 – Beginning Glass Lover’s Weekend. CLASS FULL. WAITLIST SIGN UP ONLY. (Class 4003)

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!

Christina Helowicz


1pm to 4pm each day

$350 per student (all materials included)

Class 4004 – Beginning Glass Casting. Class full sign up for our waitlist. (Class 4004)

Milo (2)

Want to create glass sculpture but don’t know where to start? This course will start from the beginning, covering plaster mold making, different types of glass, and what goes on in the kiln. We recommend bringing your own particle respirator if you have one, but it’s okay if you don’t. Come ready to get dirty and have fun!

*This course does not cover rubber mold making, which is often helpful (but not necessary) for starting glass casting.

Christina Helowicz

May 12, 19, 26. session full, sign up for our waitlist

6-9 pm


Class 4005 – Glass and Steel Tables (Class 4005)

Steel tables


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.

Erwin Timmers

April 5, 12, 19, 26

7-9:30 pm


Class 4006 – Open Studio – Work At Your Own Pace (Class 4006)

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.

Cost: $350 for 4 sessions. $100 for 1 session. Open studio is 12-4 on weekdays.

Studio Staff

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$350 for 4 sessions