Current Classes

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To register for any classes:

The Washington Glass School has secure online payment options for most of the classes. The initial deposit must be done through PayPal, but the rest of the payment can be made in person through PayPal, Venmo, cash, or check. Scroll below to see the online purchase options! PLEASE BE SURE YOU USE AN EMAIL ADDRESS THAT IS UP TO DATE. We use this to send you important class information, and will not use it for anything else. If the email address linked to your online payment option is out of date we cannot contact you.

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 erwin@washglass.com.

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

LIST OF CLASSES –

Class 4701 - Class 4701: MIG Welding
Class 4702 - 4702: Glass Lovers Weekend
Class 4703 - 4703: Intro to Mosaics
Class 4704 - Class 4704: Fused Glass Coral Bowls
Class 4705 - Class 4705: Table Manners
Class 4706 - Class 4706: Strips’n’Bits
Class 4707 - 4707: Dry Plaster Casting
Class 4708 - 4708: Fun Friday!
Class 4709 - Class 4709 – Open Studio – Work At Your Own Pace
Class 4710 - Class 4710 – Super Bowls Party!

Winter schedule 2024

(Payment is for DEPOSIT. Please come to class with the remaining amount!)

Class 4701: MIG Welding (Class 4701)

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! Sessions A & C are evening classes. Session B is an afternoon class.

NOTE: All MIG welding classes are currently full, please email erwin@washglass.com for waitlist info

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Erwin Timmers

Session A: 01/09, 01/16, and 01/23 Session B: 02/08, 02/15, and 02/22 afternoon class Session C: 03/12, 03/19, and 03/26 NOTE! All MIG welding classes are currently full, please email erwin@washglass.com for waitlist info

Session A & C: 7-9:30 pm Session B: 2-4:30 pm

$425

4702: Glass Lovers Weekend (Class 4702)

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!

Studio Artist

01/20 and 01/21

1-4 pm both days

$400

4703: Intro to Mosaics (Class 4703)

Did you ever wonder about the mosaic art pieces you may have seen in archeological sites? Mosaics is one of the most beautiful and ancient ways to create art and express ideas. There are several materials that can be used to create mosaics. In this class, you will be able to learn different techniques to create your own mosaic art that will endure the passing of time. You will learn how to prepare a mosaic substrate, learn to cut glass, design and finish 2 plaques of 8 by 8 inches on your own.

Most of the work will be done on the first workshop day. The mosaic has to truly dry before applying grout, therefore, we will meet the next day to apply the grout and do final touches.

Graciela Granek

01/27 and 01/28

12 - 4pm

$150

Class 4704: Fused Glass Coral Bowls (Class 4704)

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.

Graciela Granek

01/20

1-4 pm

$150

Class 4705: Table Manners (Class 4705)

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.

Erwin Timmers

02/06, 02/13, 02/20, 02/27

7-9:30 pm

$450

Class 4706: Strips’n’Bits (Class 4706)

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. 

April Shelford

02/24 & 03/02

12-5pm

$325

4707: Dry Plaster Casting (Class 4707)

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

Studio Artist

03/09 and 03/16

1-4 pm

$350

4708: Fun Friday! (Class 4708)

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

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Jan: Snow Flakes

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

Jan: Snow flake

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

Feb: Hearts

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Mar: Fishies

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

March: Fishes

Studio artists

Holiday Ornaments: 12/15 Snow Flake: 01/12 Hearts Galore: 02/09 Fishies: 3/15

3-5 pm

$75

Class 4709 – Open Studio – Work At Your Own Pace (Class 4709)

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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. Email studio@washglass.com for questions or scheduling.

Studio Staff

Email studio@washglass.com to confirm scheduling

$350 for 4 sessions or $100 per single session

Class 4710 – Super Bowls Party! (Class 4710)

Do you like bowls? So do we! Join us for a Super Bowl Making party! Email erwin@washglass.com directly to register and let the bowl-making begin!

Limit 2 bowls per student depending on the size of the bowl.

Gaby Morris

Feb 10

1-4 pm

$100/session if using float glass, $135 for Bullseye glass.