Glass Class

Yesterday I went to a glass class at the Stained Glass Supply in Eagle Rock.  My sister-in-law Gretchen was going for a Christmas (or maybe birthday?) present from her parents and it was given as an option for me for a Christmas present as well, so I took them up on it.  I’ve always loved glass.  Stained glass, glass bowls, etc.  Pretty much, I like any sort of glass that is at least somewhat transparent so that you can see colors interacting both with each other and with the light that shines through it.

I had given up the idea of working with glass, mostly because working with glass means excessively hot temperatures.  (Have you ever been around a glass blowing demonstration? – that is so not me.)  Today’s class, however, was very manageable.  It was working with fused glass.  Basically, it’s laying pieces of glass on top of each other and putting that in a kiln, and then it gets all melty together once you turn the temperature on.

The class was sort of overwhelming at first because there were a bunch of different finished pieces with the instructor basically saying how you could do these various techniques.  Which would be great…if I knew anything about glass.  So, basically, it was far too confusing at the beginning.  But then we were set to the task of putting together a small pile of glass.  That piece was supposed to be fired (in a small kiln) during class, so I think we should have technically been able to see it (and take it home) before we left.  I guess we got started too late, because they were still cooling in the kiln by the time we left (by the time we left, our pieces were still at 600 F!

So, anyway, I felt quite blind when trying to do things.  I think I would have preferred to have had a more structured class so that the first lesson we learn how to do something specific, then the second lesson we learn something different, and then as we would go along, then I would have a better sense of what could and couldn’t be done.  But I suppose that’s a hard tactic to do for a one-shot, three-hour class.

Anyway, I ended up making one small rectangle (my guess is 2×1.5”), one small square (3×3”) and then I attempted to make two small flower vases that I had seen at a craft fair once.  I’d show you pictures, but I have none because I went home empty-handed.  I think I have to go back mid-week to pick them up, so expect to see a Glass Class Update!

About jenny

Jennifer Smith Greene is originally from and lives currently in Burbank, California with her husband Gavin Greene. Jenny completed her undergraduate degree from Woodbury University in Graphic Design. She has worked as a graphics & web designer, both as an in-house and freelance designer. She also has completed a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. She has worked as a hospital chaplain and in support roles in various churches. In her spare time, Jenny enjoys watercolor painting. She has taken classes and workshops under Joseph Stoddard, Tom Fong, Danny Gregory and Jane Friend. Additionally, Jenny is active in the community and volunteers her time on the Board of Family Promise of East San Fernando Valley, a social service nonprofit dedicated to helping homeless children and their families by providing shelter and support services to help the families find jobs and housing. Jenny enjoys reading (and highly recommends the site Goodreads), watching movies, playing softball and tennis and taking walks with her husband. Otherwise, Jenny is always curious to find out about those people who come to her site and would love to hear from you!
This entry was posted in art, class, glass. Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to Glass Class

  1. jenny says:

    Yes, I’m back and have at least 6 posts in the queue to be published between now and February. So, hopefully the blogging will stick this time around!

  2. KC says:

    I didn’t know that Jenny the blogger was back?

  3. jenny says:

    It was pretty fun! I’m intrigued to see my stuff and would consider going again, perhaps. I’d really like to see a classes list (if this place has one…they may not) and see if there’s some sort of stained glass class. It seems like there’s some sort of mosaic class, because there’s tons of mosaics around the store.

    I’m so glad to hear that you enjoy reading about my adventures! At the very least, it’s a way to make the bridge between you and I that much narrower!

  4. mle says:

    a glass class sounds like so much fun, jenny. i am so happy you get the opportunity- i have long wondered if there was a place for you in stained glass work (it seems like such a great fusion of your art and your ministry). i, for one, will be really eager to see what your finished pieces look like.

    i always look forward to seeing your artwork and reading about your cooking adventures.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *