Class #45

Glass Fusing & Glass Mosaic

Nance Tucker & Gary Chaudoir

September 5 - September 11, 2021

instructor imageThis class combines two exciting glass crafts, glass fusing and glass mosaic.

On Monday and Tuesday, Nance will help you explore the different phases and techniques of glass fusing by making several small functional pieces. Also, you’ll be able to make some fused elements to include in the mosaic piece you’ll make later in the week. You’ll learn cutting skills, the proper use of tools and how to kiln-fire your pieces. Nance will have a variety of projects from which to choose.

Bring a ruler, pen or pencil, black Sharpie, silver Sharpie and a box to take your projects home. Also, you will be working with glass powders on a few projects, so bring a NIOSH 95 dust mask.

On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, you’ll work with Gary on your glass mosaic project. You'll create either a transparent project for a window or an opaque project on a wood base to display on a wall or tabletop. Gary will assist you with design, composition, glass selection and cutting, and will provide glass, substrates, adhesives, grout, sealant and hanging hardware. You are encouraged to incorporate some of the fused glass items you've made earlier in the week into your mosaic piece. These can provide unique focal points and create textural interest. Let your imagination run wild, since you can accomplish techniques with mosaics that are too complex for regular stained glass.

Nance Tucker has been working in glass for many years and has been concentrating on fused glass for over ten years. She is a juried regional artist with work in several galleries and teaches students at The Clearing and in her home studio. She studied with Nancy McCabe, who taught glass fusing at The Clearing for several years, Richard LaLond, Patty Denny and others. Nance says, “It’s such a joy to come to a place as wonderful as The Clearing, create something beautiful, and have an amazing time—all in one week!”

Gary Chaudoir is a Door County native. He owned and operated The Eight of Pentacles Stained Glass Studio in Sister Bay, Wisconsin for 28 years. In 2007, Gary opened Chaudoir Glass Studio, where he teaches various glass classes, offers original stained glass and fused glass art, and does custom glass designs, repairs and restorations. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Gary has been teaching stained glass since 1980, fused glass since 1996 and, more recently, has added glass mosaic and kiln casting glass classes. Gary is the president of The Clearing’s Board of Directors.

Shop Fee: $10

Level: All levels
Materials Fee: $35 for glass fusing and $25 to $40 for glass mosaic, payable to Nance and Gary during class
Shop Fee: $10

Pricing (per person):
$1120 Dorm Room Package*
$1220 Two-Person Room Package*
$1835 Single-Person Room Package* (limited availability)
$625 Commuter Package** (limited availability)

*package includes tuition, lodging & 16 meals
**package includes tuition & 5 meals