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Classes in fusing, using dichroic glass and using Silver Clay (PMC).
 
 
 

Private and semi-private lessons available.

Parties also available for both children and adults. Clubs welcome.

Every year the Kindergarten and 1st grade class from the local elementary school come to take a class. We've also hosted the local Boy Scout troop. All glass is pre-fired for young children so there are no sharp edges. We can design a class specifically for your group. Special discounts apply for groups.

Ask Nancy about your special requirements:

Discounts given for multiple students coming together or one student taking multiple classes. Just ask.

 

Make & Bake
 

Next Session: July 24th

Come anytime between 11am - 3pm
Glass Orchids 28 N. Searsport Road, Frankfort
For more info call Nancy: 207-223-0070

These are just some of the projects you can make during the Make & Bake Session.

This is a different kind of class and one I've been planning on scheduling for a long time. Come on down between the hours of 11am - 3pm and make a piece of jewelry or two. You won't learn all about how fusing work or the details of working with dichroic glass but what you will do is make some jewelry or accessories to take home! How does it work? Well, you'll select what you want to make from a 'menu' and then I'll help you assemble the piece which I'll fire when you're done. Since firing glass takes several hours you'll have to either come back and pick it up or I can ship it to you. How long it takes to make a piece really depends on you and how fast you work. Come in anytime during the class and we'll get you started!

Menu prices will range from $18 and up.....

Come have some fun & Bring your friends!
~Nan

PS: Note, because this is a class where you'll be working with glass please no children under 10 and wear closed shoes and long pants vs. shorts. We cannot watch your children while we help you so please don't bring children who will not be participating or who will be unattended - I love kids but glass is sharp and kilns are hot and there's lots of trouble to be gotten into at our place  <smile>....

 

 

Sign up now for our Correspondence Class:

Making Dichroic Glass Pendants

$165.00 (plus shipping of materials to you)

Cost includes $125 class fee plus $40 worth of materials but not basic glass working tools.

4* Different methods of making pendants will be taught as 4 projects. Students will work at their own pace. Support will be via email, phone, chat board and our support board. Students will need to be able to send in photos of their work for evaluation... or mail the actual pieces in for troubleshooting (but that takes more time).

Students can join any time. This class includes a comprehensive (25 page) instructional manual.  You will receive a link to download  the written class materials (as a pdf) at time of payment. Because you are getting the instructional information at time of purchase no refund will be given. You will have 3 days to download the instructional file, if you have difficulty please email me right away so I can assist you.

If you like our FREE projects then you'll LOVE our correspondence class. Get personal instruction and mentoring from Nancy. Post your questions on the support board 24/7 in our special Class section.  Phone and email support also provided. Mail in your projects for hands on inspection and evaluation (if you want to).

MAKES A GREAT GIFT!

Not in the United States? No worries...... This class is designed for participation by students no matter where you live.  As long as you have an internet connection you can participate.  We can ship the products you need to your location. ~Nan

See Students Work from this class HERE

 

*added a 4th after first publishing.

New SHORT Correspondence Project

This is a single project class in which you will learn to make those lovely dichroic glass donuts you've seen.

Nancy will show you step by step instructions on making these tasty treats and suggest several ways of finishing them off to create stunning jewelry.

Again, you must have a basic knowledge of fusing, a kiln and basic glass working tools to do this project.  Glass for 5 (or more depending on how you work) donuts is included as is an assortment of findings to finish off your creations.

Class fee: $110 ($75 for project, $35 for supplies) + shipping of supplies to your location.

Here is one of Nancy's donuts set in silver.

 

Call or Email for more info:

207-223-0070


 

 

Studio Images - oh these are so old... I'll post new ones soon :)

Click here for images of our Student's Work

 

Dichroic Glass Jewelry from soup to nuts!

9:30am - 4:00pm

Please wear long pants and closed shoes. Lunch, snacks and drinks are provided. If you have special needs just let us know in advance.

$350 + $65** Materials Fee

A $50*, non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot. Class limited to 8 so register early.

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No glass working experience needed. Students will gain a complete understanding of the fundamental processes used in glass fusing and will be introduced to the materials used in the creation of dichroic glass jewelry. Students will go home with many completed pieces of dichroic glass jewelry and with a booklet that contains instructions for making the pieces at home, resources for obtaining materials and tools and a materials list. Finishing techniques are taught to turn rough pieces into beautiful, finished works of art.  Students will leave with enough information and knowledge to set up their own home studio. I also mentor each student after the class for as long as the student desires. Whether you want to start your own business or just learn a new hobby, this class will give you everything you need to succeed. This is an intense class so come prepared for non-stop action. If you have glass experience this class will take you to a whole new level.

NOTE: This is a ONE day class, three dates are offered.

 

Cast Glass Jewelry

10:00am - 3:00pm

Please wear long pants and closed shoes. Lunch, snacks and drinks are provided. If you have special needs just let us know in advance.

$145 + $40** materials fee.

A $50*, non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot. Class limited to 8 so register early.

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No glass working experience needed. Learn to use commercial jewelry molds to make beautiful and unique pendants, earrings and more. Plus learn to make your own clay mold to take home and use again and again. Cold working finishing techniques will be covered to turn rough pieces into works of art.

Students may bring a small (1" - 2") object that they wish to use to make a mold OR they can make one out of clay during class. Suitable objects might be a large button, a shell etc....

 

NOTE: This is a ONE day class, three dates are offered.

 

Painting with Glass

10:00am - 3:00pm

Please wear long pants and closed shoes. Lunch, snacks and drinks are provided. If you have special needs just let us know in advance.

A $50*, non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot. Class limited to 8 so register early.

$145 + $45** materials fee

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No glass working or artistic experience necessary. There is an artist in all of us and I will help you tap into your artistic sensibilities! That's a promise!! Learn to use frit (crushed glass), Stringer (glass spaghetti) and glass paint to create beautiful glass landscapes as wall hangings, free standing art objects, night lights or tiles. Learn to create tiles for your bathroom in an undersea extravaganza, create a backsplash for your kitchen... let your imagination run wild! Learn to make 'hot parts' using glass and a torch if you dare!!
Small Pot Melts

10:00am - 3:00pm

Please wear long pants and closed shoes. Lunch, snacks and drinks are provided. If you have special needs just let us know in advance.

A $50*, non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot. Class limited to 8 so register early.

$145 + $30** materials fee

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***put in the notes field which class you are registering for.

 

Make your own art glass and turn it into beautiful jewelry or accessories using this amazing technique. In this class you will use tiny flower pots filled with your selection of glass to create your own little patties of glass. Because this is a time consuming process you will also learn finishing techniques with some pre-made patties so that you have a finished piece to take home. You will use molds and cold working techniques to turn amazing one-of-a-kind glass patties into works of art.

This process has been adapted for use in small kilns so that it is within reach of any home studio.

No prior experience necessary. This class is suitable for both the New Fuser and those with more experience who want to learn this exciting technique.

Who is this woman, Nancy, who will be teaching us?

Nancy Tang began painting at age 12 and was educated as a painter, sculptor and art educator back in the 1970's - 1980's. She moved into the computer programming field for the next 18 years where she became a Vice President for a major international bank, managing global systems and programming teams. During that time she got married to another programmer and eventually bought a house in the suburbs of NYC. Nancy had always loved glass, beach glass, old bottles you  name it, she loved it. Nancy bought herself a little fusing kit as a Xmas present.  It was something to relieve stress and play with on the off hours. But then one day Nancy and Greg had a beautiful little baby girl and the world shifted upon it's axis. The American dream of a corner office and 6 digit salary had been attained by both Greg and Nancy but these paled in importance when they looked into the eyes of that little baby girl. At some unknown point both their goals and dreams had changed; almost without them realizing it was happening. Leaving Arianna, their baby, at day care at 7am and picking her up at 7pm was just not a good way to live.  They decided Nancy would quit that big bank job and improve the quality of life of their little family. Now being Type 'A', Nancy couldn't just let glass remain a hobby. She began selling her work online and then began doing little local craft shows. Her business grew. She hired the Mom next door to help out. She started to do wholesale. Oh my!

Arianna was growing and would soon be in school. The local schools had metal detectors at the entrance. Hmmmmmmmm.... this was not what they wanted for their daughter. Greg and Nancy decided it was time to leave the city.  The little family fled NYC and bought an old farm in Maine. They converted the dairy barn into a studio, office and gallery. Greg intended to find a technology job in the local area but the business grew and he came on board full time to help manage the business side of things. Since they moved to Maine in 2002 their business has grown at an amazing rate. Their work is now carried in shops, galleries and museums across the US and beyond. 

Nancy has been fusing for about 14 years and teaching for 12. She has taught many students who have gone on to become professional glass artists in their own right and continues to mentor people around the globe on a daily basis. She is proud to have helped many realize their own dreams of supporting their families with the skill of their hands.  The dichroic glass jewelry class - soup to nuts is designed to give people a leg up on an alternate or additional income for their families and includes insight on marketing the student's work.

We have taught students from NYC, Texas, Mexico and beyond. Come join us.

 

*Deposit may be used for another class within 6 months.

** Unlike some teachers, we encourage you to make as many pieces in as many colors as possible because this is how you learn. You are not limited in how much dichroic glass you can use in a given class. Work at your own pace and make what you can. All findings are included.

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