Introduction to Fusing USB Video
This four hour plus comprehensive video class is an introduction to the principles of glass fusing with nine chapters covering the topics listed below.
Joe Ring, who is the instructor for this video has bee teaching kiln work for over forty years and has developed many techniques and examples to illustrate the reaction and performance of glass in the kiln.
The viewers will also have available to them PDFs with all diagrams and component list that are used in the video class. All firing schedules will also be provided as PDFs.
This video is a must have for not only the beginner but a great reference tool for many years to come.
We are offering the video separately or with the option of an accompanying open studio session that would provide in person support.
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Introduction to Fusing Video
There are nine chapters and a folder of sixteen PDFs on the USB flash drive.
A total of four hours and 11 minutes of videos.
minutes : seconds
1- Glass Compatibility 10:35
2- Devitrification 37:14
3- Glass Annealing 11:45
4- Volume Control 21:01
5- Bubble Control 12:13
6- Test Board 34:05
7- Molds & Preparation 55:39
8- Project One 26:03
9- Project Two 42:25
Test Board Components
Layout for Test Board
Kiln Firing schedules for Test Board- 8 pdfs
Kiln Firing schedules for Projects- 5 pdfs
Fusing Schedule - Blank
The class was a nice size, with lots of opportunities for questions and individual coaching. Joe is very patient with new learners while providing more experienced glassworkers with knowledge that brings their skills to a new level as well.
I left feeling a lot more confident about my own glass fusing. Lots of the gaps in my knowledge, including areas that I had found very confusing to read about online, were filled in. Thanks for giving us great value for our investment!
Had a great time while learning. Would encourage anyone interested in fusing to take this. Worth it!
We were also educated on kilns, molds, assorted techniques & cause & effect: to think conceptually about the process, therefore allowing us to learn & to to figure out solutions independently.
I would highly recommend this course to anyone with interest in understanding the glass fusing process. I look forward to taking some of the other classes available & to continue to shop at their fabulous store! I am very thankful to have to have J. Ring in the Twin Cities!
The material and techniques presented are easy-to-understand and the projects build progressively to provide a very practical understanding of kiln work - whether you are new to art glass or are a seasoned veteran.
Regardless of whether you have a science or engineering background (guilty as charged) or you will find that Joe very effectively blends engineering jargon with real-world, hands-on examples for those who prefer to steer clear of periodic tables.
I took this class just two weeks after Spectrum and Bullseye glass became casualties of the (necessary) enforcement of US EPA standards. Joe addressed the issue of sourcing COE 90 & 96 glass - head on - indicating that he was already testing other types of glass.
Joe was fusing glass before "system 96" existed and I have no doubt that J Ring will be a leader through the transition.
-Good materials with plenty of note taking room.
-Great instructor. Took the time to understand questions and provided informative answers. Cleared up a number of misconceptions that I had.
-I will be taking more classes.
Dedicated large space
Quality tools and equipment
Plenty of room for students
Easy to learn
Lots of example pieces for a thorough understanding of the lesson at hand
My first class at J Ring Glass
I thought I won the lottery
Joe has many years in the industry and teaching glass classes, but beyond the year thing joe has passion AND a gift to teach
This.guy is a walking encyclopedia of glass knowledge and more importantly , makes you feel really comfortable and makes it easy to learn and understand
Straight up folks :
If you have an itch to learn about glass art in its many different forms
Do yourself a favor, save the frustration, sign up for a class and save lots of time, energy, and money and stop throwing glass away
And yes I have signed up for another class !!!