Saturday morning, six women appeared at the Tiffin Art Guild for a one-hour fused glass class with instructor Jill Groves of Fremont. The group had met for a prior class to make their own creations, which Groves took home and fired in her kiln. She returned the participants' pieces Saturday to help them transform the glass into jewelry.
The students were surprised at some of the results. One piece that went into the fire with a silver color came back blue. Squared corners had become rounded as the glass cooled. Other colors appeared that had not been visible before.
A few pieces developed bubbles or other imperfections that needed filing and a second firing to finish them. Groves took notes on each one and made arrangements to return them to the owners.
PHOTO BY MARYANN KROMER
Donna Foss of Fremont adds hardware to her fused glass projects during Saturday’s Tiffin Art Guild workshop.
Artists who were satisfied with the way their items came out the first time chose wires or posts to attach for earrings and bales to be added for pendants.
A retired postmaster, Groves said she has been working with fused glass for about three years. She took her initial instructions at Delphi Glass in Lansing, Mich., and bought a small kiln in 2009. Later, she completed a six-week class at the Toledo Museum of Art's Glass Pavilion.
"It was wonderful," Groves said. "You just go there and work for four hours ... and learn from everybody else."
More classes coming
Jill Groves is to teach the following classes at the Tiffin Art Guild, 178 S. Washington St. Participants must be 16 or older. The maximum for each class is six, due to space. All materials are included in the cost.
Intermediate Glass Fusing - Plate, bowl or hanging, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 9. Students will learn about glass slumping and the use of molds in kiln forming. Each participant will complete a bowl, plate or suncatcher. The cost is $40 for members and $50 for non-members.
Intermediate Glass Fusing Sculpting/Painting, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 23. Techniques for sculpting art glass and the basics of painting on glass are to be covered in this class. Completion of a Basic Fusing class is recommended for this class. The cost is $30 for TAG members and $40 for non-members.
Beginning Glass Fusing Glass Tile, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 20. Discover the basics of glass fusing. Participants will design a 3- by 3-inch glass tile. The cost is $25 for TAG members and $35 for non-members.
For questions about any of the classes, call Groves at (419) 902-7966.
During those classes, she met other Tiffin Art Guild members and was invited to teach classes in Tiffin. Another basic fusing class is planned for March. The first day is a longer session for participants to assemble the kinds and colors of glass into the pieces they want.
The second class is shorter, for finishing the projects.
In April, Groves is to teach a class on making larger glass items, such as trays, tiles for wall decor, or bowls. This is intended to attract more men, who might not be interested in jewelry, although all the classes are open to men.
Groves has arranged for students and other TAG members to have their glass creations on exhibit in different areas at the TAG gallery during May.
"It's all fused glass, but each of us has our own style," she said.