Teaching and Education FAQ
Do you teach classes?
At this time, I am not teaching classes. I work out of a small home studio, and there is not room to teach students. Nor have I been traveling to other studios to teach. This is something that I may do in the future, but I am still working full time as a surgeon, and it is hard to find time to do everything. If that changes, I will post information on this page.
Where do you recommend I go for basic kilnforming classes?
Of course, you should check locally for any classes that are offered in your area. Often the greatest cost of going to classes are travel expenses, so anything you can find locally is a bargain. However, it is often necessary to get on a plane to go to where the best education can be found. I can only comment on studios I am familiar with, but I highly recommend (in no particular order) these studios for a basic kilnforming education:
Bullseye Glass Company, with classes in Portland, Santa Fe, Mamaroneck (NY), and San Francisco Bay Area.
What about more advanced classes?
Each of the above studios also teaches advanced techniques with their staff as teachers, plus having guest teachers. Many well know kiln glass artists travel around the world teaching specific technical or design concepts in various studios. This information can be found on the artist's web site, on the studio web sites, or by performing an internet search.
Pilchuck Glass School, in Stanwood, WA is a place for learning advanced concepts in glass working. They offer classes in the summer; these are usually 2-3 weeks long, and are very intensive. This is highly recommended if you have the time and the finances. Other locations with similar offerings, including non-glass craft disiplines, are Penland School of Crafts and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.
What books on kilnforming do you recommend?
"A Beginner's Guide to Kilnformed Glass", by Cynthia Morgan 2007.
"The Joy of Coldworking" by Jonathan Schmuck 2009.
How else can I learn glass fusing?
A subscription to Bullseye Glass Company's online video lessons is one of the best way to learn specific kilnforming techniques without the expense of travel. These are high quality, well thought out, accurate, and a bargain at $39 per year.