Glass Touch
Fused Art Glass  by Nicole Vachier Lozano
Glass Touch
San Antonio, Texas USA
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Below is a list of  workshops taught by Nicole which can be scheduled for groups or as private lessons in English or Spanish.
Contact Nicole to find out how.
Beginning Glass Fusing - A one day workshops where students are introduced to
the  essential knowledge required to work with fused glass including compatibility, firing
schedules, cold work and other important topics. Students will create two class projects during
which they will be exposed to; three firing schedules (full, tack and fire polish); the use of kilns,
grinders, saws; and work with a variety of glass and glass related products. This is a great
opportunity to learn something new.
Functional Platters, Plates and Bowls - Students will begin by designing and
creating their own flat glass tiles. In doing so they will learn about volume control,  firing
schedules and how to cut glass circles. Students will cold work their tiles using the sandblaster,
wet belt sanders. Lapidary grinding wheels and diamond pads. We will address mold selection
and preparation in order to slump the finished tiles and beautiful one of a kind function plates,
platters and bowls.
Strip Construction - Here is a technique that can yield sophisticated results.
Instruction will be provided in how to consistently cut and place glass on edge to achieve
specific results including working with dams and temperature control. Students will use their
new skills to create functional pieces using their strip work as design components and will learn
to create windows to highlight special elements.
Powder Skills - Learn to create imagery, depth, and drama in your work by
incorporating exciting powder techniques. Students will create powder wafers, explore
crackled powder techniques, uses positive and negative space to create custom designs and
incorporate imagery into their fused glass projects. This specialty class will show you the power
of powders!
Pattern Bars - Learn how to apply this ancient concept to your modern day kiln formed
work. We will explore a variety of possibilities to create designs that range from structured  
and  geometric to organic and  tribal. You will  learn how to create, cut and lay out patters for
use is future fused projects ranging from functional plates  to modern day jewelery.
Metals and Micas - Learn how to include metals and micas into your fused glass.
During the workshop you will learn about the various micas, and metals leaves, foils, wire and
mesh options available and how to use them by creating reference tiles documenting the
materials and application methods  discussed. You will then apply this new found knowledge
in creating your very own mica or metals project.
Kiln Carving - Drop your chisel and learn how to achieve a sculpted look with this
assistance of your kiln. We will design and create bas relief images and textures using fiber
paper to form impressions in glass. This is a wonderful technique to add dimension and
pattern with economy of both labor and materials. Use the smooth clean surface on top and
look through to the pattern within the glass. Or turn it over and not only see but feel the
shapes and textures.
Lettering in Glass - This workshop has something to offer glass artists, calligraphers,
and aspiring writers. This one day workshop surveys a variety of ways to letter in and on glass.
We will learn to etch and carve the service of the glass, use enamels and lusters to write with
calligraphic tools on glass that will be kiln fired and explore variety of other options. This class
takes the tools and skills you know with a few twists and turns applies them to cold worked
and kiln formed glass.
Glass Casting - Sculpt in clay; learn about mold making materials and techniques to
create refractory molds; and how to measure, cut and cast glass billet for your specific mold.
We will discuss the special considerations that go into a casting firing schedule, including how
to heat, cool and anneal thick and uneven thicknesses of glass. Students will sculpt and cast
their work in glass.
Liquid Glass - Pot Melts, Mesh Melts, Combings & Vitrigraph
Explore Creating pot melts, Screen melts, high fires boiling and hot coming glass in the kiln.
Come prepared to experiment and take home a wide variety of components that can be used
in future work. A great way to take your scrape glass and turn it into interesting effects which
can be used to create one of the kind windows in your functional and art glass work.
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