Glass Fusion Workshop held at CBC
by Christina Rowland
Sep 19, 2011 | 2079 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Participants in the Glass Fusion Workshop diligently work on their glass fusion projects on Thursday morning at Coastal Bend College. Students pictured front left corner around table are: Deborah Beseda, Kyndra Pena, Rick Martinez and Jessica Godfrey.
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On Thursday morning the ceramics room inside the visual arts building at Coastal Bend College was transferred into a glasses users’ paradise as part of the annual fall Glass Fusion Workshop.

According to workshop teacher and 30-year professor at the college, Jayne Duryea, fusing is a process of turning the glass into a liquid state.

This year’s workshop had 14 participants. Some the them were brand new to this year’s workshop and others were repeats who liked it so much in previous years that they decided to take it again.

The two-day workshop kicked off at 8:30 a.m. Thursday with an introduction and some instruction on glass fusion. The warm glass technique is the method students were taught they would be using for this workshop. After instruction participants were turned loose to create. They were given three hours to complete as many or as few master pieces as they wanted.

All the materials were provided to the workshop participants free of charge because the workshop is sponsored by the Barnhart Workshop Series.

After students had their three hours creating, the projects were placed in the kiln for the fusing process.

Duryea said the fusing process takes six plus hours and the glass fuses at 1500 degrees or more. Once the fusion is complete, another eight hours of cooling are involved.

Friday morning the workshop will pick back up with opening the kiln, completing cold work, and viewing each others’ pieces.

Some of the things created by the students include necklace pendants, picture frames, glass pictures and more.

The public will be able to view and buy student pieces along with all sorts of other art at the Student and Faculty Art Exhibition that takes place Nov. 30.

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