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Glass Fusing Basics

Bullseye Videos Master Classes Masterwork examples of what is possible with glass fusing. From left to right: Tall vessels, by Amanda Simmons; Tapestry, by Richard Parrish; Pâte de verre, by Alicia Lomné.

What is glass fusing?

Technically speaking, glass fusing is the process by which different forms and colors of glass are bonded through heat in a kiln. In practical terms, however, glass fusing represents a technological revolution in modern American studio art.

Like the well-known art of glass blowing, glass fusing allows makers to create an endless range of objects that capitalize on the unique properties of glass. Unlike glass blowing, glass fusing does not require a furnace or other industrial-level equipment (and their expenses). Rather, it offers a feasible and affordable option for hobbyists and artists interested in building their own studio and creative practice.

If you are searching for a new hobby, a new craft, a new art form—or if you know you've found it and are ready to dive in—you've come to the right place!

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The Wider World of Glass Fusing & Kiln-Glass

Your journey into glass fusing will prove as dynamic as you want it to be. Explore techniques that include slumping, casting, printing with powders or enamels, torchworking, kilncarving, coldworking, and many more. Kiln-glass (the stuff that makes glass fusing possible) represents an art and craft that spans the painterly and organic, the sculptural and expressive, the geometric and conceptual. Delve into making for home and garden, for fine art, for fine dining, for large scale public art or architecture.

In other words, if you have a creative ambition—if your imagination leaps at the thought of making with a light and color and depth—then keep exploring. Bullseye is here to equip, inspire, and empower you on your way.

Mountains

Functional Design

Tabletops, dinnerware, benches, stairs, or even high tech lenses—fused glass can make it.

Lights

Torchwork

Beads, jewelry, pendants, ornaments—the possibilities of kiln-glass don't end in the kiln.

Color Lab

Color Lab

Bullseye's extensive palette and accessory glasses offer artists the chance to make their own custom colors.

Mountains

Stained Glass

Bullseye's ring mottle and lustre sheet glasses are game-changers for traditional and architectural glass projects.

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Gallery Art

Kiln-glass enjoys a strongly-represented presence in the world of fine art. To learn more about influential contemporary artists, visit the website of Bullseye Projects or The Corning Museum of Glass.


Helpful Resources

More video lessons: What is Kiln-Glass?
More video lessons: How to Choose a Glass for Kilnforming
Complete Index of Free Video Lessons
Complete Index of FAQs
Safety in the Kiln-glass Studio PDF
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TechNotes 5: Volume & Bubble Control PDF
TechNotes 4: Heat & Glass PDF

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