Glass Classes

Classes are starting up for 2024! Please be sure to bookmark this page and check back regularly as we get new classes online. We hope you can be patient with us while we are transitioning to new registration software – if you need to register for a class but don’t see it online yet, you can email or call to save your spot!

Cancellation Policy:  Occasionally classes must be cancelled.  We understand that this may be a disappointment to our visitors and we’ll do our best to inform students as early as we are aware of the cancellation.  Many of our workshops are led by instructors who have to come a long distance or prepare a lot of supplies, so if a minimum enrollment is not met, the class will be cancelled.

If Oliver Art Center cancels a class, we’ll make every attempt to inform students and to offer a full refund or credit towards another course.

If a student must withdraw from a class a full refund less $10 processing fee will be issued if cancellation is received at least one week prior to the first day of class.

Glass Classes

Fused Glass Fish Workshop with Susan Smith

A handcrafted fish suncatcher will provide a colorful addition to a summer cottage or year - round home. Students will add glass and other embellishments to a clear, fish-shaped base.

In these dynamic workshops, we work with colorful fusible glass, learning to cut and nip glass and use scraps and embellishments to create your own fused glass
treasure. Classes include information about types of glass, fusing basics and tools used to cut and break glass.

No experience required, age 10 –adult welcome! The instructor will fire your work in her studio and you can have it mailed or pick it up at the OAC when it is complete, about 1 week after class.

In these dynamic workshops, we work with colorful fusible glass, learning to cut and nip glass and use scraps and embellishments to create your own fused glass
treasure. Classes include information about types of glass, fusing basics and tools used to cut and break glass.

No experience required, age 10 –adult welcome! The instructor will fire your work in her studio and you can have it mailed or pick it up at the OAC when it is complete, about 1 week after class.

Registration fee: $45 Non-Member/$40.50 Member

Supplies, firing and assembly fee per student: $18

Instructor Bio:  Susan became an art educator after a twenty-five year career in graphic design. She is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, earned a BA in Art from Western Michigan University and holds a K-12 Teaching Certificate in Art. She has worked in a variety of educational settings including public and private schools, community college, art centers and home school partnerships. She has experience in a variety of art media, but fused glass and mosaic are her favorites.

 

Sat June 1, 2024

Member Price: $58.50

Non-Member Price: $63.00

Available Spaces: 10

 
Fused Glass Garden Stake workshop with Susan Smith

In this class, students will choose either a bird or fish shaped base to create a garden stake using colorful glass and other embellishments. Or, if you have a different idea, clear glass will be available for you to make your own design.

In these dynamic workshops, we work with colorful fusible glass, learning to cut and nip glass and use scraps and embellishments to create your own fused glass
treasure. Classes include information about types of glass, fusing basics and tools used to cut and break glass.

No experience required, age 10 –adult welcome! The instructor will fire your work in her studio and you can have it mailed or pick it up at the OAC when it is complete, about 1 week after class.

Registration fee: $50 Non-Member/$45 Member

Supplies, firing and assembly fee per student: $20

Instructor Bio:  Susan became an art educator after a twenty-five year career in graphic design. She is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, earned a BA in Art from Western Michigan University and holds a K-12 Teaching Certificate in Art. She has worked in a variety of educational settings including public and private schools, community college, art centers and home school partnerships. She has experience in a variety of art media, but fused glass and mosaic are her favorites.

Sat June 1, 2024

Member Price: $65.00

Non-Member Price: $70.00

Available Spaces: 9

 
Blown Glass Ornament Experience - with John Rath and his mobile glass forge!

Work with a master glass artist to blow your own colorful glass ornament!John’s portable glassblowing setup makes it possible for you to experience real glass blowing without having to go to a studio. Handmade ornaments can be made and annealed (slowly cooled) and can be taken home in a little more than an hour. Up to four participants are scheduled each hour, and John will run his workshops for several hours at each visit.

Price is $45/members and $50 for Non-Members.

PLEASE NOTE:  SESSIONS ARE BY SCHEDULED 15-MINUTE APPOINTMENTS. YOU ARE NOT GUARANTEED YOUR PREFERRED TIME SLOT UNLESS YOU CALL OAC TO RESERVE. 

Once you have paid, call (231)352-4151 x102, or email gallery@oliveart.org to secure your preferred time slot.

If you are unable to find a good time slot for this date, there will be 5 more opportunities throughout the summer.

Instructor Info:  John Rath spent 39 years as a Retirement Plan Actuary, and then dove into glass blowing after his wife pressured him to attend a glass workshop one day and he found that he enjoyed it! John has been studying the art ever since, and now owns Left Brain Hot Glass and operates his mobile glassblowing workshop at festivals, shops, and for private parties.

Fri June 28, 2024

Member Price: $45.00

Non-Member Price: $50.00

Available Spaces: 18

 
Blown Glass Ornament Experience - with John Rath and his mobile glass forge!

Work with a master glass artist to blow your own colorful glass ornament!John’s portable glassblowing setup makes it possible for you to experience real glass blowing without having to go to a studio. Handmade ornaments can be made and annealed (slowly cooled) and can be taken home in a little more than an hour. Up to four participants are scheduled each hour, and John will run his workshops for several hours at each visit.

Price is $45/members and $50 for Non-Members.

PLEASE NOTE:  SESSIONS ARE BY SCHEDULED 15-MINUTE APPOINTMENTS. YOU ARE NOT GUARANTEED YOUR PREFERRED TIME SLOT UNLESS YOU CALL OAC TO RESERVE. 

Once you have paid, call (231)352-4151 x102, or email gallery@oliveart.org to secure your preferred time slot.

If you are unable to find a good time slot for this date, there will be 5 more opportunities throughout the summer.

Instructor Info:  John Rath spent 39 years as a Retirement Plan Actuary, and then dove into glass blowing after his wife pressured him to attend a glass workshop one day and he found that he enjoyed it! John has been studying the art ever since, and now owns Left Brain Hot Glass and operates his mobile glassblowing workshop at festivals, shops, and for private parties.

Sat June 29, 2024

Member Price: $45.00

Non-Member Price: $50.00

Available Spaces: 24

 
Fused Glass Sailboat on a Lake workshop with Susan Smith

Create a nightlight based on a familiar northern Michigan scene....blue water and a colorful sailboat. Students will learn how to use tools to cut a variety of shapes to decorate a 3” x 4” piece of clear glass with a nautical theme.

In these dynamic workshops, we work with colorful fusible glass, learning to cut and nip glass and use scraps and embellishments to create your own fused glass
treasure. Classes include information about types of glass, fusing basics and tools used to cut and break glass.

No experience required, age 10 –adult welcome! The instructor will fire your work in her studio and you can have it mailed or pick it up at the OAC when it is complete, about 1 week after class.

Registration fee: $50 Non-Member/$45 Member

Supplies, firing and assembly fee per student: $20

Instructor Bio:  Susan became an art educator after a twenty-five year career in graphic design. She is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, earned a BA in Art from Western Michigan University and holds a K-12 Teaching Certificate in Art. She has worked in a variety of educational settings including public and private schools, community college, art centers and home school partnerships. She has experience in a variety of art media, but fused glass and mosaic are her favorites.

Sat July 13, 2024

Member Price: $60.50

Non-Member Price: $65.00

Available Spaces: 11

 
Fused Glass Slumped Dish (Birch Tree) workshop with Susan Smith

If you love birch trees, here is an opportunity to create your own birch forest scene that will be turned into a 4.5” x 4.5” slumped dish. This small dish can be used to hold a candle or jewelry, or set out on a table as an attractive piece of art.

In these dynamic workshops, we work with colorful fusible glass, learning to cut and nip glass and use scraps and embellishments to create your own fused glass
treasure. Classes include information about types of glass, fusing basics and tools used to cut and break glass.

No experience required, age 10 –adult welcome! The instructor will fire your work in her studio and you can have it mailed or pick it up at the OAC when it is complete, about 1 week after class.

Registration fee: $50 Non-Member/$45 Member

Supplies, firing and assembly fee per student: $20

Instructor Bio:  Susan became an art educator after a twenty-five year career in graphic design. She is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, earned a BA in Art from Western Michigan University and holds a K-12 Teaching Certificate in Art. She has worked in a variety of educational settings including public and private schools, community college, art centers and home school partnerships. She has experience in a variety of art media, but fused glass and mosaic are her favorites.

Sat July 13, 2024

Member Price: $65.00

Non-Member Price: $70.00

Available Spaces: 8

 
Blown Glass Ornament Experience - with John Rath and his mobile glass forge!

Work with a master glass artist to blow your own colorful glass ornament!John’s portable glassblowing setup makes it possible for you to experience real glass blowing without having to go to a studio. Handmade ornaments can be made and annealed (slowly cooled) and can be taken home in a little more than an hour. Up to four participants are scheduled each hour, and John will run his workshops for several hours at each visit.

Price is $45/members and $50 for Non-Members.

PLEASE NOTE:  SESSIONS ARE BY SCHEDULED 15-MINUTE APPOINTMENTS. YOU ARE NOT GUARANTEED YOUR PREFERRED TIME SLOT UNLESS YOU CALL OAC TO RESERVE. 

Once you have paid, call (231)352-4151 x102, or email gallery@oliveart.org to secure your preferred time slot.

If you are unable to find a good time slot for this date, there will be 5 more opportunities throughout the summer.

Instructor Info:  John Rath spent 39 years as a Retirement Plan Actuary, and then dove into glass blowing after his wife pressured him to attend a glass workshop one day and he found that he enjoyed it! John has been studying the art ever since, and now owns Left Brain Hot Glass and operates his mobile glassblowing workshop at festivals, shops, and for private parties.

Wed July 17, 2024

Member Price: $45.00

Non-Member Price: $50.00

Available Spaces: 22

 
Blown Glass Ornament Experience - with John Rath and his mobile glass forge!

Work with a master glass artist to blow your own colorful glass ornament!John’s portable glassblowing setup makes it possible for you to experience real glass blowing without having to go to a studio. Handmade ornaments can be made and annealed (slowly cooled) and can be taken home in a little more than an hour. Up to four participants are scheduled each hour, and John will run his workshops for several hours at each visit.

Price is $45/members and $50 for Non-Members.

PLEASE NOTE:  SESSIONS ARE BY SCHEDULED 15-MINUTE APPOINTMENTS. YOU ARE NOT GUARANTEED YOUR PREFERRED TIME SLOT UNLESS YOU CALL OAC TO RESERVE. 

Once you have paid, call (231)352-4151 x102, or email gallery@oliveart.org to secure your preferred time slot.

If you are unable to find a good time slot for this date, there will be 5 more opportunities throughout the summer.

Instructor Info:  John Rath spent 39 years as a Retirement Plan Actuary, and then dove into glass blowing after his wife pressured him to attend a glass workshop one day and he found that he enjoyed it! John has been studying the art ever since, and now owns Left Brain Hot Glass and operates his mobile glassblowing workshop at festivals, shops, and for private parties.

Thu July 18, 2024

Member Price: $45.00

Non-Member Price: $50.00

Available Spaces: 24

 
Fused Glass Fruit Ornaments workshop with Susan Smith

Turn your favorite fruits and vegetables into colorful fused glass ornaments, suitable for hanging in a window or on a Christmas tree. Students can make up to four ornaments.

In these dynamic workshops, we work with colorful fusible glass, learning to cut and nip glass and use scraps and embellishments to create your own fused glass
treasure. Classes include information about types of glass, fusing basics and tools used to cut and break glass.

No experience required, age 10 –adult welcome! The instructor will fire your work in her studio and you can have it mailed or pick it up at the OAC when it is complete, about 1 week after class.

Registration fee: $45 Non-Member/$40.50 Member

Supplies, firing and assembly fee per student: $15

Instructor Bio:  Susan became an art educator after a twenty-five year career in graphic design. She is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, earned a BA in Art from Western Michigan University and holds a K-12 Teaching Certificate in Art. She has worked in a variety of educational settings including public and private schools, community college, art centers and home school partnerships. She has experience in a variety of art media, but fused glass and mosaic are her favorites.

Sat August 3, 2024

Member Price: $55.50

Non-Member Price: $60.00

Available Spaces: 12

 
Fused Glass Lake Suncatcher workshop with Susan Smith

Students will use a variety of blue glasses and frit to create a lake inspired sun catcher panel. Please bring a special photo for inspiration, or just look out the classroom window at Oliver Art Center at our glorious Lake Michigan!

In these dynamic workshops, we work with colorful fusible glass, learning to cut and nip glass and use scraps and embellishments to create your own fused glass
treasure. Classes include information about types of glass, fusing basics and tools used to cut and break glass.

No experience required, age 10 –adult welcome! The instructor will fire your work in her studio and you can have it mailed or pick it up at the OAC when it is complete, about 1 week after class.

Registration fee: $50 Non-Member/$45 Member

Supplies, firing and assembly fee per student: $18

Instructor Bio:  Susan became an art educator after a twenty-five year career in graphic design. She is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, earned a BA in Art from Western Michigan University and holds a K-12 Teaching Certificate in Art. She has worked in a variety of educational settings including public and private schools, community college, art centers and home school partnerships. She has experience in a variety of art media, but fused glass and mosaic are her favorites.

Sat August 3, 2024

Member Price: $63.00

Non-Member Price: $68.00

Available Spaces: 11

 
Blown Glass Ornament Experience - with John Rath and his mobile glass forge!

Work with a master glass artist to blow your own colorful glass ornament!John’s portable glassblowing setup makes it possible for you to experience real glass blowing without having to go to a studio. Handmade ornaments can be made and annealed (slowly cooled) and can be taken home in a little more than an hour. Up to four participants are scheduled each hour, and John will run his workshops for several hours at each visit.

Price is $45/members and $50 for Non-Members.

PLEASE NOTE:  SESSIONS ARE BY SCHEDULED 15-MINUTE APPOINTMENTS. YOU ARE NOT GUARANTEED YOUR PREFERRED TIME SLOT UNLESS YOU CALL OAC TO RESERVE. 

Once you have paid, call (231)352-4151 x102, or email gallery@oliveart.org to secure your preferred time slot.

If you are unable to find a good time slot for this date, there will be 5 more opportunities throughout the summer.

Instructor Info:  John Rath spent 39 years as a Retirement Plan Actuary, and then dove into glass blowing after his wife pressured him to attend a glass workshop one day and he found that he enjoyed it! John has been studying the art ever since, and now owns Left Brain Hot Glass and operates his mobile glassblowing workshop at festivals, shops, and for private parties.

Tue August 6, 2024

Member Price: $45.00

Non-Member Price: $50.00

Available Spaces: 22

 
Blown Glass Ornament Experience - with John Rath and his mobile glass forge!

Work with a master glass artist to blow your own colorful glass ornament!John’s portable glassblowing setup makes it possible for you to experience real glass blowing without having to go to a studio. Handmade ornaments can be made and annealed (slowly cooled) and can be taken home in a little more than an hour. Up to four participants are scheduled each hour, and John will run his workshops for several hours at each visit.

Price is $45/members and $50 for Non-Members.

PLEASE NOTE:  SESSIONS ARE BY SCHEDULED 15-MINUTE APPOINTMENTS. YOU ARE NOT GUARANTEED YOUR PREFERRED TIME SLOT UNLESS YOU CALL OAC TO RESERVE. 

Once you have paid, call (231)352-4151 x102, or email gallery@oliveart.org to secure your preferred time slot.

If you are unable to find a good time slot for this date, there will be 5 more opportunities throughout the summer.

Instructor Info:  John Rath spent 39 years as a Retirement Plan Actuary, and then dove into glass blowing after his wife pressured him to attend a glass workshop one day and he found that he enjoyed it! John has been studying the art ever since, and now owns Left Brain Hot Glass and operates his mobile glassblowing workshop at festivals, shops, and for private parties.

Wed August 7, 2024

Member Price: $45.00

Non-Member Price: $50.00

Available Spaces: 24

 
Fused Glass Cat or Dog Night Light workshop with Susan Smith

Are you a cat or dog person? Do you have a favorite cat or dog that you would like to honor on a nightlight? Feel free to bring a photo to class of your furry friend.

In these dynamic workshops, we work with colorful fusible glass, learning to cut and nip glass and use scraps and embellishments to create your own fused glass
treasure. Classes include information about types of glass, fusing basics and tools used to cut and break glass.

No experience required, age 10 –adult welcome! The instructor will fire your work in her studio and you can have it mailed or pick it up at the OAC when it is complete, about 1 week after class.

Registration fee: $45 Non-Member/$40.50 Member

Supplies, firing and assembly fee per student: $20

Instructor Bio:  Susan became an art educator after a twenty-five year career in graphic design. She is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, earned a BA in Art from Western Michigan University and holds a K-12 Teaching Certificate in Art. She has worked in a variety of educational settings including public and private schools, community college, art centers and home school partnerships. She has experience in a variety of art media, but fused glass and mosaic are her favorites.

Sat September 14, 2024

Member Price: $60.50

Non-Member Price: $65.00

Available Spaces: 8

 
Fused Glass Hanging Bird Suncatcher workshop with Susan Smith

Use colorful glass, stringers, dots, and dichroic glass to create a whimsical bird sun catcher.

In these dynamic workshops, we work with colorful fusible glass, learning to cut and nip glass and use scraps and embellishments to create your own fused glass
treasure. Classes include information about types of glass, fusing basics and tools used to cut and break glass.

No experience required, age 10 –adult welcome! The instructor will fire your work in her studio and you can have it mailed or pick it up at the OAC when it is complete, about 1 week after class.

Registration fee: $50 Non-Member/$45 Member

Supplies, firing and assembly fee per student: $18

Instructor Bio:  Susan became an art educator after a twenty-five year career in graphic design. She is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, earned a BA in Art from Western Michigan University and holds a K-12 Teaching Certificate in Art. She has worked in a variety of educational settings including public and private schools, community college, art centers and home school partnerships. She has experience in a variety of art media, but fused glass and mosaic are her favorites.

Sat September 14, 2024

Member Price: $58.50

Non-Member Price: $68.00

Available Spaces: 12