Introduction to Glass Fusing

This informative session on glass fusing, also known as “warm glass” or “kiln-formed” glass, will help you understand the breadth and depth of this art form.  It ranges from the simple to the extremely complex, yet is based on a relatively gentle learning curve that is within the grasp of any interested artist.

 We’ll cover the basics of fused glass, the type of glass that is used, the kinds of art pieces that are within your reach, and how you go about gaining the knowledge and skill necessary to accomplish meaningful artwork.

Cost: Free

Length: approximately 1 hour

Instructor: Roy Gruver

Date: TBD

Registration open to 20 people

Please call 800.523.4242 to register

Roy Gruver from Bethlehem, Pa., specializes in kiln-formed glass and is one of the founders and a resident artist at the newly formed R&R Glass Studio in Bethlehem.

Gruver is an active instructor in R&R Glass Studio and the prestigious Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass.  He was the principal instructor in the kiln-formed glass program at the Banana Factory for almost a decade, teaching all skill levels and all techniques.

Gruver’s work has been exhibited in numerous shows and events including a solo show at the Backstreet Gallery in Stroudsburg, Pa. (2012-2013); the Riverside Festival of the Arts in Easton, Pa. (2012-2016); Santa Bannon Fine Art (2013, 2014); Banana Factory Glass Blast (2014, 2015, 2016). He has studied with a number of major glass artists, national and international, including Rudi Gritsch, Dan Fenton, Mark Ditzler, Martin Kremer, Alyssa Oxley, Matthew Day Perez, Claudia Borella, and Garielle Kunstner, and has intensely studied the work of Klaus Moje.

“For me, art is simply a way of seeing, feeling, and doing,” he said. “It is being open to ideas not your own, but indeed, even to your own. It is part of everyone, whether expressed or unexpressed. And it is not reserved for the special, the few, or the privileged. My hope is that we, as a society, can help everyone understand his or her own artistic possibilities and encourage their expression.”

Gruver’s most recent work is focused around texture (physical and visual) in mid-sized glass panels.