Summer Youth: Hot Glass Boot Camp (Ages 12-18)

Glass Arts, Youth

Summer Youth: Hot Glass Boot Camp (Ages 12-18)

Make beads and bowls and other fun things as you learn about fused glass and lampwork.


Tuition Assistance and Other Policies

Meeting Times
  1. Mon, 7/15/2024 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  2. Tue, 7/16/2024 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  3. Wed, 7/17/2024 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  4. Thur, 7/18/2024 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Mon, 7/15/2024 - Thur, 7/18/2024


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Class, Summer Youth, Youth Ages 12-14, Youth Ages 16-18, Youth Ages 14-16, No Prerequisite, Youth Class

Glass Arts Studio

Fused Glass, Glass Torchworking


Days 1 and 2: Introduction to Fused Glass - Plates and Bowls

  • Safety.
  • Project overview.
  • Glass and mold options.
  • Basic cutting/grinding practices.
  • Cut and assemble projects.
  • First kiln firing (contour or full).

Day 3: Fused Glass Overview and Kiln-Fired Flexibility

  • Kiln explanation and overview of results of first firing.
  • Bug Collection: Using the kiln and forms to create fun objects.
  • Complete second kiln firing (slump) of dinner set.
Day 4: Introduction to Lampwork
  • Overview of working with torches.
  • Torch safety.
  • Making beads.
  • Complete second firing (slump) of dinner set.


  • Ages 12-18.
  • You must wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. Tie back long hair. Particularly on Day 4 (lampwork), wear cotton clothes with long sleeves. Tight-fitting clothes help protect against burns. 
  • Bring water and a snack.
  • Registration closes on Monday, July 8.

Registering Youth

  • New registrants: When you register, select Others Only in the "Who Are You Registering?" section. On the next page, Add New Registrant. Create an account for your youth.
  • Next time you register: You will be able to Search Registrants to select your youth.
  • You may register your youth for an optional supervised lunch hour from noon-1 pm for the duration of this activity.
  • Make sure to fill out your youth's emergency contact information and other details when creating their account.
  • Questions? Email


  • Two-piece dinner set (one dinner plate plus one bowl or salad plate) - learn design, glass cutting, assembly, and kiln fusion.
  • Glass bugs - understand properties of kiln firing that allow creating shapes, animals with forms.
  • Glass beads - learn how to manipulate hot glass with torches.


A materials fee of $120, included in the cost of the class, covers everything you need. 

BARN Policies

  • View BARN's Cancellation and Refund Policy.
  • Tuition Assistance is available. Fill out the application before registering.
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. We try to make accommodations when requested; the earlier you contact us, the more likely we can help. Please email to find out more or request an accommodation.
  • Sensory Statement: Makerspaces like BARN can be noisy and cluttered, smell strongly, and have bright or flickering lights.

Instructors or Guides

Nancy Adams

Nancy Adams has loved everything glass since she was a young child. During the '70s, she dabbled in stained glass and discovered playing with fused glass at Mesolini Glass Studio on Bainbridge Island. She became intrigued with techniques and processes for manipulating the glass. Her 2017 retirement opened the door for the opportunity to pursue glass experimentation and to share with others what she has learned.

Constance Ducar

Constance Ducar is enthusiastic about working with beginning students and encouraging a love for glass. She sometimes incorporates fiber or wood as display options with her glass pieces.

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