Fused Glass Advanced Technique: Flow & Stretch

Glass Arts

Fused Glass Advanced Technique: Flow & Stretch

Paul Tarlow's Technique: Beyond Frit Stretching

Meeting Times
  1. Fri, 5/3/2024 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  2. Sat, 5/4/2024 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  3. Mon, 5/6/2024 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  4. Wed, 5/8/2024 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Fri, 5/3/2024 - Wed, 5/8/2024

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Class, Has Prerequisite

Glass Arts Studio

Fused Glass


Paul Tarlow is a standard-bearer for fused glass with over 30 books to his name.  This technique comes from his eBook, Beyond Frit Stretching, which is included in the class materials.  BARN Glass Studio instructors, Constance and Nancy, will make this easy for you by offering 5-hours of guided assistance including their favorite tips and tricks for this technique.  Class runs over 4 (non-consecutive) days. 

  • Day 1:  Project overview,  build "toppers" and load into kiln to fire glass stacks and prep kiln shelf tiles to dry overnight.
  • Day 2: Prep stainless steel firing rings and assemble glass stacks or "topper" for first disk firing (flow); prep fresh kiln shelf tiles to dry overnight.
  • Day 3: Retrieve flow disk and clean or cold-work disk as needed.  Set up second disk firing (stretch).  Clean up stainless steel rings as needed.
  • Day 4:  Retrieve fired disk and clean or cold-work, as needed. Discuss next step options for disk:  slump, display (metal/wood stands, wall hanging hardware).  Discuss variations for future flow & stretch techniques.


You will make a 5" fused glass disk as outlined in Tarlow's book.  


A $50 materials fee, included in the price of this class. 

This also includes a copy of Paul Tarlow's eBook Beyond Frit Stretching and items needed to learn this technique.

The eBook will be emailed to you about 1 week before the class.


Glass cutting skills and at least one previous fused glass class.

Class Policies

Closed-toe shoes and long pants are required in the Glass Studio at all times.

BARN Policies

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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