We offer online glass courses in conjunction with our partner Bullseye Glass Co, including the free lessons below.
What is Glass? – Learn about the basic properties of glass, the types of art glass and their uses, and how glass is made at Bullseye Glass Company.
What is Kiln-Glass? – Learn about the different objects you can create in a kiln and the varied techniques you can use.
Choosing Kilnforming Glass – Deciding which type of glass to use for your kilnforming projects.
Fusing Basics – Many kilnforming methods are based on fusing, the heat bonding of separate pieces of glass.
Glass Cutting Basics – With the proper tools and techniques even beginners can produce clean, accurate glass shapes for kilnforming projects.
Cleaning Glass – Substances like dusts, oils and fingerprints must be removed from glass before it’s fired or they may be visible in the finished work. In this lesson you will learn how to clean glass properly to avoid problems caused by surface contamination.
Preparing Kiln Shelves – Hot glass will adhere to kiln shelves if not prevented by a separator. In this lesson you will learn how to use Bullseye Shelf Primer, an affordable and highly effective separator.
Dealing With Devitrification – A common phenomenon that many kilnformers encounter is devitrification. Devitrification, or devit, is the growth of crystalline structures on the surface of glass.
Recommended Annealing Cycle for Bullseye Glass – Save time and energy. Anneal thick slabs at 900 degrees. As of June 2009, Bullseye has changed its chart for annealing thick slabs. Specifically, the recommended anneal soak temperature has been lowered from 960°F/516°C to 900°F/482°C.
Working With Powders on Sheet Glass – Firing crushed glass powders on sheet glass allows one a direct method to create imagery, pattern and nuanced shifts in value and hue. In this lesson you will learn about the tools and techniques involved and will get a broad overview of the ways glass powder can be used in art and design.
Pattern Bar: Segment Slabs – A segment slab is a multicolored glass block used in one approach to the pattern bar technique. The segment slab is composed of sheet glass strips that are tack-fused together, cut into parts, and fired within a containment system until the glass flows and forms an internal pattern.
Linear Reaction Plate – Step-by-step project demonstrating basic plate-making and glass-cutting principles and how special colours and effects can be achieved.
Clifford Rainey: In the Beginning Was Black – Artist Clifford Rainey explores the concept, purpose, reason, and processes employed to formulate the works in his solo exhibition In the Beginning Was Black, displayed at Bullseye Gallery September 4 to November 2, 2013. Rainey’s starting point for the new work is the human experience of loss. Combining this with the physicality of the color black sparked his investigation into the symbolism and the visual elements of this dark dense matter.
Artist Talk: Nathan Sandberg – How does a young, self-supporting artist build a career in kiln-glass?
Artist Talk: Crystal Schenk – In this artist talk, Portland, Oregon–based artist Crystal Schenk discusses her current and past sculptures, and how she weaves memory, loss, and fragility throughout her artwork. She also talks about her large-scale stained glass work, Shelter, which was exhibited at Bullseye Gallery from November 6 – December 28, 2013. This project continues a prior theme in her work, examining the increasing gulf between the lower and upper classes – applying the perceived visual materials of the upper class to a very impoverished way of life as a way of pointing out disparity.
Artists Drawing with Glass – Four glass artists show the techniques they employ to create beautiful drawings.
The Art of Kiln-glass – Explore a variety of finished pieces by contemporary artists working in kiln-glass.
Kiln-glass in Architectural Settings – Example of Kiln-glass used as architectural features such as lighting, furniture, staircases and public art.
Bullseye Glass offers an annual membership of just US$39 which enables you to enjoy immediate online access to the complete library of online lessons, and each year 12 more will be added for no additional charge. Lessons last about 10-15 minutes and can be viewed as often as you like, from any location using your personal online login details. Each lesson has three parts: a synopsis, the video, and a section for firing schedules and other helpful info. Sign-up now with Bullseye Glass Online Education!!
The current library of online lessons includes:
This index is grouped by topic. Since these topics overlap, some videos appear in more than one group. We add new lessons to this page as they are released.
Foundational SkillsFusing Basics FREE
Glass Cutting FREE
Glass Cleaning FREE
Preparing Kiln Shelves FREE
Dealing with Devitrification NEW Bringing Home Your New Kiln NEW
Kiln Concepts & Operation
Firing: Basic Principles
Kilnforming Concepts & Techniques
Fusing Basics FREE
Coldworking Concepts & Techniques
Coldworking with the Wet Belt Sander
Printing on Kiln-Glass
Gum Image Transfer