In-Person classes, taught by kiln-formed glass artist Larry Pile, range from brief “make-and-take” and Open Studio sessions, during which an inexperienced student can come in and successfully make a glass project, to multiple-day master classes in which an experienced student can focus on learning a very specific and often complex skill. 

Classes happen in Larry’s studio and in area arts/crafts entities.  Larry also does private classes (minimum 8 students) and will come to your location for a class or even an organizational team-building!

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Tuesday evening Open Studio sessions – first and third Tuesday of each month

Date:  1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month  |  Time:  6:30 PM CST  |  Location: Larry Pile Glass Studio

Join glass artist Larry Pile in a open studio environment that allows you to work under Larry’s direction, but on a project of your choosing.  Prices range from $37.50 up.  Please see Larry’s “events” calendar for Open Studio dates.    Click here to see a sample price list for Open Studio projects.  Please RSVP by sending Larry an e-mail.

Prices coming soon!

Prices coming soon!

Make two 5.5-Inch Bowls With Glass Artist Larry Pile

In this class, students will create TWO small (5.5″) fused glass bowls, using colored glass, studio-made murrini, etc.   Students will learn the basics of cutting glass and a bit about color theory, as well as the ‘history’ behind fused glass as an art form.

This class is suitable for beginners and the experienced alike!  Suitable for adolescents and children 12 an over, if accompanied by an adult.

This class is suitable for Open Studio and is also taught in Larry’s studio, as well as offsite, in other studios.

Date: Contact Larry | Time: TBA | Location: TBA

Make a Set of 4 Fused Glass Coasters with Glass Artist Larry Pile

Create a set of four glass coasters!

This class is perfect for beginners to kiln-formed glass. Each student will use instructor-supplied materials and make a set of four fused glass coasters.

Choose from a wide array of clear and opaque fuse-able glasses, including fun bits like ‘babies,’ frit, and murrini.

This class is suitable for beginners and the experienced alike!  Suitable for adolescents and children 12 an over, if accompanied by an adult.

This class is suitable for Open Studio and is also taught in Larry’s studio, as well as offsite, in other studios.

Date: Contact Artist | Time: TBA | Location: TBA

Topsy-Turvy Focal Bead – Fine Silver Metal Clay  with Kara Brown

Date: Contact Artist | Time: Saturday, December 10; 1:00 – 4:00 | Cost: $145 | Location: TBA

Topsy-Turvy Focal Bead – Fine Silver Metal Clay

The Topsy-Turvy Focal Bead is a super fun and creative way to add new techniques to your metal clay skills.  In this class, you will be able to create a fabulous focal bead to string in a necklace or hang from a chain!

The focal bead is built on a solid core that will burn-out in the kiln when the piece is fired, leaving a beautiful hollow-form bead that makes a statement!  In addition, you will learn to use Syringe Type Metal Clay to decorate your bead and add your personal stamp. 

A small variety of pre-made cores will be available for you to choose to form your bead around. All the tools needed for the class will be provided for use and the cost includes enough fine silver metal clay and syringe for your Topsy-Turvy focal bead!

Note: This project requires an extended drying and firing schedule so they will be fired and polished for later pick-up.  We will discuss the firing schedule and considerations during the class. 

$145

What is Metal Clay?

Imagine taking a piece of clay and forming it into a shape you like, and then placing this clay into a small kiln and, voila! out comes a pure, fine silver object, ready to be polished and worn! Metal Clay has tiny particles of fine silver suspended in an organic binder. It looks and feels just like clay, but not as messy! Once fired, a magical transformation takes place as the binder burns away, and you are left with a beautiful piece of jewelry that you’ve created!

Beginning Metal Clay with Kara Brown

Date: Contact Artist | Time: TBA | Cost: $165 | Location: TBA

Introduction to Fine Silver Metal Clay

Taught on-site at Larry Pile Glass Studio, this highly interactive course will introduce the participants to Fine Silver Metal Clay. Guest artist and Certified Metal Clay artist, Kara Brown, will cover all the basics of working with metal clay, including the steps to create, refine and fire your clay into beautiful pieces of jewelry to wear home.

During the class you will learn about the different types of metal clay on the market today and how to handle, condition, hydrate, and store your clay.

All the tools you will need will be provided for this class and the cost includes enough fine silver clay for a pair of earrings and a pendant in the pattern of your choosing.

Optional: Pearls and small gemstones will be available for purchase to add to your jewelry if desired.

$165

What is Metal Clay?

Imagine taking a piece of clay and forming it into a shape you like, and then placing this clay into a small kiln and, voila! out comes a pure, fine silver object, ready to be polished and worn! Metal Clay has tiny particles of fine silver suspended in an organic binder. It looks and feels just like clay, but not as messy! Once fired, a magical transformation takes place as the binder burns away, and you are left with a beautiful piece of jewelry that you’ve created!

9-inch Mosaic Bowl

Each student will start with a 1/4″ round of clear glass and hundreds of colored glass squares, creating a beautiful one-of-a-kind kilnformed glass piece.  Students will learn about the history of kilnformed glass and a bit about the glass-working process.

This class is suitable for beginners and the experienced alike!  Suitable for adolescents if accompanied by an adult.

This class is suitable for Open Studio and is also taught in Larry’s studio, as well as offsite, in other studios.

Date: TBD | Time: TBD | Location: TBD