Last week my girls had the opportunity to take a class and create their own fused glass masterpieces at BANG Glass, a new fused glass art studio in Boca Raton, FL. BANG Glass classes are taught by BANG Glass designer and instructor, Scott Avidon, a graduate of Pratt Institute with more than 15 years of experience in the industry working with such brands as Steuben, Bvlgari, Waterford, Kenneth Cole and Versace. That’s A LOT of experience so he knows what he’s talking about. My girls loved learning all about fused glass making from Scott. He showed the class examples of things he had made as well as examples made by other children. We all toured his studio where we learned how glass is broken, polished with a special machine, and also how it is melted in a kiln. The kids were all fascinated and asked Scott lots of questions.
I had always been afraid of my girls doing fused glass art because was worried that they would get burned. That was probably not the best assumption on my part. I guess I had always pictured it being something like the glass artists that make the glass figures at Disney and I thought there was flame involved. You know what they say about assuming……so I want to make sure other parents knew exactly what this fun art style involves. The kids get no where near the hot glass. To create the fused glass art the children are given a piece of glass to use as their “canvas” and a bunch of different pieces of glass to create their design with. The kids can design their artwork on paper first or just play around right on the piece of glass.
Once they decide how they want their design to look they use special glue gel to place the small pieces of glass where they will be. After the pieces are finished and the children leave, Scott puts the pieces in the kiln, does his magic, and the pieces are ready for to be picked up a few days later.
My kids loved it and are begging to go back! Are you looking for a unique activity for the kids before school starts? BANG Glass is offering classes for children ages 8 and up on August 4, 6, 11 & 13 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. BANG Glass art studio and showroom located at 2600 N.W. 1st Avenue in Boca Raton.
The cost is $35 per child, per class and includes up to two completed projects that will be ready for pick up in a week’s time. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited so reserve your space, call 561-430-5179 or email email@example.com.
Adults can get in on the action, too! BANG glass offers three-hour classes for adults for $65 throughout the week for beginners as well as professional artists, where you can create a project such as a custom glass tray or bowl. I can’t wait to make something myself, too!
BANG Glass also produces custom fused glass dinnerware, bars, tables, sinks wall panels and lighting fixtures. Scott does some amazing work so if you are looking for some fused glass for your home or office, check it it out. For more information and class schedule, visit www.bangglass.com.
Disclosure- We received a free class to facilitate our review but all opinions are 100% our own.