Bring Your Art to Life with Fused Glass Masterpieces
Have you ever wanted to create beautiful, one of a kind jewelry for a loved one? Maybe you’re interested in bringing color and life to your home décor by making your own glass plates, picture frames, hanging wall art, or any glass art piece in between? Whatever your heart desires in the way of glass artwork, Creative License® in Hartford, WI can help!
We believe an artist is inside everyone, just waiting to get out. At Creative License®, you can create stunning pieces of art with fused glass! The process is easy and kids as young as ten can try creating beautiful glass art. Fused glass is a faster, easier alternative to making stained or blown glass art.
How It Works
First things first, you need an idea of what you’d like to create. It can be predetermined and sketched out at home, or you can get inspiration from our fused glass samples throughout our studio. Fused art creations range from small pieces of jewelry to large serving bowls.
Next, you choose your glass. We have a multitude of options, ranging in color, shape, and size – from broken glass shards to full sheets you can cut and shape yourself. All of these options make it easy to completely customize your fused glass.
Now it’s time to start creating. Glass pieces can be layered on top of each other, creating beautiful designs and dimensions. Our Creative Consultants will gladly assist you in this process so you get the results you want.
When you finish placing the glass for your design, we “fuse” your glass masterpiece in our kilns. The glass pieces melt together and become one single piece of glass. If you want, we can fire your design a second time to create a unique shape (which is called "slump" firing), or your piece can remain flat. We have a variety of slump molds to help you create dishes, candle holders, and sconces.
Finally, you take your work of art home!
What Can I Make With Fused Glass?
Your imagination is the only limit to your fused glass art. You can make a wide variety of projects by fusing glass, including:
- Dishes of many shapes and sizes
- Votive holders
- Glass letters
- And more!
Check out some fused glass art as created by Brian Kramp of Fox 6 Real Milwaukee:
Fused Glass for Holiday Gifts and Décor
Fused glass projects make for popular birthday and Christmas gifts. A handmade art project from Creative License® is better than anything you’ll find in a catalog or Black Friday sales ad. Instead of spending hundreds or thousands on a mass-produced piece of jewelry, make your own necklace or bracelet for the woman you love. Design a nightlight for your kids to help them sleep at night. Create a set of dishes for your close friends. Each of these handmade gifts come straight from the heart and are easy on your holiday budget.
Want something a little more traditional? Try painting Christmas ornaments with family, friends, and coworkers with a Christmas art party from Creative License®!
Fused Glass for Private Parties and Events
Share this unique art form with your friends, family, and coworkers with a private party at our Hartford studio. Only you and your invited guests are allowed to attend these after hour events, perfect for everything from birthday parties, bachelorette parties or bridal showers, and just an evening out with friends. We host corporate events as well, giving you a great location to get to know your coworkers better or promote company bonding.
These projects are easy, even for beginners. Our Creative Consultants will be on hand throughout the event to help everyone in your group create the perfect piece of art. Fused glass pieces are dishwasher safe and can be used to serve food, making them more than just decorations.
- Glass parties are required to spend a minimum of $300+tax
- Glass is fused in the kiln & ready for pick up in about a week
If you are hosting a private event, you may bring alcoholic beverages for your group to enjoy. However, Wisconsin liquor laws state we cannot sell alcohol nor can it be served during public business hours. Read our FAQ or contact our Creative Consultants for more details.
Fused Glass FAQ:
Q: Is it hard to do?
A: No, with just a few minutes of instruction, you will be on your way! If you need design assistance or a refresher, just ask our Creative Consultants!
Q: Can kids do it?
A: Some fused glass projects are safer and more ideal for children (Nightlights, for example). 10 and up is our preferred age, but, with proper adult supervision, we will make exceptions. If your child is too young to try creating fused glass, we have ceramic and canvas painting which is appropriate for all ages.
Q: Is my creation food safe?
A: Yes, you can use your fused glass plates and bowls for food. Impress your friends and family at your next gathering by serving them something delicious on your hand-crafted fused glass! You might create an entire set of themed holiday plates or let your children design their snack bowls.
Q: Is it dishwasher safe?
A: Yes! Plates and dishes created from fused glass at Creative License® can be washed in a dishwasher. Since the glass is colored instead of painted, you don’t have to worry about washing away the color. Just remember, these pieces are still glass and use caution when placing your dishes to avoid chipping.
Q: Can I bring in glass I found at the beach or from an old window?
A: No, each type of glass has a specific coefficient of expansion and melting point. Our fused glass has been tested to ensure fusing compatibility. Foreign glass may not be compatible and could ruin your project when it cools.
Q: How is fused glass different from stained glass or blown glass?
A: Stained glass art is created by holding colored pieces of glass together with some sort of frame. Occasionally, stained glass refers to clear glass which has been painted over to create a pattern or design. Fused glass does not need to be painted to achieve its colors and does not require a frame for pieces to stay in place.
Blown glass is made by taking molten glass and literally blowing air in with a tube to create shapes as the glass cools. This process can take years to master. Our fused glass creations are only heated by our Creative Consultants and the shapes are achieved using molds and “slumping”.