Glassworks Field Trip

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Glassworks Field Trip

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On Thursday March 28, students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade Windows Art went on a field trip to Glassworks Studio in Morristown, NJ. This studio not only showed students how glass designs were created, but allowed for students to create their own glass design.

Prior to the visit, students were told to think about a mosaic design that they would then create. There were no rules for colors, designs, shapes or sizes of the glass. Once the designs were ready, students were able to go on to the next step, which was the kiln.

Before putting the mosaics into the kiln the students had to make sure the glass would not move around and lose its place. To do this you had to put two little dots of glue on the colored glass you chose before putting on the 3 by 8 inch plain clear glass. Using the glue ensured that each design would stay the same on the journey to the kiln. The colored glass could be found in all different shapes, sizes, tints and shades.

There was one final decision to be made prior to using the kiln: Choose if you wanted the finished product to look smooth, or bumpy. 

The trip overall was really fun experience.  It taught students a lot about glass making and it allowed students to take home a beautiful final product.