Glass Fusing Basics – Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design

Glass Fusing Basics

Glass Fusing Basics
Date: September 11 – October 2, 2023 (Mondays, 4 weeks)
Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Instructor: John Niznansky
Fee: $86 plus HST (Members) | Fee: $98.90 plus HST (Non-Members)

Students will begin by learning basic glass cutting skills and the principles of fusion glass. Explore Methods of fusing glass into a decorative panel, as well as methods of slumping, bending and forming glass into creative, and functional art pieces using a multiple firing technique. Students should expect to pay a materials fee of approximately $50 which includes glass and a double firing.  However, materials fee may vary according to the size of the project and the types of glass chosen.

Material Fee not included

John Niznansky is, for the most part, a self-taught potter who has been greatly influenced by several old-time potters including Robbin Hopper, Karen Karnes, Phil Rodgers, Warren Mackenzie, and Richard Batterham. Having previously worked with stained and warm glass, and working as a finishing carpenter on Vancouver Island, he was searching to make a change and work with a more fluid and malleable media like clay.He acquired his first pottery wheel and kiln in 2004 and started as a hobby potter. He studied various pottery styles and after having moved to Southern Ontario, progressed to making and selling his work at a local market.

He now resides in Sydney and has built a studio to continue with making and selling functional wares locally in Cape Breton. He has a keen interest in using local clay for production of pots and for making glaze materials. His inspiration comes from the influence that nature, and the local environment has on his work.

Advance registration for members begins August 21

General registration for non-members begins September 11

For more information on this program or to register, email