Introduction to Lost Wax Casting: Small Glass Vessel Casting

  • Saturday, April 09, 2022
  • Saturday, April 16, 2022
  • 3 sessions
  • Saturday, April 09, 2022, 10:00 AM 5:00 PM (PDT)
  • Sunday, April 10, 2022, 10:00 AM 5:00 PM (PDT)
  • Saturday, April 16, 2022, 1:00 PM 5:00 PM (PDT)
  • BARN's Glass Arts Studio, Class Code GL040922DR
  • 2


  • $371 + $35 materials fee
  • $285 + $35 materials fee

Registration is closed

The goal in this 3 session class is to make a vessel form in glass using the lost wax process. Students will begin with a pre-made wax form that they carve into and alter. We will be asking students to research surface decoration ideas for their project before coming to class. Students will bring these ideas to the class in the form of sketches, copies, magazine clippings, etc.

Attending the free slide show presentation for Cast Glass: Inspiring Artists, Challenging Processes! beginning on Sunday, April 3rd is strongly encouraged to prepare you for this class. Please click here to read more and register.

Session 1 (10:00 am - 5:00 pm): Introduction of the project. Slides of the process to be explored and inspirational work made by renowned artists in the field will be shown. Glass types and firing and annealing processes will be discussed. Students will carve and shape the wax vessel.

Session 2 (10:00 am - 5:00 pm): Students learn to make refractory molds of their wax forms. Wax is steamed out of molds, then filled with glass, readied for firing. We load the kiln. Pieces will be fired during the week.

Session 3 (1:00 pm - 5:00 pm): When class meets for the third session, pieces are demolded and cleaned up. Basic coldworking methods and finishing techniques are discussed.


  • Registration will close on Thursday, April 7th at 5:00 pm.
  • This is a beginner-level class and is open to all levels.
  • There is a $35 materials fee included in the price of the class.
  • Please feel free to bring a lunch. We have a refrigerator and microwave available located on the lower level.
  • Remember to wear close-toed shoes & long pants in the Glass Studio at all times! This is a strictly enforced safety policy. Thank you. 
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. Tuition Assistance is available - click here to fill out the simple application before registering for a class. For those who might need physical assistance, please learn about BARN's Companion Program here.

  • Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols.

Instructor Bio:

Debra Ruzinsky serves as executive director of Bainbridge Arts and Crafts on Bainbridge Island, WA. She previously served close to 4 years as director of the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, TN, and has had leadership roles at a number of other arts and community agencies around the US. Debra earned a BA in Design from UCLA and an MFA in Glass from the Rochester Institute of Technology’s School of American Craft. She had a prior career in Hollywood as a designer and maker for films, commercials, and music videos. She additionally spent 11 years as a Walt Disney Imagineer, designing for theme parks worldwide.

Debra is an active and engaged glass artist with an ongoing practice. Her works are found in numerous collections, among them the Seto City Museum collection in Seto, Japan, and the Glasmeseet Ebeltoft collection in Denmark. She has exhibited at such venues as Vis Arts in Rockville, MD, Urban Glass in Brooklyn, NY, Hawk Galleries exhibition BIGG: Breakthrough Ideas in Global Glass in Columbus, OH, The Wayne Art Center exhibition Reflections in Glass in Pennsylvania, the Brattleboro Museum of Art exhibition Glass in All Senses in Vermont, and the Glass Heap Challenge exhibition at the Glass Factory Museum in Boda Glasbruk, Sweden.

Debra uses lost wax, mold-making, and casting processes to create sculptural glassworks that explore opacity and translucence, delving into ideas about belief and identity. Her works have been exhibited and collected throughout the US and internationally.

More information about her can be found here:

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