Adult Classes | Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass
Today’s hours: 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
always free admission


Adult Classes

Due to updated COVID-19 guidelines from the CDC and Winnebago County Health Department on August 4th, 2021, Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass asks that all visitors, volunteers, and staff wear masks inside the museum. Thank you for your support and patronage.


In the Glass Studio, anyone 16 and older can learn a variety of glass working techniques from professional artists. With classes designed to have a low student to instructor ratio, you will have lots of personal attention to help your creativity flow into your project. Bring a friend or come and do something nice just for yourself. You will come away with a substantial work of art you can be proud of. You can register for classes now or call us with questions at 920.751.4658.


Frit Slurry

Thursday, September 23, 2021 | 5:30 – 8:30 PM
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Registration Cut-off Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Blend frit and glass to create a colorful painted dish, even if you have no prior experience with painting. Colorful slurries made of frit and water will be blended to create a tie-dyed, marbleized, or watercolor look on glass. All experience levels Sara Rezin,...
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Pate de Verre Bowl – 09/12

Sunday, September 26, 2021 | 1:00 - 4:00pm
Create your very own pate de verre bowl with artist Deanna Clayton. Students will learn the basics of pate de verre, also known as “paste of glass”. Using glass frit, create a textured bowl that is completely functional. We will keep your bowl and fire it. After, Deanna will electroplate it – a process that will add a metal finish around the rim. All experience levels Deanna Clayton,...
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John Littleton and Kate Vogel: Casting Master Class 

Friday, October 1, 2021 | Friday, October 1: 1pm-4pm; Saturday, October 2: 10am-12pm and 1pm-4pm; Sunday, October 3: 12pm-4pm
Spots Available: 8
Registration Cut-off Date: Friday, September 24, 2021
Friday, October 1: 1pm-4pm Saturday, October 2: 10am-12pm & 1pm-4pm Sunday, October 3: 12pm-4pm In this weekend intensive workshop, students will create a cast glass version of their own hand. John Littleton and Kate Vogel will demonstrate and teach how they make the cast glass hands in their artwork. Through a series of different mold making techniques and wax sculpting, participants will be able to complete the steps necessary to...
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Ocean Wave – 10/07

Thursday, October 7, 2021 | 5:30 – 8:30 PM
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Registration Cut-off Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Make a splash with your own fused glass wave! Capture the beauty of the great lakes or the ocean in glass. Cut and shape colorful glass into a beautiful fused glass wave. Your finished piece can be displayed in an iron stand, (additional cost for the stand), slumped into a dish, or hung in a window as a stunning suncatcher. All experience levels Sara Rezin,...
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Art Activity Day: Halloween Ghost

Saturday, October 9, 2021 | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
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Registration Cut-off Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021
Make a spooky decoration for your home! With this kit, you can create a decoration to add to your Halloween collection. Complete it with a hook and invisible hanging line to make your ghost mysteriously float! The Glass Studio will fire your glass art creation and you can pick it up one week later at the museum.
  • Projects are $15 each.
  • Drop-in anytime between 10am and 1pm.
  • Pay at the event, no registration is needed. (Credit, Debit, Cash are accepted)
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Preserving Leaves in Glass – Two session class – 10/14-10/16

Thursday, October 14, 2021 | 5:30 – 8:00 PM
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Registration Cut-off Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Preserve the beautiful fall foliage in glass! In Part 1 of this class, students will learn how to combine powdered glass and dried leaves to create a custom sheet of glass. The leaves will be fired into a sheet of glass that will then be cut up and incorporated into a fused glass dish in Part 2 of the class. Students should bring several pressed flat, dried leaves with stems to class. Fern, maple, oak, ginkgo, ivy, etc. leaves all work well with this process. IMPORTANT NOTE: When...
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