Welcome to KSU’s Glass Program

Kent State University′s Glass Program is one of the oldest in the country, with a rich history and bright future. Started in the early 1970’s by Henry Halem, one of the patriarchs of the Studio Glass Movement, Kent’s Glass Program has continued to produce strong artists with a sense of history as well as contemporary glass practice.

Our Studio Motto is “Learn, Work, Safety”, because we think Safety is a verb. It takes knowledge and practice to engrain smart, safe studio habits, and informed safety should be a component of everyones studio practice.

This website is a repository for the Glass Studio′s operational and safety procedures as well as—hopefully soon—a series of equipment demos and maintenance protocol. Please bookmark this page so you can easily access General Procedures, Safety Protocols and Demos wherever you are!

Let′s keep us all safe and productive.

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Best Regards,
Davin K. Ebanks

Assistant Professor, (Head) Glass
Kent State University

Michael Schunke: Skull Lidded-Goblet

Part 1: The Skull.

Michael and his partner Josie Gluck operate Vetro Vero studios out of an old dairy in souther Pennsylvania. For this goblet, the team have chosen to prepare a batch of bright blue glass for their color furnace. The entire skull is made out of blue glass, and then coated with a thin layer of clear glass powder, which takes a bit of the shine away from the glass (like when you apply foundation to your skin, or powder your nose).

Watch Parts 2 & 3 as well!

Bullseye Quick Tip: Smooth Kiln Wash


Create a smooth, uniform surface on the shelf side of your fired work—not a brush stroke in sight!

First, prepare a kilnshelf with Bullseye Shelf Primer. Follow the instructions in our free video Preparing Kiln Shelves to prime and dry the shelf.

Once the shelf has cooled, gently buff the surface with a sheet of standard copy paper.

Tip the shelf upright with the primer side away from you and tap it lightly against a hard surface to knock off the loosened primer (to ease cleanup, tap the shelf onto a piece of butcher paper). Ideally, this will be done with local ventilation, wearing a NIOSH approved respirator.

Note: The buffed surface is delicate. Avoid sliding pieces of sheet glass across it, as primer can collect in the seams.

This technique is ideal for works with a single base sheet or minimal seams. We’re especially fond of the effect on iridized glass, though it’s equally effective on non-iridized opals & transparents.

See Original Bullseye Post here.

Preparing Kiln Shelves

Revised April 16, 2018.