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Forming Beyond the Mold with Frank van den Ham: Session 2

  • $600.00

In this five day Master Class, students will explore a new way of thinking about kiln-forming as it applies to forming glass under heat inside the kiln. The emphasis of the workshop is on giving students the tools to create new, unusual shapes, free from commercial molds. Frank will take students through his methods of using as little mold as possible to create unique slumping forms, minimizing texture with the goal of making truly transparent fused forms.

Through a series of projects, students will explore shaping with heat and gravity, sagging, and attaining transparency difficult to accomplish in typical fusing and slumping. This workshop will open your eyes to a new way of making three dimensional work in your kiln.
Included in the class, Frank will have several lectures covering the theoretical aspects of fusing and kiln-forming, including firing schedules and more. Each student will create at least 3 different objects and obtain the knowledge needed to move forward in these methods in their own studio practice.

June 21-25, 2023



All glass and materials are included in this class. Either bring lunch, or we will order out and pick up for you! 

There is also one evening where a fun-filled dinner will be hosted by Meryl!

If you'd like more information before registering for this class online, feel free to call us at 732-384-7504

50% deposit holds your spot! You will be invoiced for the balance 45 days before the workshop.


For almost 40 years, Frank van den Ham has been working with glass full time. He creates his artwork, and for a few weeks a year, he likes to share his knowledge. He’s taught his workshops in over twenty countries!

Frank is best described as an artist that makes different worlds recognizable and aims to connect them. His fascination with Africa and the Far East, and his purely Dutch roots, make him a traveler between worlds. Always in search of the additional, the complimentary, always in search of home; his homesickness for ‘there’, gives his objects ensigns and warmth that inevitably touches the onlooker. Colorful, poetic compositions in glass, sometimes combined with other materials like wood, fabric and silver, give a surprising sight into his realm of thoughts and dreams.

For several years, Frank had a studio in South Africa to teach local people glass techniques. At the moment, he lives in Indonesia.

His objects are exhibited all over the world, and can be found in many museums and private collections. His work demonstrates uniqueness in an exuberant range of different objects in which shape is as equally important as color.

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