rayzist sandcarving
Both workshops include all the materials you need.

Rayzist to Host Two Sandcarving Workshops


Rayzist holds two different sandcarving workshops this week; one a Sandcarving Basics Workshop on May 9-10, and the other an Images in Glass Workshop — Fusing on May 11-12 with Fire Fusion in the San Diego North County area. 

The Sandcarving Basics Workshop on May 9-10 is from 12 to 5 p.m. on May 9 and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 10 at Rayzist headquarters, 955 Park Center Drive in Vista, California. The class is designed to teach you basic to intermediate sandcarving techniques. 

“This intense 2-day hands-on workshop will provide you with skill, techniques, knowledge, and motivation for the sandcarving industry,” states Liz Haas, Rayzist. The workshop features all the materials you need in a small class size, with a ratio of 1:1 sandcarving cabinets to students. 

Attendees will complete six showroom-ready items, learning how to sandcarve on various materials such as optic crystal, wine bottles, metal, and stone.  Along with learning how to add additional value to each item with light frost and color-fill techniques, each student will also stage carve a 16-stage eagle head on a 1/2”-thick Starfire glass award. 

The workshop is $560 per person with a $50 discount for additional persons in the same group. This is the second workshop of this style Rayzist will hold this year. The next event is scheduled for October 3 and 4. 

To register for the Sandcarving Basics Workshop or for more information, visit rayzist.com

The next workshop, held with Fire Fusion Studio, is on May 11-12 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On the first day, at Rayzist headquarters, 955 Park Center Drive in Vista, California, you can learn how to convert images into line screen, make photomasks, and how to apply masks to glass, sandblasting images, inking, and preparing to fuse. Day two, at Susan Hirsch’s Fire Fusion Studio, 968 E Rancheros Drive Suite S San Marcos, California, will be about building your three to four layered collage pieces, putting in the big kiln to fire, and more. 

According to Haas, glass fusing has grown in popularity in the art glass community, as well as in the awards industry for more unique gifts and awards. “Learn from an expert in her field, Susan Hirsch,” says Haas. “She has skillfully mastered the art of capturing images, texture, and halftone images into the fusible glass using photoresist films and combining multi-level works of art.” In this class, Hirsch guides attendees through each process and provides firing schedules and cold working techniques for cutting and polishing edges. 

The two-day workshop is $400 and is limited to six students. Class fees include all materials used and shipping your fired pieces. 

Reserve a spot and sign up with a 50% deposit. 

Got a news tip? Contact Julia Schroeder