Three Dimensional Visions | GlassBlowingHouston
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Safety is our number one priority. Making glass is the experience of a lifetime. However, things are sharp, hot, and sometimes dangerous in our studios. Everyone who works on glass with us must read & sign our online safety waiver.
At Three Dimensional Visions, you can create glass (both blown glass in the hot studio and kiln-formed glass in the warm studio). You can experience the magic of glass in our hands-on experiences, events, classes, and workshops. You can feel that magic by observing glassmaking in our demos and watch & learn workshops. More info on these opportunities is below.
Book Now through our online booking system! This info should help you understand our terminology for experiences, events, classes, projects, watch & learns, and demonstrations. We also use this system to book design meetings, rent studio time, and reserve spots for other artists at our Outdoor Art Market. Please take a look! In most instances, space is limited, so it is important to Book Now!
Glassblowing Experiences – Hands-on with a Glassmaker
There is nothing more exciting for us than having someone see glassblowing for the first time up close and personal. Typically there is this massive smile on their face and sparkle in their eye. Their heart is pounding so hard, and you can almost hear it. That is why we call our first-time adventures with glass Experiences.
We offer a variety of Experiences that someone can do once or twenty times. The customer uses our online booking system to decide what to make and when to make it. There are a couple of individual experiences, but we have two people involved most of the time, and we make two pieces, so each person gets a choice. After all, glassblowing is naturally a team effort, and sometimes it takes two or an entire village to make one piece!
There is always the ability to reserve adjacent time slots so more than four people can participate. If those are available, it is a great way to have fun together. If you need help finding them or you need more than three slots, give us a call.
In an Experience, you get to pick out your forms and make any decisions for that form. We have over 100 colors, so you get to pick two of these for your piece. Sometimes this is the most challenging part and can take the most extended amount of time. You will get to help apply the color and then assist in blowing and shaping the piece as much as health protocols allow. Your experienced guide, known in glass terms as the gaffer, will share exciting factoids with you. So enjoy the learning too!
The glass must cool slowly in the annealer, a specialty kiln that will keep them warm till the end of the day (set at about 940 degrees F). After that, they will be taken down slowly to their strain point, about another 100 degrees lower until they equilibrate and then down 40 degrees /hour until ambient. So your piece won’t be ready to take home until about noon on our next business day.
Book Experiences here after you have reviewed their description, terms, and costs.
An Event in the hot shop is when you have more than five people. For Events, there are lots of options.
The first option is a Make a Something Event. You choose what forms the group will make, and then everyone will get to choose their individualized colors. Each person can make a piece of glass.
The second option is for us to make small glass pieces ahead of time for each person. Then the group gets to watch and ask questions during a narrated demo of a medium-large piece being created. You choose to purchase the piece being made, and it could belong to the group or an individual.
The third option is a Collaborative Piece. In this, everyone participates in making one piece that will belong to the group or one individual. The possibilities are pretty limitless. Call us, and we will help make your event meet your needs!
Check out some other ideas for events and Book Events here.
Classes – Learn to make glass.
Learning how to make glass in classes is about understanding the how or theory and then practicing it repeatedly. This is true for both kiln-forming and blowing glass. For each, we have a series of progressive classes that build on one another. You can work on particular skills or issues outside class by renting time with an expert glassmaker in our Skill Building private time sessions or a Kiln-Forming Consultation.
Want to learn to blow glass? Want to start back after a lengthy hiatus? Then take one of our Six-Week Glassblowing Class Sessions. We love teaching, sharing our knowledge, and enthusiasm for glass as the material of choice. We use a systemic approach to teach glassblowing in a series of three progressive six-week classes. Classes in our six-week sessions meet one time a week for three hours for six weeks.
If you miss a class, it is best to make it up before the next one so that you can stay on track (we allow one free make-up per six-week session). Each class and course builds on the previous one. The six-week sessions require a minimum of two students. Four students are the maximum per instructor. So, there is plenty of one-on-one time.
If you have limited experience, you begin with the foundation course, Introduction to Beginning Glassblowing. If you are uncertain of your placement, we provide a skills test, and the results determine the appropriate level. After you complete the first six-week session, if you feel ready (and we agree), you can begin renting time in the studio to practice and build on what you have learned.
The kiln-forming classes are strong on theory to help understand what happens to the glass as it transforms in the kiln. Progressive in nature, they begin with building a good foundation, move on to creating textures, and then just let your creativity flow by putting it all together in the third-weekend class. Maybe Zen in the Warm Glass studio sounds like fun to you.
Read about our Classes and see if they are right for you.
Hands-on fun with a small group working on the same project in the Warm Glass studio is what Thursday nights are all about. Projects are selected to teach skills and end up with a cool result that you can use. Read the descriptions and come to one or come to all. We look fun to creating glass with you!
Watch & Learn
The Watch & Learn category was an adjustment to our service category during the covid pandemic. It allows for social distancing and other health safety protocols while allowing our customers to experience the magic of glass in a small group (no more than four people). You can pick any of our one-hour experiences for this. It will cost the same as your selected offering. It’s like a personalized demo for a small group, except that the piece(s) created are yours as part of the price. Reserve a Watch & Learn, and you can pick any of the $150 experiences.
Not interested in making glass, but do you want to be “Blown Away” watching a medium-large glass piece being made live? Then our group demo is perfect for you. We narrate the event and answer questions on the fly. We can also sell the piece being made to you all in the audience!
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Are you an experienced glassblower, kiln worker, or cold worker? You can rent studio time with us in the Hot Shop, Warm Shop, or the Coldworking Studio. Can’t work alone, or don’t like to? Book your time with an assistant. Need private lessons or consultations, that is available also.
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