Want to learn to blow glass? Want to start back after a lengthy hiatus? 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. Attendance is capped at four students per instructor. So, there is plenty of one-on-one time. You can make a reservation to attend via our online booking system.
If you have limited experience, you begin with the foundation course, Introduction to Beginning Glassblowing. If you have experience and want to be placed in another class, we will give you a skills test and based on the results will put you at the appropriate level. After you complete the first six-week session, if you feel you are ready (and we agree), you can begin to rent time in the studio to practice and build on what you have learned.
Introduction to Beginning Glass Blowing (Six-Week Session):
The class always begins with safety and studio protocol. We will provide you with references and critical internet links to enhance our teaching and your learning. You will learn how to gather from the furnace, mount the bench, and use the tools! Then you will learn to shape your glass and blow a bubble. There’s an art to each one of these skills. It takes a lot of practice, the building of muscle memory and getting used to the studio environment. You will learn about equipment, working temperatures, and how glass must cool slowly.
We will teach you the fundamental skills that you will use whenever you blow glass for the rest of your life! You will do some simple projects in clear glass which will include a cup, a cup with a handle, and perhaps a 7-inch cylinder. What you end up with is your creation, not something made by the instructor.
Focus on Forms (Six-Week Session):
During this six week session, you will build on what you have learned in the Intro class. During the initial six week session, you learned how to make the first of the six primary glassblowing forms, the cylinder. This session focuses on learning how to make the other five fundamental glass blowing forms. You will start learning how to assist others and work together as a team. Both the Intro and Focus on Forms class are taught using clear glass. That way, you are learning skills without the influence and complication of color.
Focus on Color (Six-Week Session):
This is the third and final six-week session in our progressive series. You must have attended our first two six week classes (Intro to Glass Blowing and Focus on Forms) or have the approval of the instructor. The expectation is that you have experience gathering from the furnace, making a punty, working as both a gaffer and an assistant and that you can successfully make the six primary forms. This class is focused on the application of color. It starts with applying colored frit and learning how to transition from one color to another, twist the color and apply one color as a backing. It moves on to the use of color bars and the application of color in an overlay. During the last two classes, there will be demonstrations (only) of cane & murrini making and how to incorporate them in a piece.
1 Hour Skill Building Class:
Glassblowing experience required. You may sign up if you are one of our renters, who have already undergone a competency test, or you are currently enrolled or have previously taken at least one of our Six Week Session Glass Blowing Classes. Define what skill you would like to work on and sign up for the time. You may not make a piece, but you certainly will get practice. We will work with a maximum of two people in this one hour class. You can sign up for multiple hours if needed.