Glass Flameworking

Using the intense heat of an oxygen-propane torch, learn how to melt and shape borosilicate glass. You’ll learn to create beautiful and interesting pieces including beads, marbles, small sculptures and hollow vessels.

Current Classes at a Glance

Please see the Class Index page here.

Upcoming Classes

Friday Flame: Glass Flameworking

End the workweek with flames, friends, and a toast. Join us for Friday Flame, a unique night out creating industrial art and enjoying good company. Enjoy a 2-hour workshop creating a work of art to take home. Then sip cocktails with the group and marvel at your new masterpiece.

Glass Flameworking I

Create beautiful glass ornaments, pendants, t marbles, and more! Learn how to use tools and equipment like an oxy-propane torch to melt and shape glass. We’ll cover a variety of techniques including color pulling and applying, color pattern application, and marble-making.

Glass Beads I

Learn to make colorful glass beads from Effettre glass rods (a soft glass) using an oxy-propane torch. This class teaches you how to make a variety of bead shapes, introducing tools to form and alter surface patterns, and to make stringers and twistees.

Adventures in Soft Glass: Finding Your Inner Monster

Extend your glass experience by learning techniques in creating open hollow forms. Monster expert Ralph McCaskey takes you on a journey in soft glass sharing secrets to creating facial expressions (if, indeed a bead could have a faces) with a concentration on the eyes, thought of as windows to the soul. An examination of a brief historical look at monsters will give you a good starting point for your project. The class will wind up with embellishment techniques such as feathers and electroforming.

Glass Flameworking Lab

Practice and perfect the skills you learn in class. Push the boundaries and explore new possibilities with your craft. Lab time is supervised but does not include instruction or materials. You are free to come and go at your convenience during open lab hours. Labs are typically non instructional, but a lab monitor will be present to answer questions, manage safety, and provide overall support. *Labs are exclusively for Crucible members

Glass Flameworking 3-Hour Taster

Tasters are a great way to explore the myriad art disciplines we offer. Take a class with a friend, create a special gift to share. Not sure which of our incredible classes to take, want to introduce someone new to a craft, have an itch to just try something new without too much commitment. Try Blacksmithing, Enameling, Sand Casting, Glass Fusing, Jewelry, or Leather. What will you discover next?

Glass Beads II

Improve your bead making skills! This weekend class explores the many uses of individual techniques, such as dots, lines, twisters, raking, and encasing. We will choose up to four areas of concentration and devote two to three hours to each topic.

Glass Flameworking II

Expand on the fundamentals and investigate the intricacies of borosilicate glass flameworking in this intermediate course. Create more involved projects and contemporary designs, more progressive solid glass techniques, and use glass tubing to make blown glass perfume bottles and vessels. We’ll also cover color application to blown glass pieces and annealing hollow form pieces.

Advanced Marble Making Techniques

Deepen your knowledge with advanced techniques in color, depth, texture, organic detail, murrine and cane use. You will develop skills creating mysterious vortex marbles, enchanting implosion marbles, and mystical dichroic galaxy marbles.

Flameworking Immersion Program

Workshops are designed to give students beginner level to advanced, an opportunity to do a deep-dive study in a particular curriculum area. Over the course of five days, you’ll learn theory, principles, and extensive techniques that will give you the necessary skills to work independently. Each day is six hours of instruction with four hours of optional open lab time in the evening, with the exception of Friday, which is a full 8-hour lab day. Lunch and dinner is provided. The workshop week concludes with a dinner and artist reception on Friday evening, where artists’ work is on display. Friends and family are welcome to dinner for a fee.

Youth Glass Flameworking (Ages 12 – 17)

Discover flameworking! A type of hot glasswork, students in this class learn to manipulate molten glass over a torch with confidence and create beautiful and unique marbles, pendants and figures out of colored glass.

Future Quarters

Friday Flame: Glass Flameworking

End the workweek with flames, friends, and a toast. Join us for Friday Flame, a unique night out creating industrial art and enjoying good company. Enjoy a 2-hour workshop creating a work of art to take home. Then sip cocktails with the group and marvel at your new masterpiece.

Glass Flameworking 3-Hour Taster:

Tasters are a great way to explore the myriad art disciplines we offer. Take a class with a friend, create a special gift to share. Not sure which of our incredible classes to take, want to introduce someone new to a craft, have an itch to just try something new without too much commitment. Try Blacksmithing, Enameling, Sand Casting, Glass Fusing, Jewelry, or Leather. What will you discover next?

Glass Beads I

Learn to make colorful glass beads from Effettre glass rods (a soft glass) using an oxy-propane torch. This class teaches you how to make a variety of bead shapes, introducing tools to form and alter surface patterns, and to make stringers and twistees.

Glass Beads II

Improve your bead-making skills! Explore the many uses of such bead-making techniques as dots, lines, twisters, raking and encasing. We will choose up to four areas of concentration and devote two to three hours to each topic.

Glass Flameworking II

Expand on the fundamentals and investigate the intricacies of borosilicate glass flameworking in this intermediate course. Create more involved projects and contemporary designs, more progressive solid glass techniques, and use glass tubing to make blown glass perfume bottles and vessels. We’ll also cover color application to blown glass pieces and annealing hollow form pieces.

Advanced Techniques in Flameworking

Build upon the techniques learned in Flameworking I and II with advanced projects that will include working with the human figure and discussions on the business of glass flameworking, including production, design, marketing, galleries and museums.

Adventures in Soft Glass: Voluptuous Vessels

Students will learn small-scale glassblowing techniques to make hollow forms such as flasks, amphorae and sculptural pieces.  Various decorating and embellishment methods will also be featured.

Adventures in Soft Glass: Finding Your Inner Monster

Extend your glass experience by learning techniques in creating open hollow forms. Monster expert Ralph McCaskey takes you on a journey in soft glass sharing secrets to creating facial expressions (if, indeed a bead could have a faces) with a concentration on the eyes, thought of as windows to the soul. An examination of a brief historical look at monsters will give you a good starting point for your project. The class will wind up with embellishment techniques such as feathers and electroforming.

Adventures in Soft Glass: Fabulous Fish

Learn how to sculpt solid and hollow-bodied glass fantasy fish, with an emphasis on decorative techniques. Bring your ideas!

Duplicating Nature in Glass

Learn techniques in twisting and manipulating glass to create flowers, branches and insects. In this class you will closely examine organic elements and explore techniques to create in glass what grows naturally in your garden.

Advanced Marble Making Techniques

The magical world of glass marble making continues in this course for the enthusiast. Explore advanced techniques such as color, depth, texture, organic detail, murrine and cane use, as well as surface decoration to create vortex marbles, implosion marbles, and mystical dichroic galaxy marbles.

Glass Flameworking II

Expand on the fundamentals and investigate the intricacies of borosilicate glass flameworking in this intermediate course. Create more involved projects and contemporary designs, more progressive solid glass techniques, and use glass tubing to make blown glass perfume bottles and vessels. We’ll also cover color application to blown glass pieces and annealing hollow form pieces.