Glass Blowing Classes
Entry-level. Take this class with a friend and get a discount.
In this introductory glass blowing class you will practice and learn the basic skills, techniques and tools for manipulating and shaping glass to create your very own hand blown glass work such as paperweights, cups, bowls, sculptures and more. Be prepared for very hot work.
Prerequisite: Glass Blowing I
Briefly revisit what you learned in Glass Blowing I, and move on to focus on techniques, color application, bit work, and an introduction to optic molds and cane work. You can expect to refine your skills in tumblers, cups and bowl making, as well as expand your repertoire in other vessel shapes.
Prerequisites: Glass Blowing I
Raise a glass! Cups are functional, beautiful, and remain a standard unit of practice for the refinement of glass blowing skill. Explore the design and creation of various forms of practical and impractical drink-ware. Intentional control of the vessel will be complemented by techniques used to apply color and hot bits for feet, handles, and wraps. Skills presented will be valuable to any continuing student of glass and help to create higher quality work in less time. Teamwork will be emphasized. Students will have the opportunity to design and craft unique items as well as matching sets. Bring a sketchbook.
Demystify the secrets behind glass paperweights in this 1-day workshop excellent for anyone wanting to dabble in hot glass. Learn to gather molten glass out of the furnace, apply color, manipulate and shape the molten glass, and make use of traditional glass blowing tools. You can expect to create several one-of-a-kind paperweights.
Creativity heats up in this exciting entry-level workshop that simplifies the iconic organ that symbolizes love and life — the heart. Learn basic glass working techniques to blow, shape and mold hot glass to capture your creativity in the form of a heart. Come out with a unique item to keep or give as a gift to a special someone.
Impress friends and family with your very own hand blown glass ornaments, just in time for the holidays. In this 1-day workshop your instructor guides you through the basic process of glass blowing to help you create your unique blown glass ball ornaments. You will gather molten glass out of the furnace, apply color, blow a hollow vessel and finally attach a hot glass loop to hang your ornaments from.
Just in time for fall, here is your chance to try your hand at glass blowing as you create decorative glass pumpkins. Learn to safely work with molten glass, gather glass out of the furnace, apply colors, and finally shape and sculpt the molten glass into a unique and colorful glass pumpkins.
Prerequisites: Previous MIG welding and Glass Blowing skills
You will learn to fabricate shapes, containers and forms for ladle and punty rod glass casting. Experiment with a variety of materials such as fabricated steel, cast iron, bronze, copper and graphite forms. Inclusions to change texture, color, opacity will also be part of this experience.
This workshop uses fusible glass powders to create “drawn” or “painted” images that are kiln fired on multiple layers of glass. The layers are then fused into a single block of glass revealing a picture or design with dimensional qualities.
In this glass ladling Taster you’ll learn to make a temporary mold of sand and ladle molten glass directly into the mold. Our Tasters are paired up with a lunch for the morning section, and a wine-and-cheese mixer for the afternoon section, allowing students to socialize and engage in warm conversation about their experiences. Create a small project, and meet new fun people too. Receive a $15 discount when you sign up for one morning and one afternoon Taster on the same day in separate disciplines.
Explore various techniques for glass ladling into different forms in this exciting and often fast paced activity that yields instant gratification.
Prerequisites: Glass Blowing I or concurrent enrollment. Crucible Members Only
Hone your skills by practicing what you have learned in class, and explore new possibilities with the medium. As in class, lab members will be expected to work together and share the area as space is limited. Labs are typically monitored, but not instructional. An instructor will be present to answer questions and ensure safety.
Do a deep-dive study in glass blowing with our five-day immersion workshop where you will manipulate and shape hot glass into paperweights, flowers, drinking vessels, bowls, bottles, sculptures, small vases and more. Learn glass blowing theory and principles including rotation, gravity, form, control, thermal stress, bit work, annealing, color theory and application. With heat from the belly of a 2,000 degree furnace, you will transform the shape of molten glass using traditional tools such as marvers, jacks, paddles, straight and diamond shears, optic molds, wood blocks, as well the paper, the punty and the blowpipe. Fundamental techniques such as gathering, marvering, transferring, necking, trimming, sculpting, attachments, wraps, as well as, bench and blowing technique will be taught to expand and refine your skills. Construct projects of your very own design during the open lab and consult a library of glassworking books and sample projects for inspiration.