One of the most recognized forms of glass art using the artists’s breath to inflate and shape molten glass on the end of hollow rods – beautiful, challenging and physically satisfying – a very popular series of classes at The Crucible.
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
Picking up where the introduction to glass blowing leaves off, you’ll focus on techniques, color application, bit work, an introduction to optic molds and cane work. You can expect to refine your skills in tumblers, cups and bowl making, as well as, expanding your repertoire in other vessel shapes.
Prerequisites: Glass Blowing I & II
This class will primarily focus on technique and form. Students will become more comfortable handling larger amounts of glass by taking a third gather. Each class will focus on gathering technique, color application, and the refinement of specific forms. Individuals will refine the skills learned in Glass Blowing I & II while working on slightly larger pieces such as bowls, cylinders, cones and bottleneck vessels. Teamwork and the roles of Gaffer and Assistant will be emphasized.
Prerequisites: Glass Blowing I
Cups are functional, beautiful, and remain a standard unit of practice for the refinement of glass blowing skill. Explore various forms of drink-ware while practicing intentional control of the vessel, plus techniques used to apply color and hot bits for feet, handles, and wraps. Bring a sketchbook — you’ll have the opportunity to design unique pieces as well as matching sets.
Prerequisites: Glass Blowing I & II
This five-week class will explore the sculptural aspects of molten glass and give students a vocabulary of working out of round. Teamwork and communication will be emphasized and practiced. Discussions will cover the advantages and disadvantages of working blown or solid. Color application, bit work, hot torch, and use of the garage will be major components of the class. Bring drawings of your ideas and concepts.
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. Lab members are expected to work together and share the area. Labs are monitored, but not instructional.
Transform the shape of molten glass using traditional tools and a range of techniques progressing from from basic to advanced over 5 days of immersive study in glass blowing. Learn glass blowing theory and principles including rotation, gravity, form, control, thermal stress, bit work, annealing, color theory and application. Class projects include paperweights, flowers, drinking vessels, bowls, bottles, sculptures, small vases and more.