Currently Offered

Classes run on a quarterly basis. Public registration is open for fall session now. Membership also entitles you to 10% off class tuition, and more during some special events. Not applicable to tasters. Not combinable with other offers.

Neon & Light Faculty

Christian Schiess – Area Head
Danny Baggs
Ed Kirshner
Louis Brill
Steve Boverie
Steve Widmark
Norman Moore

Radiant light technology greatly expands the possibilities for light design, whether incandescent, fluorescent, neon, LED, plasma or electro-luminescent wire. Our classes introduce and explain techniques, tools, properties and adaptability of these materials. Illuminated projects can either stand alone or be combined with many of the other processes taught at The Crucible.

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Introduction to Neon

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Neon Sculpture Classes
Entry-level. Take this class with a friend and get a discount.

Light up your art by adding neon to your projects. You’ll learn the tools and techniques needed to complete a project in neon, including basic chemistry behind the light, and design and aesthetic considerations.  You’ll have the opportunity to complete an illuminated project. Necessary transformers are provided.

Continuing Techniques in Neon

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Prerequisite: Introduction to Neon or consent of the instructor.

Building on your basic skills, this class emphasizes the possibilities when creating unique artwork using neon light. Class work includes discussion of the expanded use of color, choice of glass size, bombarding/manifold operation, self-directed sculptural conception and construction. You’ll have the opportunity to complete two or three illuminated projects.

Neon Sign Design

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Neon Sign Design Classes
Prerequisite: Intro to Neon and Continuing Techniques or consent of the instructor.

This exciting course provides an in-depth exploration of the elements of neon and light for fine sign design. You will learn advanced skills in manipulating hot glass tubing to create letters, shapes and designs for two-dimensional projects. This course also covers how to measure and create neon patterns and techniques for mounting and wiring finished neon.

Plasma Sculpture

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Prerequisite: Introduction to Neon and Continuing Techniques in Neon or consent of the instructor. Offered twice a year.

This course introduces the use of gas plasma in glass vessels to create illuminated sculptures. You will learn how to create a simple vessel for gas plasma, how to process and pump plasma and how to wire the electronics involved in gas plasma sculpture. You will have the chance to complete at least two gas plasma projects.

Lab: Neon

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neon lab
At least one neon class, or permission of instructor.

Practice and perfect the skills you learned in class without spending a fortune to set up your own shop.. In labs, you can work on class assignments or your own projects. Lab time is supervised, but does not include instruction or materials.

EL-Wire Workshop

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EL-Wire Classes

Add shimmer and sparkle to sculpture, interiors and wearable art with electroluminescent (EL) wire, a decorative, flexible wire that glows very much like neon. This one-day workshop introduces basic soldering techniques and various ways to assemble and attach wire to fabric, wood and plastic. You’ll also get a taste of drivers and sequencers for animation and advanced techniques.

Special Effects with EL-Wire

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Prerequisite: EL Wire Workshop

Takes your EL wire skills to the next level with sequencing, light combinations and movement. Sequencing allows you to create simple yet spectacular special effects and animations, while light combinations and movement make your projects come alive.

Demystifying the Light Emitting Diode (LED)

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Entry-level. Rare offering.

Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are efficient, inexpensive, durable, can be used in many interesting ways and come in many colors, shapes, intensities and sizes. This course teaches you about LEDs and the basic circuits needed to make them work. You’ll get a complete kit of LEDs and parts to use in class and in your future projects.