Glass Blowing

Classes taught at The Crucible

One of the most recognized forms of glass art using the artists’ breath to inflate and shape molten glass on the end of hollow rods—beautiful, challenging and physically satisfying! Glass blowing is a popular area of study at The Crucible.

Adult Classes

3-Hour Taster: Hot Glass Casting

3-Hour Tasters are a great way to explore a new art form without the deeper commitment of a full course. You can try Blacksmithing, Ceramics, Enameling, Foundry, Glass Casting, Glass Flameworking, Glass Fusing, Jewelry, Leather or MIG Welding. Take a Taster and meet new friends, or give the gift of creativity to someone special. These popular and fun classes fill up fast!

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Decorative Glass Pumpkins

Try your hand at glass blowing while creating your own decorative glass pumpkins. Learn to safely gather glass from the furnace, apply colors, and shape and sculpt molten glass. These glass art pieces make great gifts all year round! Be prepared to work in the heat.

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Exploring Glass Ladling

Students learn various techniques for glass ladling into different forms in this exciting and fast-paced activity that yields instant gratification.

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Glass Blowing I

Learn the basic skills and techniques to create a personalized hand-blown glasswork. With supportive instruction in a team environment, you will learn to safely work with molten glass, gather glass from the furnace, apply colors, and shape and sculpt molten glass. Be prepared to work in the heat!

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Glass Blowing II: Cup Glass

Build upon the skills you‰’ve acquired in Glass Blowing I by learning to make a drinking glass! We will explore the design and creation of various forms of practical (and not-so-practical) drinking ware, including applying color, hot bits for feet, handles, and wraps. Students are encouraged to bring a sketchbook. PREREQUISITE: Glass Blowing I

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Glass Blowing III

This advanced course focuses on technique and form. Students will become more comfortable handling larger amounts of glass by taking a third gather. The class covers gathering technique, color application, and the refinement of specific forms. Individuals build on 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 & II

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Glass Blowing Immersion Program

The Crucible Immersion Workshops are designed to give beginning to advanced students an opportunity to do a deep-dive study in a particular curriculum area. Over the course of five days, you will learn theory, principles, and extensive techniques that will give you the necessary skills to work independently. Each day will consist of six hours of instruction with four hours of optional open lab time in the evening, except Friday, which will be a full 8-hour lab day. Lunch and dinner will be provided. The week will conclude with a dinner and artist reception on Friday evening, where artists will have their work on display to talk about proudly. Friends and family will be welcome and can join the dinner for a fee.

With heat from the belly of a 2000-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. You will manipulate and shape hot glass into paperweights, flowers, drinking vessels, bowls, bottles, sculptures, small vases and more. In a supportive and encouraging environment, you will be taught glass blowing theory and principles including rotation, gravity, form, control, thermal stress, bit work, annealing, color theory and application. To expand and refine your skills, fundamental techniques such as gathering, marvering, transferring, necking, trimming, sculpting, attachments, and wraps will be taught, as well as bench and blowing technique.

Safety and teamwork are a key focus of working in the hot shop. During this exciting workshop, professional glass artists will guide you through the techniques of working with hot glass. You will have the opportunity to construct projects of your very own design during the open lab. We will have a library of glassworking books and sample projects for inspiration. Come experience The Crucible in an intense learning program that will foster new skills and develop the artist in you. No experience is necessary to take this class. Sign up now for an opportunity to indulge in the lifestyle of a full time artist!

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Glass Blowing Lab

Lab sessions are a great benefit, exclusively for Crucible members! Practice the skills you learn in class and explore new possibilities with your craft. No instruction is provided during lab sessions, but a lab monitor will be present to answer questions, manage safety, and provide overall support. You are free to come and go at your convenience during open lab hours, however you must provide your own materials. PREREQUISITE: Glass Blowing I

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Glass Ornaments

Decorate your home with your own hand-blown glass ornaments. In this one-day workshop instructors guide the process of basic glass blowing, including gathering molten glass from the furnace, applying color, blowing a hollow vessel, and attaching a hot glass loop to hang the ornaments.

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Glass Paper Weights

Demystify the secrets behind glass paperweights with an excellent entry-level class for anyone wanting to dabble in hot glass. In this 1-day workshop you will learn to gather molten glass out of the furnace, apply color, and manipulate and shape the glass. Proper use of traditional glass blowing tools and key terminology are also explained. Expect to create a one-of-a-kind paperweight that will mesmerize your friends!

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Hearts of Glass

Speak the language of love with glass! In this exciting entry-level workshop we simplify the iconic and complex organ that symbolizes love and life ‰ÛÓ the heart. In our hot shop, students learn basic glass working techniques to blow, shape and mold hot glass. Your work of art will be in the form of a heart.

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Hot Glass Sculpting I

Explore the sculptural aspects of molten glass in this 5-week class. We will focus on color application, bit work, hot torch, and garage use. Students gain an understanding of the technical vocabulary of glass blowing. You will also learn the advantages and disadvantages of working with blown versus solid glass. PREREQUISITE: Glass Blowing I

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Youth Classes

Youth Glass Blowing I

Learn the basic skills and techniques to create a personalized hand-blown glasswork. With supportive instruction in a team environment, you will learn to safely work with molten glass, gather glass from the furnace, apply colors, and shape and sculpt molten glass. Be prepared to work in the heat!

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Youth Glass Blowing II

Students continue to work towards glass blowing proficiency in this intermediate-level class. We will utilize new tools, techniques, and an expanded knowledge of the physics involved to help hone our hot shop skills. Students will group into teams to create both functional and sculptural pieces. Be prepared to work in the heat. PREREQUISITE: Youth Glass Blowing I

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Youth Glass Blowing Immersion Program

Dive deep in this beginning and continuing level youth workshop. Students take an immersive step into weeklong study, becoming young artisans along the way. Learn to safely work with molten glass, gather glass from the furnace, apply colors, and shape and sculpt molten glass. You will also be exposed to theory, principles, and extensive techniques that let you design and create your own independent projects. No experience necessary, but be prepared to work in the heat!

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