Classes taught at The CrucibleUsing the intense heat of an oxygen-propane torch, learn how to melt and shape borosilicate or soft glass. Students create beautiful and interesting pieces including beads, marbles, small sculptures, and hollow vessels.
3-Hour Taster: Glass Flameworking
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!
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. Students create vortex marbles, implosion marbles, and mystical dichroic galaxy marbles. PREREQUISITE: Glass Flameworking I
Advanced Techniques in Flameworking
Build upon the techniques learned in Glass Flameworking I & II with advanced projects that include working with the human figure. We will discuss the business of glass flameworking, including production, design, marketing, galleries and museums. PREREQUISITES: Glass Flameworking I & II
Adventures in Soft Glass: Fabulous Fish
This intermediate-level class will have you sculpting fabulous solid and hollow-bodied fish in just one day. Emphasis will be on both structural and delightful decorative glass flameworking techniques, along with an exploration of various aquatic life forms. Fun is the main ingredient! PREREQUISITE: Glass Beads I or Glass Flameworking I
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 face) 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. PREREQUISITE: Glass Beads I or Glass Flameworking I
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. PREREQUISITE: Glass Beads I or Glass Flameworking I
Ancient Mask Beads and Vessels
Hone your sculptural skills in the flame, using inspiration from African masks as a starting point! We will decorate these shapes with various materials, including reduction powders and enamels, to create mask beads and other stylized faces. You’ll learn about the endless decorative possibilities that powders can create. The result will be beads that look like artifacts unearthed from an archeological dig. We will discover the transformational power of masks, revealed in the flame, one bead at a time! PREREQUISITE: Glass Beads I
Duplicating Nature in Glass
Learn techniques in twisting and manipulating glass to create flowers, branches and insects. Students closely examine organic elements and explore techniques to create in glass what grows naturally in your garden. PREREQUISITE: Glass Flameworking I
Flameworking 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.
Over the flame of a 4000-degree torch, you will learn to transform the shape of glass using flameworking tools such as graphite marvers, paddles, marble molds, tweezers, mashers, steel mandrels, reamers, and more. We will melt, shape, and transform tubes and solid rods of glass into marbles, beads, flowers, insects, monsters, and hollow ornaments. In a supportive and encouraging environment, we will cover flameworking theory and principles including rotation, gravity, reading the heat base, hot and cold seals, gathering, condensing, tension, annealing, color theory and application, chemistry and physics. Professional glass artists will guide you through the techniques of working with borosilicate and soda-lime glass (soft glass). Students construct projects of their own design during the open lab. We will have a library of glassworking books and sample projects for inspiration. Sign up for an intense learning program to foster new skills and develop the artist in you. No experience necessary!
Friday Flame: Glass Flameworking
End the workweek with fire, friends, and a toast. Join us for Friday Flame, a unique night focused on industrial arts and good company. Enjoy a 2-hour workshop creating a work of art to take home. Then sip wine or beer with the group and marvel at your new masterpiece!
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 how to make stringers and twistees.
Glass Beads II
Improve your bead making skills with this more advanced weekend class! We will explore the many uses of individual techniques such as dots, lines, twisters, raking, and encasing. Up to four areas of concentration will be selected and we’ll devote two or three hours to each topic. PREREQUISITE: Glass Beads I
Glass Flameworking I
Create beautiful glass ornaments, pendants, marbles, and more! Learn how to use tools and equipment like an oxy-propane torch to melt and shape glass. We will cover a variety of techniques including color pulling and applying, color pattern application, and marble-making.
Glass Flameworking II
In this intermediate course, we expand on the fundamentals and investigate the intricacies of borosilicate glass flameworking in more involved projects and contemporary designs. In addition to learning more progressive solid glass techniques, you will learn to use glass tubing to make blown glass perfume bottles and vessels. Color application to blown glass and annealing hollow form pieces will also be discussed. PREREQUISITE: Glass Flameworking I
Glass Flameworking 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 Flameworking I or Glass Beads I
Youth Adventures in Soft Glass: Beads, Bugs & Monsters! (ages 14-17)
Students will be taken on a journey to explore colorful glass beads, bugs, and monsters with crazy eyes and wacky facial expressions, using an oxy-propane torch. We will cover bead surface patterns, shaping and forming glass, and will also take a brief historical look at monsters to inspire your very own projects.
Youth Flameworking Immersion Program (ages 12-17)
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 the science and lore of glass flameworking, while you create beautiful objects such as ornaments, pendants, sculptures and exquisite marbles. Safe and efficient operation of oxy-propane torches, kilns and shaping tools will be covered. You will also be exposed to theory, principles, and extensive techniques that let you design and create your own independent projects. Advanced color pulling, glass compatibility, and patterning techniques will have you brimming with new ideas!
Youth Glass Flameworking (ages 12-17)
Create beautiful glass ornaments, pendants, marbles, and more! Learn how to use tools and equipment like an oxy-propane torch to melt and shape glass with confidence. We’ll cover a variety of techniques including color pulling and applying, color pattern application, and marble-making.