Classes taught at The Crucible
Using 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. After a basic introduction to melting and shaping borosilicate glass with an oxy-propane torch, create small glass marbles, mushrooms, or hearts to take home. Take a Taster and meet new friends or give the gift of creativity to someone special.
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
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
Ancient Mask Beads
In this class you’ll create small glass mask beads and other stylized faces. Janice Peacock will help you hone your sculptural skills, using inspiration from African masks as a starting point. We’ll decorate these mask shapes with various types of powders, including reduction powders and enamels. You’ll have lots of time to play with the endless decorative possibilities that powders can create. PREREQUISITE: Glass Beads I
Colorful Vessel Pendants and Beads
In this class you’ll learn to create small vessel-shaped pendants and colorful collage-style beads. Janice Peacock will teach you how to use a variety of decorative components including dichroic glass, silver foil, enamel powders, glass shards, and patterned glass slices called murrini. You’ll also learn tips and tricks for creating perfectly-shaped handles for your small vessels. There will be lots of time to play with the endless decorative possibilities these components can create. PREREQUISITE: Glass Beads I
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
This intermediate class explores new bead making skills, tools, and materials. Shape beads into hearts, flowers or animals. Experiment with new techniques, including drawing with stringers and creating overlapping fish scales. Learn to use silver foil, dichroic glass, and other materials to add depth and sophistication to your beads. 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 Flameworking 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 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 Beads, Bugs, and Monsters!
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 Glass Flameworking
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.