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ENTER2017 is the code at check-out. Please visit http://tosca.bigcartel.com/products to apply the discount code. Interested in a class that isn’t listed here? Email me by January 1st to register and I will apply the discount for you. 🙂
Option 1:3hr workshop, $150pp Friday afternoon or evenings January 27th noon-3pm or 5pm-8pm
Participants learn how to fill a pre-made mould of a small bowl or skull (think sugar skull), these pieces are then fired and participants return to the studio to divest and finish their pieces. Materials included, no experience necessary!
Option 2: 10hr workshop, Saturday Feb 10th, 10am-5pm (w/lunch break), 2nd day/evening scheduled during workshop, 3-6pm or 6:30pm-9:30pm $250pp
Students learn the basics of pâte de verre from start to finish while making a thin-walled, kilnformed bowl (med/largish). Students make a plaster silica mold from a model, pack it with glass, fire it, then divest and finish it. Students will have access to a broad palette of colored frit and samples to help predict and understand fired qualities. Demonstrations include various techniques of working with glass powders against the mold, working with color reactions, as well as how to back-fill a packed mold to support the walls of the piece during firing.
Interested in continuing your glass or metal experiments, honing skills or just renting kiln time? Check out our Open Studio link above for further info
Ars Vitraria Experimentalis : kiln casting Sand casting workshop
6 Sessions: Saturday & Sunday afternoons, 1pm – 5pm, Next course starts February TBA 2017 $430 includes materials. This course is perfect for people looking to turn non-glass items into glass, sculpt items out of clay/wax to be cast in glass, incorporate other materials with cast glass (wood, cement, stone, found items, etc). Using the lost wax casting process as well as sand casting, this course covers various mould making techniques. Adding metal inclusions. Packing moulds with glass, casting and annealing cycles, working with alginate, making silicone moulds to replicate pieces. Students will learn how to hand finish pieces; grind, sand, and cut glass. Participants in this class will create original sculptures, while learning the infinite possibilities of Kiln casting and Sand casting. Participants work by recycling glass bottles and casting this glass into sand, create clay models and learn how to build silicone moulds for lost wax castings, etc. No experience necessary! Size max 18cm in any direction. Deposit of $215 required to hold seat.
Students will make silicone moulds from items they wish to cast in glass. Examples: plastic/vinyl toy/action figure, anatomical models or small branch, unusual vegetable/fruit, seed pod. Items could also be modelled from Sculpey clay and fired ahead of attending the workshop. Glass options are discussed.
Students pour multiple waxes from their silicone moulds, refine their wax models (add or subtract). Models are then weighed and various glass options are revisited. Once glass choice is determined pouring gates are added to models and then a silica based refractory mould is built around the wax models. Once moulds set up the wax is then steamed out. Meanwhile, glass is weighed, and cleaned.
Sand Casting (BYOB): Students are asked to bring in 3-4 empty beer bottles. Bottles are cleaned of labels then broken down and melted in a crucible. Simple forms are pressed into sand and the molten glass is slowly poured into these impressions. Glass is then annealed. – further details/instruction given in class.
2 kg of glass
Approx. .9 kg silicon& plastics necessary for mould building (determine if you will need more through the online material calculator)
n95 Particulate respirator
Note: These workshops are messy! Please wear/bring in clothing that can get covered in clay, plaster, water, etc.
Flame ON!, Tuesday evenings starting January 24 runs to Feb 7, 6:30-9:30pm $130pp includes materials- 3 student max. This workshop introduces students to the basics of mandrel-wound glass beadmaking by the process of flameworking (lampworking) shaping glass at a bench-mounted, surface-mix oxygen/propane torch. Safety is discussed, tools, terminology of glass, and process. Each student will have access to a torch and will melt and form glass using a variety of hand tools.This is the chance to experience working molten glass!While not a “product-oriented” workshop, there will be plenty of time for students to make a small, but satisfying batch of colourful beads, which are annealed overnight after each workshop, and cleaned before the start of the next class. Class fee includes all materials No experience necessary! Ages 14 on up are welcome!