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Tosca Hidalgo y Terán is a part of Nanotopia. She is a Toronto based multidisciplinary artist. Born in San Francisco, California, Tosca relocated to Canada in 2001. Working with metals, computer coding, and animation since the mid-eighties, Tosca was introduced to glass as an artistic medium in 2004. Through developing bodies of work incorporating metal, glass, and electronics, Tosca has been awarded scholarships at The Corning Museum of Glass, Pilchuck Glass School and The Penland School of Crafts. Her work has been featured at SOFA New York, Culture Canada, Metalsmith Magazine, The Toronto Design Exchange, and the Memphis Metal Museum. Most recently, Tosca has been awarded residencies at Gullkistan Centre for Creativity, Nes artist residency Iceland, The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists and the Ayatana SciArt Research Program in Ottawa. Tosca founded nanopod: Hybrid Studio maker space in 2005. Continually exploring new materials and tools, Tosca started collaborating artistically with Algae, Physarum polycephalum, and Mycelium in 2016, translating biodata from non-human organisms into music. Mycelium Network Podcast, iTunes: https://goo.gl/95PdBe Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/nanotopia/sets/midnight-mushroom-music http://www.toscateran.com

Toronto Sculpting and Mould-making workshops!

Anatomy of Godzilla --
This anatomical sketch of Godzilla reveals a relatively small brain, giant lungs that allow underwater breathing, leg muscles that can support 20,000 tons of body weight, and a “uranium sack” and “nuclear reaction sack” that produce radioactive fire-breath and energize the body.

Kaiju [monster] making workshop! Sculpt, mould and create your own plastic figurines!
Guest instructor: Nick Sianchuk from Nugs.ca
Friday evening December 13th intro 6:30-9:30pm, Saturday & Sunday December  14 & 15th 10am to 5pm, Wednesday December 18th finish projects, 6pm-9:30pm
3 student minimum, 6 Student max., $180pp +$105 materials & lab fee
– how to think like a Kaiju
– learn to design a Kaiju (be a Kaiju God!)
– make your own Kaiju
– make a one-piece, open-faced block mould
– make your own simple two-part Kaiju mould
– learn how to resin-cast your Kaiju
– tips on how to set up your own little casting factory in your basement, garage or over at Mom’s house.

nanopod: Hybrid Studio now offers two ways to register.

#1. Pay a non-refundable materials and lab fee deposit. This deposit holds your space, and purchases materials for use during the course/workshop. The remaining amount is due the 1st evening of class and can be paid using Visa, Mastercard or with cash.

OR

#2. Pay the Instruction fee, and YOU purchase necessary supplies, materials (& sometimes tools) for the workshop or course.

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Register NOW for this special Kaiju workshop! Space is limited. Clicking this button will take you to further information on this workshop as well as how to register.

Toronto Jewelry making classes

Well, the days are growing colder. Snow is sure to fall soon!

Don’t fret! If you’re not a winter person nanopod: Hybrid Studio is a great place for keeping warm and toasty during the winter months! We offer several workshops and jewelry making classes that will aid in keeping your pinkies warm, and you gathering up new skills! Plus, having fun.  nanopod: Hybrid Studio is a professional artist‘s working studio. The studio is small (nano) offering an intimate learning experience. Courses run with a maximum of five students and a minimum of three.

fabricating metal
Hand fabricating

metal + glass is our #1 most popular course! This course runs over 8 weeks and introduces people to various Goldsmithing techniques; hand sawing and piercing (drilling) metal (fabricating), sizing, forming, sweat soldering, joint soldering and pick soldering, bezel setting a stone, simple rivets, carving wax for Lost wax casting, casting with cuttlebone, working with vitreous enamels, and flame-working.  Leave this course with several really nice pieces of work and maybe a new obsession 🙂  Our next metal + glass course starts in January and is already filling up!

flame working
Flame-working

Fire + Gravity is the next course offered that fills fast! Learn how to sculpt beautiful Italian, German, Chinese and American handmade glass (Bullseye, Northstar, Alchemy, Momka, Trautman, Parramore), in a flame! Over 12 weeks you learn how to shape, form, and sculpt, soft glass. Work with metal foils, meshes, and frit come to terms with gravity and heat control! Eventually moving into ‘harder’ glass (Bullseye), add decorative stems to wine glasses, and spend the last weeks working with borosilicate glass- reducing flames/oxidizing flames, making simple marbles (implosions, swirls) and off-mandrel pendants and sculptures. 3 student max. Register for the upcoming January course!

Glass fusing
Fused Glass Powders

Fused Glass Components for Jewelry, Wearables & Functional items, is another winter warmer! Glass Fusing is truly amazing. The creative options are seemingly limitless. You can create functional items like: plates, dishes, bowls, glasses, vases, sconces, etc., to incredibly delicate art, wall pieces, small objet, jewelry, sun catchers. Fused glass can include graphics via decals, screen printing, lithographic techniques, hand painting. Fused glass can be organic or highly machined.  If any of this interests you I highly suggest visiting the Bullseye glass website for inspiration! And, register for nanopod’s Glass fusing workshop! 🙂

Lost wax glass casting
Lost wax glass casting

Last on the list of Winter Warmers (but definitely not least!) is nanopod: Hybrid Studio’s exclusive Ars Vitraria Experimentalis aka Glass Casting. The only workshop if its kind in Toronto (outside of a University setting) and highly informative.  All manner of casting glass is discussed, and experimented with! From recycling wine, beer and glass water bottles to casting with gorgeous Gaffer crystal (yep, crystal). Students sculpt forms out of clay and wax, learn how to work with dental alginate, and silicone moulds. Embed metal armatures within your sculptures. Various refractory materials are discussed and their uses in glass casting. Steaming out wax, annealing temperatures and finally cold-working glass (how-to in a small studio environment). Glass is quite an amazing material to work with! I recommend this workshop to students working with metals, wood, plastics – certainly sculptors. Anyone interested in process, and creating unique work.

So, Winter 2014 holds many options for creating new work, learning new techniques and skills and keeping warm!

Check out nanopod’s other workshops-  want to make Ring Bands, or Metal 2, or check out what’s happening December 2013 with our guest instructor!

Thanks again for stopping by!

Fall & Winter courses/workshops

Hello and welcome to nanopod: Hybrid Studio’s online workshop and course information!

Interested in learning a new skill, or maybe revisiting working with wax, Sterling silver, copper, setting stones, forming and fabricating? Or maybe your thing is glass? Learn how to fuse and slump small jewelry items to plates and bowls, tiles, sculptural pieces… Lost wax cast glass courses are offered as well as flame-working; melting glass rods with fire!

Please visit our Fall 2013- Winter 2014 listings. You can register online with Visa, or Mastercard through Paypal, or at the studio with Visa, mastercard or cash, as well as phone in your deposit to hold a space!

647-780-4478 Monday through Thursday noon to 9pm  Please leave a message stating the workshop or course you are interested in, and/or email the studio nanotopia@me.com and your message will be returned shortly!

Holiday Gift Certificates are available now.

Open Studio time gift certificates are available as well!

Work shown below is all from beginning students!

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nanopod studio

Thank you for visiting nanopod: Hybrid Studio, an independently run artist studio specializing in Silversmithing, Goldsmithing, Glass Fusing, Flame-working, and lost wax glass casting workshops and courses in downtown Toronto.
All workshops and courses are structured but not hindered by formality or pre-requisite abilities; Nanopod studio provides an environment where individual creativity is nurtured and small ideas can flourish to great work in an exceptionally short period of time.

Please see our Fall 2013 workshop and course schedule in the menu above. If you have any further questions concerning our workshops, or courses please feel free to contact us via email or give us a ring!
Cheers!
Tosca nanopod: Hybrid Studio