Glass

Pate de verre – glass – sugar skulls

Cinco de Mayo– Professional Activity Day- Pâte de verre workshop

10am to 1:30/2pm, 12 student max. 5 spots remain Special Activity Day price: $85pp
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!  
 

Students learn the basics of pâte de verre from start to finish while making a thin-walled, kiln formed bowl or Skull. Students have access to a broad palette of coloured frit (crushed glass) 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. 



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Flame ON!Next workshop starts Tuesday evening May 9th 6:30-9:30pm  $130pp includes materials- 2 seats remain. Class runs for 3 evenings.
This workshop introduces students to the basics of mandrel-wound (soft) 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
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Flame On pt 2: Sculpting with the torch, Tuesday afternoons starting May 9th 12pm-3pm (1 seat left!)  or Evenings May 30th 6:30pm-9:30pm (1 seat left!) $160pp includes materials-  runs 4 evenings

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This workshop introduces students to the John Burton method of blowing glass tubing at a bench mounted torch. Students learn how to sculpt borosilicate (hard) glass through making small glass bottles, pendants and sculpted forms. 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. Evening classes start with a demonstration then students are free to copy the demonstration and experiment with colour. During one of the evenings students will experience pulling their own colour rods! Students can expect to leave this course with several handmade glass bottles and a terrarium or two, along with any left over hand-pulled glass rods as well as the knowledge to continue their work sculpting borosilicate!  Class fee includes all materials No experience necessary! Ages 13 on up are welcome! 



  Flame working Glass Eyes for Taxidermy & Sculpture – Thursday evening July 6th 6:30-9:30pm  $185pp 10 student max. 6 seats remain.

This is a special workshop teaching students basic murrini and cane construction methods, 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 and make glass eyes! Various iris methods will be demonstrated: Dragon eyes, mammalian, avian, cephalopod, alien as well as pulling eye cane and adding nichrome wire. Working with hard glass and soft glass students will produce eye shapes and sizes they can use in their taxidermy specimen, sculptural work or jewellery.   Class fee includes all materials
No experience necessary!btn_buynow_LG Ages 13 on up are welcome! 

 



Glass Fusing workshop: Saturday afternoon TBA  noon-3:30pm $130pp        This 3.5-hour class introduces many fundamental concepts of creating glass objects in the kiln. After a brief overview, and a small field trip to the near-by park to collect blades of grass, twigs, leaves-back at the studio observe your specimen under a microscope and replicate your findings in glass!  Students will learn kiln forming/carving and make an approximately 5″x7″ window piece or a bowl form (fused/slumped after class) and 2 pendants, enjoying a wide range of glasses to choose from. Items will be fired after the workshop and available for pick-up a few days later.  No experience with glass is required for this course—recommended for beginners.

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Pâte de verre workshops 

Option 1: 3hr workshop, $150pp Friday afternoon TBA  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, TBA, 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