Oct-November Lost wax casting metal or glass. Kiln-forming glass. Ring band & Flame-working classes & more!

Glass Kiln forming workshop  Nov 3, 4 & 5, 11th $300pp+(optional) lab fee  This intensive class introduces fundamental concepts of creating glass objects in the kiln either through lost wax casting, Pate de Verre or a combination of the two. 1st Friday evening overview demonstrates the Vitrigraph kiln/flameworking cane/murrine.  Students will learn kiln forming towards making window pieces, bowls/plates, sculptural, wearable items and more! Students work with Bullseye glass, frit/powder, rod and stringer OR have the option (casting only) with gorgeous Gaffer crystal.    No experience with glass is required for this course.
Friday evening 6:30-9:30pm: Introduction/demonstration of vitrigraph kiln and flame working cane/murrini for use in kiln forming glass.
Saturday afternoon (noon to 6pm): Students have the opportunity of hand pulling cane/murrini at the torch. Students build models from clay, wax patterns, moulds using alginate and more, set-up the kiln for kiln forming/casting/pate de verre.
Sunday afternoon  (noon-5pm): Students learn how to work with refractory materials to hand-build moulds, mother moulds, weigh for glass. Models are steamed out of moulds and set-up in the kiln(s).
Saturday afternoon (noon to 5pm): Students return to de-invest their models, cold work their glass by hand.
Lab fee (optional): $100 covers Gaffer crystal colours*, metals, & expendables
Students are emailed concerning glass colour choice, otherwise everyone works with clear glass.

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Flame-working

Flame ON!Next workshop starts Tuesday evenings Nov  14th 6:30-9:30pm  $130pp includes materials-

 Class runs 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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 Learn how to form, fabricate, solder, set-stones and more in our 4 wk Metal + Glass course. Metal + Glass courses are offered afternoons and evenings Monday & Wednesday. Ring band & Wedding band workshops, Lost wax casting silver, alloys, etc. Please see below for our current schedule.

METAL + GLASS 4wk:  Monday & Wednesday evenings – Learn basic Goldsmithing.  6:30-9:30pm Next course starts-up Monday, Oct 2nd or Monday, November 6th $275pp (deposit of $137.50 to reserve seat)

 

 

evening #1: First evening: working with copper: safety, drilling, sawing. Adding textures.

evening #2: Making a band ring out of silver (stamp, hammer finish, roller print, etc.)

evening #3: Working with wax create pieces w/the lost wax technique- to be cast in Sterling silver or bronze/brass.

evening #4: Finishing wax projects, Cuttlefish casting (lo-tech) in house.

evening #5: Kilnworked glass. Fuse several glass pieces (buckle, pendant, cabochon for setting later!).

evening #6: Enameling copper projects, forming, how to make your own basic findings.

evening #7: Bezel settings cabochon stones or fossils or crystals, or an enamelled or Fused glass piece.

evening #8: Finish up projects

No experience necessary!

Copper, wax, glass, and some sterling silver are supplied*.  A list of local suppliers is included.   Questions concerning this course? Please see our FAQ’s

What is included: 

Approx 3″ x 3″ piece of 16 to 18 gauge copper & *16 ga Sterling silver sheet & wire/15 gr casting grain

Sterling silver for 1 ring band, approx 60mm in length and 1.5mm thick (6mm wide)

Wax

Solder

1 dozen 3/0 saw blades, *1 gross selection of Jeweller’s saw blades

Glass powders/Frit & sheet for Fusing *Approximately 1kg of Lead crystal towards a lost wax casting.

Bezel wire for 1 setting

Use of tools & equipment *Bench pin and saw frame to take home

Students are encouraged to supply their own cabochon cut stones, crystals, rocks, etc. However there is a small selection of stones for students to choose from.


Monday October 2nd or Nov 6th  6:30-9:30pm (deposit of $137.50 to reserve seat) Please leave a Paypal note concerning the start date you prefer, or email the studio.

 

 


Optional Lab Fee (includes items above with *): $125

 

 



screen-shot-2017-02-09-at-12-16-36-pmLost wax casting course- sculpt wax, make moulds, cast your objects in Sterling silver* 4 weeks Tuesday evenings starting October 10th 6:30-9:30pm $350pp No experience necessary! 6 student max. Deposit of $175 to reserve seat deposit_button

In this course students carve/sculpt jeweller’s wax making a ring or a pendant that will be cast in Sterling silver and/or bronze. Burn out casting will be discussed, and low-tech casting methods will be discussed and demonstrated. Students will learn how to make moulds for wax injection/production work. Casting stones in place, such as: diamonds, sapphires, meteorites and certain lab grown stones will be discussed/demonstrated. The first evening starts with an introduction to various jeweller’s wax, carving tools, subtractive and additive sculpting. Students then discuss their design ideas and begin to carve/sculpt their pieces to be cast. The second evening discusses how to cast organic materials; bone, shell, or wood. Each evening covers a different part of the Lost Wax process into finishing work to a high polish or brushed finish as well as working with patinas.

14k red gold ring
14k red gold ring

What’s included:

Various wax for carving and sculpting

spiral saw blades

Nitrile gloves

Particulate masks

2 ounces of Sterling silver

*students wishing to cast in gold will be given supplier information.

Casting organic materials will be discussed. Some items may be ‘burnt out’ within a casting flask, while others require moulds to be made. Casting various stones in place is discussed and some stones will be available for students to experiment with.

 

Sterling silver lost wax cast crab claws
Sterling silver lost wax cast crab claws

Ring band workshops

Sterling silver Ring band workshops taking place Thursday evening, October 19th $88pp

Learn how to properly measure your finger(s), layout your pattern and hand cut, form, forge a sterling silver ring band! Demonstrations on adding textures via hammers, stamping tools, and Rolling Mill add inspiration. Finishing techniques; brush, satin, rustic and high mirror polish and leave the workshop with a beautiful sterling silver ring or set of 3 thin stacking rings*!

Participants learn how to hand saw, add texture, form, solder and finish their rings in this super fun workshop! All materials included. Sterling silver for 1 wide band ring or sterling silver for 3 stacking rings, or a combination of sterling copper and bronze for stacking rings.

Thursday evening Oct 19 6:30-9:30pm 

 


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March Break taster workshops

March Break 13-17, 2017 Taster workshops!

fusingTuesday March 14: 1pm-4pm or 6pm-9pm Glass terrarium workshop $88ppbtn_buynow_LG* 

 


Wednesday March 15: 1pm-4pm Glass bead workshop $88pp btn_buynow_LG

 


Thursday March 16: 1pm-4pm or 6pm-9pm Glass terrarium workshop $88pp*btn_buynow_LG

 


Friday March 17: 1pm-4pm Glass Fusing workshop– pendants! $88ppbtn_buynow_LG

 


Saturday March 18: 1pm-4pm Ring Band workshop– make a sterling silver ring band. $88ppbtn_buynow_LG

 

metal + glass March Break! Handmade, diy workshops include; flame working mandrel wound glass beads, stained glass terrariums, kiln-forming glass pendants and hand forming a sterling silver ring band! All materials included in price. No experience necessary! Small glass terrariums include 1 succulent, soil and river rocks to start-up your miniature terrarium world. Sign up for 3 workshops for $250.  Please email the studio if you have any questions concerning these workshops. 12yrs on up allowed! * Please leave note in Paypal checkout with your preferred workshop time (1-4 or 6-9pm)

3 workshop package 1: terrarium, glass beads, ring band workshop:

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3 workshop package 2: terrarium, kiln-forming, ring band workshop:

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3 workshop package 3: terrarium, glass beads, kiln-forming:

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Flame-work into the New Year

14731230_1826866417560525_3912346554321483262_nFlame 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
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Sculpt molten glass

glass cabsGlass cabochons, bezel settings & fold forming, heat rivet connections & simple hollow forms. 4 evenings starting Tuesday June 7th-28th (runs Tuesday evenings 6:30-10pm), $280pp Deposit of half required to hold seat. Seating is limited-register soon!
Students form molten glass into cabochon forms for bezel and tab settings.
1st evening: Working with hard glass students learn how to form, add inclusions, powders, and foils to create cabochon forms. Annealing schedules are discussed, learning heat control and manipulating molten glass.
2nd evening: Students remove their glass ‘cabs’ from the annealing kiln, inspect them, cold-work if necessary and start to design and solder their bezel settings. Fold forming, heat rivets (or pinning) is demonstrated, and hollow-form construction. Students start to build their pieces.
3rd evening: Thick wire tab setting is demonstrated. Students continue building their work.
4th evening: Students finish up their projects.

What’s included: Copper, brass, solder, all glass and copper metal foil.
Students are encouraged to bring in their own fine silver foil, bezel wire and sterling silver sheet, but this is not mandatory.

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Metal-smithing Gold-smithing DIY Handmade in Toronto

Sterling silver cuff with bezel-set quartz
Sterling silver cuff with bezel-set quartz

Work with your hands- Build your own gifts- Design your own line of jewelry

The next 8 week course starts up Wednesday, May 14th

register by Monday, May 12th (midnight) and receive 10% off the final course for Spring!

Learn basic Metal-smithing • Gold-smithing + Flame-working

6:30-9:30pm, 8 weeks, 1 evening per week Wednesday evenings

$275 per person, 6 people max, 3 people min. $100 deposit necessary to hold space.

evening #1: First evening: working with copper-safety, drilling, sawing, fold-forming.

evening #2: Making a band ring out of silver (stamp, hammer finish, roller print, etc.)

evening #3: working with wax create pieces w/the lost wax technique- to be cast in Sterling, Bronze or Gold.

evening #4: Finishing wax projects, cleaning up castings> cuttlebone casting (finish up models)

evening #5: Enamelling copper projects, forming, how to make your own findings.

evening #6: Flameworking- intro to mandrel wound molten glass

evening #7: bezel settings and/or tube settings, alternative settings for found objects, clean-up castings

evening #8: finish up projects

No experience necessary! Copper, wax, glass, and some sterling silver are supplied. A list of local suppliers is included. Questions concerning this course? Please see our FAQ’s check out some past student work!

Wednesday, May 14th:
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Hand sawn copper brooch, formed and fused with vitreous enamel
Hand sawn copper brooch, formed and fused with vitreous enamel
Bezel-set rock, sterling silver
Bezel-set rock, sterling silver
Sterling silver hand-fabricated ring with bezel-set Dendritic agate
Sterling silver hand-fabricated ring with bezel-set Dendritic agate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next Monday evening course starts up July 14th:

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Glass Fusing, Casting & Flame-working classes in Toronto

glass_fusingpicGlass Fusing components for jewelry, and wearable art plus, making a ring band and bezel-setting glass! New workshop dates have been added for May, June and July- interested? Check it out here.

Casting glass uses the Lost Wax process– which is very similar to Lost wax casting metal. Work with beautiful transparent Gaffer crystal, and Bullseye glass!  Glass casting workshop July, 25th start/intro 6:30-9:30pm then Saturday & Sunday July 26/27 and Sat/Sun August 2/3 10am to 5pm 5 Student max., 3 student min. $180pp + $200 lab & materials fee** Glass casting workshop (small to medium scale objects) Learn the basics of glass casting. Up-cycle your wine or beer bottles into a beautiful work of art! Students will learn how to make molds of existing objects using Alginate, as well as model new ones from clay and wax. No experience necessary!

Or maybe you’ve been looking to delve deeper into Flame-working glass?                                               Fire + Gravity Next course starts July15th 2014
Sculpt with molten glass
6:30-9:30pm, 1 evening per week, 12 weeks
$340.00 per person, 4 people max per course, 3 people min – $170 deposit required to hold space.
Focus on beginning mandrel wound glass beads. Working with beautiful Italian, Chinese and German hand-pulled glass students create beads, and rings. History is discussed, glass formulas, annealing cycles, glass suppliers/makers, and more! Create your own glass beads. All materials included*! No experience necessary! *Each student receives a special glass kit.

nanopod: Hybrid Studio is Toronto’s artist run, metal + glass studio offering workshops and courses in metal fabrication, lost wax casting (metal and/or glass), fusing, flame-working, stone setting, working with vitreous enamel, and more!

March 2014 metal + glass

Thought I should update everyone concerning March’s metal + glass courses!

Monday evening’s course has one space left as of February 3rd and Wednesday evening’s course has three spots available as of today as well.

Register while there’s still space available! The next 8 week workshops will start in May. If you have any questions please, email me.

 

Metal + Glass workshops and course update!

The March metal + glass, 8 week courses are starting to fill up- register soon!

This 8 week course covers basic hand sawing, forming and fabrication, soldering (joint, sweat and pic), vitreous enamels on copper, depletion gilding Sterling silver, wax carving and cuttlebone casting, bezel settings, tube setting, rivets (cold connections), simple findings, and flame-working soft glass. All for $275! Materials and expendable included for most projects/processes. Next courses start Monday March 3rd and Wednesday March 12th

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Hand sawn nickel silver with copper and silver inlay
lost wax cast sterling w/pearls
lost wax cast sterling w/pearls
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Sterling silver, lost wax cast ring w/tube set 3mm diamond

Working with Polyurethane! Making silicone moulds!

This is a special, one-off workshop with guest instructor: Nick Sainchuk

Don’t miss out! Register today- ALL materials included.

Courses offered
Sterling rings & bezel set stones, vitreous enamel on copper and silver, silicone moulds w/polyurethane, Clay model for silicone mould making or lost wax castings, married metal brass, nickel, copper and Sterling ring, flame-worked glass sculpture

Electroforming organic and non-organic objects!

This is an amazing process! Grow metal onto acorns, bone, glass, plastic, wax.

In this workshop students will grow copper onto various materials they bring into class. The layer of copper is thick enough to stand on its own. Depending on the material electroformed, students might later plate, paint, heat patina, or add vitreous enamels to this surface adding more texture and interest. 3 spaces available for this workshop. Register under the Metal 2 course!

Metalsmithing, Gold-smithing, Silver-smithing workshops

[shown from left to right: flame-working, sawing/piercing. Below, L-R: Hand sawn copper, wax models for lost wax casting]
[shown from left to right: flame-working, sawing/piercing. Below, L-R: Hand sawn copper, wax models for lost wax casting]
Work with Metal + Glass!
Learn the basics of hand fabricating objects and wearable sculptures/jewelry, lo-tech casting, flame-working, fusing, vitreous enamels on metal, bezel-setting cabochon stones, and more!
 

metal + glass 8 week Metal + Glass (Next course starts up Monday, January 6th 2014)
Form • Fabricate • Flamework • Fuse
Learn basic Goldsmithing + Flameworking techniques
6:30-9:30pm, 8 weeks, 1 evening per week Monday evenings
$275 per person, 5 people max, 3 people min. $100 deposit necessary to hold space.
evening #1: First evening: working with copper-safety, drilling, sawing, fold-forming.
evening #2: Making a band ring out of silver (stamp, hammer finish, roller print, etc.)
evening #3: working with wax create pieces w/the lost wax technique- to be cast in Sterling, Brass or Gold.
evening #4: Finishing wax projects, cleaning up castings> cuttlebone casting (finish up models)
evening #5: bezel settings and/or tube settings, alternative settings for found objects, clean-up castings
evening #6: Flameworking- intro to mandrel wound molten glass
evening #7: Enameling copper projects, forming, how to make your own findings.
evening #8: finish up projects
No experience necessary! 

Fire + Gravity  (Next course starts January 7th 2014)
Sculpt with molten glass
6:30-9:30pm, 1 evening per week
$340.00 per person, 4 people max per course, 3 people min – $170 deposit required to hold space.
Focus on beginning mandrel wound glass beads. Working with beautiful Italian, Chinese and German hand-pulled glass students create beads, and rings. History is discussed, glass formulas, annealing cycles, glass suppliers/makers, and more! Create your own glass beads.
Continuing where you left off the 1st day, learn how to sculpt different forms, rake, encase, make ‘twisties’, simple murrini, mix your own colours! Make hollow, florals, zebra & tiger striped beads, start sculpting! metal -in- glass! Using silver foil/leaf in your beads. Work with ivory glass, silver and clear, pull silvered ivory stringer. Add silver foil to other colours and see what happens!
Start working off-mandrel. Warning: Off-Mandrel flameworking is addictive.  Work Large! Create beautiful focal pieces, intergalactic marbles, and pendants. Demos include: Small vessels (small scale glass blowing), working with metal mesh, and more! All materials included*! No experience necessary! *Each student receives aspecial glass kit

metal 2 (course starts up January 8th)
Form • Fabricate • Cast
forming, fabricating, casting, electroforming
6:30-10pm, 1 evening per week, Wednesday evenings starting Jan 8th to March 26th, 12 weeks (Open Studio time available during the course)
$180pp + $200 lab & materials fee**
Demonstrations in fold forming, etching (copper & silver), and hollow forms (making silhouette dies), electroplating, enamelling, sand casting.   This course gives students hands on experience manipulating metal, electroforming, and embellishing metal, while sharpening soldering and fabrication skills working on personal projects.
Students will work together and independantly on their projects. This course starts out with an introduction on techniques covered, expectations, design considerations, and ends with students finishing off fold formed samples/pieces, an etched hollow form, electroforming organic/inorganic objects, and sand casting. Fast paced, students need to show up ready for action! Beginners welcome!

Fused Glass Components for Jewelry, Wearables & Functional items
Friday, Feb 7 6-9:00pm, Saturday Feb 8 10am – 5pm, Sunday Feb 9th 10am – 5pm (4.5 day workshop)
3 student minimum, 5 Student max.,
$325pp Deposit of $150 to hold space. Next class starts: February 7th 2014

Fused glass (Kiln-glass) is frequently used in jewelry, but the emphasis is often on quantity rather than quality. In this class you will learn to distinguish your work through thoughtful design, careful studio practices, multiple firings, coldworking methods and, ultimately, good craftsmanship. Various glass c.o.e’s will be discussed, compatibility, annealing schedules, slumping and tack fusing.

Instruction will cover creating jewelry elements for a variety of forms, functions and styles; working with pattern bars, Vitrigraph, stencils, etc. Samples of and discussions about using kilnformed elements in jewelry applications or with other wearables will also be included, as will practical considerations such as studio setup and costs. All materials included. No experience necessary!

Ars Vitraria Experimentalis : Glass casting workshop
January, 10th start/intro 6:30-9:30pm then Saturday 11, 18 & 25th and Sunday 12, 19 & 26th 10am to 5pm
5 Student max., 3 student min. $180pp + $200 lab & materials fee**

Glass casting workshop (small to medium scale objects)
Learn the basics of glass casting. Up-cycle your wine or beer bottles into a beautiful work of art! Students will learn how to make molds of existing objects using Alginate, as well as model new ones from clay and wax.
Working with beautiful crystal- Gaffer Glass, soda lime -Bullseye- glass as well as recycling wine and/or beer bottles students will learn different firing and annealing schedules for casting glass. And simple cold-working without expensive equipment! No experience necessary!

[shown from left to right: vitreous enamel on copper/bezel set, cuttlebone cast ring. Bottom: Fused glass powders, Sterling ring bands]
[shown from left to right: vitreous enamel on copper/bezel set, cuttlebone cast ring. Bottom: Fused glass powders, Sterling ring bands]

For further information and to register using Visa, or Mastercard please visit, https://nanopod.tv/winter-courses-workshops-2014/ or contact Tosca at nanotopia@me.com or drop by the studio Monday thru Thursday evening 6-9pm
nanopod: Hybrid Studio
322 Harbord Street
Toronto, ON
647-780-4478
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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.

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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!

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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!