Happy 2018 20% discount! Metal + Glass and Kiln casting workshops Toronto

Ring in the New Year with new skills! We are offering a 20% discount* on our Metal + Glass course (your choice of January, February or March start-date). Interested in working with glass? We are also offering a 20% discount on our Glass Kilnforming course (Your choice of start-date; Jan, Feb, or March). Discount no longer active

Pay in full or reserve your seat with a deposit. Deposits will be half of the regular total, discount will be applied when remaining amount is paid (at the studio, or via eTransfer).  Sorry, but this discount does not apply to deposits made prior to 2018.

Glass Kiln forming workshop  January 13 & 14th, 21st & 22nd $300pp+(optional) lab fee More date options available below. Reserve your seat with a deposit of $150 
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.Learn the art of lost wax casting glass, and pate de verre.  From paper thin to thicker lost wax models, adding metal inclusions, and more. Students will learn how to make moulds from existing objects using Alginate, as well as model new ones from clay and wax. Hand built moulds and box moulds will be made with various refractory materials. Students will learn different firing and annealing schedules for casting & pate de verre. Hand cold-working without the need of expensive equipment! No experience necessary!  All materials are included. Students are required to bring in their own half-face respirator with particulate filters. Aprons are available for use at the studio, as are all tools and equipment necessary for sculpting, firing and cold working glass, however, students are welcome to bring in their own tools, etc., just make sure your items are marked. kiln casting workshop
 Size max 18cm in any direction.
Day 1: Replication. Students will make silicone or alginate 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. While the silicone moulds cure, students build a small bowl form out of clay (add texture/details) and from there build a refractory mould, once set-up the clay is removed and students are shown how to apply glass to the mould a la Pate de Verre. Colour samples are also made on this day.
Day 2: Wax pouring and hand-built moulds. 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. -Items are cast & annealed over the week.
Day 3: De-mould kiln castings/cold working Students remove their kiln cast objects and start the cold working process. Various methods and equipment are discussed and demonstrated.
Day 4: Finish cleaning kiln cast objects.
What’s included:1.5 kg of glass, silicone/alginate materials necessary for mould building, Refractory materials, Wax, Nitrile glove, sn95 Particulate respirator, Cold-working consumablesbtn_buynow_LG
Other dates (leave note or email your choice): February 17th-25th, March 24th-April 1st, April 7th-15th.

*Lab fee (optional): $100 covers Gaffer crystal colours*, Bullseye colours: sheet, billet or coarse frit, metals, & mould kits. Students are emailed concerning glass colour choice, otherwise everyone works with clear glass and coloured frit.


METAL + GLASS 4wk:  Monday & Wednesday evenings – Learn basic Goldsmithing.  6:30-9:30pm Monday, January 8th $285pp (deposit of $142.50 to reserve seat) More dates listed below.

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.

evening #4: Finishing wax projects, invest models for casting in Glass and Metal (separately) Waxes for metal casting are weighed and calculated (sterling runs $2/grm unless lab fee has been purchased).

evening #5: Cast moulds in sterling silver or bronze! Remove glass pieces from moulds.

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 (asterisk shows what’s included with option lab fee): 

Approx 3″ x 3″ piece of 16 to 18 gauge copper & *18 ga Sterling silver sheet & wire/15-20 gr casting grain in bronze, 10 in Sterling silver (choose 1).

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 clear casting chunk 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 January 8th  6:30-9:30pm (deposit of $142.50 to reserve seat)


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

 


2018 Metal + Glass course dates (Monday + Wednesday evenings):

February 5th-28th- 

 


March 5th-28th- 

 


April 2nd-25th- 

 

 

Holiday stuff!

Happy Holidays! Here are some crazy hours to find us in the studio this week & next.

Wednesday evening, Dec 13 – while we have a workshop taking place, we will be open 4pm-9pm. Thursday, Dec 14/Dec 21st: we are around for Open Studio (6:30pm-9:30pm) and Tuesday afternoon, Dec 19th 12-6pm

then…. give us a shout via email if you would like to pop-by and grab a Tardigrade pendant, or Gift certificate

We now accept Debit at the studio! And, as usual Visa/Mastercard, Cash or eTransfers.

Thank you for your support and shopping local!

Cyber Monday 20% off Everything Thing!

20% off ANY workshop or course for 2018!

That goes for gift certificates, too! So, if you were planning to gift your partner, friend, auntie or uncle a nanopod workshop or course,
NOW is certainly a fantastic time for your wallet! 20% has been added to the Gift Certificate links, here. 

But wait, there’s more! You can also take 20% off anything listed in our Etsy shop.
By Gort’s laser beam eye what are you waiting for?! 
Our Holiday Thank YOU gift to all of you wonderful people!
We massively appreciate your support. xox
{oh yeah! Use code: CYBER20THING on Etsy}

Fall SciArt workshops in Toronto

Some of our workshops are offered annually! So, if you are interested in learning something entirely new,

now just might be the time. (scroll down for more!)

Bat Skeleton Articulation workshops 

Workshops are taking place at the T.E.S.T gallery space 906 Queen st West • Toronto 

Reserve your seats with a deposit of $135 (class fee $270)  

In this class, students will learn how to create an osteological preparation of a bat in the fashion of 19th century zoological displays. A cleaned bat skeleton (Pipistrellus abramus), a glass dome, branches, glue, tools, and all necessary materials will be provided for each student, but one should feel welcome to bring small feathers, stones, dried flowers, dead insects, natural elements, or any other materials s/he might wish to include in his/her composition. Students will leave the class with a visually striking, fully articulated, “lifelike” bat skeleton posed in a 10″ tall glass dome. The class will focus on teaching ancient methods of specimen preparation that link science with art: students will create compositions involving natural elements and, according to their taste, will compose a traditional Victorian environment or a modern display.

Thursday evening, Oct 12th start time 6:30pm

 


Saturday Afternoon, Oct 14th start time 12pm 

 


Sunday Afternoon, Oct 15th start time 12pm

 


Dia De Los Muertos Sugar Skull Making Workshops!

October 28 & 29th come and decorate sugar skulls for Halloween and our                      Day of the Dead ofrenda!  $20pp 13yrs on up! $10 per child 12 – 5yrs*

Adult Oct 28
Adult Oct 29

Everyone is welcome to join the fun! Learn how to make and decorate Mexican sugar skulls. Learn about Dia de los Muertos festivities and the Ofrenda. How to construct sugar skulls and animals will be demonstrated. Adding foils, paper flowers & icing flowers will be demonstrated. Participants will then decorate their sugar skulls using Royal icing, metallic foils and more!  Fun for the whole family!  Workshops start at 12pm Saturday and Sunday. Green chile/corn tamales, tacos, chips & various salsas, churros, horchata and more (so, don’t eat lunch beforehand!) * children 12 & under must be accompanied by an adult.

Child Oct 28
Child Oct 29

 

 

 



Everyone can participate and put something either traditional or symbolic on the altar. The altar is where people can express their feelings for those loved ones being honoured. Americans (and non-Catholics) are beginning to adopt this tradition and now altars are becoming popular in private homes as well as in public places.  In Mexico, the traditional family altar explodes with colour during Day of the Dead when many special items are set out as offerings to the returning spirits. The entire family will work together in the decoration; similar to families who decorate their Christmas tree together. Many families spend up to two month’s earnings on the food & decorations for their ofrendas.

Frida & Elvis sugar skulls made by Rio Valdez

Halloween may be on Oct. 31, but there’s another spooky date on the calendar directly after: “Dia de los Muertos.”  -from ibtimes.com

Now celebrated in countries around the world, Dia de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead,” is a two-day holiday which originated in Mexico to remember deceased loved ones. It’s a Mexican national holiday and the country’s largest celebration of the year, but Dia de los Muertos extends well beyond to Guatemala, Brazil, Spain and Mexican-American communities in the United States.

The observance is Nov. 1 and 2, coinciding with the Catholic All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. Typically, the two-day celebration is divided into separate days to honor deceased youth, Dia de los Inocentes (Day of the Innocents) or Dia de los Angelitos (Day of the Little Angels) on Nov. 1, and adults for Dia de los Muertos on Nov. 2. In some beliefs, it is a three-day holiday beginning on Oct. 31, All Hallows Eve, when some believe the souls of young children arise at midnight.

Not to be confused with Halloween, this holiday has a rich history and involves more than dressing up in costumes or trick-or-treating.

On Dia de los Muertos, families gather to celebrate those who have died as well as build altars in their homes, schools or other public places to pay homage to the deceased. Many honor the dead with gifts of sugar skulls, chocolate, marigolds (the Mexican flower of death), sweetbreads and trinkets. Families also typically visit graves to deliver the ofrendas, or “offerings,” and hold vigils with candles and photos.

Dia de los Muertos can be traced back to the Aztecs who celebrated with a festival for the goddess of the underworld, Mictecacihuatl, and the Catholic Spanish conquistadors’ All Saints’ and All Souls’ days. Scholars have noted the indigenous cultures of Mexico honor the Lady of the Dead, the modern La Catrina, which many recognize today as a skeleton woman wearing a fancy hat.


Glass Kiln forming workshop  Nov 3, 4 & 5, 11th  or Monday afternoons noon-5pm Oct 16th-Nov 6th & November 13-Dec 4th $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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Please leave your start-up date choice in a  note when registering or email the studio.

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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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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-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 

 


Please read our FAQs & policies 

 

Glass Fusing Intensive workshop

Glass Fusing workshop  Sept 1, 2 & 3, 9 & 10th $275pp+(optional) lab fee  This intensive class introduces fundamental concepts of creating glass objects in the kiln. 1st Friday evening overview demonstrates the Vitrigraph kiln/flameworking cane/murrine.  Students will learn kiln forming/carving towards making window pieces, bowls/plates, sculptural, wearable items and more! Students work with Bullseye glass sheet, frit/powder, rod and stringer.    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 layout their glass patterns, learn how to kiln carve glass, set-up the kiln for kiln forming/fusing.
Friday evening  (6:30 start): Students learn how to use a diamond tile saw, diamond tools for cleaning up work from previous weekend, items are fired over night.
Saturday afternoon  (noon-5pm): Students layout their remaining glass designs and patterns for kiln carving/forming.
Sunday afternoon  (noon-5pm): Students cold work glass items, finish up their projects. Any remaining glass can be formed and picked up during the following week.
Lab fee (optional): $100 covers coloured glass sheet*, metals, & expendables
Students are emailed concerning sheet glass colour choice, everyone receives a 10″x10″ sheet of clear Tekta

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Metal + Glass 25% off regular course fee – register today Toronto

 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.


METAL + GLASS 4wk:  Monday & Wednesday evenings – Learn basic Goldsmithing.  6:30-9:30pm Next course starts-up Monday July 31st RECEIVE 25% off $275 regular price. 

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.


July 31st ($275pp) 6:30pm-9:30pm 4 seats remain July 25th 11am

July 31st start-up 25% discount at checkout

 

 


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

 

 

MAKERS FAIRE: Pâte de verre workshops

MAKERS FAIRE: Pâte de verre workshops – noon to 3:30, Saturday or Sunday, July 15, 16 or 23rd -12 student max.  $85pp 

Participants learn how to fill a pre-made mould of a small bowl with glass paint, glass powder and fine glass -frit-, the moulds are then fired and participants return to the studio to divest and finish their bowls. 
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. 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. 

July workshops: 15th, 16th or 23rd  

Register above and add the date you would like to attend in a Paypal note or I will email you to confirm. Thanks! 🙂 

Vitrigraph Cane & Murrine workshops in Toronto

New Workshop! Vitrigraph Cane & Murrine 4 student max, $425pp  
July 22-30 10am to 5pm 
Glass cane and murrine have largely been created in the Hot Shop. Think glassblowers in Murano, Italy and roaring furnaces… Similar cane & murrine can be made in small scale studios through the use of a Vitrigraph kiln & Bullseye compatible glass**.  Deposit of half required to reserve seat & purchase materials. 
In 2013 Tosca was awarded the Glass Art Association of Canada project grant toward the research and development of constructing cane and murrine in a small scale studio environment. In 2014 she was awarded an Ontario Arts Council grant to continue work and experimentation in Vitrigraph pulled cane and murrine with the goal of bringing this research to the public through workshops.
In this workshop students will design and make multi-coloured canes and

Vitrigraph pulled glass

incorporate them with other forms of glass into several kilnformed projects. Creating the canes will involve handling and manipulating hot, molten glass. Proper safety equipment will be provided. No prerequisites.

Students will work as teams, each assisting the other in pulling and cutting canes. Students will be shown how to properly cut and prepare their glass for the vitrigraph kiln. How to set-up a vitrigraph kiln will be discussed and a course outline handed out. **Students are welcome to bring in their own glass for use in this workshop and will receive a discount of $100 towards the class when doing so please, email the studio for details. nanotopia@me.com
 Students can expect to make 30-50 cane and several small plates and bowls (sushi set?)

Science and Art workshops in Toronto #sciart

 Flame working Glass Eyes for Taxidermy & Sculpture – Thursday evening July 6th 6:30-9:30pm  $185pp 10 student max. 2 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
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Back & Front view
Back & Front view

ENTOMOLOGY 101: Morphos & Jewels {Beetles & Moths) Friday, July 7th 6:30-9pm Lecture/demo starts at 6:30pm  $75 for full workshop 6:30-9pm  btn_buynow_LG

 

This workshop takes place at 906 Queen Street West (at Crawford)

In this class, students will learn everything about basic insect preparation. We will discuss harvesting and drying specimen, rehydrating dried specimen, and in class we will practice handling techniques, spreading, mounting, the nuances of posing, display, and maintenance. An assortment of ethically sourced insects; Beetles, moths and butterflies, in various sizes, shapes, and colors will be provided. Students will learn how to put together and maintain their own rehydration chamber, things to check for during all stages of the process to ensure a clean and successful end product, and tips for gentle handling. We will also cover how to select museum quality materials for displays. Students receive 1 Riker mount for their specimen, 1 set of insect pins & 2 insects.

As always, all specimen are ethically sourced. We will be reviewing the origins of the insects used in class, how students can ethically and legally source specimen, and suggested, reputable suppliers.

Students go home with their own prepared insects, one Riker mount display, the pinning/spreading board made during class, resource list as well as 1 set of insect pins.and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future. It is recommended students bring a small bag or box or display case to transport their pieces. Wooden spreading boards, insect pins, archival habitat materials and various insects are available at the studio for purchase.

Spreading boards, insect pins, archival habitat materials and various insects are available at the studio for purchase.  (participants can choose 2 insects to work on)! 299217



Lecture and demonstration can be attended for $25. Lecture/demo fee can be added towards the full workshops offered if you change your mind (if space is available)! Full workshop includes 2-3 insects (a variety to choose from!) one Riker mount display, the pinning/spreading board made during class, resource list as well as 1 set of insect pins.

Other unusual insects will be available for purchase before and after the workshops! Tea, coffee, water and snacks will be available during class.

Lecture/Demo
Lecture/Demo
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