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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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.

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Make a glass bowl – Pâte de verre workshop Toronto

Bowls just coming out of kiln

Pâte de verre workshops – noon to 3:30, 12 student max.  $85pp  Sunday, June 18

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. 

2nd Option: Same workshop only you sculpt your own bowl and learn how to build a refractory mould! This option teaches how to mix refractory materials, differences in mould materials available, working with water based clay to form bowls. Sunday, May 18 noon to 5pm (*return date to be determined during workshop).

Pâte de verre workshops in Toronto

Bowls just coming out of kiln

Pâte de verre workshops – noon to 3:30, 12 student max.  $85pp  Sunday, June 18

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. 

2nd Option: Same workshop only you sculpt your own bowl and learn how to build a refractory mould! This option teaches how to mix refractory materials, differences in mould materials available, working with water based clay to form bowls. Sunday, June 18 noon to 5pm (*return date to be determined during workshop).

 

 

Metal + Glass individual workshops

The studio is offering individual workshops in metal forming and fabrication/soldering, ring band forging, kiln forming or flame working, bezel setting stones, carving wax, lo-tech casting, etching metal, cold connections and more!

Each workshop runs 3 hours and includes materials necessary to cover the projects. No experience necessary! Afternoon hours 1-4pm or Evening hours 6:30-9:30pm

Please see workshop schedule below:

Monday, May 15th or 29th- Form, fabricate (saw, drill): working with copper: safety, drilling, sawing. Adding textures. Make a pendant, cuff bracelet or a couple of rings. Heat colouring the copper, sweat soldering is covered. $88pp includes saw blades, drill bits, 2″ x 4.5″ piece of copper, silver solder. 

 



Ring band workshops

Wednesday May 17 or May 31st- Ring band workshop: Making a band ring out of silver (stamp, hammer finish, roller print, etc.) Learn how to properly size, measure your finger, anneal sterling silver, joint solder, form and finish a beautiful sterling silver ring! $88pp includes all materials to complete 1 ring band.

 

 



Monday, May 22nd or June 14th- Kiln & Torch fired Vitreous enamel: Enameling copper projects, forming, how to make your own basic findings. Saw, add texture, form a pendant, add powdered glass enamel. $88pp includes enamel and 2″x2″ piece of copper, saw blades, drill bits. There is no soldering in this workshop.  

 

 



Wednesday May 24th or Monday June 19th-  Bezel set a cabochon stone or flat bottomed crystal: Learn how to bezel set stones working with fine and sterling silver. Pendants are made in this workshop. $88pp includes all materials for 1 pendant.

 

 



Wednesday May 24th or Monday June 29th- Bezel set a cabochon stone or prong-set a crystal/fossil: Learn how to bezel set stones working with fine and sterling silver. Rings are made in this workshop $125pp includes all materials for 1 ring with a bezel OR prong set crystal/fossil. Materials available for use include; bronze, sterling silver. A ring incorporating both metals is allowed! 

 



Register for the entire 4 week series starting May 29th: $275pp Again: zero experience necessary! 

 

METAL + GLASS 4wk: Next course starts up Monday May 29th, 2017 and runs Monday & Wednesday evenings • Learn basic Goldsmithing – 12pm to 3pm or 6:30-9:30pm 

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: (items with asterisk included with Lab Fee)

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.

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

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

Pate de verre – glass – sugar skulls

10am to 1:30/2pm, 12 student max. SOLD OUT  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. 

Special price for Cinco de Mayo – Professional Activity Day!

Pate de verre bowl

4 week Metal + Glass course May 29th

METAL + GLASS 4wk: Next course starts up Monday May 29th, 2017 and runs Monday & Wednesday evenings • Learn basic Goldsmithing – 12pm to 3pm or 6:30-9:30pm 

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!). Etching copper.

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: (items with asterisk included with Lab Fee)

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.

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May 29th to June 21st ($275pp) afternoons 12pm-3pm or evenings 6:30pm-9:30pm

 

 


June 26th to July 19th 2017 ($275pp) afternoons 12pm-3pm or evenings 6:30pm-9:30pm

 

 


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

 

 

 



Casting with Cuttlefish Bone! 3/hr workshop Wednesday May 3rd 6:30-9:30pm $88pp

Lo-tech casting using Cuttlefish bone as a mould material. Students will be casting with sterling silver or recycling gold*  Carving with simple tools, fixing the mould, pouring and cleaning/finishing their pieces. Rings can be made, pendants, charms. Sterling silver is supplied *gold students bring in jewellery they no longer wear and would like to turn into something new!

 

 



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 Monday & Wednesday evenings starting July  6:30-9:30pm $550pp No experience necessary! 6 student max. Deposit of $275 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 using the Vacuum casting process. 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 demonstrates 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

Silicone kits for mould making

spiral saw blades

Nitrile gloves

Particulate masks

2 ounces of Sterling silver

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

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

Please read our FAQs & policies 

20% or 25% off – that is the question! DIY Beginning metal + glass course

** Hey there! SoOOoo, yesterday this discount went out to our subscribers here and through Mail Chimp and posted all over… Apparently the post says 25% off but the text reads: 20%… ??? Super sorry for our confused typo but there’s a bonus in it for anyone that was about to hit the Buy Now button – YOU do receive 25% off!  

Special 4/20 discount! Register for the April 24th course & receive 25% off

METAL + GLASS 4wk: Next course starts up Monday April 24th, 2017 and runs Monday & Wednesday evenings • Learn basic Goldsmithing – 6:30-9:30pm

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!). Etching copper.

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: (items with asterisk included with Lab Fee)

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.

April 24th ($275pp -20% until April 22nd)

 

 


May 29th to June 21st ($275pp) afternoons 12pm-3pm or evenings 6:30pm-9:30pm

 

 



June 26th to July 19th 2017 ($275pp) afternoons 12pm-3pm or evenings 6:30pm-9:30pm

 

 


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

Special 4/20 discount! Register for the April 24th course & receive 20% off

Special 4/20 discount! Register for the April 24th course & receive 20% off

METAL + GLASS 4wk: Next course starts up Monday April 24th, 2017 and runs Monday & Wednesday evenings • Learn basic Goldsmithing – 6:30-9:30pm

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!). Etching copper.

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: (items with asterisk included with Lab Fee)

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.

April 24th ($275pp -20% until April 22nd)

 

 


May 29th to June 21st ($275pp) afternoons 12pm-3pm or evenings 6:30pm-9:30pm

 

 



June 26th to July 19th 2017 ($275pp) afternoons 12pm-3pm or evenings 6:30pm-9:30pm

 

 


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

Young Multidisciplinary Artist Metal + Glass camps Toronto

img_6767Nanopod studio’s super special Multidisciplinary Metal + Glass art camps are back this July and August 2017.

Metal + Glass Camps are about enjoying and nurturing young artists and crafters, making all kinds of art and building skills together. Kids will be in the studio and Bickford Park this summer creating and exploring new art techniques and mediums through individual and group multi-media projects. Every Artist will take home amazing artwork and create a personal sketchbook for recording, planning and drawing throughout the week.

Each Metal + Glass camp week is different with unique projects and experiences. Guest teachers will be visiting Nanopod studio and sharing their special talents and knowledge. Kids will explore different materials and methods throughout each week. Working with paper, clay, metal, glass and upcycling materials!

We’ll have a great time and learn a lot!

Every Friday we celebrate our week’s end with a healthy pizza lunch*.

Every day will include fun creative time, outdoor time, games and a walk.

Multidisciplinary Metal + Glass art camps

Ages 7 – 12, Monday – Friday 10 AM – 3PM $290.00 + HST per child / 5 days

JULY 10 – 14  

•Making Sketchbooks, Colour Theory, Class Mosaic (different theme each week)

•Story tiles: Draw a picture/transfer it into glass

•Learn how to work with copper adding textures, stamping designs- make a butterfly or bee pendant

•Butterflies & Bees! Paint a butterfly & Bee mural on glass!

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glass_fusingpic-1JULY 17 – 21

•Making Sketchbooks, Colour Theory, Class Mosaic (different theme each week)

•Making seed bombs of love. Tracing leaves and printing on glass

•Dragonflies! Make a copper dragonfly pendant or charm

•Dragonfly themed glass panels: fusing glass

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AUGUST 7 – 11

 

•Making Sketchbooks, Colour Theory, Class Mosaic (different theme each week)

•Selfies in glass: Fuse glass tiles with a portrait of yourself!

•Make a glass terrarium and painting on stones

•Cicadas! Make a Cicada out of copper

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screen-shot-2015-01-22-at-19-51-42AUGUST 14 – 18

 

•Making our Sketchbooks, Colour Theory, Class Mosaic (different theme each week)

•Make insect charms out of wire

•Fireflies! Make a firefly themed paper lantern

•Leaf Prints on glass

•Glow in the dark glass! Make a window charm that will glow at night!

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All materials included! No experience necessary!

Please bring a packed lunch & snack along with a water bottle each day except Friday. Fridays include a healthy pizza lunch (pizza will be gf, veggie with vegan option). Parents will receive Consent & Safety forms to read over with their child, sign and bring with them the first day of camp!

The Buy Ticket Button will take you to our SquareUp payment page where you can choose which camp to enroll in, sign up for all 4 and receive 25% off!*

Questions? Please email us at: nanotopia@me.com