Pâte de verre workshops in Toronto

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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).



Ma découverte enthousiaste du four Vitrigraph

L’an passé, j’ai eu l’honneur de recevoir une bourse de la GAAC, la Bourse de Projet  2013. Cela m’a permis d’approfondir ma passion pour la représentation artistique de l’histoire naturelle et la réalisation de lieux imaginaires à travers la recherche, la création et le développement de l’art des baguettes au Vitrigraph et des murines. Habituellement, le murine et les baguettes se travaillent en atelier de soufflage ou de chalumeau. Mon but était d’obtenir un effet similaire au travail des murines et des baguettes à chaud, mais en bien plus petit, à l’échelle de l’orfèvrerie. Lorsque je travaillais les murines et les baguettes au chalumeau, je ne suis  jamais parvenue à obtenir l’effet (ou peut être la qualité) escompté.

Au départ, j’espérais pouvoir employer de façon améliorée mon four AF138. Mais ce four ne pouvait pas dépasser la température de 1300°F. Pour travailler les baguettes au Vitrigraph, il faut une température entre 1600°F et 1680°F.


Le four Caldera de Paragon est prévu pour le Vitrigraph et peut atteindre des températures au-delà des 2300°F. Après plusieurs mois d’essais et d’erreurs répétitives, et grâce au soutien généreux de la GAAC, j’ai enfin commandé un Caldera.

En attendant que le Caldera arrive, je me suis amusée à envisager différents assemblages. Pour assembler, il faut un pot en céramique ou en terra cotta avec un trou à sa base. C’est la façon dont le verre est assemblé, ainsi que le nombre de pièces/couches de verre (verre concassé ou baguette), qui déterminent  le motif des murines. 33 à 36 disques allant de 3 à 6 po de diamètre sont nécessaires pour remplir un pot.

4_bullseyeExamples_TeranTosca_2013Projectgrant-640x619The above excerpt is from the Canadian Glass Art magazine concerning my 2013 GAAC Project Award. The article appeared in the December 2014 issue and I encourage you, fair readers, to please check it out! Meanwhile, I am teaching a Glass Fusing course August 8th & 9th 2015 out of my studio in Toronto. While this workshop doesn’t cover Vitrigraph pulls it will cover working with glass powders and slumping forms, as well as bezel setting your small fused glass pieces and forging a ring band! $225pp Includes ALL materials

Glass Fusing components for jewelry, and wearable art plus, making a ring band and bezel-setting glass!
Saturday: Learn how to cut various glass shapes, paint glass, work with powdered glass and stringers
How to properly build your glass pieces for fusing.
Annealing cycles are discussed and journaled as well as Slumping, Tack fusing temperatures and other kiln forming techniques.
Sunday: Items are taken out of the kiln/annealer and cleaned, cold working is demonstrated with the diamond saw, and simple hand-cold working methods.
Participants then bezel set one of their fused pieces as well as learn how to form, and solder a sterling silver ring band!
Sterling silver pendant backs and special glass adhesive are included.

Spring Metal & Glass workshops in Toronto

 Spring into Summer 2015 workshops and courses

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Ars Vitraria Experimentalis : Glass casting course
4 Sessions: Saturday afternoons noon-5:30/6pm, May 30th start-up  – 5 Student max., 3 student min. $585 includes all materials.This workshop is perfect for people looking to turn non-glass items into glass and properly build moulds. Using the lost wax casting process, this course covers various mould making techniques. Adding metal and clay inclusions. Working with alginate and silicone moulds to replicate pieces.  Participants will learn how to hand finish pieces, and use the nano ‘cold-shop’ to grind, sand, and cut glass. Participants in this class will create beautiful and original sculptures, while learning the infinite possibilities of casting glass!



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4 week Metal + Glass Next course starts up Monday, May 25th and runs Monday & Wednesday evenings (register below)
Form • Fabricate • Cast • Fuse – Learn basic Goldsmithing + Lost wax casting glass – 6:30-9:30pm, 4 weeks, 2 evenings per week. – $280 per person, 6 people max, 3 people min.

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:NEW: Glass Casting- basic/simple mould making and casting a glass object to use in your jewelry!

evening #6: bezel settings and tab setting for cabochon stones and your glass work. Clean-up glass & metal castings

evening #7:Enameling copper projects, forming, how to make your own findings.

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!




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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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