Tuesday, August 30th 6:30-9:30/10pm & Thursday, Sept 1st 6:30-9:30/10pm or
Saturday, Sept 3rd afternoon intensive 12pm-6pm or Winter classes:
Saturday, January 28th afternoon intensive 12pm-6pm
Saturday, February 4th afternoon intensive 12pm-6pm
$285 per person
fine silver bezel wire
wire for prong-like settings, bails
3”x3” 18ga sterling silver sheet
Students supply their own cabochon cut stones, crystals, rocks, etc.
Learn how to measure, fabricate and form ring bands, bezel/prong set cabochon stones, saw, and solder. Texture your metal designs using hammers, stamping tools, roller print (using lace, paper cut-outs, leaf skeletons, hole punched paper, etc), annealing and work hardening your metal. Students leave with beautiful, handmade creations and the knowledge/skills to build more work!
Resource list of suppliers is included. Reserve your seat(s) soon!
Register with 3 or more friends and receive 10% off (each seat).
Glass Pate de Verre workshop Friday afternoon, July 15th 1pm-4pm $130pp This 3-hour class introduces many fundamental concepts of creating glass objects in the kiln. After a brief overview, students make a small bowl or ‘Sugar’ Skull using granules of glass that are mixed to form a paste. Colour is applied selectively by sifting or painting on glass powders. Pâte de verre is a kilncasting method that literally means “paste of glass”. The general premise is to mix frit granules with some sort of binder such as gum arabic, then apply the glass to the inner surface of a negative mood. Nanopod provides students with a plaster silica mold of a bowl or skull and demonstrates pâte de verre methods and design options. You personalize the project using a palette of glass powders and fill the shell of the mold with a frit paste. Your piece will the be kiln-dried and back-filled prior to firing. The final piece, which will be available for pick-up a few days after class, will be a hollow form that, despite its delicate and sugary appearance, is a strong and long lasting object. Bowls are approximately 4 inches in diameter and 2 inches high. No experience necessary, materials included!
hand flame-worked glass heart
Flame ON!, Thursday afternoons (multiple dates available click: Buy Tickets to be taken to schedule) noon to 4pm $130 per person, includes materials- 4 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 time for the student to make a small, but satisfying stash of colorful beads which are annealed overnight, and cleaned when you pick them up. Class fee includes all materials No experience necessary! Ages 14 on up are welcome!
Flame-worked glass bead
Metal + Glass 8 day Camp! August 2nd to August 11th Summer art/craft camp! This intensive workshop teaches students how to work with hand tools, design concepts, subtractive and additive sculpting, kiln-forming glass, painting with glass, etching metal .. have fun learning new skills. $400pp
Summer art/craft camp! This intensive workshop teaches students how to work with hand tools, design concepts, subtractive and additive sculpting, kiln-forming glass, painting with glass, etching metal .. have fun learning new skills.
Everyday covers a different technique
Safety in the studio and working with various materials is covered with each new process. Day 1: Working with hammers and stamping tools students add textures, words, images to copper pendants, and small bracelets. Day 2: Properly measure, texture and form sterling silver ring bands. Day 3: 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! Paint on glass, make a couple of pendants and a window piece. Students will learn kiln forming/carving and make 5″x7″ window pieces and a couple of pendants. Day 4: Working with cuttlefish bone moulds carve out patterns that will then be cast in pewter. Day 5: Work with vitreous enamel painting/sifting images on copper that will be fused in a kiln. Day 6: Draw pictures onto brass or copper and learn how to etch metal (like circuit boards) and turn these images into pins/brooches. Day 7: Working with found items: flat rocks, drift wood, twigs, bottle caps, broken ceramic bits students learn how to hand drill and rivet with metal tubing and turn their finds into charm necklaces/bracelets. Day 8: Finish up projects.
Sterling silver for 1 ring band
Copper for forming, rivets, and making bracelet blanks
Brass for etching
Glass for kiln forming
Sterling for cuttlefish casting – approx 5 grams
Various copper, brass and bronze wire
Use of tools and equipment.
* Salt solutions are used for etching. The studio works with green alternatives whenever possible. Students will not come into contact with any harmful chemicals. Particulate masks are worn when working with glass powders. At no time are the students working with fire, or dangerous materials.
Recommended for 12 years on up! Under 18? Parental consent forms are sent via email upon registration.
Super course rate of $50 per day – Reserve your space today!
New workshop dates added! Working with hand tools saw, solder and form ring bands using hammers and special steel stamps then create a bezel setting and set a beautiful cabochon cut stone!
These workshops are being offered as evening and afternoon intensives. Includes all materials: Cabochon is extra* or bring your own! Register for 1 of these workshops under our Metal section in our menu.
What is included in this workshop:
sterling silver for 1 ring band and bezel-cup
Fine silver bezel wire
Copper for practicing and/or overlay designs
*Students need to supply their own cabochon cut stone or purchase one from the studio. Studio cabochon stones range from $25 to $85 per stone. And sizes vary between 10mm to 40mm
Monday, April 28th’s Metal + Glass course has filled!
The next 8 week Metal + Glass course starts up Wednesday April 30th. Register soon– this course fills fast!
Toronto’s independently run, artist studio where you can learn how to Form metal/glass, Fabricate metal, Flamework glass, work with Vitreous enamel, Set stones, carve wax, Lost wax cast designs, and make a ring band in 24 hours?!