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From glassblowing and casting to flameworking and glass fusing, Pratt Fine Arts Center offers the most extensive and enticing array of glass classes in Seattle. Whether you are a complete beginner or an established artist, our experienced instructors will give you the skills to create and to express yourself in this versatile medium.

Workshop: Introduction to Flameworking – Borosilicate | 4.19

Julie Conway

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4366
4/19-4/20
9am-5pm
Sat/Sun
1
$215
$194

Learn to work with borosilicate tubing to create blown ornaments, beads, vessels, and other forms. Learn how to transfer a section of tubing to a blow-pipe, proper use of a blow hose, and apply even heating to form bubbles. We will introduce color techniques and how to control heat and handle molten bubbles of glass to shape them with your breath. Prerequisite: None


Advanced Glassblowing: Teamwork | 4.15

Courtney Branam

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4508
4/15-5/20
6-10pm
Tue
6
$567
$510

This class is an opportunity to find the nuances in creating bigger, thinner, and more complex blown forms. Through teamwork, students will refine skills in communication, timing, set-up, and finishing for a new, higher level of professional practice. Having more hands will increase communication and team working skills, shorten production times, and increase the complexity and size of works possible. Color applications, bit running, cane and murinni pick ups, pole turning, bench assisting, torches, and garage work will all be emphasized. Prerequisite: Experienced Intermediate Glassblowing


Pâté de Verre: Bas Relief Tile and Vessel | 4.16

Delores Taylor

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4393
4/16-5/28
6-10pm
Wed
7
$530
$477

In this class students will learn basics to more advanced techniques in the principles of Pâte de Verre. The class will cover custom colors, tiles, inclusions creating a bas-relief tile and a sintered hollow core vessel in the plaster, silica, and talc method. Water-based clay will be used to model these projects. Lots of one on one discussion to incorporate your ideas whether you prefer modeling, using organic materials or glass inclusions in creating a bas-relief tile and hollow core vessel. This class will cover ceramic techniques, painting techniques using pastes of glass with discussions on glues as binder for the glass and inclusion techniques (organics, metals or glass). The final class will cover cold working skills. Each session will encourage experimentation.
Glass is included in class cost.


Glass Casting – Beginning and Beyond | 4.16

Cathy Chase

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4512
4/16-5/21
6-10pm
Wed
6
$567
$528

If you are fascinated with hot glass, try casting it! Ladle molten glass into molds pressed into sand. Learn about sand molds and how to use other mold-making techniques such as plaster bandage, steel, and CO2-bonded sand. Participate in weekly demonstrations and discussions. This is a fun, active class that requires 100% student involvement. Work as part of a team for safe and efficient use of the studio. Beginners and continuing students are welcome! Prerequisite: None


Intermediate Flameworking – Borosilicate | 4.16

Julie Conway

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4517
4/16-5/21
6-10pm
Wed
6
$319
$287

Take your flameworking skills to the next level and learn standards of blowing borosilicate techniques, including advanced hollow forms, incalmo, and experimentation with color and design. Layering colors and shapes can create infinite options for your artwork. Applications of design for technique and annealing processes will also be discussed. Prerequisite: Beginning Flameworking


Experienced Intermediate Glassblowing | 4.17

Julie Bergen

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4510
4/17-5/22
6-10pm
Thu
6
$567
$510

Learning to blow glass is like learning to play a musical instrument; it takes a lot of practice and expert instruction. Develop a working routine and method to refine shapes and thin forms using steady heat and efficient moves. Focus on more complicated techniques such as handles and bits, blown feet, and wraps. Learn more about the garage, optic molds, and the fluffy torch. Prerequisite: At least two quarters of Intermediate Glassblowing or equivalent


Beginning Flameworking – Borosilicate | 4.17

Jessica Landau

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4515
4/17-5/22
6-10pm
Thu
6
$319
$287

Learn the fundamentals of flameworking - melting and manipulating glass over a bench-top torch - and explore the artistic possibilities of this warm glass technique used for creating everything from beads to vessels to sculptures. You'll learn the basics of tools, safety, equipment and techniques so you can take advantage of this versatile and popular art form. The emphasis of this class is on borosilicate glass. Beginning and returning students are welcome.  Prerequisite: None


Teen Workshop: Flameworking | 6.14

Jessica Landau

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4569
6/13
10am-4pm
Sat
1
$125
-

Manipulate hot glass and fire to create marbles, flowers, bugs, burgers and other small objects in this one day workshop. Discover how to melt rods of glass in a propane-oxygen flame, wrap the molten glass onto a metal mandrel (rod), and use heat and gravity to shape a bead. Safety, creativity and fun are emphasized!  All materials included.


Intensive: Writing with Light–Neon Workshop | 4.25

Karen Buehler

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4573
4/25-4/28
See description
Fri-Mon
1
$600
$550

Learn the fundamentals of neon tube-bending at City Lights Sign Co. in Ballard. Learn about the types of glass and gas, phosphor coatings, torches, tube-bending techniques, pattern-making, electrodes, transformers, and bombarding. An emphasis will be placed on learning to bend neon letters with 2-5 hours of practice time each day. The goal for each student is to finish a neon project. Prerequisites: none. Please visit http://www.citylightssign.com for more information.

Class schedule:

4/25: 6-10pm

4/26: 10am-6pm

4/27: 10am-6pm

4/28: 6-10pm


Workshop: Intro to Coldworking | 4.26

Rebecca Chernow

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4513
4/26-4/27
9:30am-5:30pm
Sat/Sun
1
$304
$274

Alter the shape and/or surface texture of glass using tools and processes that don't rely upon heat. This includes grinding, carving, engraving, polishing and sandblasting-- all of which provide opportunities for artists to resolve aesthetic and functional issues, ranging from shape and surface quality to strength and stability of edges. In this class, you will try your hand at many coldworking methods, using state-of-the-art tools. You will also discuss ways to adapt basic methods to home studio practice.  Prerequisite: None.


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Seattle Glass Experience: Ordinary Treasures Extraordinary Objects | 4.28

Robert Mickelsen

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4429
4/28-5/2
9:30am-5:30pm
Mon-Fri
1
$800
$730

In this class each student will select a common everyday object and, by rendering it in glass, transform it into something extraordinary. The challenge will be to select an object that is interesting to the maker and try to figure out how to represent it in a material that it is not only not normally associated with, but actually defies being made of glass. If the maker can carry it off, it creates all sorts of interesting implications about the object and the material glass as well as making a stunning art object. Specific techniques will be taught as needed and will likely include solid sculpting, hollow forms, complex construction, and networking. Surface treatments such as cold-working and sandblasting may be used as well. There will be in-depth discussions, instructional presentations, technical demonstrations, and lots of direct hands-on help from the instructor.


Workshop: Intro to Glassblowing | 5.3

Jason Kartez

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4514
5/3-5/4
1:45-5:45pm
Sat/Sun
1
$198
$178

Beginner glass enthusiasts: here's your chance to try your hand at this fascinating and engaging art form. You will learn to gather glass from the furnace, blow, shape bubbles, and much more. Gain an appreciation for this process while you create paperweights and other basic forms with individualized assistance from the instructor. Prerequisite: None


Workshop: Intro to Flameworking – Borosilicate | 5.10

Julie Conway

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4518
5/10-5/11
9am-5pm
Sat/Sun
1
$215
$194

Learn to work with borosilicate tubing to create blown ornaments, beads, vessels, and other forms. Learn how to transfer a section of tubing to a blow-pipe, proper use of a blow hose, and apply even heating to form bubbles. We will introduce color techniques and how to control heat and handle molten bubbles of glass to shape them with your breath. Prerequisite: None


Imagery in Kilnformed Glass | 5.10

Mark Ditzler

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4599
5/10-5/11
9am-5pm
Sat/Sun
1
$304
$274

This class will explore producing images on fused or kiln cast work.  Using black and white images, designs will be made into silkscreen stencils for applying vitreous enamels.  We will also use a similar process to make photoresist sandblast stencils to carve detailed designs in the glass.  Designs can be produced from hand drawn or computer generated patterns.  Print makers who have wanted to work with glass invited.  Please bring high-contrast black & white images to class.  Beginner/Intermediate level.


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Seattle Glass Experience: The Roger Parramore Experience | 5.14

Roger Parramore

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4439
5/14-5/18
9:30am-5:30pm
Wed-Sun
1
$800
$730

Steep yourself in a long weekend of lampworking with one of the world's foremost artists in this medium. This will be an introduction to Roger's philosophy, techniques, and the psychology of his approach to lampworking. Come ready to absorb a lot of information quickly as we explore heat, goblets, and vessel forms in borosilicate glass. An intense submersion, this class is designed for experienced lampworkers ready to move to the next level or stout-of-heart beginners wanting to know what it's all about.

Prerequisite: Flameworking I


Workshop: Intro to Beadmaking | 5.24

Donna Prunkard

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4522
5/24-5/25
9:30am-5:30pm
Sat/Sun
1
$215
$194

Glass beadmaking is your chance to work with hot glass on a small scale. Learn to melt rods of glass in a propane-oxygen flame, wrap the molten glass onto a mandrel, and then use heat and gravity to shape a round bead.  You will pull stringers (thin strings of glass) and use them to decorate your beads with dots, lines and simple flowers.  We'll also cover basic torch safety, glass terminology, annealing, and bead cleaning. Prerequisite: None


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Seattle Glass Experience: Ways & Means | 5.28

Raven Skyriver and Kelly O'Dell

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4427
5/28-6/1
9:30am-5:45pm
Wed-Sun
1
$1050
$955

This class will focus on the refinement of solid & blown sculpting skills. We will use bit-work, garage and hot torches to achieve detail. Sketchbooks and images to reference will be used as important tools.  Objects and textures in our environment are welcome inspiration as we explore various approaches of color application and sculpting techniques.

Class level: intermediate to advanced.


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Seattle Glass Experience: Sealife Through Borosilicate Glass | 5.28

Jennifer Umphress

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4438
5/28-6/1
9:30am-5:30pm
Wed-Sun
1
$800
$730

This class will concentrate on the fundamentals of solid borosilicate sculpture with a focus on sealife imagery. Students will learn basic sculpting skills to build a strong foundation for their work. We will also discuss solutions for finishing and displaying the work. Finally, we will move beyond the technical to help students find their personal voice within the framework of their art.

All levels welcome.


Workshop: Intro to Kilnforming | 5.31

Sasha Tepper-Stewart

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4526
5/31-6/1
10am-4pm
Sat/Sun
1
$226
$203

Learn the basic fundamentals of fusing and slumping glass, a common form of kiln-glass.  Explore glass cutting-straight and curved cuts, apply glass frit, and compose designs to create fused and slumped work.  Discussions and demonstrations will cover the basics of kiln forming from glass to molds to kilns and firing.  Prerequisite: None


Beginning Glassblowing | 6.1

Jeanne Marie Ferraro

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4654
6/1-7/6
6-10pm
Sun
6
$545
$491

Discover the universal appeal of shaping molten glass. Ease yourself into this art form with individualized instruction that covers all the basics of glassblowing, from gathering glass from the furnace, to blowing and shaping bubbles.  Learn to use the marver, shape with jacks, and begin paper shaping.  In addition, learn valuable techniques and safety rules that will give you a solid foundation on which to build your skills. In this class, you will have plenty of time to practice. Prerequisite: None


Intermediate Glassblowing | 6.2

Donna McCord

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4656
6/2-7/7
6-10pm
Mon
6
$567
$510

Expand on and refine your basic glassblowing skills while working with the four basic shapes: bowl, cone, vase, and cylinder. Learn about teamwork and tool use as well as annealer and glory hole operation. Explore all the details of bits, handles, lip wraps, and beginning color application. Learn by designing a piece of your own and analyzing the steps needed to complete it. Students are encouraged to repeat this class. Prerequisite: Beginning Glassblowing


Advanced Glassblowing: Teamwork | 6.3

Courtney Branam

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4657
6/3-7/8
6-10pm
Tue
6
$567
$510

This class is an opportunity to find the nuances in creating bigger, thinner, and more complex blown forms. Through teamwork, students will refine skills in communication, timing, set-up, and finishing for a new, higher level of professional practice. Having more hands will increase communication and team working skills, shorten production times, and increase the complexity and size of works possible. Color applications, bit running, cane and murinni pick ups, pole turning, bench assisting, torches, and garage work will all be emphasized. Prerequisite: Experienced Intermediate Glassblowing


Beginning Beadmaking | 6.4

Stacy Frost

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4665
6/4-7/9
6-10pm
Wed
6
$319
$287

Glass Beadmaking is your chance to work with hot glass on a small scale at a bench torch.  Learn techniques such as basic bead shapes, surface design, and molten glass manipulation.  You will also learn various methods of creating internal design which will give you the ability to create more depth and interest in your work.  Basic skills including bead cleaning and proper work habits will also be covered.  Although oriented toward beginners, continuing students are always welcome!  Prerequisite: None


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Seattle Glass Experience: Hot Glass Sculpting | 6.4

Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen & Jasen Johnsen

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4432
6/4-6/8
9:30am-5:45pm
Wed-Sun
1
$1050
$955

This intensive course is designed to help students realize their ideas by building on time proven as well as innovative hot glass sculpting techniques, including experimental ways of drawing and creating texture with glass frits and powders, torch-work, and the use of customized tools. Fundamental ways of sculpting blown and solid parts will be taught with a focus on the use of the hot garage to construct with parts and an emphasis on teamwork. A substantial amount of time will be spent on essential thought processes as students develop their own dialog with glass using a newly introduced vocabulary. Talks and demonstrations by visiting artists will also contribute to the class experience.

Three years of hot glass experience and an equal measure of hard work, perseverance and fun required!


Continuing Kilnforming | 6.5

Sasha Tepper-Stewart

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5093
6/5-7/10
6-10pm
Thu
6
$365
$329

Enhance and refine your kilnformed glass skills. Practice techniques introduced in Beginning Kilnforming and improve your work through thoughtful design, planning and execution. Perfect your circle cutting, explore tinting and color dilution, painting with glass, test slumping and cold working. Techniques in heatwork, designing part sheets, pattern bars and creating thicker work will be covered. Come prepared to explore and experiment to expand your knowledge of kiln-glass.


Experienced Intermediate Glassblowing | 6.5

Julie Bergen

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4659
6/5-7/10
6-10pm
Thu
6
$567
$510

Learning to blow glass is like learning to play a musical instrument; it takes a lot of practice and expert instruction. Develop a working routine and method to refine shapes and thin forms using steady heat and efficient moves. Focus on more complicated techniques such as handles and bits, blown feet, and wraps. Learn more about the garage, optic molds, and the fluffy torch. Prerequisite: At least two quarters of Intermediate Glassblowing or equivalent


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Seattle Glass Experience: In Depth Intro to Kiln-Casting | 6.11

Lisa Zerkowitz

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4433
6/11-6/15
9:30-5:45pm
Wed-Sun
1
$800
$730

In this workshop students will learn kiln-casting techniques as well as gain an understanding of the tools, supplies and equipment needed for glass casting on your own.  Come prepared, as day one will kick off with sculpting forms out of clay.  In addition to hands-on time, there will be daily demonstrations and lectures on mold making, loading kilns, firing schedules and an introduction to lost wax casting.  Students can expect to spend additional time in the cold shop finishing their pieces.  We will discuss the necessities for glass casting so students can feel confident in continuing to work independently with this process, through the use of your own studio, at Pratt as an independent user, or a combination of the two.  An emphasis will be placed on teamwork and all skill levels are encouraged to participate.


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Seattle Glass Experience: Tumblers, Cylinders, Bowls, Bottle | 6.11

Boyd Sugiki

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4436
6/11-6/15
9:30am-5:45pm
Wed-Sun
1
$1050
$955

This course will focus on efficient glassblowing.  By breaking down the processes and working in clear, the course will address blowing it at its fundamentals with discussions on heat and heat placement. Tumblers, cylinders, bottles and bowls will be approached with simplistic methodologies, as instruction will be personalized and detailed according to your level of experience.  Through repetition, error and discovery, students will gain the confidence and skills needed to establish a solid foundation.


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Seattle Glass Experience: Experimental Figure Sculpting | 6.9

Mauro Bonaventura

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4428
6/9-6/13
9:30am-5:45pm
Mon-Fri
1
$800
$730

Maestro Mauro Bonaventura will lead a course in glass sculpting and networking with a focus on the human figure. His theme will be encapsulating the figure in a glass network. Students can experiment with the use of borosilicate and soft glass to create geometric and organic networked forms to personalize their own artistic visions. Students will have opportunities to explore sculpting techniques and how the human figure works in visual and spatial concepts.

Students must be experienced flameworkers. Good for both Borosilicate and Soft Glass artists.


Workshop: Introduction to Coldworking | 6.14

Rebecca Chernow

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4661
6/14-6/15
9:30am-5:30pm
Sat/Sun
1
$304
$274

Alter the shape and/or surface texture of glass using tools and processes that don't rely upon heat. This includes grinding, carving, engraving, polishing and sandblasting-- all of which provide opportunities for artists to resolve aesthetic and functional issues, ranging from shape and surface quality to strength and stability of edges. In this class, you will try your hand at many coldworking methods, using state-of-the-art tools. You will also discuss ways to adapt basic methods to home studio practice.  Prerequisite: None.


Intensive: One-project Kiln Cast Glass Class | 6.20

Carol Milne

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4528
6/20-6/28
9:30am-5:30pm
Fri-Sun, Sat
2
$500
$450

Are you an intermediate or advanced kiln caster looking to create that one, special, kiln-cast glass piece, without committing to a long term class?  Carol Milne will share her 14 years of kiln casting expertise to mentor you through difficulties, troubleshoot problems, and leap over obstacles.  If it's possible, we'll make it happen.


Workshop: Introduction to Glassblowing | 6.21

Lydia Boss

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4653
6/21-6/22
1:45-5:45pm
Sat/Sun
1
$198
$178

Beginner glass enthusiasts: here's your chance to try your hand at this fascinating and engaging art form. You will learn to gather glass from the furnace, blow, shape bubbles, and much more. Gain an appreciation for this process while you create paperweights and other basic forms with individualized assistance from the instructor. Prerequisite: None


Workshop: Introduction to Beadmaking | 6.21

Donna Prunkard

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4667
6/21-6/22
9:30-5:30
Sat/Sun
1
$215
$194

Glass beadmaking is your chance to work with hot glass on a small scale. Learn to melt rods of glass in a propane-oxygen flame, wrap the molten glass onto a mandrel, and then use heat and gravity to shape a round bead.  You will pull stringers (thin strings of glass) and use them to decorate your beads with dots, lines and simple flowers.  We'll also cover basic torch safety, glass terminology, annealing, and bead cleaning. Prerequisite: None


Screenprinting on Glass | 6.23

Kerstin Graudins

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4704
6/23-8/11
6-10pm
Mon
8
$500
$450

This class will cover silk screening techniques such as preparing a hand drawn, digital artwork or photograph and transferring it to a screen in preparation for printing. You will learn how to work with enamels, print your image onto glass and fire the glass. You will also learn powder printing techniques, a screen printing method that uses dry glass powder to create images


Teen Art Week: Flameworking | 6.23

Sasha Tepper-Stewart

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4414
6/23-6/27
9:30am-12:30pm
M-F
1
$265
-

Manipulate hot glass and fire to create marbles, flowers, bugs, burgers and other small objects. Discover how to melt rods of glass in a propane-oxygen flame, wrap the molten glass onto a metal mandrel (rod), and use heat and gravity to shape a bead. Safety, creativity and fun are emphasized! All materials included.


Teen Art Week: Fused Glass | 6.23

Sasha Tepper-Stewart

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4420
6/23-6/27
1:30 pm-4:30 pm
M-F
1
$230
-

Create fused and slumped coasters, plates, bowls, self portraits, and more. While exploring design, composition, and color using everything from sheet glass to glass powders. Find confidence in your artwork through thoughtful design, and good craftsmanship. All materials included.


Teen Art Week: Glassblowing | 6.23

Jeanne Marie Ferraro

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4421
6/23-6/27
9:30am-12:30pm
M-F
1
$290
-

Learn how to gather 2,300 degree Fahrenheit molten glass into a bubble using tools, breath and a little determination.  Discover what effects gravity and centrifugal force have on molten glass.  Individualized instruction will help you learn the basics as you explore the ancient and alluring art of glassblowing. All materials included.


Teen Art Week: Glassblowing | 6.23

Jeanne Marie Ferraro

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4422
6/23-6/27
1:30 pm-4:30 pm
M-F
1
$290
-

Learn how to gather of 2,300 degree Fahrenheit molten glass into a bubble using tools, breath and a little determination.  Discover what effects gravity and centrifugal force have on molten glass.  Individualized instruction will help you learn the basics as you explore the ancient and alluring art of glassblowing. All materials included.


Expanding Your Color Palette | 6.28

Cheryl Matson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4703
6/28-6/29
9:30am-5:30pm
Sat/Sun
1
$215
$194

This exciting class will expand your bead making color palette. Learn to make beads using vibrant shades of fuchsia, purple, color shifting and metallic colors previously only available to glassblowers. This class will use variety of furnace glass in cane and frit form. Day one will you will make beads using only furnace glass and day two you will learn the creative applications on Effetre bead making glass. Prerequisite: Beginning Beadmaking


Cane & Murrini From Sheet Glass | 6.28

Mark Ditzler

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4600
6/28-6/29
9:30am-5:30pm
Sat/Sun
1
$287
$258

Learn how to construct intricate colored cane and murrini from compatible (fusible) sheet glass.  By building cane and murrini 'blocks' from sheet, the kiln forming artist can plan and execute fairly intricate designs with little experience.  The process is quick, efficient, and allows the artist to produce kiln formed pieces that are unique and at a new level.  Some fusing and hot shop experience recommended.


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Seattle Glass Experience: Vessels And Form Consciousness | 7.9

Matt Eskuche

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4437
7/9-7/13
9:30am-5:30pm
Wed-Sun
1
$800
$730

This class is designed to provide a solid technical and aesthetic base from which a persons work can progress. With jacks, and diamond shears aiding them, students of all levels will experiment with borosilicate tubing and colored rod. Shape, scale, and proportion will pass through a technical 'strainer' in order to create form conscious pieces of varied scale and difficulty.
(beginner to intermediate)


Workshop: Introduction to Kilnforming | 7.12

Sasha Tepper-Stewart

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4663
7/12-7/13
10am-4pm
Sat/Sun
1
$226
$203

Learn the basic fundamentals of fusing and slumping glass, a common form of kiln-glass.  Explore glass cutting-straight and curved cuts, apply glass frit, and compose designs to create fused and slumped work.  Discussions and demonstrations will cover the basics of kiln forming from glass to molds to kilns and firing.  Prerequisite: None


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Seattle Glass Experience: Hot Assembly & the Sculpted Vessel | 7.16

David Walters

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4431
7/16-7/20
9:30am-5:45pm
Wed-Sun
1
$1050
$955

This class will focus on ways to manipulate the bubble using methods incorporating the bench torch/hot torch and human breath as well as ways to assemble blown parts for construction of more complex forms using the garage. Students design ideas/problems may inspire demo opportunities for the benefit of the whole class when appropriate. Come with sketch books and some ideas to pursue and I will introduce a class assignment to get the ball rolling. This class will also briefly touch on David's enamel technique for those who are interested as well as firing schedules, supply lists and paint mixing handouts will be provided as well. Intermediate/Advanced


Workshop: Introduction to Flameworking – Borosilicate | 7.19

Julie Conway

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4668
7/19-7/20
9am-5pm
Sat/Sun
1
$215
$194

Learn to work with borosilicate tubing to create blown ornaments, beads, vessels, and other forms. Learn how to transfer a section of tubing to a blow-pipe, proper use of a blow hose, and apply even heating to form bubbles. We will introduce color techniques and how to control heat and handle molten bubbles of glass to shape them with your breath. Prerequisite: None


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Seattle Glass Experience: We Love Paint: Enamels on Glass | 7.23

Cappy Thompson, Dick Weiss and Walt Lieberman

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4580
7/23-7/27
9:30am-5:30pm
Wed-Sun
1
$1050
$955

This workshop will provide a wide-ranging look at the possibilities of painting on glass. These techniques can apply to many forms of glassworking. The instructors will bring three very different styles and philosophies to the table. In spite of (or maybe because of) our different approaches we have been friends and collaborators for over thirty years. We are hoping to encourage you to collaborate as well. The course will cover technical challenges such as mixing, firing and applying paint. There will be short presentations on contemporary and historical approaches to glass painting. Mostly we will paint glass separately and together.  The goal is to have fun and learn from each other. No experience required.


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Seattle Glass Experience: Merge Meld Mix | 8.6

Carmen Lozar

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4435
8/6-8/10
9:30am-5:30pm
Wed-Sun
1
$800
$730

Antique postcards and other curiosities will serve as a starting point as we construct narrative tableaus out of borosilicate glass and found objects. We will focus on using flameworking as a sculptural tool.  Students should feel free to bring small found objects with them or simply find them during the class.

This class will not focus on technique but on the overall idea and how to develop a work of art using beginning to intermediate skills at the torch. There will be some crossover with the furnace class as we exchange parts and pieces of flameworked glass for blown objects to include in our sculptures.


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Seattle Glass Experience: Intermediate Glassblowing | 8.6

Matt Urban

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4434
8/6-8/10
9:30am-5:45pm
Wed-Sun
1
$1050
$955

This class will focus on straight forward vessel making process. Emphasis on generating quick, thin and clean forms. Demonstrations will include application of surface decoration like various types of handles, feet, and other surface decoration. Prefabrication techniques for color, cane work for production, and multiple part vessel assembly will be explored depending on student interest. The class will also be creating experimental forms for cross over use in the lamp shop and vice versa.


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Seattle Glass Experience: Pop Glass-Contemporary Painting on Glass | 8.6

Joseph Cavalieri

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4430
8/6-8/10
9:30am-5:30pm
Wed-Sun
1
$800
$730

The concept behind this class starts with the basics of cutting, copper foiling and soldering stained glass. Then we mix more contemporary techniques of hand painting, air brushing, mixed media, collage, layering and silk-screening onto glass. All the glass is kiln fired-a tradition that dates back to medieval times. Glass layering, lighting, framing and hanging of the final work will be reviewed.

All Skill Levels welcome.


Teen Art Week: Glassblowing | 8.25

Jeanne Marie Ferraro

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4485
8/25-8/29
1:30-4:30pm
M-F
1
$290
-

Learn how to gather 2,300 degree Fahrenheit molten glass into a bubble using tools, breath and a little determination.  Discover what effects gravity and centrifugal force have on molten glass.  Individualized instruction will help you learn the basics as you explore the ancient and alluring art of glassblowing. All materials included.


Teen Art Week: Flameworking | 8.25

Sasha Tepper-Stewart

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4473
8/25-8/29
9:30am-12:30pm
M-F
1
$265
-

Manipulate hot glass and fire to create marbles, flowers, bugs, burgers and other small objects. Discover how to melt rods of glass in a propane-oxygen flame, wrap the molten glass onto a metal mandrel (rod), and use heat and gravity to shape a bead. Safety, creativity and fun are emphasized! All materials included.


Teen Art Week: Fused Glass | 8.25

Sasha Tepper-Stewart

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4483
8/25-8/29
1:30 pm-4:30 pm
M-F
1
$230
-

Create fused and slumped coasters, plates, bowls, self portraits, and more. While exploring design, composition, and color using everything from sheet glass to glass powders. Find confidence in your artwork through thoughtful design, and good craftsmanship. All materials included.


Teen Art Week: Glassblowing | 8.25

Jeanne Marie Ferraro

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4484
8/25-8/29
9:30am-12:30pm
M-F
1
$290
-

Learn how to gather 2,300 degree Fahrenheit molten glass into a bubble using tools, breath and a little determination.  Discover what effects gravity and centrifugal force have on molten glass.  Individualized instruction will help you learn the basics as you explore the ancient and alluring art of glassblowing. All materials included.