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Glass

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.

Experienced Intermediate Glassblowing | 11.6

Julie Bergen

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4395
11/6 - 12/18
6-10pm
Thursday
6
$584
$526

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.


Intermediate Glassblowing | 11.10

Donna McCord

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4933
11/10 - 12/15
6-10pm
Monday
6
$584
$526

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


Master Glass Artist: Miriam Di Fiore | 11.11

Miriam Di Fiore

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5017
11/11 - 11/15
9:30am - 5:30pm
Tue - Sat
1
$880
$792

During this class Miriam will demonstrate the basic process used in creating her pieces. Each student will realize two landscapes (a winter and a summer forest image, chosen by Miriam) during the class. The students will learn to translate a landscape image into glass adding the sensation of depth. Bullseye sheet glass and frits will be used in a layering process to create the pieces. Vitrograph stringers will be made, worked with a torch and used in the piece. The students will follow the process step by step to get the entire image translated into a flat glass piece with depth and an extremely realistic effect. This process is very complex and requires  experience in fusing. This is a very advanced fusing class, not a class for beginners.


Advanced Glassblowing: Teamwork | 11.11

Courtney Branam

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4934
11/11 - 12/16
6-10pm
Tuesday
6
$584
$526

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


Workshop: Introduction to Glassblowing | 11.15

Lydia Boss

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4938
11/15 - 11/16
1:45 - 5:45pm
Sat-Sun
$204
$184

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


Glass Casting – Beginning and Beyond | 11.15

Cathy Chase

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4937
11/15 - 12/20
6-10pm
Saturday
6
$605
$545

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


Holiday Workshop: Fused Glass Holiday Ornaments | 11.22

Sasha Tepper-Stewart

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4972
11/22
9:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday
$137
$123

Learn the joys of fusing while creating your own unique holiday ornaments. Using colored glass, frit and stringers, create beautiful ornaments in the kiln.  Techniques in cutting, arranging and stacking glass as well as kiln operation will be covered.  Learn to give your work a finished look.  Add embellishments to the ornaments to create the perfect handmade gift! Prerequisite: None


Holiday Workshop: Blow Your Own Ornament | 12.5

Lydia Boss

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4942
12/5
6-10pm
Friday
1
$116
$104

Have you always wanted to try blowing glass?  This is your chance to learn and make your own unique holiday ornament.  Learn to gather glass from the furnace and blow and shape bubbles into fantastic forms. There will be lots of hands-on experience and individual assistance. Prerequisite: None


Holiday Workshop: Blow Your Own Ornament | 12.6

Lydia Boss

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4941
12/6
1:45 - 5:45pm
Saturday
$116
$104

Have you always wanted to try blowing glass?  This is your chance to learn and make your own unique holiday ornament.  Learn to gather glass from the furnace and blow and shape bubbles into fantastic forms. There will be lots of hands-on experience and individual assistance. Prerequisite: None


Workshop: Introduction to Beadmaking | 12.6

Donna Prunkard

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4966
12/6 - 12/7
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat-Sun
$221
$199

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


Holiday Workshop: Fused Glass Holiday Ornaments | 12.6

Sasha Tepper-Stewart

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4973
12/6
9:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday
$137
$123

Learn the joys of fusing while creating your own unique holiday ornaments. Using colored glass, frit and stringers, create beautiful ornaments in the kiln.  Techniques in cutting, arranging and stacking glass as well as kiln operation will be covered.  Learn to give your work a finished look.  Add embellishments to the ornaments to create the perfect handmade gift! Prerequisite: None


Workshop: Working Positively with Wax | 12.6

Carol Milne

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5015
12/6
9:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday
$139
$125

This workshop is for anyone who wants to work directly in wax, fabricating forms generally without molds. If your goals are in casting, either for bronze or glass, you’ll want to explore the various waxes, along with cutting, bending, welding, shaping, pouring and joining of this indispensible material. Prerequisite: None


Holiday Workshop: Blow Your Own Ornament | 12.10

Lydia Boss

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4940
12/10
6-10pm
Wednesday
$116
$104

Have you always wanted to try blowing glass?  This is your chance to learn and make your own unique holiday ornament.  Learn to gather glass from the furnace and blow and shape bubbles into fantastic forms. There will be lots of hands-on experience and individual assistance. Prerequisite: None


Workshop: Introduction to Coldworking | 12.13

Rebecca Chernow

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4939
12/13 - 12/14
9:30am-5:30pm
Sat-Sun
$313
$282

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.


Workshop: Introduction to Flameworking – Borosilicate | 12.13

Julie Conway

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4969
12/13 - 12/14
9:00am - 5:00pm
Sat-Sun
$221
$199

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


Holiday Workshop: Winter Wonderland Sculptured Beads | 12.20

Cheryl Matson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4997
12/20 - 12/21
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat - Sun
$215
$194

In this exciting workshop students will learn to manipulate glass to make delightful sculptural beads including, but not limited to holly leaves, elves, snowmen, penguins and candies.  Students will explore more advanced bead shapes and will learn to create a variety of wearable holiday sculptures. Learn to analyze basic body shapes and components to create your own winter wonderland. Bring your ideas and active imagination! Prerequisite: Introduction to Beadmaking or equivalent experience.


Screenprinting on Glass | 1.5

Sasha Tepper-Stewart

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5098
1/5 - 3/2
6-10pm
Monday
8
$515
$464

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 with rich textures and colors. Experimenting with processes that require multiple firings and explore layering to create thicker work will be covered.


Glass Slumping and Fusing for Seniors | 1.7

Robin Oakes

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5147
1/7 - 2/11
9:30am - 1:30pm
Wednesday
6
$376
$338

Learn the art of fusing and slumping glass. Study the different principles of cutting and shaping glass and the use of glass frits, powders and stringers to create exciting designs. Explore painting on glass, metal inclusions and proper kiln set-up and firing.  Add dimension to your work by slumping into a variety of molds. You do not need to be a Senior to attend this class. Prerequisite: none


Intermediate Glass Fusing and Slumping | 1.8

Sasha Tepper-Stewart

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5096
1/8 - 2/26
6-10pm
Thursday
8
$500
$450

Enhance and refine your kiln formed glass skills. Practice techniques introduced in Beginning Glass Fusing 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 heat work, 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.


Mold Making for Multiples | 1.10

Louise Warner

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5071
1/10 - 1/18
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat-Sun
2
$345
$311

This course is meant to appeal to anyone wanting to cast multiples of an original form and will teach you how to make a silicone and plaster case mold.  The final case mold will provide the artist the ability to re-produce a piece of work in a multiple of mediums such as bronze, plaster or glass. Come to class with your original piece and all the items on the supply list to dive right in to this intensive, highly informative class.  Students will gain the skills and knowledge to make a high quality mother mold of their original sculpture.  ** This class requires students to purchase a specific silicone mold compound that is specified in the supply list and not included in tuition cost. **


Workshop: Introduction to Glassblowing | 1.10

Lydia Boss

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5081
1/10 - 1/11
1:45 - 5:45
Sat-Sun
1
$204
$184

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


Beginning Glassblowing | 1.11

Jeanne Marie Ferraro

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5082
1/11 - 2/15
6-10pm
Sunday
6
$561
$505

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 | 1.12

Donna McCord

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5084
1/12 - 2/23
6-10pm
Monday
6
$584
$526

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: Special Projects | 1.13

Scott Darlington

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5087
1/13 - 2/17
6-10pm
Tuesday
6
$584
$526

This new class is an opportunity to refine and focus on your own path in glassblowing. Special projects will allow students to make the class whatever they need to advance their techniques and the way they think about how to get things done, from design to calculations to implementation. Demonstrations will only be used minimally to guide students on their personal journeys. Having most or all of the class to explore individual projects will give students ample time to work out kinks and questions in accordance with their own desires. Professional advice and helping hands throughout the classes will give students more bench time and opportunity to discover breakthrough ways of achieving desired results. Prerequisite: Experienced Intermediate Glassblowing


Beginning Beadmaking | 1.13

Cheryl Matson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5094
1/13 - 2/17
6-10pm
Tuesday
6
$329
$296

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


Intermediate Flameworking – Borosilicate | 1.14

Julie Conway

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5092
1/14 - 2/18
6-10pm
Wednesday
6
$329
$296

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


Beginning Flameworking – Borosilicate | 1.15

Jessica Landau

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5090
1/15 - 2/19
6-10pm
Thursday
6
$329
$296

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


Experienced Intermediate Glassblowing | 1.15

Julie Bergen

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5085
1/15 - 2/19
6-10pm
Thursday
6
$584
$526

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


Glass Casting – Beginning and Beyond |1.17

Cathy Chase

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5089
1/17 - 2/21
6-10pm
Saturday
6
$605
$545

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


Workshop: Kiln Glass Jewelry | 1.17

Robin Oakes

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5101
1/17 - 1/18
9:30am-5:30pm
Sat-Sun
1
$233
$210

Learn the art of kilnforming glass while creating fused glass jewelry. Many different techniques will be covered including casting, layering, etching, use of dicroic glass, frit, powders, stringers, paints and much more. You will learn different methods of mounting your glass into pendants, earrings, bracelets and rings, including drilling and chemically bonding. Simple coldworking and basic kiln use will also be covered. Prerequisite: None


Workshop: Introduction to Coldworking | 1.31

Rebecca Chernow

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5088
1/31 - 2/1
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat-Sun
1
$313
$282

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


Parent and Me: Portraits in Glass (Ages 10+) | 1.31

Danielle Phillips

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5064
1/31
10am - 2:30pm
Saturday
1
$100

Explore the techniques of glass fusing in this fun four-hour workshop. Each of you will create a wonderful portrait of the two of you, or one of you could do a portrait of the family dog! Bring favorite photos for inspiration! Students will look at facial features, proportion, and expression, and then create a drawing on paper using line, shape, and color. We will investigate the various glass shapes and forms, as well as glass techniques then work to translate our drawings to sheet glass. The artworks will be fired and available for students to pick up from Pratt the following week. Each piece will have an embedded loop ready to display! For parents and children 10 years old and up, price includes one parent and one child.


Workshop: Introduction to Glass Fusing | 2.7

Sasha Tepper-Stewart

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5097
2/7 - 2/8
10am - 4pm
Sat-Sun
1
$233
$210

Learn the basic fundamentals of fusing and slumping glass, a common form of kiln-glass. Discussions and demonstrations will cover glass cutting, design layout, color combinations, slumping molds, kilns and firing schedules. You will gain the foundations to design and create at least four fused and slumped glass plates, a set of coasters and a trivet. Prerequisite: None


Workshop: Introduction to Flameworking – Borosilicate | 2.7

Julie Conway

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5093
2/7 - 2/8
9:00am - 5:00pm
Sat-Sun
1
$221
$199

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


Teen Glassblowing | 2.21

Jeanne Marie Ferraro

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5059
2/21 - 3/28
10am - 1pm
Saturday
6
$355

Discover the universal appeal of shaping molten glass. Individualized instruction will help you learn the basics of glassblowing: gathering glass from the furnace and blowing and shaping bubbles.  Make your own glass cup or sculptural paperweight while learning how to shape glass with tools. All materials included.


Workshop: Introduction to Beadmaking | 2.21

Donna Prunkard

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5095
2/21 - 2/22
9:30am-5:30pm
Sat-Sun
1
$221
$199

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