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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.

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Beginning Glassblowing | 7.24

Jeanne Marie Ferraro

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6523
7/24 - 8/28
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 | 7.25

Donna McCord

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6524
7/25 - 8/29
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. This class will not meet on Independence Day 7/4.


Beginning Beadmaking | 7.26

Cheryl Matson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6530
7/26 - 8/30
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


Advanced Glassblowing: Special Projects | 7.26

Manuel Castro

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6525
7/26 - 8/30
6-10pm
Tuesday
6
$584
$526

This 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 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


Experienced Intermediate Glassblowing | 7.27

Julie Bergen

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6527
7/27 - 8/31
6-10pm
Wednesday
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


Beginning Glass Fusing | 7.28

Sasha Tepper-Stewart

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6536
7/28 - 9/1
6-10pm
Thursday
6
$376
$338

Learn the basic techniques of kiln formed glass. Through discussions, demonstrations and hands-on experience, you will become adept at glass cutting, discover effects made possible by differing temperatures in the kiln, and learn about design and compositional elements - including basic color theory. Kiln firing schedules, basic cold working and slumping techniques will round out your introduction to kiln formed glass. This course will provide you with a solid foundation in fusing glass, which will allow you to take more focused workshops and advanced intensives. This class will skip 4/28.


Beginning Flameworking – Borosilicate | 7.28

Cheryl Matson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6533
7/28 - 9/1
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


Glass Slumping and Fusing for Seniors | 8.10

Robin Oakes

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6535
8/10 - 9/14
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.


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SGE: Secret “Knitted Glass” Techniques | 8.12

Carol Milne

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6343
8/12-8/14, 8/20
9:30am - 1:30pm
Fri - Sun
1
$515
$464

Seattle artist, Carol Milne will share her secret 'knitted glass' technique.  You don't have to know how to knit.  The idea is to learn how to make successful, thin or hollow glass castings with cut-outs or filigree holes in them. Working with strands of dimensional wax (3/16' diameter up to ½' diameter), students will make small objects (fist size) to transform into glass.  As a class, we will analyze each object to determine how best to get a successful casting.   The class will cover all aspects of casting:  wax-working, spruing waxes, mold-making, kiln schedules, divesting and cold-working.  All levels are welcome.  But beginners should be prepared to be challenged. Class meets 8/12 - 14 and 8/20.


Mold Making for Multiples | 8.13

Louise Warner

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6514
8/13 - 8/21
10am - 4pm
Sat - Sun
2
$250
$225

This course is meant to appeal to anyone wanting to make a casting of an original form by teaching you how to make a silicone rubber and mother mold. The mold will allow you to cast a wax positive that can be used in the lost wax process for mediums such as bronze 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 reuseable 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 Glass Fusing | 8.20

Sasha Tepper-Stewart

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6537
8/20 - 8/21
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 Beadmaking | 8.20

Donna Prunkard

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6531
8/20 - 8/21
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


Workshop: Introduction to Glassblowing | 8.27

Lydia Boss

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6528
8/27 - 8/28
1:45 - 5:45pm
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


Wear Your Work | 9.25

Jason Pfohl

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6735
9/25 - 9/28
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sun - Wed
1
$575
$518

In Wear Your Work, students will create design concepts for jewelry and learn a series of basic glass jewelry making techniques: flameworking with borosilicate glass, carving glass billets, and coldworking to add pattern and finish pieces. Demonstrations and hands-on practice time will be divided between the Flame and Cold Shops. Daily presentations will address principles of design, aesthetics of surface and form, and traditions of glass piercing jewelry. Projects will cover pendants, rings, and bracelets.

Wear Your Work is taught by Jason Pfohl, the founder-designer of Gorilla Glass which specializes in glass piercing jewelry. Starting out creating jewelry for New York City fashion designers, he has now been creating glass piercing jewelry of his own design for over fifteen years. Pfohl is responsible for the technical innovation that makes Gorilla Glass famous. In the last decade, he has taught workshops in the United States, New Zealand, Taiwan, and Mexico. www.getgorilla.com


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SGE: Extra Texture: Intermediate Caneworking at an Advanced Level | 10.5

Scott Benefield

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6227
10/5 - 10/9
9:30am - 5:45pm
Wed - Sun
1
$1000
$900

In this intense five-day workshop we will unzip all the secret compartments in the caneworking suitcase to reveal what lies beyond the basics of Venetian cane and murrine. Taking simple, traditional cane techniques as a starting point, this workshop will explore the potential that lies in combining and synthesizing methods of generating regular patterns in glass in order to achieve innovative, original results. Cane techniques can be understood a means of assembling a glass envelope, which offers a different starting point from the more usual methods of inflating a homogeneous mass of glass. As such, a glass object becomes more related to collage and opens new avenues of discovery. Prerequisite: Intermediate Glassblowing


Workshop: Extra Texture: Intermediate Caneworking- Advanced | 10.5

Scott Benefield

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6227
10/5 - 10/9
9:30am - 5:45pm
Wed - Sun
1
$1000
$900

In this intense five-day workshop we will unzip all the secret compartments in the caneworking suitcase to reveal what lies beyond the basics of Venetian cane and murrine. Taking simple, traditional cane techniques as a starting point, this workshop will explore the potential that lies in combining and synthesizing methods of generating regular patterns in glass in order to achieve innovative, original results. Cane techniques can be understood a means of assembling a glass envelope, which offers a different starting point from the more usual methods of inflating a homogeneous mass of glass. As such, a glass object becomes more related to collage and opens new avenues of discovery. Prerequisite: Intermediate Glassblowing