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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.

Teen Art Week: Glassblowing | 8.25 -FULL

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: Glassblowing | 8.25 -FULL

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.


Workshop: Introduction to Flameworking – Borosilicate | 8.30

Julie Conway

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4731
8/30-8/31
9-5pm
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


Beginning Glassblowing | 9.7

Jeanne Marie Ferraro

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4791
9/7-10/12
6-10pm
Sun
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 | 9.8

Donna McCord

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4793
9/8-10/13
6-10pm
Mon
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


Screenprinting on Glass | 9.8

Kerstin Graudins

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4905
9/8-10/27
6-10pm
Mon
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.


Beginning Beadmaking | 9.9

Cheryl Matson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4803
9/9-10/14
6-10pm
Tue
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: Teamwork | 9.9

Courtney Branam

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4794
9/9/10/14
6-10pm
Tue
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

 


Intermediate Flameworking – Borosilicate | 9.10

Julie Conway

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4806
9/10-10/15
6-10pm
Wed
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


Experienced Intermediate Glassblowing | 9.11

Julie Bergen

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4797
9/11-10/16
6-10pm
Thur
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 sessions of Intermediate Glassblowing or equivalent


Continuing Kilnforming | 9.11

Sasha Tepper-Stewart

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4809
9/11-10/16
6-10pm
Thur
6
$376
$338

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 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.


Workshop: Introduction to Glassblowing | 9.13

Lydia Boss

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4799
9/13-9/14
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


Glass Casting – Beginning and Beyond | 9.13

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4796
9/13-10/18
6-10pm
Sat
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


Art Lab 102: Hand’s on Pratt- Introduction to Glass Casting | 9.13

Sherri Gamble

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4907
9/13-9/21*
6-9pm
Sat-Sun
2
$238
$214

Did you make a mold from your hand at the Open House or create a wax form in the Art Lab 101 class? In this session, you will learn the “lost-wax” method of glass casting. We will make an investment mold around your hand and cast in into glass. Bring your wax sculpture to class and explore the wide range of material possibilities of plaster and glass!

 

All ages welcome, no experience needed!

 

*Class meets on 9/13-14 and 9/21

 

Class fee includes glass

 


Art Lab: Moldmaking 101 | 9.13

Sherri Gamble

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4811
9/13
12-4pm
Sat
1
$79
$71

A survey of mold-making processes and materials designed to help you make molds quickly. We will have hands-on sessions with dental alginate, plaster and more materials. Students are encouraged to bring a small object to class and create a mold to practice their skills. These new mold-making techniques will prepare you to explore our other casting programs such as glass or metals.


Experiments in Kiln Glass: Box Casting | 9.19

Sherri Gamble

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4908
9/19-9/28
3-6pm
Fri-Sun
1
$250
$225

Go beyond the lost-wax process and push your glass casting and mold-making skills to new levels! In this class, we will explore glass casting by using vermiculite board molds to produce a reverse-relief glass sculpture. Instead of casting a 'positive' form similar to lost-wax, we will embed a 'negative' relief of this form into a simple box mold, which can be re-used for multiple firings. Be sure to bring a small object to class to discuss and develop a casting plan!

*Class Fee does not include glass

 

All experience levels are welcome!


Workshop: Introduction to Beadmaking | 9.20

Donna Prunkard

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4732
9/20 - 9/21
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


The Break-Away Sand Mold Blow Box | 9.21

Robert Carlson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4897
9/21-10/12
1:30-5:45pm
Sun
4
$584
$526

The Break-Away Sand Mold Box combines the techniques and creativity of sand casting with the ability to increase scale while decreasing those annoying annealing times. In this 4 session class over 4 weeks you'll learn how the box works, how to construct the box (some boxes will be available to buy), the concepts of good pattern making, how to combine a core and patterns to produce complex and asymmetrical forms, how to prepare your sand and build your mold, how to remove your core and patterns, the 'post-gather' technique for gathering and preparing your glass for the mold, blowing into the mold, extracting your piece and some techniques available after the piece is free of the mold.

 

Most of the technical info and some practice will be imparted at the first session. During the next three weeks students will work make/prepare their own patterns and cores and create and blow their molds so as to perfect their understanding of the innumerable ways this technique can work.


Workshop: Introduction to Coldworking | 10.18

Rebecca Chernow

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4800
10/18-10/19
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


Teen Flameworking | 10.9

Sasha Tepper-Stewart

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4898
10/9-11/13
3:30-5:30pm
Thur
6
$180
NA

This class covers the basics of beadmaking, including tools, techniques and safety. 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. Techniques include: hot glass manipulation, basic bead shapes, and basic glass sculpting to create small scale objects such as marbles, flowers, bugs and burgers! Learn to work with hot glass on this smaller scale. Safety, creativity and fun are emphasized!

 

All materials provided


Teen Glassblowing | 10.11

Jeanne Marie Ferraro

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4836
10/11-11/15
10am-1pm
Sat
6
$355
NA

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


Introduction to Beadmaking II | 10.18

Donna Prunkard

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4904
10/18-10/19
9:30am-5:30pm
Sat-Sun
1
$221
$199

Designed as a follow-up to the workshop Introduction to Beadmaking, this workshop will review the basics including bead shaping, dots, and stringers.  Building on these skills, you will work on perfecting bead ends, trying different shapes, and experimenting with new techniques like twisted cane and encasing.

 

Prerequisite: Introduction to Beadmaking workshop


Workshop: Introduction to Kilnforming | 10.25

Sasha Tepper-Stewart

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4810
10/25-10/26
10am-4pm
Sat-Sun
1
$233
$210

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


Workshop: Introduction to Flameworking – Borosilicate | 10.25

Julie Conway

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4808
10/25-10/26
9-5pm
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


Master Artist: Cane & Murrine Mastery | 10.26

Maestro Davide Salvadore

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4866
10/26-10/31
9:30am-5:30pm
Sun-Fri
1
$1,304
$1,174

Studying Venetian glassblowing techniques is considered an important step in a glassblower’s skill development and professional practice. The goal of this intensive review of Venetian glass techniques with  a  well-known maestro is to practice complicated traditional designs to express contemporary ideas in glass. Students will learn intricate techniques, including zanfirico, incalmo, reticello, and murrine, used to produce precisely blown and sculpted objects, from small bowls to large free-form works.

 

Students will work with the maestro and have the  unique opportunity to develop glassmaking skills with high degree of accomplishment. Students should be well-versed in glass working and want the challenge of refining their skills through keen observation and daily studio time.
Prerequisite: At least 2 years of glass experience