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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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. **
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
In this weekend work shop students will learn how to add bits of glass to solid and blown forms. Everything from handles to sunflowers can be created by adding bits of glass together. Techniques will be demonstrated as we work together as a team. Prerequisite: Beginning Glassblowing.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
This opportunity is designed for the student who has taken a beadmaking workshop within the past year and just wants more time on the torch. This will be an unstructured practice session. Instructor will be present and available for guidance but no new techniques will be demonstrated. Prerequisite: Intro to Beadmaking
This workshop offers modern techniques for applying imagery to the glass surface. It covers hand painting, air brushing, inking, and silk-screening onto glass, along with the basics of cutting, copper foiling and soldering stained glass techniques. The technique of kiln fired enamels dates back to Medieval times, but in this class there are no limits to your choice of imagery, and you don’t have to be an expert painter. You have the option tracing existing art onto the glass, or painting free hand in your own style. The workshop is taught along with a variety of lectures. “Packaging Yourself”, “Marketing Your Art”, and “How To Successfully Get into Artist Residencies” discussions will help beginners and professionals focus on the style of your work and career. Course Level: Intermediate
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. A field trip off campus will include visits to local studios and galleries. All skill levels are encouraged to apply.
This intermediate course is designed for the student who has a strong foundation but is looking to expand his/her vocabulary of shapes and forms with basic color applications. Tapered forms, bowls, curvy bottles, and hourglass forms will be broken down into manageable steps. One form will be studied each day in clear, then simple color applications will be introduced to that form. Fundamental overlays, basic cane work, lip wraps, and incalmo will be touched on during the demonstrations. Be prepared to explore new avenues and expand your vocabulary! Course Level: Intermediate
Pop Art is an art movement that started by challenging the traditional perceptions of fine art. It usually employs imagery from popular culture by removing it from its established context and presenting it in a new way. In this flameworking class, students will be challenged to use imagery present in media, advertising, music, comic books, etc. to create art that is relevant, exciting and anything but traditional! There will be hands-on instruction to assist students to realize their ideas. There will be demonstrations and class discussions. Course level: All flameworking techniques and skill levels are welcome.
This course focuses on glass as a vehicle for artistic expression. Pieces will be made using both rod and hollow tubing, as we explore making sculpture on the torch. The class will focus on sound construction, ways to combine hollow and solid forms, and color application, with an emphasis on nature inspired forms. Course level: All Levels Welcome
This class is intended to give intermediate glass makers the opportunity to make their own custom hand held bronze stamps for various hot glass studio processes. During this workshop this class will spend mornings making molds and pouring small bronzes. The afternoons will be spent in the hot shop utilizing the stamps we make. Various hot glass techniques will be explored regarding individual student's stamps to achieve the best results. Texture, text, image, graphics will be discussed. This class will cover: Basic wax working, replicating with rubber molds, how to make zircar molds, cast bronze, bit application along with traditional & unconventional glass techniques will be explored. No casting experience required, some Glassblowing experience is good. Course Level: Intermediate.
In this comprehensive 5-day intensive fusing class, you will be introduced to many fundamental concepts related to creating glass objects in the kiln. You will have the opportunity to fuse multiple pieces and learn how to plan firing schedules and prep the kilns for firings. In addition, you will learn proper and detailed techniques of fusing, slumping, cutting, assembly and color choice. Some of the techniques that will be covered are circle cutting, boiling and raking glass, strip cutting and assembly, pattern bars, stenciling with powders and painting with enamels to create a multi-layered piece. You will also spend time in the cold shop learning solid techniques on how to finish your pieces. Course level: all levels welcome
The main focus for this class will be to explore the most direct path to self-expression and the vehicle will be hot glass sculpture with a heavy emphasis on applied bit work. Although the emphasis is in the Hot Shop, students will also be encouraged to investigate the use of other materials in mixed media constructions. Students should plan to bring other mediums they are comfortable with and 'found objects' that may inspire mixed media usage. Drawing and painting will be encouraged in the working process, and group discussion and teamwork will be fostered through collaborative projects. Techniques in sculpting glass and color application processes will be demonstrated daily as well as ways to bond and assemble work in mixed media. You will be encouraged to think more about ideas in terms of 'sketches' rather than finishing a 'masterpiece'. The demo pieces we finish during the course will be part of a solo exhibition the de la Torre Brothers will have at the William Traver Gallery, exposing the entire process--from concept to fruition. Course level: Intermediate. Prerequisite: 6 months of hot shop experience.
It is important to know your materials and to approach the challenge of creation with a sensitivity all your own. We will seek to create sculptural expressions through a number of methods: pouring molten glass into sand molds, working directly with hot lumps of glass, and glassblowing. Creating works of glass begins with learning the characteristics of the material and then takes shape as one learns to fuse them with one's own sensibilities. By making artwork in this way, we will seek not only to develop new forms but also to create spaces that make the world richer in a certain way. Course Level: Intermediate
SGE: Fundamentals for the Visionary Creator | 8.12
This course will cover basic to advanced sculptural flameworking techniques using borosilicate, soft and recycled glass. Class projects will include challenges and mysteries to help motivate students to think outside the traditional flameworking boundaries. Mixed media and alternative materials will be utilized as well as individual support in creating projects specific to each student's aesthetic desires. The history of the material and the process of flameworking will be covered in lessons as well as discussions on the potential of flameworking to create small and large scale sculpture. Course level: All levels welcome
SGE: Now and Then: Mining History for Inspiration | 8.17
We will split our time between learning about glass history, designing contemporary work inspired by history, and making it. We will look for ideas, across the broad spectrum of human endeavors that have influenced the history of glassmaking (aesthetics, science, economics, etc). Mr. Lieberman will give a variety of historical talks and Mr. Calimpong will give practical demos in the Hot Shop. Course Level: All Levels Welcome
In Ali's five day bead making class, she will demonstrate and discuss her process of making large beads with intricate stringer work. She will share her techniques of comfortably working with large masses of glass while working on a small pattern. She will also break down the structure of her design work and talk about the creation of large patterns. Other focuses of the class will be creating glass beads on skeleton keys, shaping large round beads with every day bead making tools, and some of Ali's favorite color reactions. All beads will be made in 104 COE soft glass. Some stringer experience is required. Course level: Intermediate