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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.

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Glass Slumping and Fusing for Seniors | 9.28

Robin Oakes

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6656
9/28 - 11/2
9:30am - 1:30pm
Wednesday
6
$392
$353

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.


Glass Casting – Beginning and Beyond | 10.1

Cathy Chase

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6617
10/1 - 10/22
6-10pm
Saturday
4
$419
$377

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


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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


Workshop: Introduction to Flameworking – Borosilicate | 10.15

Patricia Davidson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6662
10/15 - 10/16
9am - 5pm
Sat - Sun
1
$231
$208

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


Workshop: Introduction to Glassblowing | 10.15

Lydia Boss

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6618
10/15 - 10/16
1:45 - 5:45pm
Sat - Sun
1
$213
$192

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 Glass Fusing | 10.15

Sasha Tepper-Stewart

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6658
10/15 - 10/16
10am - 4pm
Sat - Sun
1
$243
$219

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


Teen Flameworking | 10.21

Cheryl Matson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6725
10/21 - 12/16
6:30 - 9:30pm
Friday
8
$300

Learn 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! NO CLASS ON 11/25.


GAS AND GLASS: A NEON INTENSIVE | 10.21

Kelsey Fernkopf

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6737
10/21 - 10/24
5-10pm
Fri - Mon
1
$655
$589

Learn basic neon tube bending techniques while creating your own unique neon art piece. While spending time in the fires you will be introduced to 90 degree bends, U-bends, curves and fusing tubes. Class will include an overview of the noble gases, neon bombarding process, and correct transformer loading and wiring. Emphasis will be placed on the completion of your own design. A basic bending kit and a transformer to power your completed project are included in the price of the class. Please note that this class will take place at City Light Sign Co. in Ballard. http://www.citylightssign.com/ Pre-Requisite: None


Workshop: Introduction to Beadmaking | 10.22

Donna Prunkard

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6665
10/22 - 10/23
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat - Sun
1
$231
$208

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 Coldworking | 10.22

Morgan Peterson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6619
10/22 - 10/23
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat - Sun
1
$326
$293

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.


Beginning Flameworking – Borosilicate | 11.3

Patricia Davis

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6780
11/3 - 12/15
6-10pm
Thursday
6
$342
$308

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


Beginning Glass Fusing | 11.3

Sasha Tepper-Stewart

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6794
11/3 - 12/15
6-10pm
Thursday
6
$392
$353

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.


Veterans Glassblowing Day | 11.5

Varies

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6850
11/5
9:30am - 1:30pm
Saturday
1
FREE

Veterans Glassblowing Day was initially inspired by President Obama's plea for citizens to help our veterans find work after returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan. Following President Obama's passing of the Veterans Skills to Jobs Act in July 2012, longtime glassblower Lisa Aronzon was inspired by this call to action and invited the glassblowing community to come together in support of our veterans. As our nation faces financial uncertainty, social revolution, acts of violence, and military conflicts, Veterans Glassblowing Day offers a terrific opportunity for Americans to pay it forward to our troops. Pratt Fine Arts Center is proud to offer this opportunity to our Veterans. Learn more here.


Glass Casting – Beginning and Beyond | 11.5

Cathy Chase

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6787
11/5 - 12/10
6-10pm
Saturday
6
$629
$566

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


Veterans Glassblowing Day | 11.5

Varies

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6849
11/5
1:45 - 5:45pm
Saturday
1
FREE

Veterans Glassblowing Day was initially inspired by President Obama's plea for citizens to help our veterans find work after returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan. Following President Obama's passing of the Veterans Skills to Jobs Act in July 2012, longtime glassblower Lisa Aronzon was inspired by this call to action and invited the glassblowing community to come together in support of our veterans. As our nation faces financial uncertainty, social revolution, acts of violence, and military conflicts, Veterans Glassblowing Day offers a terrific opportunity for Americans to pay it forward to our troops. Pratt Fine Arts Center is proud to offer this opportunity to our Veterans. Learn more here.


Beginning Glassblowing | 11.6

Jeanne Marie Ferraro

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6782
11/6 - 12/11
6-10pm
Sunday
6
$584
$526

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 | 11.7

Donna McCord

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6783
11/7 - 12/12
6-10pm
Monday
6
$608
$547

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 | 11.8

Manuel Castro

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6786
11/8 - 12/13
6-10pm
Tuesday
6
$608
$547

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


Beginning Beadmaking | 11.8

Cheryl Matson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6775
11/8 - 12/13
6-10pm
Tuesday
6
$342
$308

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


Experienced Intermediate Glassblowing | 11.9

Julie Bergen

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6785
11/9 - 12/14
6-10pm
Wednesday
6
$608
$547

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 Slumping and Fusing for Seniors | 11.9

Robin Oakes

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6793
11/9 - 12/14
9:30am - 1:30pm
Wednesday
6
$392
$353

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


Parent and Me: Glassblowing | 11.20 FULL

Rand Coburn

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6820
11/20
1:45 - 5:45pm
Sunday
1
$190

Spend some quality time with your teen while you discover the universal appeal of shaping molten glass. This four hour class will feature a one hour demonstration and 3 hours to practice gathering glass from the furnace, blowing and shaping bubbles. This will be an experience you two will not forget! Price includes one parent and one teen 13 years and up, space is limited to three groups so sign up early! No experience necessary.


Holiday Workshop: Winter Wonderland Sculptured Beads | 12.3

Cheryl Matson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6776
12/3 - 12/4
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat-Sun
1
$161
$145

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.


Workshop: Introduction to Glass Fusing | 12.3

Sasha Tepper-Stewart

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6795
12/3 - 12/4
10am - 4pm
Sat - Sun
1
$243
$219

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 Glassblowing | 12.10

Lydia Boss

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6792
12/10 - 12/11
1:45 - 5:45
Sat - Sun
1
$213
$192

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: Dragon Eye Pendants | 12.10

Cheryl Matson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6778
12/10
9:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday
1
$110
$99

Learn to make dragon eye pendants. In this class you learn how to create the components to make dragon or other animal eye pendants using color shifting and metallic colors. Students will use a variety of furnace glass in cane and frit form. Learn to incorporate vibrant shades of fuchsia, purple and other colors previously only available to glassblowers. You will learn the creative applications and exciting reactions applying these colors to bead making glass. Prerequisite: Beginniing Beadmaking


Holiday Workshop: Fused Glass Holiday Ornaments | 12.10

Robin Oakes

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6796
12/10
9:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday
1
$150
$130

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: Fused Glass Holiday Ornaments | 12.11

Robin Oakes

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6798
12/11
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sunday
1
$150
$135

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 | 12.16

Lydia Boss

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6790
12/16
6-10pm
Friday
1
$125
$113

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 | 12.17

Sasha Tepper-Stewart

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6791
12/17
1:45 - 5:45pm
Saturday
1
$125
$113

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 | 12.17

Donna Prunkard

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6779
12/17 - 12/18
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat - Sun
1
$231
$208

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 | 12.17

Robin Oakes

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6797
12/17
9:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday
1
$150
$135

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 | 12.18

Lydia Boss

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6789
12/18
1:45 - 5:45pm
Sunday
1
$125
$113

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 | 12.18

Lydia Boss

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6788
12/18
6-10pm
Sunday
1
$125
$113

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