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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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SGE: Garden from the Flame | 7.6

Demetra Theofanous

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5218
7/6 - 7/10
9:30am-5:30pm
Mon - Fri
1
$800
$730

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


Workshop: Introduction to Glass Fusing | 7.11

Sasha Tepper-Stewart

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5495
7/11 - 7/12
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 | 7.18

Julie Conway

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5488
7/18 - 7/19
9am - 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


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SGE: Not Your Average Fusing 101 | 7.20

Leslie Speicher

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5220
7/20 - 7/24
9:30am-5:30pm
Mon - Fri
1
$800
$730

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


Beginning Beadmaking | 7.21

Cheryl Matson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5583
7/21 - 8/25
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


Beginning Glassblowing | 7.26

Jeanne Marie Ferraro

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5576
7/26 - 8/30
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 | 7.27

Donna McCord

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5578
7/27 - 8/31
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 | 7.28

Chuck Lopez

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5612
7/28 - 9/1
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 | 7.29

Julie Bergen

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5579
7/29 - 9/2
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


Workshop: Introduction to Beadmaking | 8.1

Donna Prunkard

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5584
8/1 - 8/2
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


Intro to Beadmaking Open Torch | 8.8

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5585
8/8
10am - 4pm
Saturday
1
$103
$93

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


Intermediate Glass Fusing and Slumping | 8.8

Sasha Tepper-Stewart

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5602
8/8 - 8/30
9am - 5pm
Sat-Sun
2
$500
$450

This intensive 2 weekend class is perfect for special projects. 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.


Intermediate Glass Fusing and Slumping | 8.8

Sasha Tepper-Stewart

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5602
8/8 - 8/30
9am - 5pm
Sat-Sun
2
$500
$450

This intensive 2 weekend class is perfect for special projects. 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.


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SGE: Characteristics | 8.10

Shunji Omura

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5222
8/10 - 8/15
9:30am-5:30pm
Mon - Sat
1
$1050
$955

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


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SGE: Fundamentals for the Visionary Creator | 8.12

Amber Cowan

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5223
8/12 - 8/16
9:30am-5:30pm
Wed-Sun
1
$800
$730

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


Workshop: Introduction to Glassblowing | 8.15

Lydia Boss

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5581
8/15 - 8/16
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


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SGE: Now and Then: Mining History for Inspiration | 8.17

Walter Lieberman and Granite Calimpong

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5219
8/17 - 8/23
9:30am-5:30pm
Mon-Sun
1
$1050
$955

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


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SGE: Intricate Stringer Work | 8.19

Ali VandeGrift

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5224
8/19 - 8/23
9:30am - 5:30pm
Wed-Sun
1
$800
$730

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


Glass Slumping and Fusing for Seniors | 8.19

Robin Oakes

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5603
8/19 - 9/23
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


Screenprinting on Glass | 8.24

Sasha Tepper-Stewart

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5600
8/24 - 10/19
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.


Workshop: Introduction to Coldworking | 8.29

Rebecca Chernow

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5582
8/29 - 8/30
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.


Workshop: Introduction to Flameworking – Borosilicate | 8.29

Julie Conway

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5586
8/29 - 8/30
9am - 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