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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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Bas-Relief Tile and Vessel – Pâte de Verre | 9.7

Delores Taylor

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6738
9/7 - 10/26
6-10pm
Wednesday
8
$575
$517

Pâte de Verre is a unique technique that involves pressing colorful glass pastes into molds to produce glass sculptures, tiles and vessels all with intricate color layers and textures in a one-time process, impossible to create any other way. In this class students will learn basic and more advanced techniques in the principles of Pâte de Verre. New students will cover custom colors, tiles, and inclusions - creating a bas-relief tile and a sintered hollow core vessel in the plaster/silica/talc method. Returning students will work on continuing projects. Water-based clay will be used to model these projects. We will have lots of one on one discussion on how to incorporate your ideas-whether you prefer modeling, using organic materials, or glass inclusions. This class will cover ceramic techniques, and painting techniques using pastes of glass. We will discussion glues as binder for the glass and inclusion techniques (organics, metals or glass). The final class will cover cold working skills. Each session will encourage experimentation. Glass is included in class cost.


Beginning Glassblowing | 9.11

Jeanne Marie Ferraro

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6612
9/11 - 10/16
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 | 9.12

Donna McCord

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6613
9/12 - 10/17
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. This class will not meet on Indepedence Day 7/4.


Advanced Glassblowing: Special Projects | 9.13

Manuel Castro

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6614
9/13 - 10/18
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


Experienced Intermediate Glassblowing | 9.14

Julie Bergen

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6616
9/14 - 10/19
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


Screenprinting on Glass | 9.19

Sasha Tepper-Stewart

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6654
9/19 - 11/7
6-10pm
Monday
8
$536
$482

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 | 9.20

Cheryl Matson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6663
9/20 - 10/25
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


Intermediate Glass Fusing and Slumping | 9.22

Sasha Tepper-Stewart

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6657
9/22 - 10/27
6-10pm
Thursday
6
$392
$353

This 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.


Beginning Flameworking – Borosilicate | 9.22

Patricia Davidson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6661
9/22 - 10/27
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 This class will not meet 7/14


Advanced Fusing – Pattern Bars | 9.25

Robin Oakes

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6659
9/25 - 10/30
5-9pm
Sunday
6
$468
$421

Create more complex kiln-formed glass pieces by learning to create pattern bars as design components. Expand and stretch your design perspective by creating both organic and geometric pieces with pattern bars. Also, enhance your coldworking skills while refining your work. Some fusing experience recommended.


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


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


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.