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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: New Modern Glass Painting | 4.25

Joseph Cavalieri

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6222
4/25 - 4/29
9:30am - 5:30pm
Mon - Fri
1
$700
$630

While painting onto glass dates back to medieval times, this workshop offers modern techniques for applying imagery on the glass surface. Hand painting, airbrushing, inking, and silk-screening onto glass along with the basics of cutting, copper foiling, and soldering stained glass techniques will all be explored. Joseph's modern techniques use the same materials but provide a more controlled, detailed and precise way of using these materials. This class is open to all levels of experience. Students who are interested in painting, printmaking, and exploring mixed media techniques may enjoy the class the most as more than just technique will be covered. Design tips and a worksheet to help students decide the direction of their art work will also be included.


Gas and Glass: A Neon Intensive | 5.13

Kelsey Fernkopf

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6365
5/13 - 5/16
5-10pm, 8am - 6pm
Fri - Mon
1
$655
$590

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 Glassblowing | 5.14

Lydia Boss

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6261
5/14 - 5/15
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


Workshop: Introduction to Flameworking – Borosilicate | 5.14

Patricia Davidson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6268
5/14 - 5/15
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: Special Effects | 5.18

Raven Skyriver and Kelly O'Dell

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6223
5/18 - 5/22
9:30am - 5:30pm
Wed - Sun
1
$1000
$900

Deepen your understanding of hot glass through the study of symmetry in nature. Sculpt blown forms, sharpen your hand-skills, and build intention and confidence in sculptural techniques. While exploring texture, color, and pattern, students will utilize the benefits of varying heat sources (glory hole and torches). Our class will solve problems together using sketchbooks, teamwork, and discussion.


Intro to Beadmaking Open Torch | 5.21

Donna Prunkard

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6265
5/21
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


Workshop: Introduction to Glass Fusing | 5.21

Sasha Tepper-Stewart

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6279
5/21 - 5/22
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 Coldworking | 5.28

Morgan Peterson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6262
5/28 - 5/29
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.


Beginning Glassblowing | 6.5

Jeanne Marie Ferraro

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6425
6/5 - 7/10
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


Roll Ups – Pattern Bars and Panels | 6.5

Rand Coburn

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6332
6/5 - 6/12
1:45 - 5:45pm
Sunday
2
$225
$203

Learn the roll up method to make your pattern bars and panels into vessels and sculptures. This class is offered as an extension of Advanced Fusing - Pattern Bars, #6271. Advanced Fusing - Pattern Bars is not a prerequisite for the roll up class, but students should come ready with panels. No glassblowing experience required.


Intermediate Glassblowing | 6.6

Donna McCord

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6426
6/6 - 7/18
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. This class will not meet on Indepedence Day 7/4.


Beginning Beadmaking | 6.7

Cheryl Matson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6439
6/7 - 7/12
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


Advanced Glassblowing: Special Projects | 6.7

Manuel Castro

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6427
6/7 - 7/12
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


Glass Slumping and Fusing for Seniors | 6.8

Robin Oakes

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6433
6/8 - 7/13
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. This class will not meet on 4/27


Experienced Intermediate Glassblowing | 6.8

Julie Bergen

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6429
6/8 - 7/13
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


Beginning Flameworking – Borosilicate | 6.9

Patricia Davidson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6443
6/9 - 7/21
6-10pm
Thursday
6
$329
$296

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


Intermediate Glass Fusing and Slumping | 6.9

Sasha Tepper-Stewart

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6434
6/9 - 7/14
6-10pm
Thursday
6
$500
$450

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.


Glass Casting – Beginning and Beyond | 6.18

Cathy Chase

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6431
6/18 - 7/23
6-10pm
Saturday
6
$504
$454

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: Figurative Sculpture | 6.15

Martin Janecky

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6224
6/15 - 6/19
9:30am - 5:45pm
Wed - Sun
1
$1000
$900

Any form can be realistically rendered in glass when reduced to basic shapes using a methodical approach. This hot-sculpting class will enable each student to examine shapes of interest, imagine them structurally broken down into parts, and then develop the necessary techniques to re-create them at the glassworking bench. Students will learn how to approach sculpting glass as they are introduced to the use of various torches, intricate bit work, components using the garage, and teamwork. Through sketching, practicing, and observing demonstrations, students will acquire a variety of shaping techniques and tricks for color application that will add a sense of realism and humanity to their work. Prerequisite: Intermediate Glassblowing


Screenprinting on Glass| 6.20

Sasha Tepper-Stewart

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6435
6/20 - 8/29
6-10pm
Monday
10
$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 Beadmaking | 6.25

Donna Prunkard

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6440
6/25 - 6/26
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


Workshop: Introduction to Glassblowing | 6.25

Lydia Boss

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6430
6/25 - 6/26
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


Intro to Beadmaking Open Torch | 7.2

Donna Prunkard

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6441
7/2
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


Workshop: Introduction to Flameworking – Borosilicate | 7.9

Patricia Davidson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6444
7/9 - 7/10
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


Workshop: Introduction to Glass Fusing | 7.9

Sasha Tepper-Stewart

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6437
7/9 - 7/10
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 Coldworking | 7.9

Morgan Peterson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6432
7/9 - 7/10
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.


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SGE: The Roger Parramore Experience | 7.13

Roger Parramore

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6225
7/13 - 7/17
9:30am - 5:30pm
Wed - Sun
1
$700
$630

Steep yourself in a long week of lampworking with one of the world's foremost artists in this medium. This will be an introduction to Roger's philosophy, techniques, and the psychology of his approach to lampworking. Come ready to absorb a lot of information quickly as we explore heat, goblets, and vessel forms in borosilicate glass. An intense submersion, this class is designed for experienced lampworkers ready to move to the next level or stout-of-heart beginners wanting to know what it's all about. Prerequisite: Flameworking I


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SGE: Secret “Knitted Glass” Techniques | 8.12

Carol Milne

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6343
8/12-8/14, 8/20
9:30am - 1:30pm
Fri - Sun
1
$515
$464

Seattle artist, Carol Milne will share her secret 'knitted glass' technique.  You don't have to know how to knit.  The idea is to learn how to make successful, thin or hollow glass castings with cut-outs or filigree holes in them. Working with strands of dimensional wax (3/16' diameter up to ½' diameter), students will make small objects (fist size) to transform into glass.  As a class, we will analyze each object to determine how best to get a successful casting.   The class will cover all aspects of casting:  wax-working, spruing waxes, mold-making, kiln schedules, divesting and cold-working.  All levels are welcome.  But beginners should be prepared to be challenged. Class meets 8/12 - 14 and 8/20.


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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