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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.

Workshop: Introduction to Coldworking | 10.18

Rebecca Chernow

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4800
10/18-10/19
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


Teen Flameworking | 10.9

Sasha Tepper-Stewart

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4898
10/9-11/13
3:30-5:30pm
Thur
6
$180
NA

This class covers the basics of beadmaking, including tools, techniques and safety. Discover 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!

 

All materials provided


Teen Glassblowing | 10.11

Jeanne Marie Ferraro

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4836
10/11-11/15
10am-1pm
Sat
6
$355
NA

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


Portraits in Glass (Ages 9 – 15) | 10.18

Danielle Phillips

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4839
10/18
12:30-4:30pm
Sat
1
$100
NA

Explore the techniques of glass fusing in this fun four-hour workshop. Students will look at facial features, proportion, and expression, and then create a drawing on paper using line, shape, and color. We will then investigate the various forms of glass and techniques and 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!


Introduction to Beadmaking II | 10.18

Donna Prunkard

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4904
10/18-10/19
9:30am-5:30pm
Sat-Sun
1
$221
$199

Designed as a follow-up to the workshop Introduction to Beadmaking, this workshop will review the basics including bead shaping, dots, and stringers.  Building on these skills, you will work on perfecting bead ends, trying different shapes, and experimenting with new techniques like twisted cane and encasing.

 

Prerequisite: Introduction to Beadmaking workshop


Workshop: Introduction to Kilnforming | 10.25

Sasha Tepper-Stewart

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4810
10/25-10/26
10am-4pm
Sat-Sun
1
$233
$210

Learn the basic fundamentals of fusing and slumping glass, a common form of kiln-glass.  Explore glass cutting-straight and curved cuts, apply glass frit, and compose designs to create fused and slumped work.  Discussions and demonstrations will cover the basics of kiln forming from glass to molds to kilns and firing.

 

Prerequisite: None


Workshop: Introduction to Flameworking – Borosilicate | 10.25

Julie Conway

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4808
10/25-10/26
9-5pm
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


Beginning Flameworking – Borosilicate | 11.3

Jessica Landau

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4967
11/3 - 11/20
6-10pm
Mon, Thurs
3
$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


Intermediate Beadmaking | 11.4

Cheryl Matson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4964
11/4 - 12/9
6-10pm
Tuesday
6
$329
$296

Refine and improve the technical quality of your glass beads.  In this class you will continue to develop your skills in encasing, shaping, and manipulating molten glass.  Surface decoration, basic twisted cane construction and application, basic sculpture and hollow bead making will also be covered.  Learn everything you need to know to take your Beadmaking skills to the next level.  Prerequisite: Beginning Beadmaking


Intermediate Flameworking – Borosilicate | 11.5

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4968
11/5 - 12/17
6-10pm
Wednesday
6
$329
$296

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


Pâte de Verre: Bas Relief Tile and Vessel | 11.5

Delores Taylor

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4978
11/5 - 12/17
6-10pm
Wednesday
6
$423
$381

In this class students will learn basics to more advanced techniques in the principles of Pâte de Verre. The class will cover custom colors, tiles, inclusions creating a bas-relief tile and a sintered hollow core vessel in the plaster, silica, and talc method. Water-based clay will be used to model these projects. Lots of one on one discussion to incorporate your ideas whether you prefer modeling, using organic materials or glass inclusions in creating a bas-relief tile and hollow core vessel. This class will cover ceramic techniques, painting techniques using pastes of glass with discussions on 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.


Experienced Intermediate Glassblowing | 11.6

Julie Bergen

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4395
11/6 - 12/18
6-10pm
Thursday
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 Kilnforming | 11.6

Sasha Tepper-Stewart

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4953
11/6 - 12/18
6-10pm
Thursday
6
$376
$338

Learn the basic techniques of kilnformed 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 coldworking, and slumping techniques will round out your introduction to kilnformed glass. This course will provide you with a solid foundation in kilnforming which will allow you to take more focused workshops and advanced intensives. Prerequisite: None.


Workshop: Veteran’s Glassblowing Day | 11.8

Jeanne Marie Ferraro

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4982
11/8
1:45 - 5:45pm
Saturday
FREE
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.


Workshop: Veteran’s Glassblowing Day | 11.8

Scott Darlington

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4983
11/8
6:00 - 10:00pm
Saturday
FREE
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.


Beginning Glassblowing | 11.9

Jeanne Marie Ferraro

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4931
11/9 - 12/21
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. This class can be taken more than once to build your skills. Prerequisite: None


Intermediate Glassblowing | 11.10

Donna McCord

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4933
11/10 - 12/15
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


Master Artist: Landscapes and Depth in Fused Glass | 11.11

Miriam Di Fiore

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5017
11/11 - 11/15
9:30am - 5:30pm
Tue - Sat
1
$880
$792

During this class Miriam will demonstrate the basic process used in creating her pieces. Each student will realize two landscapes (a winter and a summer forest image, chosen by Miriam) during the class. The students will learn to translate a landscape image into glass adding the sensation of depth. Bullseye sheet glass and frits will be used in a layering process to create the pieces. Vitrograph stringers will be made, worked with a torch and used in the piece. The students will follow the process step by step to get the entire image translated into a flat glass piece with depth and an extremely realistic effect. This process is very complex and requires  experience in fusing. This is a very advanced fusing class, not a class for beginners.


Advanced Glassblowing: Teamwork | 11.11

Courtney Branam

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4934
11/11 - 12/16
6-10pm
Tuesday
6
$584
$526

This class is an opportunity to find the nuances in creating bigger, thinner, and more complex blown forms. Through teamwork, students will refine skills in communication, timing, set-up, and finishing for a new, higher level of professional practice. Having more hands will increase communication and team working skills, shorten production times, and increase the complexity and size of works possible. Color applications, bit running, cane and murinni pick ups, pole turning, bench assisting, torches, and garage work will all be emphasized. Prerequisite: Experienced Intermediate Glassblowing


Workshop: Introduction to Glassblowing | 11.15

Lydia Boss

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4938
11/15 - 11/16
1:45 - 5:45pm
Sat-Sun
$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


Glass Casting – Beginning and Beyond | 11.15

Cathy Chase

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4937
11/15 - 12/20
6-10pm
Saturday
6
$605
$545

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


Workshop: Introduction to Kilnforming | 11.8

Sasha Tepper-Stewart

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4955
11/8 - 11/9
10am - 4pm
Sat-Sun
$233
$210

Learn the basic fundamentals of fusing and slumping glass, a common form of kiln-glass.  Explore glass cutting-straight and curved cuts, apply glass frit, and compose designs to create fused and slumped work.  Discussions and demonstrations will cover the basics of kiln forming from glass to molds to kilns and firing.  Prerequisite: None


Holiday Workshop: Winter Wonderland Sculptured Beads | 11.15

Cheryl Matson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4996
11/15 - 11/16
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat-Sun
$215
$194

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.


Playing with Powder and More | 11.22

Felicia Wartnik

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4970
11/22 - 11/23
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat-Sun
$221
$199

Learn various applications of adding enamels to beads and off-mandrel pendants while using enamels safely. You will roll and dip beads in enamels, sift enamels, boil enamels, and create and use enamel stringers. You will also learn shaping techniques and stringer application. Prerequisite: Beadmaking II


Holiday Workshop: Fused Glass Holiday Ornaments | 11.22

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4972
11/22
9:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday
$137
$123

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 | 12.6

Lydia Boss

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4941
12/6
1:45 - 5:45pm
Saturday
$116
$104

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 | 12.6

Donna Prunkard

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4966
12/6 - 12/7
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat-Sun
$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


Holiday Workshop: Fused Glass Holiday Ornaments | 12.6

Sasha Tepper-Stewart

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4973
12/6
9:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday
$137
$123

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


Workshop: Working Positively with Wax | 12.6

Carol Milne

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5015
12/6
9:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday
$139
$125

This workshop is for anyone who wants to work directly in wax, fabricating forms generally without molds. If your goals are in casting, either for bronze or glass, you’ll want to explore the various waxes, along with cutting, bending, welding, shaping, pouring and joining of this indispensible material. Prerequisite: None


Holiday Workshop: Blow Your Own Ornament | 12.10

Lydia Boss

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4940
12/10
6-10pm
Wednesday
$116
$104

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 Coldworking | 12.13

Rebecca Chernow

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4939
12/13 - 12/14
9:30am-5:30pm
Sat-Sun
$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 | 12.13

Julie Conway

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4969
12/13 - 12/14
9:00am - 5:00pm
Sat-Sun
$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


Holiday Workshop: Winter Wonderland Sculptured Beads | 12.20

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4997
12/20 - 12/21
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat - Sun
$215
$194

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.