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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.

Beginning Flameworking – Borosilicate | 2.11

Patricia Davidson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6008
2/11 - 3/17
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


Workshop: Introduction to Flameworking – Borosilicate | 2.13

Cheryl Matson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6010
2/13 - 2/14
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 | 2.20

Sasha Tepper-Stewart

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6015
2/20 - 2/21
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 | 2.20

Rebecca Chernow

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6004
2/20 - 2/21
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.


Kiln Glass Jewelry | 2.27

Robin Oakes

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6149
2/27 - 3/19
10am - 2pm
Saturday
4
$275
$248

This course is designed to build upon your basic kiln glass jewelry skills. Practice your technique and improve your work through thoughtful design, coldworking methods and multiple firings to create one of a kind glass jewels. Access to cold shop equipment, including the flat lap and belt sander will be included. Learn how to finish your jewels into pendants, earrings and pins by drilling holes, adhering findings and wire wrapping. Home studio setup - including costs and other considerations - will be discussed. Prerequisite: Kiln Glass Jewelry or equivalent


Beginning Glassblowing | 2.28

Jeanne Marie Ferraro

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6136
2/28 - 4/10
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


Intermediate Glassblowing | 2.29

Donna McCord

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6139
2/29 - 4/4
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 | 3.1

Manny Castro

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6134
3/1 - 4/5
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


Beginning Beadmaking | 3.1

Cheryl Matson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6143
3/1 - 4/5
6-10pm
Thursday
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


Experienced Intermediate Glassblowing | 3.2

Julie Bergen

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6138
3/2 - 4/6
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


Glass Slumping and Fusing for Seniors | 3.2

Robin Oakes

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6147
3/2 - 4/6
9:30am - 1:30pm
Wednesday
6
$378
$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


Intermediate Glass Fusing and Slumping | 3.3

Sasha Tepper-Stewart

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6148
3/3 - 4/7
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 | 3.5

Cathy Chase

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6141
3/5 - 3/26
6-10pm
Saturday
4
$336
$302

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 Glassblowing | 3.5

Lydia Boss

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6140
3/5 - 3/6
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 Beadmaking | 3.5

Donna Prunkard

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6144
3/5 - 3/6
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 Flameworking – Borosilicate | 3.12

Cheryl Matson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6146
3/12 - 3/13
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


Intro to Beadmaking Open Torch | 3.19

Donna Prunkard

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6145
3/19
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 Marble Making – Borosilicate | 3.26

Will Tuttle

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6165
3/26
9:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday
1
$110
$99

Learn the basics of making marbles in borosilicate glass. Learn how to gather glass, add color and then shape the glass into a round sphere. Learn about the tools and techniques used in making marbles. You should make 3 or more marbles during this workshop depending on skill level. Some experience is recommended but not required. Prerequisite: None


Workshop: Introduction to Glass Fusing | 3.26

Sasha Tepper-Stewart

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6150
3/26 - 3/27
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 | 4.9

Rebecca Chernow

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6142
4/9 - 4/10
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: 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.


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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.


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SGE: Figurative Sculpture | 6.15

Martin Janeky

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


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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: Architectural Glass-Mechanical Design in Networked Glass | 8.22

Robert Mickelson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6226
8/22 - 8/26
9:30am - 5:30pm
Mon - Fri
1
$700
$630

Students will design and build an architectural structure such as a building, bridge, or tower, either their own original design or a scale model of an actual architectural object, using primarily networked borosilicate glass as a technique. First a blueprint will be made that will serve as a template for the creation of the various elements of the design. Then the student will carefully construct their object over the course of the week until completion. There will be daily, ongoing demonstrations of technique and discussions about design concepts as well as continuous hands-on instruction. Students are encouraged to obtain and bring with them a Smith Little Torch (or Gen-Tec) with their favorite tip. (Please contact the school or the instructor for information on purchasing these items if you do not have them already.)


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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