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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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Screenprinting on Glass | 1.9

Sasha Tepper Stewart

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6861
1/9 - 2/27
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.


Intermediate Glass Fusing and Slumping | 1.12

Sasha Tepper-Stewart

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6863
1/12 - 2/16
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 | 1.12

Patricia Davidson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6865
1/12 - 2/16
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


Workshop: Introduction to Coldworking | 1.14

Morgan Peterson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6859
1/14 - 1/15
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.


Beginning Glassblowing | 1.15

Jeanne Marie Ferraro

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6853
1/15 - 2/19
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 | 1.23

Donna McCord

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6856
1/23 - 2/27
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


Advanced Glassblowing: Special Projects | 1.17

Manuel Castro

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6851
1/17 - 2/21
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


Beginning Beadmaking | 1.17

Cheryl Matson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6868
1/17 - 2/21
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


Experienced Intermediate Glassblowing | 1.18

Jeff Steenbergen

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6855
1/18 - 2/22
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


Glass Slumping and Fusing for Seniors | 1.18

Robin Oakes

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6860
1/18 - 2/22
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 | 1.14

Cathy Chase

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6858
1/14 - 2/18
6-10pm
Saturday
6
$629
$566

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. Please note: class dates were recently reschedule for this class and may not match the printed catalog. 


GLASS AND GAS: A NEON INTENSIVE | 2.10

Kelsey Fernkopf

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7016
2/10 - 2/13
5-10pm
Fri - Mon
1
$700
$630

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. Pre-Requisite: None


Workshop: Introduction to Beadmaking | 2.25

Donna Prunkard

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7041
2/25 - 2/26
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


Glass Casting – Beginning and Beyond | 3.4

Cathy Chase

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7094
3/4 - 3/25
6-10pm
Saturday
4
$475
$428

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 | 3.4

Lydia Boss

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7014
3/4 - 3/5
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


Beginning Glassblowing | 3.5

Jeanne Marie Ferraro

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7034
3/5 - 4/9
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 | 3.6

Donna McCord

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7093
3/6 - 4/10
6-10pm
Monday
6
$619
$557

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 | 3.7

Manuel Castro

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7032
3/7 - 4/11
6-10pm
Tuesday
6
$619
$557

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 | 3.7

Cheryl Matson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7040
3/7 - 4/11
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


Glass Slumping and Fusing for Seniors | 3.8

Robin Oakes

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7037
3/8 - 4/19
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. This class will not meet on 3/22.


Experienced Intermediate Glassblowing | 3.8

Jeff Steenbergen

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7092
3/8 - 4/12
6-10pm
Wednesday
6
$619
$557

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 Glass Fusing | 3.9

Sasha Tepper-Stewart

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7038
3/9 - 4/20
6-10pm
Thursday
6
$392
$353

Learn the basic techniques of kiln formed 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 cold working and slumping techniques will round out your introduction to kiln formed glass. This course will provide you with a solid foundation in fusing glass, which will allow you to take more focused workshops and advanced intensives. This class not meet on 3/23.


Intermediate Glass Color Application | 3.11

Jeanne Marie Ferraro

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7101
3/11 - 3/12
9:30am - 5:45pm
Sat - Sun
1
$400
$360

This course is designed to teach intermediate glass blowers how to apply color to hot glass work. The class will cover overlays, double overlays, the blow through and gradation of colors, and applications of frit and powders to get a variety of appearances. We will also cover several ways to vary color on bits and wraps. In this course we will concentrate on the application of color rather than making finished pieces. Students will make tumblers that can act as your 'sample set' of color applications to be used later in your glass blowing career. Prerequisite: Beginning Glassblowing


Workshop: Introduction to Coldworking | 3.11

Morgan Petersen

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7095
3/11 - 3/12
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.


Screenprinting on Glass | 3.13

Sasha Tepper-Stewart

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7036
3/13 - 5/1
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.


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SGE: Working in 3-D Stained Glass | 3.22

Joseph Cavalieri

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7100
3/22 - 3/26
9:30am - 5:30pm
Wed-Sun
1
$800
$720

Learn painting, airbrushing and silk-screening on glass, as well as cutting, copper foiling and soldering to create one or more three dimensional glass forms. Joseph Cavalieri returns to instruct this fun and challenging class. Over 5 days, under the guidance of Cavalieri, you will learn these process, by demonstrations and practice. Silk screen images will be provided for the students to choose. You are free to create boxes or expand on the idea to create a more functional work of art like a candle holder, lamp shades or any three dimensional form you wish. Prerequisite: None