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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.

Intermediate Glassblowing | 7.21

Donna McCord

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4719
7/21-8/25
6-10pm
Mon
6
$567
$510

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


Intermediate Beadmaking | 7.22

Cheryl Matson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4736
7/22-8/26
6-10pm
Tue
6
$319
$290

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


Advanced Glassblowing: Teamwork | 7.22

Courtney Branam

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4722
7/22-8/26
6-10pm
Tue
6
$567
$510

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 murini pick ups, pole turning, bench assisting, torches, and garage work will all be emphasized.

 

Prerequisite: Experienced Intermediate Glassblowing


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Seattle Glass Experience: We Love Paint: Enamels on Glass | 7.23

Cappy Thompson, Dick Weiss and Walt Lieberman

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4580
7/23-7/27
9:30am-5:30pm
Wed-Sun
1
$1050
$955

This workshop will provide a wide-ranging look at the possibilities of painting on glass. These techniques can apply to many forms of glassworking. The instructors will bring three very different styles and philosophies to the table. In spite of (or maybe because of) our different approaches we have been friends and collaborators for over thirty years. We are hoping to encourage you to collaborate as well. The course will cover technical challenges such as mixing, firing and applying paint. There will be short presentations on contemporary and historical approaches to glass painting. Mostly we will paint glass separately and together.  The goal is to have fun and learn from each other. No experience required.


Intermediate Flameworking – Borosilicate | 7.23

Julie Conway

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4735
7/23-9/3
6-10pm
Wed
6
$319
$287

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


Experienced Intermediate Glassblowing | 7.24

Julie Bergen

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4724
7/24-8/28
6-10pm
Thur
6
$567
$510

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 sessions of Intermediate Glassblowing or equivalent


Beginning Flameworking – Borosilicate | 7.24

Jessica Landau

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4734
7/24-9/4
6-10pm
Thur
6
$319
$287

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 Glassblowing | 7.26

Lydia Boss

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4727
7/26-7/27
1:45-5:45pm
Sat-Sun
1
$198
$178

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 Coldworking | 8.2

Rebecca Chernow

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4728
8/2-8/3
9:30am-5:30pm
Sat-Sun
1
$304
$274

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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Seattle Glass Experience: Intermediate Glassblowing | 8.6

Matt Urban

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4434
8/6-8/10
9:30am-5:45pm
Wed-Sun
1
$1050
$955

This class will focus on straight forward vessel making process. Emphasis on generating quick, thin and clean forms. Demonstrations will include application of surface decoration like various types of handles, feet, and other surface decoration. Prefabrication techniques for color, cane work for production, and multiple part vessel assembly will be explored depending on student interest. The class will also be creating experimental forms for cross over use in the lamp shop and vice versa.


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Seattle Glass Experience: Pop Glass-Contemporary Painting on Glass | 8.6

Joseph Cavalieri

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4430
8/6-8/10
9:30am-5:30pm
Wed-Sun
1
$800
$730

Challenge yourself and develop your individual style in this workshop offering modern techniques for applying imagery on the glass surface. Hand painting, air brushing, inking, silk-screening onto glass (using a newly released line paints & pens) along with the basics of cutting, copper foiling and soldering stained glass techniques are taught along with an abundance of talks. “Packaging Yourself,” “Marketing Your Art,” and “How To Successfully Get into Artist Residencies” discussions will help beginners and professional focus on the style of your work and career, resulting in getting your work noticed and sold.

All Skill Levels welcome.


Workshop: Introduction to Kilnforming | 8.23

Sasha Tepper-Stewart

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4730
8/23-8/24
10am-4pm
Sat-Sun
1
$226
$204

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


Teen Art Week: Glassblowing | 8.25 -FULL

Jeanne Marie Ferraro

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4485
8/25-8/29
1:30-4:30pm
M-F
1
$290
-

Learn how to gather 2,300 degree Fahrenheit molten glass into a bubble using tools, breath and a little determination.  Discover what effects gravity and centrifugal force have on molten glass.  Individualized instruction will help you learn the basics as you explore the ancient and alluring art of glassblowing. All materials included.


Teen Art Week: Flameworking | 8.25

Sasha Tepper-Stewart

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4473
8/25-8/29
9:30am-12:30pm
M-F
1
$265
-

Manipulate hot glass and fire to create marbles, flowers, bugs, burgers and other small objects. 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. Safety, creativity and fun are emphasized! All materials included.


Teen Art Week: Fused Glass | 8.25

Sasha Tepper-Stewart

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4483
8/25-8/29
1:30 pm-4:30 pm
M-F
1
$230
-

Create fused and slumped coasters, plates, bowls, self portraits, and more. While exploring design, composition, and color using everything from sheet glass to glass powders. Find confidence in your artwork through thoughtful design, and good craftsmanship. All materials included.


Teen Art Week: Glassblowing | 8.25 -FULL

Jeanne Marie Ferraro

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4484
8/25-8/29
9:30am-12:30pm
M-F
1
$290
-

Learn how to gather 2,300 degree Fahrenheit molten glass into a bubble using tools, breath and a little determination.  Discover what effects gravity and centrifugal force have on molten glass.  Individualized instruction will help you learn the basics as you explore the ancient and alluring art of glassblowing. All materials included.


Workshop: Introduction to Flameworking – Borosilicate | 8.30

Julie Conway

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4731
8/30-8/31
9-5pm
Sat-Sun
1
$215
$194

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 Beadmaking | 9.20

Donna Prunkard

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4732
9/20 - 9/21
9:30am-5:30pm
Sat-Sun
1
$215
$194

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