MISSION

DEDICATED TO PASSION

SiNaCa Studios School of Glass and Gallery is dedicated to providing North Texas an opportunity to experience the rich tradition of glass as a creative medium through education and studio involvement. Founded by several local glass artists, this new facility is available to everyone. From the beginning student to the professional, who wishes to learn new skills in glassblowing, kiln formed glass, and flame working, or to perfect their current skill level, SiNaCa offers something for everyone.

The opening of this glass facility adds another dimension to the rich cultural scene of North Texas. From joint projects working with other non-profits and teaching glass arts in youth programs to community gallery shows in the Metroplex – SiNaCa is forging a new frontier in the local arts scene. Located in the exciting Near Southside district of Fort Worth at 1013 West Magnolia Avenue, SiNaCa Studios facility is a renovated gas station and is becoming a destination for glass artists and students. The facility consists of a glass specific gallery, a glassblowing studio, a kiln forming studio, a flame working studio and a cold working studio.
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SiNaCa Studios’ ninth annual fundraising gala, Vitro Moda, blends glass and music in a unique event that transforms a local venue into a runway show. This year's theme, chromesthesia, will explore the connection between sound and color and how it influences artistic expression. During the show, couture models walk the runway showcasing and wearing beautiful, one-of-a-kind glass art created by artisans from across the United States. The featured pieces will be on sale at the conclusion of the show. A silent auction and raffle will precede the show. 100% of proceeds from Vitro Moda will benefit SiNaCa Studios’ programs and provide North Texans with an opportunity to experience the rich tradition of glass as a creative medium. All donations made at the event are tax deductible to the extent of the law. SiNaCa Studios does not charge sales tax on items sold at Vitro Moda. All items in the silent auction have been donated by the artist. All items that are featured on the runway will be sold at the artist’s set retail price. 50% of the final sale price will go toward furthering our mission. SiNaCa Studios will accept glass art submissions for Vitro Moda through Wednesday, February 1. Contributing artists are encouraged to submit two to four pieces. To learn more, email vitromoda@sinacastudios.org. FEATURED ARTIST We are excited this year to welcome our featured artist Aya Oki! Aya Oki was born in Osaka, Japan in 1982. She completed her MFA in glass under the supervision of Peter Ivy at the Aichi University of Education in 2008. Her connection to Peter Ivy, brought her to Pilchuck Glass School, in 2006 where she was a teaching assistant for Ivy. Her experience at Pilchuck created a new perception of the expressive range that glass art can achieve. She also gained an interest in international exchanges in art and her enthusiasm for American glass art deepened. Aya was awarded the Grants for Overseas Study by Young Artists from the Pola Art Foundation and the Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists from the Agency for Cultural Affairs in Japan for studying abroad as a researching artist. She attended California State University, San Bernardino to work with Katherine Gray in 2010, and after that she further pursued her education at Rochester Institute of Technology to work with Michael Rogers and Robin Cass while completing her MFA. Aya completed the postgraduate course in Glass at RIT in May 2014, and continues her career as a glass artist, currently working in Southern California.

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Building Light Layers (Exploring Pate de Verre)

March 13, 2017, 10:00am - March 17, 2017, 4:00pm

Instructor: Fahan Sky McDonagh | Price: $750 | Class Size: Min 5 - Max 8 Dates & Times: March 13-17 (10a-4p) Pate de Verre is a French term that directly translates to “paste of glass”. This is a technically specific process of glass making developed by the French in the late 19th century offering subtle color gradients and a variety of textures. Pate de Verre is the process of creating a paste like consistency with glass frits and powders mixed with a binding agent. The paste is then carefully packed or layered into the interior walls of a plaster/silica mold. The glass is fired until fused in a kiln, resulting in a thin or thick, solid or hollow form depending on how the glass was applied. Next, the plaster silica mold is divested or removed from the glass. Lastly, the glass is cleaned and coldworked to remove rough or sharp areas. Several different applications of this technique will be covered. Students should expect to work hard, ask questions, experiment and have fun. There are no prerequisites, but a genuine interest in glass process and a background working with clay or sculpture would be helpful. Please bring a sketchbook and a pencil for notes and ideas. As a class, we will question the rules and solve problems to create interesting layered forms using glass in a kiln. Our goal is to produce unique results of the same process by changing variables such as temperature, glass thickness, binder and refractory material. There will be three projects using layers.

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LEARN

So you want to play with glass? SiNaCa is the perfect place to start, or continue your addiction to glass. We offer classes ranging from 20 minutes to 4 and 6 weeks in length depending on how you want to work with the glass. We have three studios to choose how you want to experience creating with glass: Glass blowing, Flame working, Kiln forming.

EXPERIENCE

SiNaCa Studios invites you to come watch glass artists creating their works of art. Events range from monthly formal demonstrations to large community events held through out the year. As a public access facility any time that people are working in the studios you are welcome to come watch the magic of glass. We can't guarantee when someone will be working, so don't hesitate to call or email us to see if something is happening.

KIDS

SiNaCa offers different classes geared for the younger artists to get involved with glass. These offerings can range from 30 minutes in our Walkup Workshops, for a quick taste of glass, to 4 day long day summer camps to have a fully immersive experience in all of our studios. We also offer demonstrations that are focused on the science behind creating with glass.

RENTAL

Any of SiNaCa’s studios are available for rental to both experienced students and professional artists. The availability of renting is dependent on existing class schedules, and operating hours. All renters must have a signed Studio Rental Agreement and Risk and Release forms on file prior to renting. SiNaCa Studios offers a Studio Membership program for individuals that anticipate multiple studio rentals. The memberships offer discounts specific to the studio of use. Studio Memberships are valid for one year from the date of purchase.

Sponsors and Partnerships

SiNaCa Studios School of Glass and Gallery is a not-for-profit organization 501c(3) dedicated to providing a world-class educational facility for the introduction to, and continued learning of traditional glass arts disciplines. SiNaCa Studios has and will continue to provide a professional gallery exhibition space, and a variety of instruction in glass blowing, kiln forming and flame working, from introductory to advanced study.