Hot Shop | Glass Blowing

Experience Glass Blowing

Price: $100 | Class Size: Min 1 – Max 6 | Ages 14+ | Prerequisite: None

The perfect class for your first experience working in a glass blowing studio. Participants are given the opportunity to work with our instructors to learn about the equipment, tools and materials used to transform raw glass into a memorable experience. When you are working in the hot shop (glass blowing studio), you are working with the glass in its molten state (2100F). The process begins by taking a pipe and gathering the molten glass from the furnace and then forming and shaping it with tools and by blowing air into it. In this 2-hour glass workshop, each participant will demonstrate the basic techniques of glass blowing to make at least two individual items. You will work with our instructors select and add color to molten glass to create a one of a kind mini paperweight and a seasonal item. Items created will be ready for pick up in the SiNaCa Studios gallery five business days after made.

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Glass Blowing: A Bit More

Price: $245 | Class Size: Up to 2 participants | Ages 14+ | Prerequisite: None

Do you want to work with the material “a bit more” or are you looking to heat up your next date night? Then this is class is the class for you. Up to 2 people can sign up for a two hour glass working lesson with one of our expert instructors who will walk you through the basics of glass sculpting and blowing and whet your appetite for future glass adventures! You will have the choice of creating two small and one larger item OR four smaller items during you session. Items will be selected during registration.


2018 Glass Blowing: A Bit More

Experience Sand Casting

Price: $60 | Class Size: Up to Two per session | Ages 0+ | Prerequisite: None

In this 30 minute workshop you will make your very own sand cast artwork. The possibilities are endless, the detail forever captured in a cast glass tile!

glassblowing7 copySand casting involves the use of molten glass poured directly into a preformed open face sand mold. It is a process similar to casting metal into a mold. We will discuss the production of models used in the sand casting process and on the actual casting of glass objects. Our instructors will guide you as you get your hands dirty to make your own relief mold from impressed forms that are pressed into the sand. You are encouraged to bring your own objects to use in this process. A cherished or found object or even a body part such as a hand or foot can be great for this kind of project (avoid objects that will create ‘undercuts’ in the mold). Compatible objects may be encased in the casting by placing them into the mold. Or, for an additional fee, the surface of the mold can be covered in colored glass powders to give color to the surface of cast glass. When the mold preparation is complete our instructors will ladle the molten glass from the furnace and pour it into your mold. Each student will make 1 cast piece per session no larger than 8x8x2 inches. After your artwork is complete it is placed in an oven to begin the slow cooling process, and is ready for pick up in three days or may be shipped for an additional fee.

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Glass Blowing I: Playing with Fire

Price: $600 | Class Size: Min 2 – Max 3 | Ages 14+ | Prerequisite: None

In this beginning course to glass blowing, students will learn the basics of manipulating hot glass. We will build a foundation that focuses on a team approach to glass blowing, with an emphasis on safety, proper tool use, basic techniques and materials. Students will learn to gather molten glass from the furnace and shape it by using specialized tools, heat and gravity. Students will create paperweights and basic sculptural forms in solid glass before advancing to blown techniques to create whimsical forms and traditional glass shapes. By the end of the course, students will have a number of small completed works and a solid understanding of basic glass techniques. Each time you handle this wonderful material, you will gain confidence and skill as your passion for glass grows.

Glass Blowing II: Understanding and Control

Price: $600 | Class Size: Min 2 – Max 4 | Ages 14+ | Prerequisite: GB I

In this six-week course, students will gain a better understanding of the basic techniques of manipulating hot glass. We will build on the skills learned Glass Blowing I and explore new ideas. Students will gain more control of hot glass and a better understanding of the tools with a focused on a more deliberate outcome. Students will create cups and vases before advancing to more complex techniques and vessel shapes. By the end of the course, students will have many completed works and a more advanced understanding of glass blowing techniques. Students may wish to take this class a second time in order to continue to develop and refine basic skills before moving on to Glass Blowing III. Each time you handle this complex material, you will gain confidence and skill as your passion for glass grows.

Glass Blowing III: Gaffer Fundamentals

Price: $600 | Class Size: Min 2 – Max 4 | Ages 14+ | Prerequisite: GB II

This six-week course will focus on the FUNdamentals of working in the hot shop. All exercises in this class are designed to illustrate how being a better assistant will help make you a better gaffer. Ideas and skills will be presented from both the gaffer’s point of view and the assistant’s perspective. Concepts to be discussed include; bench preparation, being a better assistant, working more efficiently, color concepts/theory and bit work. The smaller details and finer points that will be presented in this class will hopefully result in turning theory and sketches into successful glass work.

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