Private Parties

Private Parties

Thank you for your interest in hosting an event at SiNaCa Studios.  We offer both hands-on and demonstration style events that can be scheduled off site at your location or on site any time a studio is not reserved for curriculum or artist rentals.  None of our events have a required minimum head count however, there may be some restrictions based on the number of guests, time limits or event type.  During a private event, we do try to eliminate all other foot traffic in the host studio. However, the gallery will remain open to the public and curriculum that is scheduled in a non-related studio could be happening.  Event scheduling will be based on studio and instructor availability.  We do require a signed contract and a 50% deposit in order to officially schedule the event.Private Group Events at Your Location (Off Site)

Private Group Events at Your Location (Off Site)

Off Site | Group Kiln Formed Project (Group Item): Starts at $500
Our professional kiln forming instructors will visit your location and work with your group members to create a fused mosaic platter, bowl or wall hanging with a predetermined design. They will bring all of the necessary equipment, supplies, tools and safety gear to complete the project.  During this time we will explain all of the steps taken when working with glass and the magic that will take place once the piece is inside the kiln.  You group members will be given the opportunity to cut and layer sheet glass with glass frits and stringers to create the design. The final size of the project will depend on the number of participants and length of event.  We will then bring your assembled project back to SiNaCa and place it into an electric kiln where it will be fired over a 12 hour cycle to fuse the layers together. The final piece will be available for pickup in the SiNaCa Studios gallery approximately 2 weeks after the event.

Off Site | Group Kiln Formed Event (Individual Items): Typically $30-$50 per participant
Our professional kiln forming instructors will visit your location and work with your group members to design and create their own individual item.  They will bring all of the necessary equipment, supplies, tools and safety gear to complete the projects.  When you are kiln forming with glass, you are working with the glass in its solid state.  Each group member will be given the opportunity to cut and layer sheet glass with glass frits and stringers to create their design. We will then bring your assembled projects back to SiNaCa and put them into an electric kiln where they will be fired over a 12 hour cycle to fuse the layers together.  You can choose from one of the available items for your group to create.  Items will be ready for pickup in the SiNaCa Studios gallery approximately 1 week after the event.

Off Site | Private Flame Working Demonstration: Starts at $400
Two of our professional flame working instructors will visit your location and deliver a formal flame working demonstration.  They will bring all of the necessary equipment, supplies, tools, safety gear and combustible gasses to complete the demonstrations.  During this time we will explain all of the steps taken when working with colored and clear glass rods or tubes in front of an open, gas-fueled torch.  Group members are encouraged to interact with our demonstrators with questions and personal stories.

Off Site | Private Flame Working Event (Individual Items): Typically $50-$75 per participant
Our professional flame working instructors will visit your location and work with each of your group members to design and create their own individual item.  They will bring all of the necessary equipment, supplies, tools, safety gear and combustible gasses to complete the projects.  When you are flame working with glass, you are working with colored and clear glass rods or tubes in front of an open, gas-fueled torch. Each group member will be given the opportunity to melt the glass as well as use tools and gravity to shape their item.  You can choose from one of the available items for your group to create.  Items will be ready for pickup in the SiNaCa Studios gallery approximately 2 days after the event.

Private Group Events at SiNaCa (On Site)

On Site | Private Formal Glass Blowing Demonstration: Starts at $400
Two professional glass blowers will present a two hour formal glass blowing demonstration for your group.  During this time we will explain all of the steps taken to complete two items. We will provide bleacher seating and PA system so that all group members will be able to see and hear the demonstration.  Group members are encouraged to interact with our demonstrators with questions and personal stories. There are optional additional fees to set up food and beverages, have design influence over the piece and/or retention of the piece.

On Site | Group Glass Blowing Project (Group Item): Starts at $600
During a group glass blowing project, each member of your group will have the opportunity to work with our instructors to help create a single large glass blown item.  When you are working in the hot shop, you are working with the glass on its molten state (2100F).  The process begins by taking a pipe and gathering molten glass from the furnace and then forming and shaping it with tools and by blowing air into it.  Each member of your group will be given the opportunity to apply color, reheat and shape you creation. The final item will be ready for pickup in the SiNaCa Studios gallery approximately 1 week after the event. You can choose from one of the following item styles to create:

Straight Sided Bowl Fluted Bowl Gravity Bowl
Straight Sided Vase Fluted Vase Rondell Platter

On Site | Group Kiln Forming Project (Group Item): Starts at $300
Our professional kiln forming instructors will work with your group members to create a fused mosaic platter, bowl or wall hanging with a predetermined design.  During this time we will explain all of the steps taken when working with glass and the magic that will take place once the piece is inside the kiln.  You group members will be given the opportunity to cut and layer sheet glass with glass frits and stringers to create the design.  The final size of your project will depend on the number of participants and length of event.  We will then place the item into an electric kiln where it will be fired over a 12 hour cycle to fuse the layers together. The final piece will be available for pickup in the SiNaCa Studios gallery approximately 2 weeks after the event.

On Site | Build Your Own Private Event (Individual Items): Typically $50-$80 per participant
This is your opportunity to design your private event by selecting any studio/item combination for your group. These events are intended to be an opportunity for all members of your group to engage with both the material and each other. We will provide a safe, welcoming and comfortable environment for both participating and non-participating members of your group. All build your own private events are priced per person, per item that is created.  You are welcome to invite non participating guests as well as set up food and beverages at no additional cost.  Generally with groups over twelve, we suggest choosing two studios and with groups of over twenty we suggest choosing three studios.  Each member of your group will have the choice to help make at least one of the available items. SiNaCa Studios reserves the right to enforce a maximum number of total items per studio in order to stay within the quoted time frame and price for the event.

Studio/Discipline Explanation & Individual Item Choices

 

Hot Shop | Glass Blowing Studio: During an event in the hot shop each participant will have the opportunity to work with our instructors to help create their own small, seasonal, glass blown item.  When you are working in the hot shop, you are working with the glass in its molten state (2100F).  The process begins by taking a pipe and gathering molten glass from the furnace and then forming and shaping it with tools and by blowing air into it.  You will be given the opportunity to apply color, reheat and shape you creation.  You can choose from one of the following items for your participants to create:

Implosion Bowl Gazing Ball Mini Paperweight
Blown Heart Egg Weight Furnace Flower
Pumpkin Ornament

Kiln Forming Studio | Fusing & Slumping Glass: During an event in the kiln forming studio each participant will have the opportunity to work with our instructors to design and create their own item.  When you are working in the kiln forming studio, you are working with the glass in its solid state.  You will be given the opportunity to cut and layer sheet glass with glass frits and stringers to create their design.  We will then put the assembled work into an electric kiln where it will be fired over a 12 hour cycle to fuse the layers together.  SiNaCa Studios uses and teaches with Bullseye Glass (90coe) exclusively in our kiln forming studio. You can choose from one of the following items for your participants to create (any of the tiles can fused into one larger platter):

Pendant (set of 2) Suncatcher Flower Stick Magnet (set of 4)
Friendship Pendant Stir Sticks (set of 4) Pocket Bud Vase Coaster (set of 2)
Sun Chimes Picture Frame Clock Face Mosaic Tile
Snowflake Ornament Penguin Snowman
Night Light Critter Self-portrait

Flame Working Studio: During an event in the flame working studio each participant will have the opportunity to work with our instructors to design and create their own item.  When you are working in the flame working studio, you are working with colored and clear glass rods or tubes in front of an open, gas-fueled torch. You will be given the opportunity to melt the glass as well as use tools and gravity to shape your item.  You can choose from one of the following items for your participants to create:

Frit Pendant Heart Pendant Shamrock Pendant
Message in a Bottle Pendant Candy Corn Pendant Swizzle Stick (set of 2)
Marble Candy Egg
Ring Mini-Pumpkin Santa Hat
Snowflake Ornament Flamecicle
Water Globe Colorful Beads Light Sabre

For budding or experienced artists, both young and old who seek a place to learn the glass arts, SiNaCa is a non-profit school that provides community outreach programs and individual instruction to nurture curiosity for the art and science of glass making because we are passionate about sharing the enriching experience of creation.

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SiNaCa Studios was founded by five local glass artists in 2007. The organization’s initial focus was threefold. First, bringing the glass art community together to hold exhibitions, promote glass as an artistic medium, and generate funds toward founding a school. Second, use the funds raised to open a facility designed to impact the community through glass arts. Third, leverage the new facility to provide accessible, educational, and affordable experiences for the general public, as well as teach courses to share the traditions and techniques of all disciplines of studio glass.

In May of 2010, an old gas station in the “Near Southside” area of Fort Worth was chosen as a perfect location and renovations began. The development of the studios for glassblowing, kiln forming, flame working and cold working and gallery space was completed and operational in late December 2010, and open to the public on January 1, 2011. Classes were offered, students enrolled, and the operations of SiNaCa Studios School of Glass and Gallery became real. Throughout the first six years of operations, the facility has received several upgrades, more programs have been added, and there are many more to come.

Since first opening our doors in January 2011, over 7,000 diverse people have participated in classes and over 30,000 have visited our studios. Our free monthly “Open Studios” event alone has drawn over 15,000 visitors through the facility to view demonstrations, interact with performing artists, and browse the onsite gallery.

Education Opportunities

Learning at SiNaCa Studios takes many forms. We offer courses for everyone ranging from a novice wanting to acquire new skills to the professional artist needing to perfect their glassmaking techniques. Although there are several private hot glass studios in the metroplex, none provide an opportunity for the general public to learn about glass or experience the creation of glass art in an educational setting. Furthermore, we are the only not-for-profit glass art studio providing philanthropic programming in collaboration with other charitable organizations within our community.

Currently, SiNaCa Studios provides a variety of in-house instruction for students in glass blowing, kiln forming, and flame working, ranging from introductory level to advanced study. Programming available to the general public varies from thirty-minute workshops to courses lasting eighteen hours over six class meetings.

SiNaCa Studios has fostered many partners in our nearly six years of operation. The following list includes several of the most prominent relationships and a description of SiNaCa Studios’ collaborative programming.

  • One Safe Place: providing art therapy programming to underserved youth in Fort Worth who are victims of domestic violence (org)
  • Project Success: providing art programs for unsheltered youth to break the cycle of homelessness by providing a creative outlet. (projectsuccessfortworth.org)
  • Fort Worth ISD: providing various programs to students and teachers in-class and after-school including “Glass from Afar,” “Playing with Fire,” and “Teach the Teachers”
  • Beads of Courage: hosting bead making events to support the organization’s care programs for children coping with serious illness and their families (org)
  • Fort Worth Museum of Science and History: providing programs and youth activities through their events and fairs throughout the year (fwmuseum.org)

 

Organizational Structure

Our core operational values include community, creativity, collaboration, innovation, education, focus, and passion. SiNaCa is comprised of our board of directors, staff and volunteers; we all share these values and strive to ensure others view our organization in such ways.

A board of directors meets quarterly to guide SiNaCa Studios School of Glass and Gallery. The board’s composition of business people, educators, and artists provide a healthy diversity of leadership to ensure positive and balanced growth for SiNaCa Studios. There are four officer positions on the board, supported by non-officer members that all provide 100% participation to the organization. The board of directors continually recruits new members to bring fresh energy to the organization.

There are five key administrative roles that keep the facility operational on a daily basis: executive director, associate director, administrative director, artistic coordinator, and development director. In addition to the administrative positions, each discipline-specific studio has a manager. Presently, the executive director, associate director, administrative director, and artistic coordinator are full-time paid positions.

In addition to the administrative team, SiNaCa Studios has a team of volunteers that work in our studio and gallery and provide support during special events. Our volunteers are invaluable to the organization. Each volunteer takes part in a training session where they are given an overview of SiNaCa Studios, our mission and current offerings, a tour of the facility, and taught the basics of the different disciplines of glass art.

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