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Lampworking, also called Flameworking or Torch work,  is the ancient art of melting glass to form shapes.  It uses a gas (propane or natural gas) and oxygen torch to produce a flame hot enough to melt glass. Classes include all glass, supplies, tools and FUN!


Classes Offered

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Lampworking II

3 WEEKS

$140 for Members
$180 for Non-members

Continue to build on previously learned fundamentals of borosilicate flameworking. Learn control of flame characteristics (oxidizing, reducing, neutral) relating to lustering glass. Explore encasement for stringers, simple latticino (twisties), and how to incorporate these techniques into solid work. You will have time to practice during class.

Instructor: Michael Fortin

  • Tuesdays, Oct. 14 - 28, 6 - 9 PM (FS1434)
  • Tuesdays, Dec. 9 - 23, 6 - 9 PM (FS1435)

Prerequisite: Age 14 and up, Lampworking I or equivalent
Maximum: 6 students

 
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Advanced Lampworking

3 WEEKS

$140 for Members
$180 for Non-members.

Students will learn how to use borosilicate tubing to create an implosion pendant. Next, you will learn how to blow and shape tubing to create various objects and vessels such as drinking glasses and candle holders.

Instructor: Dan Foster

  • Wednesdays, Nov. 5 - 19, 6 - 9 PM (FS1436)
  • Tuesday, Jan. 6 - 20, 2015, 6 - 9 PM (FS1501)

Prerequisite: Age 18 and up, Lampworking II
Maximum: 6 students

 
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Encased Opal Pendants

1 DAY

$55 for Members
$80 for Non-members 

Learn to encase opals in borosilicate glass. Construct beautiful pendants or incorporate the finished components into your own work. Students will complete 2 to 3 opal pendants during the class.

Instructor: Dan Foster

  • Thursday, December 11, 6 - 8 PM (FS1437)

Prerequisite: Age 18 and up, no experience necessary
Maximum: 6 students

 
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Date Night: Lampworked Custom Wine Goblets*

1 DAY

$140 for Members
$170 for Non-members per couple

Design and create your own wine goblet stems with a variety of colors and designs to choose from or bring your own ideas. You will learn to manipulate borosilicate glass in the flame of a torch to create your stems. Then watch as the artist combines your stem with the goblet cups and feet which have been handmade prior to your class. Come learn the basics of torchwork and build a set of goblets for yourself or as a gift.

Instructor: Dan Foster

  • Friday, September 19, 6 - 8 PM (FS1422)
  • Friday, October 10, 6 - 8 PM (FS1438)
  • Saturday, Dec. 13, 5 - 7 PM (FS1439)

Prerequisite: Age 18 and up, no experience necessary.

*This two-hour class can be scheduled to fit your availability.

 
 
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Marble Madness

1 DAY

$90 for Members
$110 for Non-members

Techniques explored will depend on the students’ interest and skill level and could include use of a pin frog, vortex, filigree, honeycomb, implosion, and floral as well as multiple-surface decoration techniques.  Students can expect to make 3 to 5 marbles in this class.

Instructor: David Martin

  • Tuesday, Nov. 4, 10 AM - 4 PM (FS1440)
  • Sunday, Dec. 7, 10 AM - 4 PM (FS1441)

Prerequisite: Age 14 and up, Lampworking I or instructor’s approval
Maximum: 6 students

 
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Beginning Pendant Workshop

1 DAY

$35 for Members
$60 for Non-members

Have you seen the beautiful pendants created in our FireWorks programs? Here’s your chance to learn the basic skills of manipulating borosilicate glass in the torch to create a variety of pendant designs. You’ll have time to make 2 to 4 pendants in your 3 hour class, what a great way to personalize your gift giving this year!

Instructor: Kyle Walters

  • Wednesday, September 17, 6 - 9 PM (FS1442)
  • Thursday, October 9, 6 - 9 PM (FS1443)
  • Wednesday, December 17, 6 - 9 PM (FS1445)
  • Wednesday, January 7, 6 - 9 PM (FS1503)

Prerequisite: Age 14 and up, no experience necessary.
Maximum: 8 students

 
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Galaxy Pendants—Give them the Moon and the Stars!

2 WEEKS

$85 for Members
$125 for Non-members

In the first week of this class you will learn traditional lampworking techniques to create star and simple crescent moon cane from COE 104 glass. In the second class you will nip the cane into murrini for use in creating the fused glass pendant. This class will introduce you to basic kiln fusing techniques as you combine flamework and fused glass skills to create two beautiful galaxy pendants. Two bails are included to finish your two pendants so they will ready to hang on a necklace.

Instructor: Dan Kirk

  • Wednesdays, October 1 and 8, 6 - 9 PM (BMJ1430)
  • Mondays, December 1 and 8, 6 - 9 PM (BMJ1438)

Prerequisite: Age 12 and up, no experience necessary.

 
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Lampworking I

1 DAY

$100 for Members
$140 for Non-members

3 WEEKS

$140 for Members
$180 for Non-members

Learn the nine essentials for working glass in the flame. Class will focus on fundamentals of flamework as they apply to the creation of solid glass art items like round, flat or oval pendants, flowers, fish, turtles or snails.

Instructor: Sue Bombardt

  • 1 DAY: Saturday, November 8, 10 AM - 4 PM (FS1431)

Instructor: Michael Fortin 

  • 3 WEEKS: Tuesdays, Sept. 16 - 30, 6 - 9 PM (FS1432)
  • 3 WEEKS: Tuesdays, Nov. 11 - 25, 6 - 9 PM (FS1433)

Prerequisite: Age 16 and up, no experience necessary.
Maximum: 6 students

 

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