Hot Glass Classes
Glassblowing - Crash Course
This weekend course introduces the participant to the wonderful world of glassblowing. Fast-paced and packed full of information, the Crash Course teaches students the necessary skills to begin their endeavor of working with hot glass. Students work hands-on making solid and blown glass forms creating glass flowers, paperweights, and pint glasses. Students are encouraged to continue on to the Glassblowing 1 to further their knowledge and gain enough experience to begin renting the facilities.
Saturday & Sunday 10am- 4pm, with 1 hour lunch break.
November 9-10 2019
Registration Deadline 10/25/19
Demember 14-15, 2019
Registration Deadline 11/29/19
Glassblowing 1 introduces the medium of molten glass, the basic equipment in the hotshop and coldshop and the standard set of glass tools to beginners. Students will learn how to work with solid and blown glass and how to work with a partner. This class will provide a foundation to future artists, students, and hobbyists to continue working with hot glass and renting studio time at Foci MCGA.
Next Steps in Glassblowing
Glassblowing 2 builds upon the concepts from Glassblowing 1. This course introduces new techniques and color application. Students will gain a better understanding and philosophy of the bubble and form lineage. Students will be introduced to decorative applications such as bits and handles.
Prerequisite: Completed Glassblowing 1. Equivalent coursework or experience may be accepted, please inquire.
Glassblowing 3 offers special topics courses that focus on specific hot glass techniques. This year’s topics include; color application, Graal Working, Hot Sculpting, Cane and Murrine, and Venetian Techniques. These courses explore the potential of glass making through construction of components ahead of time in preparation to completing the finished object.
Prerequisite: Completed Next Steps in Glass Blowing. Equivalent coursework or experience may be accepted, please inquire.
Color Application provides a comprehensive basis for a variety of ways to apply color. Within this course, students learn the aesthetic differences that stem from techniques using color bar, powders and frit.
Graal work is a glassblowing process originating in Sweden in which layers of color are added to the bubble and then carved away into patterns in the cold shop. This carved blank is then heated up in the hotshop once again in order to continue work on the piece. In this class, students learn and practice creating blanks, carving the blanks with their own pattern ideas, and then blowing out the carved blanks. Students also learn the Swedish Ariel technique, a further variation of the Graal in which bubbles are encased in the recesses of the carving.
Hot Sculpting, or solid-working, is the process of creating forms from solid bits of glass. In this exciting class, students learn strategies to manipulate solid glass to achieve forms from their imagination. Students also learn various heating techniques using specific torches to create and assemble parts, as well as how to deliver, accept, and manipulate additional bits.
Cane and Murrine
Cane and Murrine are traditional Italian patterning techniques. This class focuses on teaching students to pull various types of cane and murrine as well as how to roll them up on both a bubble and a collar. Utilizing these techniques, students will design and create stimulating color patterns on their vessels.
Italian methods of glassblowing have become an important foundation to the American Studio Glass Movement as well as contemporary glass being made today. In this exciting class, students will learn strategies for blowing thinner glass, how to properly prepare a bubble for blowing into an optic mold, and the basics of creating Venetian Style stemware.
This is a six-week, hands-on course introducing students to the basics of hot casting from the furnace into sand. Students learn the process from start to finish, including the preparation of objects, preparation of sand and materials and ladling of glass.
Students work with basic relief molds using found objects and Styrofoam positives. The immediacy of this process will be stressed allowing the work to remain expressive without the burden of technique. Students will walk away with a completed sculpture. This is a great introduction to the use of hot glass as a medium.
Students should come with scale drawings of ideas for work they would like to make. Students are encouraged to bring found objects with them for inspiration or reproduction. The sample positives should be made from nonporous materials and no larger than 12” x 12” x 4".
No experience is required.