Hot Glass Classes
Glassblowing - Crash Course
This weekend course introduces the participant to the wonderful world of glassblowing. This is a fast-paced course that is packed full of information. Students will learn necessary skills to begin their endeavor of working with hot glass. Students should expect to work hands on with focused lessons on specific process. Students are encouraged to continue on to the Glassblowing 1 to further their knowledge and have more in-depth instruction and designating working time.
Classes run from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, with 1/2 hr. lunch
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.
Classes are held Tuesday evenings 6-9pm.
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.
Prerequisites: Completed Glassblowing 1 and or two crash courses. Equivalent coursework or experience may be accepted, please inquire.
Classes are held Thursday evenings 6-9pm.
Glassblowing 3 is a special topics course that will focus on specific methodologies of glass blowing. Topics may include; color application, Venetian techniques and various methods of assembly. All of these courses will discuss the potential of glassblowing through the construction of components ahead of time and how these are applied through preparation leading to the final product. See below for further explanations for special topics covered this year.
Classes are held Saturdays, 6pm-9pm
Prerequisites: Completed Glassblowing 2. Equivalent coursework or experience may be accepted, please inquire.
This is an exciting course that delves into one of the most wonderful attributes of glass – color. Students will be introduced to various techniques of color application. Color can be used in multiple applications from overlay to cane work and more.
Cold Working and Assembly
This course approaches the medium of hot glass as a sculptor. Students will be taught how to work through an idea and understand the benefits of assemblage. The instructor will work closely with each student to develop a plan of construction. Students will create components that will be taken to the cold shop for refinement and return to the hot shop for the final construction.
Italian methods of glass blowing have become an important foundation in the Contemporary American Studio Glass Movement. Student will learn various techniques and methods from historical practice to newer contemporary practices, all influenced by Venetian masters and tradition.
Classes are held Saturdays from 6-9pm.
This is a six-week, hands-on course introducing students to the basics of hot casting from the furnace into sand. Students will learn the process from start to finish, including the preparation of objects, preparation of sand and materials and ladling of glass.
Students will learn to 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 should be able to walk away with a completed sculpture. This is a great introduction to the use of hot glass as a medium.
Students will learn the safety and team aspects of hot casting. Basic materials, process and safety will be covered. Throughout the course we will address the basics of cold working and how to consider this when designing. The last day of the class will be focused on the potential of presentation and brief critique.
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".
Students of all experience should apply. No experience is necessary.
Classes are help Wednesday evenings 6-9pm.