Come take a class at our studio, we have something for everyone.  We will have kids and adult workshops in the near future.  Or, call to schedule your own private class or lesson.  We have regular classes on Saturdays and Wednesday evenings.   They start at $80 for an introductory 3-hour class that will teach you the basics and allow you to take more advanced classes or just rent time to play and practice at your own pace.  Call the studio at 504-875-3627 for more information or if a class is full.  Please note that $50.00 of every class is non-refundable.


 

Torchworking 101

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Instructor: David White

Coming up next on November 14th

Level: Beginner

Our first class in our introductory series is a three hour overview of glass torch working techniques, beginning with the 2000 year old tradition of glass bead-making. After a short discussion about safety, we will try our hand at making a glass bead on a torch. We will then begin to build on more advanced techniques, moving through basic dots and lines. Students are encouraged to take the entire 3-class series (101, 102, & 103), however, students are qualified to rent studio time after completing 101 & 102, to learn and practice on their own. These are held on 3 consecutive Saturday mornings or Wednesday evenings each month.

 
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102 - Beadmaking

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Instructor: Andy Pollack

Coming up next on November 24th

Level: Beginner

Continuation of Torchworking 101. The bead is once again our canvas to add different color and decoration techniques, like pinwheels and feathered and furrowed patterns. This class will go more into depth with bead shapes and color decoration techniques than Torchworking 101. Once this class is completed, students will be able to rent time to practice on their own, if they wish, however, they are encouraged to finish the series (101, 102, 103).

 

 

103 - Pendants

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Instructor: David White

Coming up next on November 25th

Level: Open to All Levels

In Torchworking 103, we explore the next step in glass-working techniques. Still focusing on the bead as a canvas for exploring glass, these beads teach us how to work "off-mandrel" or off the end of a rod of glass, in order to make larger solid pieces. We will learn about pendants, hooks, glass pontils, lenses, color application, and other basic techniques. This is a good foundation when continuing onto learn about things like marbles, animals, and glass sculpture. This class also serves as an introduction to borosilicate (Pyrex) and other types of glass.

 
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104 - Marbles

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Instructor: Justin Barrows

Coming up next on November 25th

Level: Open to All Levels

We will show you the basics of making a perfectly round sphere and a variety of different decoration techniques including dots, dot stacking, dot boxing, compressions, implosions and more.  

 

 

Introduction to Sculpting Hot Glass

Coming up next on December 16th

10am - 5pm ( lunch provided)

Instructor: Andrew Pollack

Level: Intermediate

In this class students will be working with borosilicate (similar to Pyrex) glass, learning the basics of sculpting with the glass on a torch. Start with fish and seaweed and other aquatic creatures. Discuss making good connections to build larger pieces from multiple assembled components. The class will end with an octopus demonstration and a small sculpture assembled from a collection of the daily demonstrations. Plan on having a lot of fun and making some very cool things, too.

 

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Introduction to Blowing Glass

Coming up next on December 29th

10am-5pm (lunch provided)

Instructor: Andrew Pollack

Level: Intermediate

In this class students will be working with borosilicate glass learning the basics of blowing glass on a torch. We will blow glass off the end of a tube, and also discuss and practice “pulling points” from larger tubes. We will then put a hook on or flatten the bottom on the various hollow forms that we blow to create our very own ornaments and small vessels. The last hour will be spent with demos and practicing to hone your newfound skills.  Plan to have a lot of fun, learn a lot, break some glass, and make some beautiful one-of-a-kind hollow forms. 

 

 

Space is the Place: Fuming and Galaxies

January 12th and 13th, 2019

10am - 5pm (Lunch provided)

Instructor: JeriLyn Alderman

Level: Beginner/Intermediate

In this 2-day workshop, JeriLyn shows us the essentials of dichroic glass and fuming on glass with precious metals. We will use gold, silver, and copper wires to create beautiful effects on glass. In addition to fuming, we’ll learn all about galaxy nebula marbles and what goes into creating one of these gorgeous pieces with discussions about dichroic glass, opals, murrine, patterns, and textures.

 

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Glass Eyes with Randy

When: Thursday, January 10th, 2019

Time: 6pm - 9pm

Instructor: Randy Cribben

Workshop Fee: $95.00

Level: Beginner

Randy will teach us everything we need to know about designing and executing glass eyes. Attention to detail and how to incorporate them into other glass forms will be discussed.

 

 

The Bottle Stopper and Wine Party Class

When: Friday, January 11th, 2019

Instructor: JeriLyn Alderman

Time: 6pm - 9pm

Workshop Fee: $85.00

Level: Beginner

Join JeriLyn as she covers how to make your own glass bottle stoppers. Basic marble-making techniques will be combined with the form and function of the stoppers. Did we mention this is also a wine party? Seems appropriate to do so!

 
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Workshop #2: Bracelet Making with Kevin O’Grady

When: Friday, May 31st - Monday, June 3rd, 2019

Time: 10am - 5pm (each day) Lunch is provided

Instructor: Kevin O’Grady

Workshop Fee: $1,100.00 ($500.00 deposit is required to secure a seat)

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

This class is not-to-be missed, clearly because the first one sold out in 35 minutes! Kevin is one of the real masters in the industry - he developed the “vortex” glass technique and was one of the first to use dichroic glass and pushed the limits of fuming with precious metals. In this 4-day class, Kevin will show us how he creates a variety of his one-of-a-kind bracelets. We will learn about fuming with silver and gold, blending & layering color, and how to strike color in a kiln. Kevin will also touch on how to properly use a bracelet mandrel, which is one of the most incorrectly used tools! Some experience is required to get the most from this class (intermediate to advanced level). Students must bring proper eyewear and any tools they like to use. If you prefer to use your own torch, a medium-sized torch will work fine. Please note that $250.00 of the tuition is non-refundable.

 

 

Micro-Bots: Introduction to Millefiori and Murrine

WHEN: May 17th - May 19th, 2019

ARTIST RECEPTION: Thursday, May 16th, 6pm - 9pm

Time: 10am - 5pm (each day) Lunch is provided

Instructor: Nathan Middleton

Workshop Fee: $600.00 ($250.00 deposit is required to secure a seat)

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Nathan’s first ever formal class! Let’s give him a warm welcome in the Big Easy. In this 3-day class we will learn the secrets behind Nathan’s amazing compositions made from glass. He wants to make a robot murrine, so we shall make robots! It will be comprised of components made by the entire class. He will cover making components and pulling them down. Then assembling smaller components into a larger murrine that can be sliced into coins “like a loaf of bread”. This class is appropriate for someone with intermediate-level glass experience and who wants an introduction to the process of making their own murrine.

Please note that $175.00 of the tuition is non-refundable.

 
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Holiday Workshop: Make Your Own Glass Ornaments

WHEN: Saturday, November 10th; 10am - 12pm or 1pm - 3pm, OR

Sunday, December 2nd; 10am - 12pm or 1pm - 3pm

INSTRUCTOR: Andy Pollack

WORKSHOP FEE: $60.00

Our holiday ornament workshop is here!

Two days and two time slots to choose from! A great little class to learn how to create hollow glass ornaments over a table torch! We will play around with shapes and colors with enough time to make a small number of ornaments to share and enjoy! Challenge yourself!

There are FIVE spots in each date/time slot so hurry and get your seat(s) now!

 

We also feature torch time and bench rental by the hour, day, week, or even rent a space for the month.   You must have taken our intro course, which covers all safety information.  $20/hour and up (depending on torch and other tools needed), or call about discounts for renting by the day, week or month.  We are also available for  private lessons or private events like  birthday parties, school groups, group exercises, etc.  Please call or email for more information.