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.


 

Make Your Own Glass Beads

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This is the best place to start! Coming up next on March 16th, 2019.

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.

 
Beadmaking (Core Class)
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Pendants (Core Class)
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Pendants / Medallion Beads

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Coming up next on March 23rd

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.

 
 

 

Make Your Own Marbles

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Instructor: Justin Barrows

Coming up next on Saturday, March 30th from 10am-1pm!

Level: Open to All Levels

We will show you the basics of making a perfectly round sphere and how to work back and forth between handles or pontils. You will also learn a variety of different decoration techniques, such as, dots, dot stacking, compressions, implosions and more.  

 
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Intro to Sculpting Glass (Core Class)
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Introduction to Sculpting Hot Glass

Coming up next on March 6th , 2019 from 6-9pm.

Instructor: Andrew Pollack

Level: Beginner/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.

 

 

Introduction to Blowing Glass

Coming up next on Wednesday, March 13th from 6-9pm

Instructor: Andrew Pollack

Level: Beginner/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. 

 
Intro to Blowing Glass (Core Class)
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Micro-Bots: Introduction to Millefiori and Murrine with Nathan Middleton
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Micro-Bots: Introduction to Millefiori and Murrine

May 17 - 19, 2019

ARTIST RECEPTION: Thursday, May 16th, 6pm - 8pm

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.

 

 

Bracelet Making with Kevin O’Grady

May 31 - June 3, 2019

10am until dinnertime (each day) with possible after dinner demos if students are up for it.

Instructor: Kevin O’Grady

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

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

This 4-day class is not-to-be missed, clearly because the first one we offered 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. Lunch will be provided each day.

 
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Surf n’ Turf: Sea Life & Land Animals Sculpted in Bas-Relief with Joy Munshower

October 4-6, 2019

This workshop is for intermediate and advanced students. Students will be sculpting bas-relief style horse heads, hedgehog beads, and various sea life beads. Students will learn to sculpt these animals from both photo reference and instructor-drawn examples. Breaking down the shapes and how to apply those shapes to sculpting in a bas-relief or low-relief style will be covered. An overview of various animal anatomies will be discussed to help you create realistic and life-like low-relief animal and sea life beads. Students will also learn how to use specialty dental tools to facilitate and ease sculpting in a low-relief style as well as 3-D subject matter. Some photo and diagram references will be provided to the students to better illustrate shape, anatomy, and composition breakdown.

Total cost of the workshop is $650 per person. A $300 deposit is required to secure your spot. Remainder due by August 1st. Please note that $100 of the tuition is non-refundable. All materials included and lunch will be provided each day.

 

 

The Evolution of Blown Borosilicate Beads and Small Scale Tubing Techniques

January 18-19th, 2020


This is an intermediate level course that will begin with a focus on the key fundamentals of working with borosilicate glass tubing and how to apply them for creating nicely shaped blown boro beads. We will then move on to cover basic and more advanced pattern, color, and shaping techniques. Creating beads this way gives the maker a great deal of freedom in regards to shape, size and applicable techniques such as; incalmo, line twists, inside work and the many virtues of shaping with air.  

We will cover Pulling and prepping points and attaching blow tubes. 
Crucial tools.
Inside and outside decorating techniques; dots, lines, frit, fuming.
Working characteristics of various colors, and how to get the most from them. 
Color Theory.
Small scale incalmo techniques.
Shapes, how to arrive at and finish them. 

Total cost of the workshop is $475 per person. A $250 deposit is required to secure your spot. Remainder due by December 1st. Please note that $100 of the tuition is non-refundable. All materials, snacks, water, coffee, lunch, hugs, are included.

 
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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.