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Extended Course Schedule (2017 - 2018)

Note: Educational Supporters of our school each receive $20.00 off one (1) Extended Course per year (September 2017–May 2018).

Please see page regarding Membership Information.

Attention all glassblowing students!

Glassblowing students work as a team throughout the duration of the course. Attendance to each class is therefore essential. If a student must miss a scheduled class, Glassworks requests written notice. in advance, as a courtesy to the class and faculty.

There are no make-up classes.

Note: Any unforeseen re-scheduling coordinated by the school will be an exception.



Venetian Glassblowing & Sculpture—Beginner

Session: Four (4) weeks
Start Date: November 28, 2017 (ends December 19, 2017)
Schedule: Tuesday evenings, 6–9pm
Enrollment: Maximum six (6) students

Introduce yourself to the fascinating world of glassblowing as you learn to sculpt honey-like, molten glass on the end of a blowpipe! Under the close guidance of two of our master-glassblowers, students will learn to make blown glass and solid sculptures. They will be introduced to a variety of glassblowing techniques from gathering and forming the initial bubble to adding colored powder or frit. Students will also learn the basics of polishing/finishing and cutting their glass pieces in the cold working studio and will ultimately develop the skills needed to advance to intermediate courses through hands-on experience.

No previous experience necessary!

Important: for each class, please ensure you bring:

  • A pair of sunglasses offering strong UV-protection
  • Bottled water (hydration is key!)

Venetian Glassblowing & Sculpture—Intermediate to Advanced1

Session: Four (4) weeks
Start Date: November 28, 2017 (ends December 19, 2017)
Schedule: Tuesday evenings, 6–9pm
Enrollment: Maximum six (6) students

This course is designed to advance the skills of the intermediate and advanced glassblower, with emphasis on teamwork. Under the instruction of our master-glassblowers, students learn the art of pulling cane to incorporate multiple design techniques into patterned, blown sculptures and cut-out pickups. As students advance, they will be challenged to design complex color applications and to create more delicate pieces such as Venetian goblets.

Important: for each class, please ensure you bring:

  • A pair of sunglasses offering strong UV-protection
  • Bottled water (hydration is key!)


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Introduction to Stained Glass

Session: Four (4) weeks
Start Date: January 4, 2018 (ends January 25, 2018)
Schedule: Thursday evenings, 6–9pm
Enrollment: Maximum six (6) students

In this class, we will focus on the basic technical underpinnings of copper foil technique as a springboard for experimental creation.8 We will discuss design from a construction perspective, including what makes a sturdy end-product, how to reduce glass waste, and whether copper foil is the best technique for the project at hand. The intention is to finish this class feeling comfortable cutting glass, copper foiling, soldering, using basic patinas, and framing your work. We want you to be able to continue what you have been taught in stained glass in order to advance to future projects from your home studio.

No prior experience necessary.

If you have done some copper foil work previously, you will not find this course redundant.

Please note: all students who enroll in this course shall receive a Stained Glass Startup Kit, replete with all equipment and materials necessary for you to continue your education in any location convenient to you and on any time agreeable with your schedule.

Packaged with the cost of tuition are the following items:

  • 100 watt studio soldering iron
  • 1 roll of solder
  • 1 roll of copper foil

Important: for each class, please ensure you bring:

  • A pair of clear, wrap-around safety glasses (sold at hardware store)
  • 1–2 black Sharpie permanent marker(s) (sold at Walmart)
  • Bottled water (We have a cold water dispenser for refills)
  • 1 notepad of 8.5x11 graph paper (sold at Walmart)



Linocut Relief Printing Diptych Course

Session: Four (4) weeks
Start Date: November 28, 2017 (ends December 19, 2017)
Schedule: Tuesday evenings, 6–9pm
Enrollment: Maximum four (4) students

Introduce yourself to the relief printmaking process through a study in diptych. Students will carve two, 8”x 10” linoleum blocks with consideration to how the two carved images interact with one another.

This class is designed to have students continue with the materials they used in the class.

Students will receive one-on-one instruction in the basics of carving, paper-tearing, hand-printing, and printing on a press.

Packaged with the cost of tuition are the following items:

  • 3 sheets of New Orleans Glassworks and Printmaking Studio paper
  • Blick studio newsprint pad - 18"x24", 50 sheets
  • Blick lino cutter set
  • Blick Battleship Gray linoleum - Package of 2, 6"x8", Unmounted
  • Gamblin Artist's Colors relief ink - Portland Intense Black, 175 ml
  • Shop towels

Important: for each class, please ensure you bring:

  • Utility knife
  • 9”x12” sketchbook
  • Black Sharpie marker
  • #2 pencil/eraser
  • Bottled water

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Letterpress & Paper Marbling ("Thank You" Cards)

Session: Four (4) weeks
Start Date: TBA
Schedule: TBA
Enrollment: Maximum four (4) students

This class is designed to teach students the basics of paper marbling and letterpress printing. Students will create beautiful "Thank You" cards with their own marbled paper and hand-set lead type. They will also learn how to fold their own envelopes for their cards.

Packaged with the cost of tuition are the following items:

  • 250 ct. cardstock pack
  • Black printing ink
  • Marbling supplies

Important: for each class, please ensure you bring:

  • 1 pack of computer paper 8 ½"x11"
  • #2 pencil/eraser
  • X-acto knife
  • Sketchbook
  • Blue shop towels

Introduction to Screenprinting

Session: Two (2) weeks
Start Date: TBA
Schedule: TBA
Enrollment: Maximum four (4) students

Students will receive one-on-one instruction in non-emulsion screenprinting. Through the use of paper stencils, screen-filler, and drawing fluid, students will create a beautiful and colorful prints. This class is taught with the Speedball Original screenprinting kit, which students can take with them to continue making prints at home!

Packaged with the cost of tuition are the following items:

  • Speedball Original screenprinting kit
  • 3 sheets of studio paper
  • 18"x22" newsprint pad

Important: for each class, please ensure you bring:

  • 1 gallon Bucket
  • Box of plastic spoons
  • 3-4 small tupperware
  • Scotch packing tape
  • Kitchen sponge
  • #2 pencil/eraser
  • Sketchbook

Relief and Drypoint Printing Course

Session: Four (4) weeks
Start Date: TBA
Schedule: TBA
Enrollment: Maximum four (4) students

This class combines the relief and drypoint intaglio printmaking processes. Students will discover the radically different mark-making style of both processes, and create a single, two-layer print utilizing the lino and copper matrixes. No experience in either process is necessary, and students will receive instruction through every step. This will be an intense, yet immensely rewarding class.

Packaged with the cost of tuition are the following items:

  • 3 sheets of studio paper
  • 1 pack of 18"x24" newsprint
  • 1 tube etching ink
  • 4 small tubes of relief ink
  • 5"x7" copper plate
  • Linoblock, unmounted 12"x12" (student chooses size but no larger than 12"x12")
  • Linocut tools
  • Scraper/burnisher and twisted scribe

Important: for each class, please ensure you bring:

  • #2 pencil/eraser
  • Sketchbook

Introduction to Welding

Session: Two (2) weeks
Start Date: November 18, 2017 (ends November 25, 2017)
Schedule: Saturday mornings, 10am–1pm
Enrollment: Maximum four (4) students

This class focuses on the hands-on experience of welding. Students learn the gas and electric welding processes, including welding safety and theory. You will learn the differences and functions between MIG, TIG, ARC and Oxyfuel cutting, what type of gases to use and why, and how to run a strong penetrating weld bead. A little theory and tech, but mostly you will get the feel for the manual skills of welding for future project building or repairs.

Important: for each class, please ensure you bring/wear:

  • Long, denim pants
  • Long-sleeved cotton shirt
  • A pair of clear, wrap-around safety glasses (sold at hardware store)
  • Bottled water



Introduction to Knife Making

Session: Two (2) weeks
Start Date: November 22, 2017 (ends November 29, 2017)
Schedule: Wednesday evenings, 6–9pm
Enrollment: Maximum four (4) students

The class will consist of students designing their own blades and tang based on pictures of popular knives or from their own imagination. Students will be allowed to create their own blade from a 2” x 9” x ¼” inch piece of O1 tool steel. A process of removing excess material to create the blades shape and sharpening, followed by heat treating, quenching, and tempering their blade will follow until their blade is completed.

They will first learn the process of knife making theory and reasons of blade tempering and cooling as well as safety and instructions of using shop electric equipment and hand tools for creating their knife.

Important: for each class, please ensure you bring/wear:

  • Long, denim pants
  • Shirt that covers the shoulders
  • Work boots
  • Work gloves
  • A pair of clear safety glasses (sold at hardware store)
  • A pair of dark safety glasses (sold at hardware store)
  • Ear protection
  • Bottled water

No sandals or summer shorts allowed. This isn’t a walk on the beach; this is a working metal shop.


Jewelry Making & Copper Enameling

Session: Four (4) weeks
Start Date: TBA
Schedule: Tuesday evenings, 6–9pm
Enrollment: Maximum six (6) students

What better way to learn fine jewelry designing! This small, jewelry workshop is designed as a comprehensive course to teach beginners the basic skills new jewelry designers need to know. Each student will walk away from class with several pieces of professionally finished jewelry. Resources for students to continue working at home are available upon completion of class. In this class, students will learn how to use a jeweler’s saw, basic soldering techniques, and cold joining techniques such as riveting and finishing. Traditional copper enameling will be introduced and used to create accents that will enhance the pieces made in this course.

Learn foundations for:

  • Metal Fabrication (incl. Silver Soldering)
  • Vitreous Enameling
  • Jewelry Finishing (Polishing/Tumbling) & Presentation

Packaged with the cost of tuition are the following items:

  • Copper metal
  • Solder
  • Saw frame
  • Saw blades

Important: for each class, please ensure you bring:

  • A pair of clear, wrap-around safety glasses (sold at hardware store)
  • Bottled water



Glass Tube Working & Scientific Torchworking

Session: Four (4) weeks
Start Date: TBA
Schedule: Tuesday evenings, 6–9pm
Enrollment: Maximum seven (7) students

In lampworking, also known as torchworking or flameworking, glass is manipulated using heat from a single flame, transforming glass shapes into object used in contemporary life.

The focus of this course is use of borosilicate glass, both solid rod and hollow tubing. Under the guidance of a master-craftsmen, you will create your own blown sculptural glass accessories, ranging from ornaments to vessels. Learn a variety of techniques used for small-scale glass designs, whether in transferring a section of tubing to a blow-pipe, or using properly a blow hose, or applying heat to form bubbles. Additional areas of focus include:

  • Pulling straight points
  • Heat and flame chemistry
  • Blowing
  • Proper annealing and polishing/finishing techniques

Furthermore, your instructor will equip you with the knowledge and equipment lists requisite for installing your own home studio, so as to work efficiently in recreating glass designs in your own personal space.

No previous experience necessary!

Important: for each class, please ensure you bring:

  • A pair of sunglasses offering strong UV-protection
  • Bottled water

Introduction to Glass Mosaics

Session: Four (4) weeks
Start Date: TBD
Schedule: Tuesday evenings, 6–9pm
Enrollment: Maximum six (6) students

The history of patterned mosaics can be traced all the way back to the Neo-Persian Empire. Exquisite, finely detailed murals have popped up on walls, floors, outside exteriors, and even 3D sculptures. This beginner course will teach the basics of creating beautiful glass mosaics! Students will learn glass cutting techniques, pattern-developing skills, color placement, and grouting/finishing techniques. Every design can be taken home at the end of class to enjoy.

No experience necessary.

For future classes, think of doing a body bust. You can also create a table, combining mosaics and metal sculpture.

Important: for each class, please ensure you bring:

  • Clear, wrap-around safety glasses (sold at hardware store)
  • Sketchbook
  • Black marker
  • Bottled water
  1. Please contact us to schedule advanced classes. The admissions office will gladly advise on course level, based upon existing experience. We can also advise as to when we will host artists-in-residence who teach workshops in intermediate/advanced glassblowing and sculpture.

Ceramics & Sculpture

Introduction to Ceramics

Session: Four (4) weeks
Start Date: TBD Schedule: Tuesday evenings, 6–9pm
Enrollment: Maximum six (6) students

Learn about ceramics and about clay, craft and medium from which we derive artifacts predating the Neolithic period (Gravettian Venus, ca. 29,000 BC, Czech Republic).

Explore handbuilding to create functional and sculptural pottery. Students of this course will learn foundational construction processes using clay slabs and coils. Students draw from a diverse palette of decorative and finishing techniques. Class emphasizes coupling of concept with design, and is structured to convey a core understanding of working with low-fire clays and glazes.

Students pursue individual projects under teaching by a master-craftsmen.

Important: for each class, please ensure you bring:

  • Bottled water