These one-hour sessions are designed for kids and grown-ups! Try your hand in one, two or all three of our studios. All participants will make at least one project in each studio. Maximum of 2 people per timeslot, $30 per session.
WHAT GOES ON IN EACH SHOP?
The Flame Shop
In the FLAME SHOP, artists use a torch to heat up rods, or tubes of glass, that will be manipulated into different shapes. Flameworking, also called lampwork or torchwork, is a type of glasswork that uses a gas fueled torch to melt rods and tubes of clear and colored glass. Once in a molten state, the glass is formed by blowing and shaping with tools and hand movements. The art form began in the first century in ancient Syria, then became widely practiced in Murano, Italy, in the 14th century. Flameworking differs from glassblowing in that glassblowing uses a blowpipe to inflate a glass blob known as a gob or gather, whereas flameworking manipulates glass either using tools, gravity or by blowing directly into the end of a glass tube.
The Flat Shop
In the FLAT SHOP, artists create fused and slumped glass pieces, cast pieces and mosaics in a process often referred to as warm glass, or glass art fusion. These firings, in a kiln used to make the glass molten and to join two or more pieces of glass in a process called kiln-forming, range from 1,100 to 1,700 degrees Fahrenheit. Glass casting, meanwhile, is a process used since the Egyptian period to cast glass objects by pouring molten glass into a mold. Modern cast glass is formed by a variety of processes such as kiln casting, or casting into sand, graphite or metal molds. Sometimes the process is used to assemble pieces of glass, stone or other materials to create a mosaic.
The Hot Shop
The hot shop, or glassblowing studio, is where molten glass is blown, cast or manipulated. Hot glass is extremely difficult to manipulate and control and behaves unlike any other material. Artists cannot touch the glass directly so they must use special tools, like blowpipes and punties (long metal rods) to safely gather, blow and wield molten glass. The heat is most intense when the hot glass sits on the tip of the blowpipe. While some heat is transferred down through the pipe, glassblowers can grab the pipe close to the hot glass because steel does not effectively transfer the heat. During the forming and blowing process, it’s most important to keep an eye on the hot glass on the end of the stick, which radiates heat in every direction, just like the sun. The amount of heat it radiates is proportional to its mass and internal temperature. Hot glass has one objective: to get everything near it as hot as it is, as quick as it can.