Beginning Glassblowing  l, II, III, IV

Beginning Glassblowing l, II, III, IV

Friday and Saturday Workshops available

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Age: 14+

Instructor: Devon Murphy

Cost: Each Session $150 non-members / $175 members


Glass Workshops I-IV

Detailed Information/Dates for Beginning Glass Blowing I-IV is listed below.

Each session I-IV has a registration fee of $150 Members / Non-Members $127.50. If participants pay in full for Glass I-IV a 10% discount will be offered. 

*Please note: All glass needs to slowly cool in the annealer for 24 hours or longer before you can take it home.  *Students must arrive with close-toes shoes and socks, hair ties for long hair and no synthetic clothing.  

Limit 3 students per session.

All classes and workshops require pre-registration and pre-payment.  A 24-hour notice must be given to First City Art Center for a refund of fees. 

Glass I - 1st Week of the Month
Glass II - 2nd Week of the Month
Glass III- 3rd Week of the Month
Glass IV- 4th Week of the Month

WAIVER: Signed waivers are required for participation. Please sign and bring with you to your class. Students under the age of 18, must also have parent/guardian signature and accompany participant to class.

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Beginning Glass Blowing l

Overview: Through hands-on exercises, students in Beginning Glassblowing I will learn the rudimentary foundation to begin working with the material. Safety, basic tool functions and identification, moving safely about the studio, and core principles of manipulating glass will be introduced and discussed. This is a technique-based course.

Learning Objectives: Students will be able to identify all basic hand-tools and equipment in a glassblowing studio such as Jacks, marver, bench, furnace, gloryhole, pipes, etc. Students will move about the studio in a safe and effective manner, i.e. personal safety requirements, holding pipes and punties, handling tools properly, gathering from a furnace, entering and exiting bench/gloryhole, working with an assistant, etc. Students, through hands-on exercises, will gain a rudimentary understanding of the first steps in the glass-blowing process. Students will begin to develop glassblowing vernacular.

Beginning Glassblowing II

Overview: In Beginning Glassblowing II, Students will begin shaping functional forms in clear glass, beginning with the standard cylinder. We will review proper bubble set-up and discuss fundamental concerns in creating “open” objects. Students’ gathering, blocking, marvering and shaping skills will be practiced, as well as the timing and coordination required to working with an assistant during punty transfers and other steps, such as bit-working. This is technique-based course. Prerequisite: Beginning Glassblowing l

Learning Objectives: Students will understand the basic concepts of opening a piece of glass on a punty rod. Students will develop a better understanding of shaping principles with a variety of tools. Students will be able to communicate in a team-working environment utilizing the vernacular of glass-blowing. Students will load pieces in the annealer with proper safety equipment. Students will learn how to attach bits brought by an assistant to create handles, solid feet, et cetera, utilizing straight shears, diamond shears, and tweezers.

Beginning Glassblowing III

Overview: Students will continue to develop skills in gathering and shaping glass with a higher awareness of proper set-up and material distribution. Students will be introduced to using wet newspaper to shape a glass bowl, as well the pacioffi and sophietta tools utilized once the piece is transferred to a punty rod. Students will learn another basic glass form, the cone, and how to trim the lip of a piece to create a thinner rim. This is a technique-based course. Prerequisite: Beginning Glassblowing l and Beginning Glassblowing ll

Learning Objectives: Students will continue to develop glassblowing skills with a concern for refinement. Students will learn the use of pacioffi, sophietta, and wet newspaper in glassblowing applications. Students will continue to develop team-working skills and timing. Students will display greater concern for refinement of form and creating finer rims by trimming the extra material. Students will move about the shop in a more confident and efficient manner.  

Beginning Glassblowing lV

Overview: Students will be introduced to simple color techniques including color overlay with color bar and application of frit and powder to glass pieces. Students will create a piece utilizing an optic mold, and discern the variations of set-up for particular molds. Students will continue to refine gathering and shaping skills, as well as teamwork and confidence. Students will focus on refinement of techniques and problem-solving. Individualized practice exercises will be discussed to build skills where students need improvement. Prerequisite: Beginning Glassblowing l-lll

Learning Objectives: Students will continue to develop the necessary problem-solving skills to realize their ideas in glass. Students will have a basic understanding of simple color applications. Students should have the confidence to begin creating glass without the assistance of an instructor. Students will know how to practice skills that need further development.