Glassblowing Fundamentals- 4 Week Course
This class is designed to be an introduction to glassblowing, no prior experience needed. It is recommended that interested students sign-up for a “Make Your Own Glass,” experience before enrolling.
The cost of the course is $700 for non-members / $600 for members. 50% deposit is required to enroll and full payment must be paid before the 3rd class date. Full course enrollment is required, partial classes are not offered.
Limit three students per session. Class may be canceled if enrollment does not meet the minimum requirement. Students will be given a full refund if the class is canceled.
Winter Session: Saturday, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. / Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25
Spring Session: Saturday, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. / Mar. 7, 14, 21, 28
If you are new to FCAC, please see the campus map at the bottom of the page for studio location.
Glassblowing 1st Class
Overview: Through hands-on exercises, students in Beginning Glassblowing I learn the rudimentary foundations of 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.
Glassblowing 2nd Class
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 I
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.
Glassblowing 3rd Class
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 I and Beginning Glassblowing II
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.
Glassblowing 4th Class
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 I-III
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.
Special Offer: Glassblowing V
Students who complete Beginning Glassblowing I-IV are invited to take Beginning Glassblowing V at no additional cost. This capstone experience introduces the student to managing the glass blowing tools and equipment at First City Art Center. Upon completion of Glassblowing V, you may be ready to become a studio renter and/or a member of the Glass Guild! Students will need to schedule Glassblowing V after completing I-V.
Prerequisite: Beginning Glassblowing I-IV
- Students must arrive with closed-toed shoes (sneakers or boots - no sandals!), hair ties for pulling long hair back, and cotton clothing (no synthetic clothing - it can melt to skin!)
- Please note: All glass needs to slowly cool in the annealer for 24 hours or longer before you can take it home.
- Limited to three students per class session
- 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.
Students will receive a refund of tuition minus 10% if the student contacts us no later than 7 days prior to the first day of class. Cancellations up to 48 hours before the start of the class will receive a 50% refund. Any cancellations within 48 hours before the start of the class, or after the class has begun will not be refunded. In the case of an emergency, the student may be able to transfer their payment towards another class based on availability.
Class sizes are limited and enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Unfortunately, FCAC is unable to prorate students for missed classes or classes that they are unable to attend. We strive to provide the highest quality art classes and we value your feedback. If you would like to share your experience or have questions or concerns, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.