Experimental Glassblowing with Fred Kahl

$300.00Member Price: $250.00

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Instructor Fred Kahl is the featured artist for 3D Printsacola: “Steamroller Edition ,” on November 8th! 3D Printsacola combines machine generative art with hands-on artmaking practices.

There will be a massive 8-ton concrete compaction “steamroller” machine rolling through the parking lot across fabric and scrolls of paper with hand-carved blocks beneath them, revealing a beautiful collaboration of hand and industrial machine-made prints. For more information, click HERE.

Experimental Glassblowing Moulds with CNC-

This workshop is made possible with the support of our gracious donors, and grant support through the Foo Foo Festival!


As glassblowers, we live in a digital era, but practice centuries old techniques at the furnaces. This workshop aims to expand 21st century glassmaking techniques by giving students a foundation in using digital CAD design and robotic CNC routers to carve and create wooden glassblowing moulds. By combining a powerful router with modern software, CNC carving machines allow you to work with a wide range of materials and designs.

We will start by looking at 3D modeling CAD and digital design tools, then take those virtual designs to physical wooden glassblowing moulds by working at IHMC’s makerspace, before blowing into the moulds we create at FCAC’s hotshop. This collaborative workshop will have students working as a group to complete a wooden blow mould and understand the digital workflow of CNC carving, design constraints and technical considerations.

IHMC is a not-for-profit research institute of the Florida University System and is affiliated with several Florida universities. Researchers at IHMC pioneer technologies aimed at leveraging and extending human capabilities. Our human-centered approach often results in systems that can be regarded as cognitive, physical, or perceptual orthoses, much as eyeglasses are a kind of ocular orthoses. These systems fit the human and machine components together in ways that exploit their respective strengths and mitigate their respective weaknesses. LEARN MORE. 

Artist Bio:

Fred Kahl is a New York City-based artist who works at the intersection of art, entertainment, and technology to create work invoking magic and wonder. Over the last several years, he has explored ways to combine 21st century technologies like computers and robots with more traditional glassmaking processes. Kahl has been a TED Resident, and artist in residence at the Museum of Glass, Tacoma; Corning Museum of Glass, New York; Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, New Jersey; and staff, student, TA, and instructor at Pilchuck Glass School. Learn more about Fred, click, HERE.

Initial Workshop Schedule:

*The schedule may be adjusted to accommodate work flow. The instructor will notify students of any changes.

  • Monday, November 4th: Location FCAC 10 A.M.- 2 p.m. / IHMC 3-6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 5th: Location IHMC 10 A.M.-6 P.M.
  • Wednesday, November 6th: Location IHMC 10 a.m.-2 p.m. / FCAC  3-6 P.M.
  • Thursday, November 7th: Location FCAC 10 a.m.-6 p.m.








Fred Kahl


FCAC 1060 N. Guillemard St. / IHMC 40 S Alcaniz St,


November 4th-7th, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.


  • Students must have completed the Glass 1-4 Fundamentals or equivalent glass courses.


  • This workshop will be held at FCAC and IHMC.

Cancellation Policy

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 create@firstcityart.org.