Using Metallics in Glass with Ronnie Phillips


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May 4th, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

This workshop will explore the application and uses of metallics during the hot glass process. Many metals are not compatible with soda lime glass (studio glass used in hot shops), but a few can be used if at the correct temperature and thickness of material. We will briefly discuss the science behind this process, as well as various methods of doing so.

We will focus on the commonly used gold and silver, discuss if quality of the metal impacts our success rate, and whether to apply between layers of glass or on the surface. We will also touch on the science of glass color, and how some colors can be used strategically to produce a metallic looking affect.

Demonstrations will be used to identify common errors, and to learn various techniques when working with metal sheets. Participants will then have ample time to work with metal foil and leaf in their own creations, and work with the instructor to troubleshoot and visualize the proposed creations.

A limited supply of metallics will be provided, as well as resources on how to continue working with the material.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Understanding how to use metallic foil and leaf in the hot glass process as a decorative element
  • Surface treatment verse encasing in glass + Correct temperatures
  • Which metals commonly work verse those that don’t
  • Does quality of metal make a difference
  • How to blow glass when metallics are involved
  • Demo and assisted practicing

About the artist/instructor:

Ronnie Phillips was born in Western Kentucky in July of 1989. Early influences of art came from his great grandmother, who begun teaching him to draw (and color), during his early formative years. Concepts of perspective were taught to create realistic sketches of homes and landscapes, providing a strong foundation for the creative mind.

He continued his art education through high school, but did not understand the breath of possibilities until his experience at the Governor’s Scholars Program during the summer before his senior year. It was that summer, and through his mentorship from Siobhan Byrns, which would lead him to glass and a potential career in the arts.

Ronnie attended Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, where he studied Anthropology and Fine Art. Studying under world renowned glass artist, Stephen Rolfe Powell, he gained an excitement for the endless possibilities within glass. After graduation, he sought to refine his skill level within the craft and began working under Curt Brook at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Tennessee. It was through Curt that he gained endless knowledge for cold-working and precision glassblowing

Ronnie has studied and mentored under numerous other leaders in the industry, been recognized in national award shows, and in 2015 relocated to Seattle, WA to further promote and develop his blown and sculptural glass work. His work can be found in galleries and designer Showrooms across the United States, and continues to advance his design collection from his studio in the Pacific Northwest.



Beginner and Intermediate




Ronnie Phillips


May 4th, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.


  • 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!)
  • All classes and workshops require pre-registration and pre-payment.


  • Students should plan to bring water, snacks, and plan to pick-up lunch, or bring lunch.

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