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Flameworking

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ONE SESSION WORKSHOPS

Bead Making 101: Moretti (1 Day)
Course Fee: $100

Class size limit: 9
In this introductory class, students will learn how to make beautiful glass beads on a mandrel. After a discussion of studio set-up, safety, and demonstrations our experienced instructors will introduce students to the use of heat and gravity to shape molten glass. You will use soft glass, Moretti, to build these colorful glass pieces. The class will alternate between demonstrations and plenty of work time. No experience necessary. Return students are welcome and all materials are included.

Saturday
9:00am - 2:00pm

Flameworking 101: Boro (1 Day)
Course Fee: $130

Class size limit: 9
This hands-on flameworking course covers the basics of shaping colorful glass in the flame of a stationary propane/oxygen torch. There will be a discussion of studio set-up and safety, followed by periodic demonstrations and plenty of practice time. Throughout the day, students will create beads, glass pendants and marbles.

Saturday
9:00am - 2:00pm

Flameworking Sampler (1 Day)
Course Fee: $65

Class size limit: 9
This beginner course will introduce flameworking at a stationary bench torch. This class is the ideal way to enjoy the excitement of melting the glass in the torch while making your very own piece. Students will experience putting the melted glass on the mandrel, controlling, shaping, and sculpting it to produce colorful beads. The course is intended to briefly introduce flame work to the student for further consideration.

Saturday
10:00am - 12:00pm

Flameworking: Animals (1 Day)
Course Fee: $130

Class size limit: 9
Learn to sculpt a variety of animals with either Moretti or Boroscilicate glass at a stationary bench torch. After a discussion of studio set-up and safety, demonstrations will introduce students to the use of heat and gravity to shape molten glass. Techniques for applying color and manipulating the form will be practiced. By the end of the class you will have created several sculptural pieces.

Sunday
2:00pm - 7:00pm

Flameworking: Marbles (1 Day)
Course Fee: $130

Class size limit: 9
Using either Moretti or Borosilicate glass, students will learn how to make several styles of marbles, such as complex twists, raked designs, and paperweight-style encased flowers. Our experienced instructors will also teach students the techniques for encasing marbles in clear for a magnifying effect, and make glass stands for you to proudly display your creations. Demonstrations will alternate with plenty of working time.


Saturday
2:00pm - 7:00pm

Flameworking: Pendants (1 Day)
Course Fee: $130

Class size limit: 9
Using Borosilicate glass, students will learn to shape and mold a variety of objects, including flowers, at a stationary bench torch. Sculptures will then be cased in clear glass to produce a pendant. The instructor will demonstrate techniques and then assist as each student works on their pieces.

Saturday
2:00pm - 7:00pm

TWO SESSION WORKSHOPS

Flameworking 101: Boro (2 Days)
Course Fee: $270

Class size limit: 9
This hands-on flameworking course covers the basics of creating glass objects in the flame of a stationary propane/oxygen torch and progresses into methods of decoration. After a discussion of studio set-up and safety, demonstrations will introduce students to the use of heat and gravity to shape molten glass. The class will alternate between demonstrations and plenty of work time. Students will practice Techniques for applying color and manipulating the form. No experience necessary. Return students are welcome and all materials are included.

Saturday & Sunday
9:00am - 2:00pm

Flameworking 202 : Borosilicate (2 Days)
Course Fee: $270

Class size limit: 9
This workshop focuses on blowing Borosilicate glass at the torch. After demonstrations, explanations, and class discussions, students will proceed with individual work time. Our experienced instructors will assist with one-on-one attention. Students will learn how to blow hollow forms, add color, and sculpt. This course is the perfect opportunity for students to develop and hone their skills.

Saturday & Sunday
9:00am - 2:00pm

Bead Making 101: Moretti (2 Days)
Course Fee: $200

Class size limit: 9
In this introductory class, students will learn how to make beautiful glass beads on a mandrel. Dot applications, marvering, stringers, annealing and bead cleaning will also be covered. Instructor demonstrations and class discussions will alternate with plenty of hands-on work time.

Saturday & Sunday
9:00am - 2:00pm

Bead Making 202: Moretti (2 Days)
Course Fee: $200

Class size limit: 9
This two-day continuing Moretti course will cover intermediate techniques including buttons, hollows, and small sculpture. Students will develop and hone their skills working with punties and a variety of accessory glass applications. Through a series of class demonstrations, discussions and hands-on practice you will further your skills at the torch.

Saturday & Sunday
2:00pm - 7:00pm

FOUR SESSION WORKSHOPS

Bead Making 1: Moretti (Tue /4 Weeks)
Course Fee: $240

Class size limit: 9
This course will focus on lampwork bead making using a flame and soft glass to make one-of-a-kind glass beads and objects. Through demonstrations, class discussions and plenty of hands-on practice sessions students will explore beginner and intermediate techniques. This course also includes troubleshooting common mistakes and difficulties but focuses the study of heat. No experience necessary. All materials included.

Tuesday
6:30pm - 9:30pm

Bead Making 2: Moretti (Thu /4 Weeks)
Course Fee: $240

Class size limit: 9
This continuing Moretti course will cover intermediate techniques including buttons, hollows, and small sculpture. You will develop your skills working with punties and a variety of accessory glass applications. Through a series of class demonstrations, discussion, and hands on practice you will further your skills at the torch.

Thursday
6:30pm - 9:30pm

Flameworking 1: Boro (Wed /4 Weeks)
Course Fee: $270

Class size limit: 9
Learn the basics of manipulating hot glass with a stationary gas/oxygen torch. Our advanced instructors will help students to explore shapes, hollows and surface decoration. In this course, beads, marbles, pendants, sculptures and more will be covered. Demonstrations and class discussions will alternate with plenty of hands-on work time in an effort to make sure students get the most out of this course. No experience necessary.

Wednesday
6:30pm - 9:30pm

Flameworking 2: Boro Glass (Mon /4 Weeks)
Course Fee: $270

Class size limit: 9
This four-week workshop will advance your knowledge of flameworking techniques and tools. Through a series of demonstrations and plenty of hands-on work time, students will learn about color, sculptural techniques, and how to blow hollow beads. Prerequisite: Flameworking I.

Monday
6:30pm - 9:30pm

MARBLES

Vortex Marbles
Course Fee: $150

Class size limit: 9
Have you ever wondered how vortex marbles are made? Wanted to try dichro ? Join us for this special class where you will learn to make marbles with a deep vortex, decorated with internal swirls of dichroic glass. Attention to all aspects of the marble, including surface decoration. The cost of the class includes the dichroic glass. This class is recommended for those who have some experience in flameworking.

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INTENSIVE CLASSES

Flameworking INTENSIVE

Times: Monday to Thursday 9:00am - 12:00pm and 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Course Fee:
One Week : $670
Two Week : $1,200
Three Week : 1,800

Class size limit: 9
Our experienced instructors will guide students to learn the basics of manipulating hot glass with a stationary gas and oxygen torch. Students will explore solid and hollow shapes, and color and decoration techniques, while making objects like marbles, pendants, sculptures, ornaments, cups, small vases and more, using borosilicate glass (pyrex). Demonstrations and class discussions will alternate with plenty of hands-on work time available in an effort to make sure students get the most out of this course.

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Flame shop open studios
Diablo offers open studios with special rental rates. Come in and rent time at a reduced rate!
These studios are offered in addition to our usual studio rentals. Click here to view our rentals page if you'd like to rent at times outside our open studios time.

 

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