Glass Classes in All Forms
Public Glass offers a variety of classes that will ignite your creative path with glass! We combine hands-on learning with small class sizes & professional instruction so that you can truly experience the medium no matter which glassmaking process you choose.
Public Glass is committed to bringing the best artists and instructors in the field to our facility each and every year. Check out our Master Classes page to see who's headed our way next, and check back often to see who we've added lately!
Glassblowing is all about manipulating very hot, molten glass – it's stored in the furnace at about 2,100°F and kept between 1600° and 1900°F while working. Though glassblowing can be a challenging and demanding process, the creative possibilities of form and color are endless and highly rewarding. Public Glass offers classes in the core skills of glassblowing, as well as specialty classes in sculpting, interdisciplinary techniques, advanced shaping focuses and more. Ages 14+.
Flameworking, also known as lampworking or torchworking, is similar to glassblowing but on a smaller scale. Flameworking is not as physically demanding, although it does require hand-eye coordination and concentration. The flameworking set up includes a torch, glass rods and metals tools like small molds and tweezers. Public Glass offers classes in the core skills of flameworking, as well as specialty classes in vessels, marbles, beads and jewelry, animals and more. Ages 12+.
Fusing and slumping, at its most simple, involves cutting and layering pieces of cold glass and heating up in a kiln until they soften, fuse and bend into simple molds. The process lends itself to functional pieces, such as dishes, jewelry, frames, tiles and plaques, as well as wall art and sculptural items. Fusing and slumping is perfect for the more meticulous and patient and allows for very complex and colorful work without the heat of the hot or flame shops. Ages 10+
We offer classes in two types of casting: Kiln Casting and Hot Casting Kiln Casting is an easy way to manipulate solid glass into almost any shape, usually working with plaster molds. Molds are made and then loaded with small bits of glass that become molten and fill the mold. Ages 16+ Hot Casting is hotter, faster and more hands-on. In hotcasting, a mold is prepared by making an impression in specially prepared sand. Molten glass is then ladled straight into the mold at 2200°F. Ages 14+
Coldworking helps make any form of glass shine. By cutting, grinding and polishing, glass pieces can be elevated to their fullest potential or salvaged if something went wrong somewhere else. Public glass offers classes in the core skills as well as specialty classes in sandblasting, etching and more. Ages 14+.
Learn in any studio with one-on-one instruction. Our staff is here to support your artistic development with flexible sessions. Contact the office to set up your private instruction today.
Spend just 30 minutes in our studio and make a beautiful glass piece family and friends are sure to admire. Dip your toe into the world of glass and leave with a one-of-a-kind experience!
At Public, we believe that the exciting medium of glass has numerous important skills to teach young people. Teamwork, concentration, quick thinking and creativity are all integral parts of the process. We have worked hard to design specifically tailored youth classes that will make for a great week, afternoon or lifelong passion in your child's life.
Fusing & Slumping
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As a small nonprofit, our goal is to keep access to the studios affordable and to employ the independent artists who have committed to teach you. Monetary refunds are issued at the discretion of management. In the rare case that we are able to issue a refund, our processing platforms will keep a minimum of 10% non-refundable fees. Keeping the credit on your account is highly encouraged. It ensures that you get to keep 100% of your credit while supporting our artists and community.
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