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If you have developed a real passion for glass (glassblowing) as an art form and you would love to try your hand, you live in one of the best places in the county. Seattle is home to some of the best artists that work in this medium and there are opportunities for awesome hands on glassblowing classes. You have options that range from classes for new beginners that run a few hours to classes for the true artist that require studio time to build a portfolio. I have several programs listed below: Their websites are a wealth of information on schedules and costs.

Seattle Glassblowing Studio

Seattle Glassblowing Studio was founded in 1991, by Cliff Goodman; Cliff began his career in glass art and glassblowing in 1976. He studied alongside glass master, Fritz Driesbach, and attended the famous Pilchuck School located north of metropolitan Seattle. Currently, his artwork is featured in collections around the world.

Glassblowing

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The Seattle Glassblowing Studio team is comprised of eight professional glassblowers and five designers who all collaborate to create original glass artwork and custom installations. Collectively they have over 150 years of combined experience in creating one-of-a-kind glass artwork that continues to expand and innovate the glass art world.

The facility that houses the production teaching area is a 12,000 square foot studio space, located in Downtown Seattle. The facility features state-of-the-art glassblowing equipment. Artwork is produced from recycled glass to reduce environmental impact. All of the equipment has been upgraded to energy efficient systems.

Beginner I Glassblowing Classes (class schedule)

Six-week sessions are designed to give the beginning student a solid background of basic glassblowing techniques. Students learn how to create a variety of shapes including: paperweights, ornaments, cups, bowls, and more. With each new shape, students refine skills at gathering glass onto the rod, shaping it with various tools, and adding basic color applications to glass. Hot shop safety, etiquette and proper form are all stressed throughout each lesson.

Class sizes are limited to 6 students to provide an intimate studio environment and maximize learning. Beginner I tuition includes all materials, tool, and color required. There are no additional fees or taxes. A $300 deposit is required to confirm registration.

Students can enroll for courses in person or by calling the studio at (206) 448-2181. Tentative holds may be placed via e-mail (sgs@seattleglassblowing.com)

Beginner II Glassblowing Classes (class schedule)

Six-week sessions are designed to give the continuing beginner student a solid background of more advanced glassblowing techniques. Students learn to work together and create their own glass artwork. The focus is to refine skills such as: shaping glass, forming puntys, adding bitwork, and more advanced color applications. Hot shop safety, etiquette, and proper form are all stressed throughout each lesson.

Class sizes are limited to 6 students to provide an intimate studio environment and maximize learning. Beginner II tuition includes all materials, tool, and color required for glass blowing. There are no additional fees or taxes. A $300 deposit is required to confirm registration.

Students can enroll for courses in person or by calling the studio at (206) 448-2181. Tentative holds may be placed via e-mail (sgs@seattleglassblowing.com).

Intermediate-Advanced Glassblowing Classes (class schedule)

Intermediate/advanced six-week sessions are designed to give students a solid background of more advanced glassblowing techniques. Students learn to work together and create their own glass artwork. Concentration is placed on refining skills such as: advanced bitwork, forming multiple part glass piece, and complex color applications. Hot shop safety, etiquette and proper form are all stressed throughout each lesson.

Class sizes are limited to 6 students to provide an intimate studio environment and maximize learning. This gives you a small class size ensuring quality instruction and ample access to tools, equipment and materials.

Intermediate/Advanced tuition includes the use of basic tools and materials. Glass color and specialty tools must be purchased separately. A $300 deposit is required to confirm registration.

Students can enroll for courses in person or by calling the studio at (206) 448-2181. Tentative holds may be placed via e-mail. E-mail requests should go (sgs@seattleglassblowing.com).

4 Hour Private Glass Blowing Lessons (class schedule)

Four (4)-hour private lessons are available and designed to give the beginning student a solid background of basic glassblowing techniques at an accelerated rate. Students will learn to create a variety of shapes including: paperweights, ornaments, cups, bowls and more. With each new shape, students refine their skills at gathering glass onto the rod, shaping it with various tools, and adding basic color applications to glass. Hot shop safety, etiquette and proper form are all stressed throughout each lesson. On average, students will create 3-6 pieces during the lesson.

Class sizes are limited to 1 or 2 students to provide an intimate studio environment and maximize learning. A third person can be added to the class for $75.

Private lesson tuition includes all materials, tools and color required for glassblowing. There are no additional fees or taxes. Payment in full is required to confirm registration.

Students can enroll for courses in person or by calling the studio at (206) 448-2181. Tentative holds may be placed via e-mail. Please send email requests to (info@seattleglassblowing.com).

Weekend Workshops (class schedule)

Weekend workshops are designed to give the beginning student a solid background of basic glassblowing techniques at an accelerated rate. Students learn to create a variety of shapes including: paperweights, ornaments, cups, bowls and more. With each new shape, students refine their skills at gathering glass onto the rod, shaping it with various tools, and adding basic color applications to glass. Hot shop safety, etiquette and proper form are all stressed throughout each lesson. On average, students will create 3-6 pieces during the workshop.

Class sizes are limited to 6 students to provide an intimate studio environment and maximize learning. A small class size ensures each person receives quality instruction, access to tools, equipment, and materials.

Weekend workshop tuition includes all materials, tools and color required for glassblowing. There are no additional fees or taxes. Payment in full is required to confirm registration.

Students can enroll for courses in person or by calling the studio at (206) 448-2181. Tentative holds may be placed via e-mail. Please send email requests to (sgs@seattleglassblowing.com).

Seattle Glass Blowing Studio (webpage)

2227 5th Ave

Seattle, WA 98121

(206) 448-2181

Pratt Fine Art Center Glassblowing Classes

Pratt Fine Arts Center offers classes for all skill levels and abilities. A range of classes are offered in glassblowing, sculpture, jewelry and metalsmithing, painting, drawing, and printmaking. Pratt provides affordable studios with unparalleled state-of-the-art equipment and professional artist instruction to create an environment where students learn, experiment, and create. Classes span the range from true beginner to advanced, and those seeking opportunities to study abroad.

Beginner Glassblowing Classes

Beginner glass enthusiasts are offered a great opportunity to explore glassblowing. You will learn to gather glass from the furnace, blow, shape bubbles, and much more. You will create a variety of basic forms with individualized assistance from the instructor.

Experienced/Intermediate Glassblowing

Discover the universal appeal of shaping molten glass. Individualized instruction will help you learn the basics of glassblowing: gathering glass from the furnace and blowing and shaping bubbles. You will make your own glass cup or sculptural paperweight while learning how to shape glass with tools. All materials included.

Study Glassblowing in Moreno, Italy

The goal of this intensive review of Venetian glass techniques with a well-known maestro is to practice complicated traditional designs. Students learn intricate techniques that include zanfirico, incalmo, reticello, and murrine, used to produce precisely blown and sculpted objects, from small bowls to large free-form works. Students work with the maestro and have a unique opportunity to develop glassmaking skills with high degree of accomplishment. Students should be well-versed in glass working and want the challenge of refining their skills through keen observation and daily studio time. Italian translation and assistance in Murano is available.

Pratt Fine Arts Center (website)

1902 South Main Street

Seattle, WA 98144

Phone: 206.328.2200

info@pratt.org

The Rainier Glass Studio

The Rainier Glass Studio was founded in 1994 and is located in the Old Rainier Brewery Building in Seattle’s Georgetown District. The studio features a large scale hot-shop with four glory holes; available for classes, field-trips, and rentals. Classes are designed to teach basic glassblowing.

Two Hour Class for 1-2 Students

Instructors tailor two hour lessons to the skill level of the students. No previous experience is required and the lessons are available for beginner, intermediate, or advanced students. Classes can be held for one or two students, making this class ideal for solo glass enthusiasts, couples, or good friends. You’ll learn how to gather, heat, and shape molten glass into the forms and colors of your choice. Students make two projects each. Projects vary depending on skill level. The 2 hour class costs $150.00 per person. Classes are offered Monday-Wednesday during business hours or evenings on Fridays and Saturdays.

Lampworking Lessons

If you prefer to become a glass artist without the intense heat, lampworking (torch working) may be more to your liking. You and up to four other people can learn the basics of torch working and bead making. A professional glass artist will guide you through the process of sculpting glass and you will come away with a handful of beads you created! Custom classes range from 2-8 hours. Call 425-228-1849 for pricing and availability.

Fused Glass Lessons

In this 2 hour workshop you will learn how to cut and design sheet glass. Using frit, shards, stringers and sheet glass, you will create your own fused platter, sun-catcher, jewelry pendants, or earrings. This 2 hour class costs $85.00 per person. Call 425-228-1849 for pricing and availability.

Level 1 Five 2-hour classes

Students will learn safety in the studio, the proper use of glass working tools, how to gather molten glass out of the furnace, and the basic techniques necessary to create simple blown forms. No experience required. First experience hot glass workshops suggested. Class may be used for college credits. The five 2-hour class programs costs $490. Call 425-228-1849 for more class specifics.

Level 2 Five 3-hour classes

This class develops fundamental glassblowing skills, including the application of color, the use of tools, working with a partner, and understanding the operation of specialized equipment. Level I or equivalent experience is suggested before taking this class, but is not required. The Level 2 3 hour program costs $790.00. Call 425-228-1849 for more class specifics.

Level 3 Five 4-hour classes; Second student: $600.00

The instructor first demonstrates the variety of exciting effects possible in solid-sculpted molten glass, using a wide range of tools and techniques. Students then practice applying these skills to create work of their own design. Level II class or equivalent experience is suggested before taking this class, but is not required. The five 4 hour classes cost $1200.00. Call 425-228-1849 for more class specifics.

Rainier Glassblowing Studio (website)

3200 Airport WY S

Bldg 18, Ste 200

Seattle, WA 98134

(206) 557-7883

RedMondSchool of Glass

Corey Hubbell who was born in Seattle leads the RedmondSchool of Glass. First took up the art of glassblowing in 1989 at Vines Art Glass Studio. With natural talent and a fascination for the element, he quickly became head glass blower and designer for several years. During this time Corey also worked on special glass projects with leading artists in the Seattle area and worked in Bermuda and Australia. Although Corey’s experience covers flame work, cold working and fused glass, his focus remains on glassblowing.

He opened the Redmond School of Glass in 2003 where he teaches beginners to advanced students. As a 2006 Pilchuck graduate, he has further diversified and expanded his knowledge and passion for glass.

Beginner Level Glassblowing Classes

Beginners work with hot glass on the very first day, and the student-teacher ratio is 2:1. This maximizes individual attention and time at the bench. Depending on the project, you can take home 2-4 of your own blown glass pieces per class. Learn a new technique every week. The 6 week courses allow anyone, even those with no experience, to learn the fascinating art of glassblowing. In the beginner courses, students begin with a complete introduction to the hot shop and use of the tools. In the first session, you will start gathering glass for your own pieces, choosing and applying color, and shaping your glass. Advancing techniques week to week until students become more comfortable with the process, which gets progressively more complex.

In addition to beginner courses this studio offers intermediate and advanced classes where students learn more difficult techniques and have more control over their own pieces and artistry.

The cost of the 6 week beginner’s course is $600, which includes all materials and equipment. Classes are held Monday through Thursday from 6pm-9pm. By special arrangement classes are offered during the day on weekends.

RedmondSchool of Glass (website)

7102 180th Ave NE. A104-105

Redmond, WA 98052

corey@redmondschoolofglass.com

425.882.4971

Pilchuck Glass School

Pilchuck Glass School is an international center for glass art education and is located in Stanwood, Washington which is one (1) hour north of the Seattle metropolitan area.

During the first summer workshop in 1971 Chihuly, accompanied by two other teachers and 16 students, built glass furnaces and began blowing glass just sixteen days after arriving at the Hauberg’s tree farm. Buoyed by the success of that first summer, the Haubergs agreed to provide the location and financial support for a second summer workshop, and then a third. A few years later, realizing that Pilchuck glass workshops had become a summer mainstay rather than an occasional happening, the Haubergs established the school as a non-profit.

From May through September every year, Pilchuck’s summer program offers a series of courses as well as residencies for established artists in all media related to glass. Summer sessions vary in length and offer five concurrent courses in a variety of glassworking processes for artists of all skill levels. Small classes taught by world-renowned artists and instructors emphasize experimentation and teamwork while fostering individual initiative and expression. Pilchuck also offers residencies for both emerging and established artists during the fall and spring.

Offering programs throughout the year, Pilchuck Glass School’s most concentrated activities occur from late May through early September when there are five consecutive 17-day educational sessions offering five concurrent workshops exploring different aspects of creating art in glass. Designed for the uninitiated, the intermediate, or the advanced student seeking skills and conceptual challenges with glass, workshops succeed because they are limited in size (typically ten to twelve students) and highlight a focused inquiry into glassmaking techniques and aesthetic directions.

Students explore the creative possibilities of hot and cold glass in such areas as glassblowing, hot-glass sculpting, sand- and kiln-casting, and fusing, neon, and stained glass, imagery transfer on glass, flame working, mixed-media sculpture, and engraving. Although enrolled in one workshop, students find additional creative resources among other students, instructors, artists in residence, gaffers and staff.

New and experienced artists alike often make tremendous conceptual and artistic progress in their short time at Pilchuck. Combining a deep focus on glass, access to a variety of resources, a picturesque Pacific Northwest setting, and an ever-expanding international community of artists, Pilchuck has become the most comprehensive educational center in the world for glass artists.

Pilchuck Glass School (website)

201-316th St NW

Stanwood, WA 98292

360.445.3111

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