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Our classes are open to anyone age 16 and over. Unless otherwise indicated, no previous experience is required.
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GLASSBLOWING
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GLASSBLOWING 1 FOR BEGINNERS

Hope Forstenzer blowing glass. Photo by Dzung Vo.

Instructor Hope Forstenzer. Photo by Dzung Vo.

In this class, you will learn the basic skills needed to make objects from molten glass at the furnace.  You will work in teams using solid and blown glass techniques to create your own works of glass art, including sculptural pieces and vessel forms like cylinders, bowls and more.  You will learn about tools, studio safety and glass polishing to finish your hand-blown creations.  All materials are included.

Weekly (6-Week)

Thursdays
May 15 – June 19
6-9 pm / 18 hours
Instructor: Sonya Labrie
Class size: max 6
$550.00 + GST

Wednesdays
July 2 – August 6
6-9 pm / 18 hours
Instructor: Laura Burns
Class size: max 6
$550.00 + GST

Glassblowing 1 – Weekend Workshop

Cylinder8

Cylinders by Heather Konschuh

Saturday & Sunday, August 9-10
10 am to 5 pm / 12 hours
Instructor: Heather Konschuh
Class size: max 6
$375.00 + GST

Saturday & Sunday, September 6-7
10 am to 5 pm / 12 hours
Instructor: Hope Forstenzer
Class size: max 6
$375.00 + GST

What students say about Glassblowing 1:

“It was aimed exactly at my entry level.”

“It brings out your creativity and makes you want to go on to more complex things.”

“Had a great time and would love to do this again.”

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Blown & sandblasted bowl by Laura Murdoch

Blown & sandblasted bowl by Laura Murdoch

A HAPPY MARRIAGE: Blasting & Blowing

This workshop will focus on the Swedish “Graal technique” in which a basic form is blown, annealed, sandblasted, reheated & picked-up on a blow pipe & made into a final form. You will learn about cold & hot processes, using sandblasting & glass blowing techniques to design & complete your own vessels. Some glassblowing experience required. All materials are included.

4-Week Class
(Please note the different times. Class includes all 4 sessions.)

Saturday, May 24 / 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday, May 31 / 10 am – 2 pm
Saturday, June 7 / 10 am – 2 pm
Saturday, June 14 / 10 am – 5 pm

20 hours
Instructors: Laura Murdoch and Naoko Takenouchi
Class Size: 6
$595.00 + GST

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Jeff Holmwood, Aden Spur, Sonya Labrie

Jeff Holmwood, Aden Spur, Sonya Labrie

ADVANCED GLASSBLOWING FOR BEGINNERS

This intensive is a great course for beginners or students of any skill level. You will learn glass gathering skills, blowout techniques, various punty styles and sculptural techniques. Instruction will be tailored to your needs, and suggestions for demonstrations will be encouraged. Make your own murrini (hot glass mosaic) masterwork, with plenty of help from your instructor! On the final day of class, combine your skills and work with your team to create a group piece. All materials are included.

Monday, June 23 – Friday June 27
10 am to 4 pm / 25 hours
Instructor: Jeff Holmwood
Class size: max 6
$675.00 + GST

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Cane vessels by Scott Benefield

Cane vessels by Scott Benefield

INTRODUCTION TO CANE WORKING

In this workshop you will learn the basics of making blown glass vessels using cane. You will begin with a stock of cane that has already been made — simple filigrana, veiled cane, varieties of twisted cane and flat cane–and learn how to pick it up and form it into hollow vessels. There will be demonstrations of how to pull cane, but the focus will be hands-on, forming cane into blown glass forms. Some experience with glassblowing is required, and you should be comfortable with basic glassblowing processes. All materials are included.

Saturday, July 5 – Sunday, July 6
10 am to 5 pm / 12 hours
Instructor: Scott Benefield
Class size: max 6
$425.00 + GST

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MAKING NEON IN THE HOT SHOP

Neon Sculpture by Robert Geyer

Neon Sculpture by Robert Geyer

This workshop is a great opportunity to learn an amazing and innovative technique in glassblowing. In this 3-day workshop you’ll make a variety of blown glass objects, fuse electrodes to the openings and then pump neon and argon gasses into them. Watch your glass creations come alive! You will receive you own transformer to light your pieces. Some glassblowing experience required. All materials are included.

Note: Monday will be spent pumping gas into the pieces blown on Sunday, no actual glassblowing will take place. This is optional for participants who may not be able to attend. In addition, Terminal City Glass Co-op does not own the equipment used for this technique, so you will not be able to pursue it independently at the Co-op.

Saturday, July 26 & Sunday, July 27 – 10 am to 5 pm
Monday, July 28 – 10 am to 2 pm
16 hours
Instructor: Robert Geyer
Class size: max 8
$450 + GST

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SANDBLASTING
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INTRO TO SANDBLASTING

Sandblasting by Naoko Takenouchi.

Sandblasting by Naoko Takenouchi.

In this one-day class, you will learn the basics of masking and sandblasting techniques to add decorative designs to flat and three-dimensional glass pieces. Take home a unique drinking glass with your own design on it.  All materials are included in the price.

One-Day Workshop

Saturday, September 13, 2014
10 am – 5 pm / 6 hours
Instructor: Naoko Takenouchi
$150.00 + GST

 

What students say about Intro to Sandblasting:

“Thank you for this very informative class. Loved the blasting.”

“The course is great! The instructor is awesome!”

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FLAMEWORKING
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FLAMEWORKING 1

Flameworked Pendant

Flameworked Pendant

Flameworking is a great way to experience the thrill of shaping molten glass using a small torch. In this introductory course, you will learn the basics of melting borosilicate glass rods to create a variety of objects such as small sculptures, pendants and simple ornaments. You will use mostly clear glass and some colour. You will also learn about the nature of glass, tools and terminology and glass safety. All materials are included in the cost.

Weekend Workshop
Saturday & Sunday, July 12-13
10 am to 5 pm / 12 hours
Instructor: Joanne Andrighetti
Class size: max 8
$265.00 + GST

What students say about Flameworking 1:

“I liked how cool it was, and how I learned how molten glass works.”

“I had fun and would consider taking another course.”

“So fun to make so much!”

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BORO VESSELS ON THE TORCH

Learn how to make small vessels such as perfume bottles and mini-vases using borosilicate tubing at the torch. Decorate your vessels with easy but effective colour techniques such as frit, stripes and dots. This class requires some previous experience such as Introduction to Flameworking or Soft Glass Beadmaking.

Weekend Workshop
Saturday, April 26 – Sunday, April 27, 2014
10 am – 5 pm / 12 hours
Instructor: Joanne Andrighetti
Class size: max 8
$265.00 + GST
Class Full! Contact us to get on the wait list.

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BEADMAKING
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Instructor Sonya Labrie

Instructor Sonya Labrie

BEADMAKING 1

Glass beads are a fun and colourful way to explore the world of glass! In this 6-week class you will melt rods of coloured soft glass in a small torch to make a gorgeous assortment of beads. Starting with the basic bead shape, you will learn decorative techniques such as frit, dots and stringer and experiment with different shapes including simple sculptural forms like flowers. In addition we will cover technical aspects of glass and safety. No experience necessary. All materials are included.

One-Day Workshop

Sunday, May 4, 2014
10 am – 5 pm
Instructor: Georgina Black
Class size: max 8
$150.00 + GST
Class full! Contact us to join the wait list. 

Sunday, June 1, 2014
10 am – 5 pm
Instructor: Sonya Labrie
Class size: max 8
$150.00 + GST

Beads by Maria Keating

Beads by Maria Keating

Sunday, July 20
10 am to 5 pm / 6 hours
Instructor: Joanne Andrighetti
Class size: max 8
$150.00 + GST

Sunday, August 17
10 am to 5 pm / 6 hours
Instructor: Maria Keating
Class size: max 8
$150.00 + GST

What students say about Beadmaking 1:

“A dream come true. I have always admired glass beads; now I can make my own.”

“I liked the amount of techniques we learned.”

“I loved all the colours!”

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ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS

Joanne Andrighetti is a graduate of Sheridan College’s Crafts and Design program and has been working in glass for 30 years.  She has operated glassblowing and flameworking studios, exhibited her work across North America and been a teaching assistant at the Pilchuck Glass School.

Scott Benefield is an artist, educator and writer who holds an MFA from Ohio State University.. He is a past president of the Glass Art Society (US) and currently serves on its Advisory Committee. He has been a Fellow at the Creative Glass Center of America and an artist-in-residence at many glass centres. He has taught workshops in Italian cane techniques at the Penland School of Crafts, the Pilchuck Glass School, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, the National College of Art and Design (Ireland), the Glass Furnace (Turkey). He currently lives and works in Northern Ireland.

Ilona Barakso Lindsay has studied glass at the Alberta College of Art & Design, the Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI), the Pratt Fine Art Centre, Red Deer College, Penland School of Craft and Pilchuck Glass School. She brings her experience, as student and teacher at these diverse institutions, to bear when teaching her classes.

Georgina Black began her glass training in 2002, and in 2006  established her own teaching studio and gallery while living in the UK.   She has worked with Trollbeads since 2010, first in the UK and now in Vancouver.  Georgina has learned from many renowned glassmakers over the years, and still enjoys introducing people to the wonderful world of lampworking.

Laura Burns is a graduate of Emily Carr University and has been working in glass since 1999, and has been teaching glassblowing since 2001. She has also studied glassblowing and glass sculpture at Red Deer College.

Hope Forstenzer is a member of the Terminal City Glass Co-op. She’s been blowing glass since 2000 and makes a wide variety of vessels and sculptural pieces using photo images on glass. She has studied glass in New York, Seattle & Baltimore.

Robert Geyer is an Assistant Professor and Head of the Glass area at Bowling Green State University School of Art. He holds an MFA from Tyler School of Art and a BFA from Emily Carr University. In 2006, Robert received the Tyler School of Art, Rome Art and Culture Fellowship. From 2005 -2007 Robert was the operator and curator of the Barber Shop Gallery in Philadelphia that exhibited Faculty and Graduate students from Tyler School of Art.

Jeff Holmwood studied glass at the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD) in Calgary, Alberta from 1990-94. He has taught at Red Deer College, Alberta College of Art + Design in Calgary, Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, and Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood Washington.Jeff opened Edmonton’s first Hot Shop in 2001. He exhibits throughout Canada and internationally and his work is included in the Alberta Foundation for the Arts permanent collection. In 2010 Jeff set up a glassblowing facility for Bocci Design and Manufacturing. Jeff is a founding member of Terminal City Glass Co-op in Vancouver, BC.

Heather Konschuh is a graduate of Alberta College of Art and Design and has also studied glass at the Australian National University. She has taught at Anthony Stern Glass in London, UK, and the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga Ontario.  

Maria Keating has been flameworking for over a decade, compiling techniques learned from the diverse local glass artists.  As a teacher of organic gardening methods at the City of Vancouver Compost Demonstration Garden, she now brings her teaching methods to students who want to working in borosilicate and soft glass.

Sonya Labrie is a graduate of the Craft & Design Program majoring in glass, at Sheridan College (SOCAD) in Oakville, ON. She works and teaches at several glass facilities in Vancouver and has been the recipient of many prestigious awards for glass arts.

Laura Murdoch began her glassblowing career at Pilchuck Glass school in 1997. For many years, she studied, apprenticed, and was mentored there by a small group of artists who utilize the facility in the winters. She has been a teaching assistant at Pilchuck and Pratt Fine Arts School. In 2006 she was chosen by the University of Delaware to design a set of 3 giant patterned chandeliers for their new performing arts studio.

Naoko Takenouchi has worked as a glass artist since 1983, when she began a four-year course of study in design and glassblowing at the Tama Art University, Tokyo. Subsequently, she studied glassblowing at the highly regarded New York Experimental Glass Workshop. In 1993, and again in 1998, she was honored with scholarships to attend the world-renowned Pilchuck Glass School.