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Introduction to Lampwork Glass Art: Marbles

  • 27 Apr 2024
  • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Fresno Ideaworks
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Welcome to Lampwork Glass Art, where we're turning up the heat to create some incredible pieces! In this relaxed and hands-on class, we'll explore the basics of lampworking and send you home with something entrancing of your own making.

In this class you will learn to melt borosilicate glass on an oxygen-propane torch and shape it into a sphere using heat, gravity, and a graphite mold. I will demonstrate techniques for decorating your marbles with colored stripes and spirals. Your marbles will anneal in the kiln overnight and can be picked up the next day.

  • In this 4 hour workshop we'll start with the do's and don'ts, throw on some safety glasses, and ensure our workspace is good to go.
  • Wondering what those colorful glass rods are all about? We'll take a look at the essential tools – torches, brass stamps, and shaping gear – that turn those rods into artistic wonders.
  • Your instructor, local artist Emily Johnsen, will showcase the craft – melting, shaping, and transforming glass into some seriously awesome shapes.
  • Then you’ll dive in! It's your turn to grab the torch (figuratively) and start crafting your own beginner-friendly project as you try the layering, mixing, shaping and stamping that will make your glass pieces stand out.
  • Finally, you’ll find out how to cool and anneal your pieces properly to keep them looking fantastic.

Whether you're a complete beginner or looking to hone your skills, this lampwork class is all about enjoying the process while crafting some impressive art. Let the fiery adventure begin!

Important stuff:

  • No open toe shoes (anywhere in the facility)
  • Do not wear clothing made from synthetic or synthetic blends. The synthetic fabric can burn vigorously, melt and produce skin burns.
  • Long hair and beards should be securely tied back. No lanyards or dangling jewelry.
  • Currently face masks are recommended but not required in the facility. A cotton cloth mask is safest around open flame. Your instructor will explain the safe use of face masks around torches.
  • Upon completion of the class, Ideaworks members may be certified to use the lampworking station unsupervised during business hours.

We will provide:

  • Eye protection
  • Insulated sleeves
  • All tools and materials for class projects

NOTE: This class DOES NOT qualify for the free one-month conditional membership.

    Address:

    Fresno Ideaworks

    1730 H Street

    Fresno, CA, 93721


    Phone:

    559-840-8749


    Fresno Ideaworks is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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