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Introduction to Lampwork Glass Art: Sculpted Flowers

  • 25 May 2024
  • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Fresno Ideaworks
  • 2



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.

Lampwork glass flowers are a traditional craft that was popular during the 1800s and early 1900s. In this class you will learn to melt glass onto steel wires using an oxygen-propane torch, then shape the molten glass into leaves, petals, and flower centers. You will then learn how to assemble your components into a flower using florist tape. Glass items will anneal in the kiln overnight and can be picked up the next day. A lampwork glass flower is the perfect springtime project to give you extra practice stretching, shaping, texturing, and composing colors!

  • 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.


    Fresno Ideaworks

    1730 H Street

    Fresno, CA, 93721



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

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