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Glass Classes

Learn to create beautiful glass jewelry and artwork first hand from glass artist, Victoria Belz.

Glass Beadmaking courses

Explore the Venetian method of lampwork glass bead creation with these introductory classes.

  • Introduction to Glass Beadmaking Workshop
  • Basics and Beyond Glass Beadmaking

See course descriptions below.

Glass art workshops

Create stunning samples of glass art in our stand alone workshops.

  • Flameworked Glass Swizzle Stick Workshop
  • One-of-a-Kind Glass Sun Catcher 2-Day Workshop
  • Glass Flower Pin or Pendant Workshop

See course descriptions below.


Intro to Glass Beadmaking Workshop

  • Code: JWL8204A
  • Instructor: Belz
  • Ages: 16+

If you are looking for a fun way to experience glass work with no experience and no commitment necessary, then this is the class for you. This is an introductory “tour” of lampwork beadmaking. You will learn to make lampworked glass beads using the old Venetian technique of layering molten glass on a rod to form a glass bead. There will be a brief discussion on safety, tools and technique followed by a demonstration. Student will then have time to explore their own creativity manipulating the glass to create one of a kind handmade glass beads with the guidance of the instructor. Each student will be supplied with a special Nortel Minor glass working torch, safety glasses, various colors of Moretti soft Italian glass, and all the tools needed. Please bring note taking supplies. Wear natural fibers, closed toe shoes, and tie long hair back. All supplies and tools are provided.

  • Member Fee: $74.70
  • Non-Member Fee: $83.00
  • Class Max: 5
  • # of Sessions: 1
  • Class 1: Sat, May 12, 1 - 4pm
  • Class 2: Sat, Jul 7, 1 – 4pm
  • Class 3: Mon, Aug 27, 6-9pm

 

Basics and Beyond Glass Beadmaking

  • Code: JWL8103B / JWL8201A
  • Instructor: Belz
  • Ages: 18+

In this six (6) segment class, you will learn to make lampworked glass beads using the old Venetian technique of layering molten glass on a rod. We will learn the basic skills used to manipulate glass and concentrate on cultivating a mastery of those skills. Students will learn basic bead shapes, layering of glass, dots, basic flower designs, frit (the use and making of), stringer pulling and how to make and pull twisty canes. It is recommended that students attend Intro to Glass Beadmaking class, but it is not a requirement. Each student will have access to a Nortel Minor glass working torch, safety glasses and all the tools needed for use in shaping glass. Materials fee of $30 will be required on first day of class, payable to the instructor. This is to be used by student towards glass. Various colors of Moretti soft Italian glass will be available for purchase. Please bring note taking supplies. Wear natural fibers, closed toe shoes, and tie long hair back.

  • Member Fee: $210.60
  • Non-Member Fee: $234.00
  • Class Max: 5
  • Day: Tue
  • # of Sessions: 6
  • Time: 6pm - 9pm
  • Class 1 Start Date: Apr 10, 2018
  • Class 1 End Date: May 15, 2018
  • Class 1 Start Date: Jun 26, 2018
  • Class 1 End Date: Aug 7, 2018
  • Class 1 Skipped: July 3, 2018

Flameworked Glass Swizzle Stick Class

  • Code: JWL8202A
  • Instructor: Belz
  • Ages: 16+

Sunny days and tall cool drinks, it’s summer! Adorn those refreshing drinks with your very own handmade set of sparkling swizzle sticks. This “no experience necessary” class makes for a fun, creative experience or an easy introduction to the art of glass flameworking. Students will learn to make simple shapes and designs out of molten glass using a torch and then attach those designs to pre-made glass swizzle stick bases. All tools provided. Your set of 6 swizzle sticks will be available within 48 hours for pick up. Please wear closed toe shoes, natural fiber clothing (no shorts) and secure long hair away from face.

  • Member Fee: $74.70
  • Non-Member Fee: $83.00
  • Class Max: 5
  • Day: See class.
  • # of Sessions: 1
  • Class 1: Sat, May 19, 1pm - 3:30pm
  • Class 2: Sat, Jun 30, 1pm - 3:30pm
  • Class 3: Mon, Aug 6, 6pm - 8:30pm

 

One-of-a-Kind Glass Sun Catchers

  • Code: JWL8205A-1
  • Instructor: Belz
  • Ages: 16+

Let the sun shine in! Make a truly unique Suncatcher with a rainbow of handmade artisan beads as well as your own flameworked glass beads in this 2-day workshop. Your experience starts with a mini introductory glass beadmaking class where you will learn to create your own custom beads that can then be added to your one of a kind Suncatcher. During the second day of the workshop, students will string these pretty creations and attach them to rustic driftwood for a beautiful window or wall hanging. Students will have the opportunity to purchase more ornate, specialty beads from artist. Please wear closed toe shoes, natural fiber clothing (no shorts), and secure long hair away from face.

  • Member Fee: $140.40
  • Non-Member Fee: $156.00
  • Class Max: 5
  • # of Sessions/class: 2
  • Class 1 Date: (First session): Mon, Jul 9, 6:30-8:30 pm
  • Class 1 Date: (Second session): Sun, Jul 15, 1:00-3:30pm
  • Class 2 Date: (First session): Sun, Jul 29, 1pm – 3pm
  • Class 2 Date: (Second session): Sat, Aug 4, 1:00 – 3:30pm

 

Glass Flower Pin or Pendant Workshop

  • Code: JWL8102A / B
  • Instructor: Belz
  • Ages: 16+

Spring is in bloom! Celebrate the season or consider a one of kind, handmade gift for Mother's Day. This beginner class will have students creating their own simple flower pins or pendants out of glass. Some glass torch experience is helpful but not necessary. All materials included. Flowers will be available for pickup 48 hours after class.

  • Member Fee: $60.00
  • Non-Member Fee: $66.00
  • Class Max: 5
  • # of Sessions/class: 1
  • Class 1 Date: Sun, Apr 29, 1pm – 3:30pm
  • Class 2 Date: Mon, Apr 30, 6pm – 8:30pm