Our Golden, Colorado location is home to one of the country's top glassblowing educational facilities. Our Studio was built with the student in mind focusing on safety, cleanliness and accessibility. Classes are held frequently focusing on everything from introductory to the most advanced workshops on the market. Please call 888-272-3830 for pricing and availability. 50% deposit required at time of registration with the remainder due 2 weeks prior to the class. Workshop Deposits are non-refundable.
Studio Rental is available Monday through Friday from 9am-4:30pm and Saturdays from 9am-1pm when there are no classes or other events in progress. Studio rental includes use of one torch, lampworking tools, oxygen, fuel and kiln.
Ben Ramsey with Freddy Faerron (6/22-6/23);
Raven Copeland with Freddy Faerron (6/24-6/25)
In this course you will learn~
Fuming theory and application (6000 word paper included)
Fumed linework tubing and hollow/solid application techniques.
Functional glass fabrication.
Color theory and dot work application.
Opal encasement and opal frit rod application.
Vortex marble theory.
Large scale marble work.
How to develop a personal dialog.
Collaboration from personal studies.
This 4-day intensive hands-on and demo course will be jam-packed with individual and collaborative techniques by three artists. They will cover fuming theory, color theory, dot work, opal/dichroic applications and complex solid/hollow studies.
On days 1 and 2, Ben Ramsey (@oddball on Instagram) will be joining Freddy Faerron (@freddyfaerron on Instagram). Freddy and Ben will be collaborating on both hollow and solid works.
Day 1: Ben will share his signature dot work techniques on a glass encased opal pendant and also on Freddy’s fume implosion pendant demo. Freddy will discuss fuming theory and application throughout the course. Students will have hands-on practice time for each demo. Freddy will also demo multiple hollow fumed linework art glass to be used on day two.
Day 2: Students will practice the demos at will and watch as Ben and Freddy work on a fume vs. dot work functional work. Freddy will demo various hollow fume linework techniques such as different wig wag styles, bowties and montage/encalmo as Ben demonstrates the assembly of a mini rig.
On days 3 and 4, Raven Copeland (@madglasser on Instagram) will join Freddy Faerron, and the two artists will be demoing and collaborating on solid works.
Day 3: Raven and Freddy will be demonstrating signature vortex marble works. Raven will be sharing a dichroic double vortex marble and dichroic pendant. Freddy will share a fume implosion vortex. Students will have practice time for each demo. Both Raven and Freddy will be sharing their marble-making theories, and assisting students during their hands-on time.
Day 4: Students will have unlimited practice and viewing time as Raven and Freddy create a large collaboration marble work. Raven and Freddy work side-by-side and also assist students as needed. Their goal is to create a 4 plus inch collaborative marble work.
This exciting hands-on and demo format will also be open to student input on direction. Ben, Raven and Freddy will be available for input and exploration of student wishes. Teachers will be working on
Bethlehem, GTT and the Nortel Arrow torches as they demonstrate.
You can view more works by Raven Copeland (@madlasser), Ben Ramsey (@oddballglass) and Freddy Faerron (@freddyfaerron) on their Instagram accounts and at FreddyFaerron.com
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Autodidact-ism is a driving force in pipe making. We spend so much of our time in the studio "figuring it out". As an autodidact, I believe learning how to teach yourself is one of the most important skills one can acquire.Life as a student doesn't end when you graduate. Self-education is where freedom begins.
This workshop will focus on the processes of the self-taught artist.We will discuss these routines, traits, and skills and apply them to a sculptural project of your choice. Group and individualized demos will be given.
Say goodbye to your comfort zone, prepare to push boundaries and find your inspiration.
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Students must be 18 or over.
Learn the basics of pipemaking in this intensive 3-day class!
Starting Friday evening from 4-8pm with a basic course in torch use, safety, and beginning to melt glass, the next two days will be an accelerated course in beginning glassblowing geared towards creating functional pipes. Saturday and Sunday are full-length, 7-hour classes from 10am-5pm. The instruction will include demos followed by hands-on student practice with teacher assistance. There will be time for students to practice on their own during Saturday and Sunday's classes. Materials, tools and torches will be provided.
Our Pipemaking 101 class is structured to teach students from the beginning steps of torch safety all the way to creating a finished piece. We do not require previous flameworking experience, although students who do have some experience may gain more from the class.
Topics covered will include studio safety, stringers, twisted cane, bead shaping, surface decoration, annealing and glass compatibility. A handout is included. We will be using soft glass (COE104) and each student can expect to make between 4 to 10 beads during the day. Beads will need to anneal overnight, and they can be picked up at a later date. No previous hot glass experience is required. Students must be 16 or older. Class size is limited (3- 6 students), so each student will receive lots of individual attention. The cost includes glass and the use of a propane/oxygen torch and all other tools and materials needed for the class.See details & register
Boro 101 is a great introduction to flameworking in a professional setting. This class will cover setup, tools, lampworking materials, glass properties, with an emphasis on solid form. Sculpture, welds, leaves, and other flameworking basics will be covered in this workshop. Each student will have the opportunity to create their own glass sculpture during this class. Students must be 16 or older. The cost includes glass and the use of a propane/oxygen torch and all other tools and materials needed for the class.See details & register
Topics covered will include studio safety, review of techniques from the beginning class, clear casing and working with dichroic glass. There will also be plenty of time for one on one problem solving, so feel free to bring in examples of problems you are having with your technique. We will be using soft glass (coe104) and each student can expect to make between 10 and 15 beads during the day. Beads will need to anneal overnight, and they can be picked up at a later date.............Pack a lunch! Upcoming Dates:
This class will cover setup, tools, lampworking materials, glass properties, with an emphasis on hollow form. Honeycombs, implosions, vessels, and attachments will be covered in this workshop. Each student will have the opportunity to create their own glass sculpture during this class. Materials are provided. Pack a lunch! Upcoming Dates: