Public GlassWorks Kansas City

Adding to your Artistic toolbox with instruction in Hot and Warm glass

An organization dedicated to offering arts education to make glass part of your artistic vernacular.

Public GlassWorks Kansas City is proud to present
our 2017 class schedule. 

Public GlassWorks KC Temporary Venue

 

Sign up for classes by emailing Sara at publicGlassWorksKC@gmail.com

A $50 non-refundable deposit is required for beginning classes WITH ROBERT OR SARA when you make your reservation, full balance is due 2 weeks prior to first day of class.

A $100 non-refundable deposit is required For all other INSTRUCTORS AND classes, balance due 30 days prior to the first day of class.

We also offer torch time and weekday classes for your convenience.

 

Nearest major airport: Kansas City, MO (MCI)

The hotels listed below are about 5 minutes from the studio. We recommend the Hampton Inn as it is within walking distance of several restaurants, movie theaters, coffee shops, bars, and other services.  These hotels and the studio are approximately 45 minutes from the Kansas City area metropolitan airport.  It is located on the Missouri side.  The studio is located on the Kansas side.  Kansas City straddles both states, but is served by one International airport, MCI.

 

Hotel suggestions:

 

 

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Beginning Beadmaking
 with Sara Sally LaGrand

Saturday March 18, 2017

9:30 am - 4:00pm

$150 all materials and lunch included

Learn the basics from torch safety to annealing to exciting decorating techniques. No experience necessary.  All materials included plus lunch.  Each student will make approximately 15-20 beads.

Beyond Beginning Beadmaking
 with Sara Sally LaGrand

Sunday March 19, 2017

9:30 am - 4:00pm

$150 all materials and lunch included

Expand your beadmaking to include stringer work, surface decorations like silver foils, frits and enamels.  Cap it off with hollow forms.  Students completing the beginning class are eligible for the class an will benefit from the expanded opportunity to try new techniques!   All materials included plus lunch.  Each student will make approximately 15-20 beads



Beginning Marble Making

with Robert LaGrand

Saturday April 8, 2017

9:30 am - 4:00pm

$150 all materials and lunch included

Learn the basics from torch safety to annealing to exciting decorating techniques. Italian method as well as stainless steel method are demonstrated. No experience necessary.  All materials included plus lunch.  Each student will make approximately 10 marbles.

Beyond Beginning Marble Making

 with Robert  LaGrand

Sunday April 9, 2017

9:30 am - 4:00pm

$150 all materials and lunch included

Expand your marble making to include stringer work, surface decorations, and vortex.  Learn how to us different types of glass including scrap and recycled glass to make glass orbs!  Students completing the beginning class are eligible for the class an will benefit from the expanded opportunity to try new techniques!   All materials included plus lunch.  Each student will make approximately 10 marbles.


Beginning Beadmaking
 with Sara Sally LaGrand

Saturday April 22, 2017

9:30 am - 4:00pm

$150 all materials and lunch included

Learn the basics from torch safety to annealing to exciting decorating techniques. No experience necessary.  All materials included plus lunch.  Each student will make approximately 15-20 beads.

Beyond Beginning Beadmaking
 with Sara Sally LaGrand

Sunday April 23, 2017

9:30 am - 4:00pm

$150 all materials and lunch included

Expand your beadmaking to include stringer work, surface decorations like silver foils, frits and enamels.  Cap it off with hollow forms.  Students completing the beginning class are eligible for the class an will benefit from the expanded opportunity to try new techniques!   All materials included plus lunch.  Each student will make approximately 15-20 beads


Wesley Fleming


Wes Fleming at the torch

Wes Fleming at the torch

Wesley Fleming

April 29-30, 2017 - 1 spot available

$420 includes 2 days instruction, all materials and lunch

The Birds and the Bees - in Glass Heron, honeybee, raven, or beetle? Students will create detailed replicas of insects and birds in soft glass using off-mandrel sculpting techniques. Through this series of exercises, students will gain a better understanding and feel for heat control to improve their flameworking skills across the board.

Wesley Fleming - 2016 for the LifeForms exhibit and competition at Pittsburgh Glass Center and The Corning Museum of Glass

Wesley Fleming - 2016 for the LifeForms exhibit and competition at Pittsburgh Glass Center and The Corning Museum of Glass


LUCIA SANTINI

MAY 16-17-18, 2017 9:30AM - 5PM

MAY 19-20-21, 2017 9:30AM -5Pm- 3 spots available

 INCLUDES 3 days of instruction, ALL MATERIALS AND LUNCH EACH DAY

LEARN CLASSIC VENETIAN PAINTING TECHNIQUES WITH GOLD AND ENAMELS FROM LUCIA SANTINI, AN INTERNATIONALLY KNOWN ARTIST FROM VENICE, ITALY.  LUCIA'S FAMILY HAS BEEN IN THE WORLD OF MURANO GLASS FOR OVER 600 YEARS.  SHE BRINGS HER EXPERIENCE AND RICH CULTURAL HERITAGE  TO THE CLASSROOM.  LEARN MIXING, PAINTING AND FIRING TECHNIQUES UTILIZING CENTURIES OF EXPERTISE HANDED DOWN FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION.    NO FLAMEWORKING EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. 


 

Rashan Jones- Music appreciation


June 22-23, 2017

9:30am - 5:00-ish PM

$420 all material and lunch included

 

2. Music Appreciation. A comprehensive survey of Borosilicate This is a basic, off mandrel class, designed to teach the very beginning basics of borosilicate glass. It will focus on small sculptures, marbles and  pendants. 

The student will learn the basics of heating and gathering molten Boro. And how to break a process down to small, easy steps. Making a dinosaur out of glass may seem daunting but with a little bit of heat and steady hand you can work magic. Using striking and silver Boro colors we will learn how to create amazing effects with just clear dots and lines. Even if you've never understand why or how marbles get round, this class will demystify the process and leave you feeling more comfortable. We will cover basic vortex, and implosion techniques done on hollow tube. And also learn how to make them as pendants.

 

RASHAN JONES- rhythm and reason

JUNE 24-25, 2017

9:30AM - 5:00-ISH PM

$420 ALL MATERIAL AND LUNCH INCLUDED

Rhythm and Reason. Hollow tubing essentials.

This is class designed for those with some glass experience who would like an intensive study into working with hollow Boro tubing. We will focus on pulling points as well as attaching hollow handles to break down larger tubing into manageable size.

From there we will study patterning and shaping the tubing into a shape. For the class we will focus on the small perfume bottle, larger bud vase and a blown holiday ornament. We will cover some basic color applications but the main point of the class is to get more comfortable blowing out and manipulating the hollow tubing. The class will also include a clinic on fuming with fine silver. It's a fast, easy way to add depth and design elements to your piece.

After the class the student should feel more comfortable and confident addressing Boro tubing. The student will be able to take a full length of tubing, break it down into smaller sections, pattern and/or fume it and then blow it into the desired shape.



Davide Penso

July 4-5-6, 2017 Blowing beads

July 7-8-9, 2017 Blowing Beads- 4 spots available 

 

 


Barbara Becker Simon

Maltese Cross Class

August 1-2-3-4, 2017 $695

In this workshop students will use the classic symbol of The Maltese Cross to create a stunning pendant. Its romantic origins are in the medieval Crusades and the Knights of Malta.  In its traditional form, there are four equal arms which radiate symmetrically from a central point. 

 

Our interpretation of this pendant will manipulate the design and give it a modern twist. The possibilities are endless: small or large, curvilinear or geometric, complex or simple, understated or ornate.  Each student will design and decorate the metalclay according to her/his own choices.

 

We will create and dry components and then assemble them to create our pendants.  After firing, students will use a little bit of “engineering” to embellish the piece with pearls or beads.  Students will also have the option to create a matching finding.  The result will be a unique and complex piece.

 

Keeping your ideas simple and the size fairly small, we should be able to complete

the project in 4 days. 


Barbara Becker Simon

August 5-6, 2017

Precious Metal Clay Clasps $420

You won’t believe how easy it is to create clasps and findings with metal clay, sterling wire, fine silver wire and Argentium wire.  Take your jewelry to a new level by customizing findings to coordinate with your designs. 

 

This class will cover:  using pliers properly, manipulating wire, implanting wire in metal clay, firing procedures and finishing techniques.  Students will learn to make and fire several types of clasps in this workshop and are encouraged to bring their clasp ideas and questions. 


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Claudia Trimbur-Pagel                October 5-6, 2017 Fish Class    includes all materials and lunch

        October 7-8, 2017 Face Class    includes all materials and lunch


Sage and Tom Holland              November 10-11-12, 2017 Essential Techniques

$600 includes all materials and lunch

Day 1 and 2

Bent Beads and Life Rings intermediate to advanced
Learn to develop skills based on ancient glass with a Master beadmaker and Glass bead history buff. Learn fine stringer control and special layouts for furthering feathering skills,also improve complex dot designs and maskings techniques, all while making Bent beads and Life Rings.We will be using off mandrel techniques that teach a variety of possibilities for designs in soft glass wearables and beads. 
   In the morning we will be making designs cylinders on mandrels and use stringerwork , twisted canes , featherings and dotwork patterns ,These blanks will then be cooled and taken off the mandrel so that they can be bent in the second half of the one day class. The adventurous will want to make a Life Rings as well.

Day 3-

 Liquid Core , Making glass beads with tungsten mandrels 

 

This workshop will introduce the liberating method of creating glass beads and sculptures without the use of clay coated mandrels.

      Have you ever been working on a flamworked  glass piece and the clay on the mandrel breaks off at a premature time? Of course this happens sometimes to everyone for one reason or another. One alternative in some cases is not to use a clay coated rodbut to use a special tungsten Mandrel. The benefit of this new approach allows the glass bead makerto make more complex, unusual shapes and off centre or larger disks, even multiple bead forms.The bead is made on the tungsten andwhen its finished it is removed from the mandrel while hot and put into the kiln. Certain steps allow the artist to slip the bead off , even feather around the perforation or fire polish the hole, 

   Tungsten Kits will be available to buy if the participant doesn't already own one.


Glass master kim fields returns to public glassworks to teach beyond beginners.  These classes are APPROPRIATE for students who have beginning or beyond beginning skills and want to learn the next step from a seasoned and world-renowned glass artist.

kim fields         December 1, 2017 9:30-5:30 $150 all materials and lunch included 

Basics of  Glass Cane – 1 Day Workshop

Expand your lampworking skills by learning to make fancy, colorful glass canes. You will be introduced to a variety of cane pulling processes and techniques, focusing on even. consistent pulls.

Demonstrations will include making encased stringer, striped cane, flat “ribbon” cane and more complex canes and the application of these canes.

This workshop is great for students at any level.

Kim fields          December 2-3, 2017 9:30-5:30 all materials and lunch included $300

Sculptural – Small Animal Beads  – 2 Day workshop

Learn to make adorable small animal beads using a variety of sculptural techniques. Demonstrations will include making a simple form and adapting it to make a variety of small animals. We’ll use a variety of reference materials for form and color accuracy. Techniques will include assembling canes, color mixing and overlays, heat control, and controlled application and manipulation of stringers and dots. This workshop is intermediate to advanced level.