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Holiday Ornament Workshops for 2015

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Creating an ornament

Have you ever wanted to make your own glass holiday ornaments? In this 1 hour flame working workshop you will make at least 5 of your own glass ornaments. You will be surprised at how easy it is creating an ornament! 
No experience required.
Please be sure to wear all natural, non-synthetic fiber clothing (cotton, linen, silk, etc.), and closed toe shoes. Bring your sunglasses and if you have long hair be sure to tie it back.
$65 per session
To book your class please call the studio at (773) 394-3252 to insure availability and reserve your spot.
In addition to the regularly scheduled workshops we can schedule a private workshop for groups of 4 or more. Please call for details.

Dates and times for 2015:

Date Day Time Instructor
09/05/15 Saturday 10:00 am Rosie
09/06/15 Sunday 12:00 noon Ruby
09/12/15 Saturday 10:00 am Rosie
09/13/15 Sunday 12:00 noon Ruby
09/19/15 Saturday 10:00 am Rosey
09/20/15 Sunday 12:00 noon Ruby
09/26/15 Saturday 10:00 am Rosey
09/27/15 Sunday 12:00 noon Ruby

Click read more for the rest of the dates through December.

Announcing Our new Summer Hours,

Mondays and Thursdays,  Noon to 10:00pm
Saturday and Sunday,      9:00am to 4:30pm

All other times are by appointment,
Classes of course continue to be held on Wednesday evenings

Traditional (offhand) Glassblowing

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Our level one class is the perfect start for anyone interested in learning the fundamentals of glass. The class focuses on good form and process. It starts with basic solid sculpture and understanding how to use the hand tools. The rest of the class introduces the seven basic blown forms (sphere, cone, inverted cone, cylinder, bowl, plate, and long necked bottle).

Cost of class: $575 for an 8 week class. Classes meet one day a week for three hours.

8 week classes start the first Wednesday and Saturday of every month. Wednesday classes are 7-10pm, Saturday classes are 12:30-3:30pm. Please call the studio (773)394-3252 to sign up.
4-Week Borosilicate Lampworking

Scientific Lampworking

Have an interest in the world of hard glass? This class covers the basics of working with borosilicate glass, aka “boro” or “hard glass”, which was developed for the scientific world. Used for cookware and scientific applications, this glass has tremendous artistic potential. Come delve into the technicalities of working with this uniquely demanding glass material. Develop an understanding of solid connections and seals, and along the way learn to make small jewelry, marbles, and jars.

Students are required to: wear all natural fibers such as cotton, linen, or silk; wear closed-toe shoes; bring a vessel for water and a sketchbook for notes.  Safety glasses will be provided.

Borosilicate lampworking classes last for 4 weeks.
Dates for borosilicate lampworking classes for 2015 are Thursdays 4 - 7pm: 

February 5th and consecutive Thursdays
March 5th and consecutive Thursdays
April 2nd and consecutive Thursdays
May 7th and consecutive Thursdays

Class Cost is $375

Planning an event? We offer one-time scientific lampworking sessons, perfect for groups. Private lessons for individuals are also available.

Call the studio at (773) 394-3252 to inquire and book your class today!

2014 Glass Bead Making Level 1

Chicago Hot Glass Bead Class

Intro to Bead Making is a four-week, three-hour workshop designed to teach the student the basics of bead making on a small torch. Students will learn how to safely operate flame working equipment and learn about torches, fuels, tools as well as properties of different glass types. Students will start by learning to manipulate glass in the torch and move on to making basic bead shapes with various decorations. This is a hands-on class; long hair needs to be contained and shirts be long sleeved and cotton.

No previous glass experience is necessary.

Student requirements:

Students are required to wear all natural fibers (cotton, linen, silk, etc.) and closed toe shoes. You might also want to bring a drinking container for water, and a sketchbook for notes.Safety glasses will be provided.

Cost of class: $375

To book a class please call the studio at 773 394 3252 to insure availability and reserve your spot. We also offer beadmaking for private parties!

2015 Glass Bead Making Level 1 Schedule



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