Course Detail: GLASSPPRWT - Glass Paperweight Class

Course Description
In this workshop, you will be guided and assisted through the process of making a unique, one-of-a-kind paperweight. Utilizing molten glass gathered (dipped) from the GlasStation's furnace, you will get to apply color to your paperweight, blow a bubble through a pipe to form your piece, and use glass-making tools to pinch, pull, twist, twirl, and form molten glass into a design all your own. Guided by glass instructors, you will also get to heat your work in a 2100-degree furnace as your paperweight takes shape.

To prevent it from cracking, glass must be cooled slowly for at least 12 hours. Artwork made during a glass class must cool in an annealing oven and will be available for pick-up at a later date.

Classes are limited to five (5) participants. Minimum of three (3) participants.

Class Policies
Participants must be 13 years or older. Participants under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. Participants will be required to sign a waiver before beginning the class. Participants must come dressed in close-toed shoes, and natural-fiber clothing. Loose hair must be pulled back. Safety glasses and other equipment will be provided for participants' use. All classes include instruction in basic hot glass and studio safety.

COVID Specific Policies
Mask wearing is required inside the studio.

Attendance is limited to workshop participants.  Guests that are not enrolled in the workshop are not permitted to attend with the exception of guardians to participants under the age of 18.

About the GlasStation
ECU's GlasStation, which resides about 15 miles west of main campus in Farmville, NC, is the result of a grassroots effort by The Farmville Group, a volunteer economic development association interested in growing the local economy through the arts. The Allen and Stowe families of Farmville donated a former Gulf gas station to the DeVisconti Trust. ECU leases the GlasStation building from the Trust, and have outfitted the GlasStation with equipment to create a functioning hot glass studio.

Undergraduate and graduate ART classes for ECU students focused on glass blowing and making are regularly offered at the GlasStation. The first glass class began in spring semester, 2017.

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