Courses

In this three-hour workshop you will be guided and assisted through the process of making your very own, handmade drinking glass. Molten glass will be gathered from a 2100F furnace and participants will apply and melt in their choice of colors. You will then be guided through the process of inflating a bubble, shaping it into a cylinder, and ultimately finishing it by opening the top and finishing the shape of a nice cup.To finish your piece, it will be knocked off the pipe and the instructors will place the piece in a 900-degree oven to anneal.To prevent it from cracking, glass must be cooled slowly for at least 12 hours. Artwork made during a glass the workshop must cool in an annealing oven and will be available for pick-up later.



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In this workshop, you will be making a unique garden ball from hot glass. Guided and assisted by the instructor, you will apply color to molten glass and then blow it into a bubble. You will get to use special glass-making tools to create your design and heat your work in a 2100-degreefurnace as your garden ball takes shape.



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In workshop, you will be make a unique candy dish from hot glass. Guided and assisted by the instructor, you will apply color to molten glass, blow a bubble in the glass, and then shape the glass into a sphere that is then "sucked" in to form a double-walled bowl that creates the candy dish. You will get to use special glass-making tools to create your design and heat your work in a 2100-degree furnace as your candy dish design takes shape.



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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.



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In this three-hour workshop you will be guided and assisted through the process of making a personalized Christmas Ornament. Utilizing molten glass gathered (dipped) from the GlasStation's furnace, you will get to apply color to your glass and create a unique design of your choosing. The instructor will then help shape the glass while you blow air in to inflate it into an ornament.



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In this three-hour workshop you will be guided and assisted through the process of making a personalized Witch Ball. Utilizing molten glass gathered (dipped) from the GlasStation's furnace, you will get to apply color to your glass and create a unique design of your choosing. The instructor will then help shape the glass while you blow air in to inflate it into an ornament.



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This year's symposium thesis is "Forging Ahead." The COVID-19 pandemic has irrevocably altered the lives of everyone on this planet and endures as a persistent presence throughout our daily lives. We have learned how to cope with constantly shifting landscapes and how to connect to others in a time of isolation. Even in the face of adversity, we continue to forge ahead. Following a two-year hiatus, the return of Material Topics is an opportunity to reflect on the creative innovations inspired by times of adversity. We are excited about the melding of traditional and modern techniques and concepts, novel use of material, and opportunities to reforge our communal ties through making.



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