Paperweight Workshops

BEGINNER PAPERWEIGHT WORKSHOP

  • An introduction to techniques and skills such as gathering, centering, blocking, and marvering
  • An introduction to glassblowing machines, tools of the trade and proper shop etiquette
  • Basic color application using powders and frits
  • Create and keep two (2) paperweights: one clear and one with color (results may vary)
  • Class for two is about three to three and a half hours for two (2) students or a one and a half hour class for one (1) student
  • One instructor per two (2) students…allows for constant hands-on experience

Cost per student: $175.00

Schedule: Please check our website for updated workshop availability or call our gallery at 817.251.1668 for scheduling information. Please be aware that we will not schedule a time or date for your workshop without a full payment 48 hours prior to your desired workshop.

Prerequisite to the Intermediate Paperweight Workshop and the Glassblowing Class. No prior experience needed!

INTERMEDIATE PAPERWEIGHT WORKSHOP

Prerequisite: Must be able to successfully create two (2) paperweights in the Beginner Paperweight Class (see above)

  • Further practice of glassblowing techniques such as gathering, marvering, jacking, flashing, centering and breaking off finished products for annealing
  • More advanced color application such as finger bits and threadwraps
  • Create and keep two (2) paperweights with color (results may vary)
  • Class for two is about three to three and a half hours for two (2) students or a one and a half hour class for one (1) student
  • One instructor per two students…allows for constant hands-on experience

Cost per student: $175.00

Schedule: Please check our website for updated workshop availability or call our gallery at 817.251.1668 for scheduling information. Please be aware that we will not schedule a time or date for your workshop without a full payment 48 hours prior to your desired workshop.

Prerequisite to the Glassblowing Class

Glassblowing Workshop

Sharpen and advance the skills you acquired in your prerequisite Paperweight Classes

  • Four (4) sessions; Each session is 3-4 hours long for two students or 1.5-2 hours long for one student
    One session per week
  • Each Session begins at 6:00PM – Day of week will be determined between instructor and student(s); available some Sundays starting at noon
  • One instructor per two students…individualized attention promotes quick advancement

Cost per student: $750.00 ($804.38 w/ tax)

Session One

  • Assessment of current skill level
  • Explanation of blowing processes, tools and review of proper shop etiquette
  • Advancement of basic techniques: gathering, centering, marvering, blocking, flashing and jacking
  • Creating the starter bubble!
  • Detailed, step by step demonstration of how to blow a piece
  • If instructor decides student is ready, student will attempt to make a shot glass or toothpick holder out of his/her starter bubble

Remaining session content may vary from student to student.

Session Two

  • Review of topics covered in Session One
  • Advancement of basic techniques, starter bubbles and small tumblers
  • Create two-gather tumblers!
  • Instructor will demonstrate a flared bowl

Session Three

  • Review of topics covered in Session Two
  • Advancement of basic techniques, starter bubbles and small tumblers
  • Begin flared bowls
  • Instructor will demonstrate vessel
  • Create a small vessel!

Session Four

  • Review of topics covered in Session Three
  • Advancement of basic techniques, starter bubbles, small tumblers and vases
  • Applying all techniques learned in multiple glassblown vessels!
  • Expound to variations of the shapes made so far
  • Mini-workshop on punties (shaping, appropriating sizing and temperature to piece intended)

** Prerequisites for the Glassblowing Class ** You must be able to complete the following tasks before taking the Glassblowing Class. These skills may be acquired in Vetro’s Beginner & Intermediate Paperweight Classes.

  • Take a clean gather of glass from the furnace
  • Marver or newspaper
  • Use of Jacks
  • Proper Heat Flashes
  • Work with no gloves
  • Center the piece on the pipe
  • Break off the piece from the pipe

Additional Information

All workshops and classes are held at VETRO Glassblowing Studio in Grapevine TX. VETRO supplies all tools, glass and color within your designated time slot. You must be at least 18 years of age and no shorter than 5’2″ in height in order to operate the equipment safely. The paperweights must anneal (cool and strengthen) for a period of time after the class and will be ready for pickup or shipping 2 weeks following the class. Shipping is an additional charge. For all workshops listed above, the workshop is a learning experience and an advancement of skills. Vetro cannot guarantee that the actual pieces created will be successful.

Sign up

Once we have received your form and payment or your information over the phone, we will send you a receipt and notice that will confirm the date of your class and list what items you need to bring (see below). Reservations: Only paid reservations are guaranteed!

Cancellation: In case you need to cancel or reschedule a class, a full refund can only be issued if you provide 24-hours notice prior to your class time.

What to bring/wear to class (Very Important)

  • All clothing must be cotton
  • Long pants (No shorts will be allowed)
  • Closed-tipped shoes (i.e. tennis shoes)
  • Long-sleeved cotton shirt Optional– no billowy sleeves
  • Hat or headband
  • Sunglasses
  • Long hair should be pulled back securely

Please eat a well-balanced meal before arriving to your class. Water and sports drinks are recommended; caffeinated beverages are not. A water fountain will be available to you at all times at the studio. All Alcoholic beverages or illegal substances before and or during any workshop are strictly prohibited.

 

Flamework Workshops

Glass Beadmaking Workshop (Semi-private)

Students of this class definitely leave fired-up about the art of glass bead making, and are amazed at the number and types of glass beads they have created in just one, four-hour experience. Safety in working with an open flame and molten glass, bead making demonstrations, and one-on-one coaching of the student through this creative art form are the focus of this class. As a student you will learn to use tools to shape beads, how to embellish bead surfaces with chips and narrow canes of glass, as well as how to use some of the practical “science” techniques involved with hot glasswork. Another area this class covers is making fancy embellishments like fancy twisties, filigrana, ribbon cane, and frit. Students experiment with many decorative techniques like raking, feathering, poking, and advanced shaping. This class also expands on the embellishment techniques giving the students experience in raised dots, twisted dots, stacked dots, and fancy dots. At least two hours or more of this class are devoted to making glass beads. No previous experience in glass bead making is required.

Due the small number of students allowed (maximum of 2) this class is ideal for those who want a more in-depth glass bead making experience.

Cost (one 4-hour workshop): $275.00 per person (Will allow two students in the class)

Borosilicate Off Mandrel Pendant Workshop

Come join Vetro for an introduction to borosilicate pendants. During this private 4 hour course, your instructor will demonstrate techniques, such as stringers, cane and punties, required to make both basic and/or intermediate level borosilicate pendants including tear drops, loops, swirls, and encasements. Included in this course is plenty of “practice” time on the torch, shop safety, basic tool/equipment operation, and open dialog with the instructor.

Cost (one 4-hour workshop): $330.00 per person (Will allow two students in the class)

Advanced Workshops

If you are interested in furthering your knowledge on bead making or pendant making you can take another workshop with the instructor and learn other techniques, or even revisit the previous techniques you learned.

Details

Additional workshops are available throughout the year via traveling artists, specialty interests, etc. Go to www.VetroArtGlass.com to join the mailing list in order to receive updated information! All classes are held at VETRO Glassblowing Studio in Grapevine TX. VETRO supplies all tools, glass and color within your designated time slot. You must be at least 18 years of age in order to operate the equipment safely. The beads and pendants must anneal (cool and strengthen) for a period of time after the class and will be ready for pickup or shipping 2 weeks following the class. Shipping is an additional charge. Please be aware that we will not schedule a time or date for your workshop without a full payment 48 hours prior to your desired workshop.

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