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Touchstone CENTER FOR CRAFTS

Pioneering Craft Education for 50+ Years

 

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2023 Glass Workshops

NOW OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT
ADDITIONAL WORKSHOPS AND INFORMATION WILL BE ADDED AT A LATER DATE

Please check back: Additional workshops, Date Nights, Youth Programming, Events and Exhibitions to be announced.

Applications for Scholarships, Internships, Residencies, and Teen Week will be available in January.
 

Workshops are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Many fill quickly and have wait lists months in advance – don’t wait to register! Registrations for onsite workshops should be made no later than 15 days ahead of the workshop start date so that we can count you when making workshop determinations, ordering materials, etc. Touchstone’s onsite workshop determinations are made 14 days in advance of their scheduled start dates, primarily based on the number of participants registered at that time.

 

A processing fee of $25 will be added to 1-5 day onsite workshops.

All workshop participants must be 18 years or older except where indicated.

 

To view a full listing of the Terms and Conditions as part of your enrollment, download the 2023 Participant Guide.

Please review our updated Health & Safety Guidelines* and Cancellation Policy* prior to registering for any workshop.

*Subject to change, check back for up-to-date information. Registered participants will be notified of any changes.

5 DAY WORKSHOPS: JUN 12-16 THROUGH AUG 14-18

JUN 12-16 | 5-DAY (MON-FRI)
Soft Glass Blowing at the Torch
Instructor: Leah Nietz

Intermediate-Advanced Level
$665 Member | $695 Non-Member
$145-$195 Materials and Studio Fees

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Explore the world of glass blowing at the torch and create beautiful miniature vessels, perfume bottles, and pendants. In this workshop, participants will learn to blow an even glass bubble at the torch using hollow mandrels, create a beautiful form using heat and tool shaping techniques, followed by the shaping of a neck, lip, and handles for vessels and bottles. Participants will also learn how to create partial implosion flowers with soft glass. A variety of color, encasing and decorative design techniques will be demonstrated throughout the class.

JUL 10-14 | 5-DAY (MON-FRI)
Workshop Title to be announced
Instructor: Kit Paulson

Intermediate-Advanced Level
$665 Member | $695 Non-Member
Materials and Studio Fees to be determined

Registration Available Soon

Please check back for information about this workshop.

JUL 16-21 | 6-DAY (SUN-FRI) | TEEN WEEK
Fused Glass Fundamentals
Instructor: Meredith Edmondson

All Levels (Ages 14-17)
$710 Tuition
$100 Materials and Studio Fees

Teen Week applications will be available in January.

In this workshop, we will start with the basics: cutting and prepping glass, layering and patternmaking, and simple yet reliable firing schedules that can be replicated in any kiln. We will then move into to cutting complicated shapes, glass decals and image making, and slumping into molds to create unique shapes. Come with an open mind ready to design!

JUL 24-28 | 5-DAY (MON-FRI)
Warm Glass Roundup
Instructor: Meredith Edmondson

No Experience/Beginner Level
$665 Member | $695 Non-Member
$170-$220 Materials and Studio Fees

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In this workshop, participants will learn the fundamentals of fusing and slumping glass, as well as some tips and tricks for unlocking the potential to get your ideas out of your head and into your hands. Topics will include cutting glass, fusing and slumping, pattern making, creating simple images with decals, and the technical aspects of creating firing schedules and troubleshooting basic problems.

AUG 14-18 | 5-DAY (MON-FRI)
Glass Networking
Instructor: Eunsuh Choi

Intermediate/Advanced Level
$665 Member | $695 Non-Member
$70-$120 Materials and Studio Fees

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This workshop focuses on a specific technique called “Networking,” which involves connecting rods of glass together in a tight, web-like configuration which eventually creates a hollow form with a defined silhouette. Utilizing this specialized technique, participants will focus on building a solid foundation for construction technique by bending and welding rods together. You will use life-sized drawings or blueprints to make pieces in two- and/or three-dimensions. We will cover structural analysis and design analysis to make sculptural pieces. We will work with small diameter solid rods in sculptural contexts.

2-3 DAY WEEKEND WORKSHOPS: AUG 26-28 THROUGH SEP 30-OCT 1

AUG 26-28 | 3-DAY (SAT-MON)
Glass Beadmaking and More
Instructor: Joy Knepp

No Experience/Beginner Level
$470 Member | $500 Non-Member 
$70-$120 Materials and Studio Fees

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Explore the world of glass beadmaking and see why this artform can be so addictive. From the time you light the torch and melt the glass, you will be guided through a variety of techniques, including how to create particular bead shapes, such as rounds or donut shapes, cylinders, bicones and lentils. You will learn to decorate your beads with stringers and twistees, dots and canes. A variety of tools will be used to manipulate the shapes of beads with raking, twisting and altering the surface of the glass. You can even bring your favorite colored glass bottles and recycle them into beautiful beads.

SEP 2-3 | 2-DAY (SAT-SUN)
Pulling Colorful Glass Cane to Make Marbles and Beads
Instructor: Michael Mangiafico

No Experience/Beginner Level
$360 Member | $390 Non-Member
Materials and Studio Fees to be determined

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In this lively 2-day workshop, participants will learn to pull various colorful glass cane to inform the building and design of an assortment of marbles and beads.

SEP 23-25 | 3-DAY (SAT-MON)
Introduction to Fused Glass
Instructor: SaraBeth Post

No Experience/Beginner Level
$470 Member | $500 Non-Member
Materials and Studio Fees to be determined

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In this workshop, participants will learn the fundamentals of kiln-formed (fused) glass. We’ll cover the essential tools and terms to create flat and slumped glass panels. Participants will walk away being comfortable in techniques of glass cutting, kiln preparation and firing schedules.

Touchstone Center for Crafts prohibits discrimination in employment, educational programs, and activities on the basis of race, national origin, color, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or association preference. Touchstone Center for Crafts also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to its facilities and programming.

Mission Statement: Touchstone Center for Crafts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance excellence in the arts and crafts by educating and encouraging individuals to develop technical skills, good design, and innovative expression.

Touchstone Center for Crafts condemns all acts of racism, discrimination, and senseless violence. We firmly believe that everyone has a right to dignity, respect, and equality without fear.  As an organization, we commit to listen and learn and to grow. We will continue to work to empower people to use art as a means of expression, a way to build community, and a powerful voice for change.

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