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Ignite Glass Studios
Chicago Glass Collective
Peter Patterson Glassworks
Water Street Glassworks
Inspired Fire Glass Studio and Gallery

Workshops in Chicago

Keep on learning, at glass workshops nearby. Organizations in the area are offering workshops before and after the conference. For updated details and to register, please contact the studios directly. Please note that dates, activities, and artists are subject to change.

Ignite Glass Studios

401 N Armour St, Chicago, IL 60642

Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen & Jasen Johnsen: Hot Glass Sculpting
Saturday, March 15 - Wednesday, March 19
Cost: $1,000. Class limit: 9 students.
Experience: Minimum one-year glass experience required.

Karen and Jasen are to sculpting hot glass what happiness is to a warm puppy. In this workshop, they will teach you the tips and tricks to take your sculpting to the next level and to have fun while doing it! The workshop will include inside-sculpting techniques, fused-powder drawings and a color lecture as well as bit work and garage assemblies.

Boyd Sugiki and Lisa Zerkowitz: Four Days, Four Forms: Refining Skills
Monday, March 24 - Thursday, March 27
Cost: $750. Class limit: 9 students
This course will focus on efficient glassblowing. Tumblers, cylinders, bottles and bowls will be a point of departure and approached in a new light as instruction will be personalized and detailed according to your level of experience.

Chicago Glass Collective

1770 W Berteau Ave, Suite 203B, Chicago, IL 60618

WORKSHOP-_Milne_Shine_detail.jpgCarol Milne: Secrets of Knitting With Glass
March 17-19, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm; March 23, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cost: $675 (includes all materials, kiln firings and cold working time). Class limit: 8
Experience: At least 6 months of kilncasting or equivalent experience required, knowledge of knitting a plus.

Students learn new tips and tricks on how to improve your sculpting techniques in order to successfully create an intricate, textile inspired piece in glass using the lost-wax casting process. Intermediate to advanced mold-making processes will also be taught and explored.

Kathryn Wightman & Jeffrey Sarmiento: Graphic Glass-Patterns and Imagery for Kilnformers
March 24-26, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm; March 27, 1 pm - 4 pm
Cost: $675 (includes all materials, kiln firings and cold working time). Class limit: 8 students

Create unique images and patterns with the glass, using screen-printing and kilnforming techniques. Students will learn the basics of Photoshop and Illustrator to develop images and explore how to transfer these to glass using enamels and powders.

Workshops Outside of Chicago

Peter Patterson Glassworks

888 Tower Rd #E, Mundelein, IL 60060

A Taste of Hot Glass
Tuesday, March 18, 11 am - 3 pm; Wednesday, March 19, 4 pm - 8 pm             
Cost: $100. Class limit: 10 students
Experience: Age 13 and up. If under 18, parent/guardian must also participate in the class and sign a waiver.

Class begins with a talk and tour of the studio. Each student will be making 4 different solid projects, each using a different color and technical process. This class leaves the student with a better under-standing of how to handle hot glass. After the class is finished, Peter will do a demo of one of his famous glo glass lite bulbs.

Tuesday, March 18, 4 pm - 8 pm; Wednesday, March 19, 11 am - 3 pm
Cost: $150. Class limit: 10 students.
Experience: Age 13 and up. If under 18, parent/guardian must also participate in the class and sign a waiver.

Class begins with a talk and tour of the studio. Each paperweight will highlight a different color technique. We will be using colored shards, cane lines, glo glass powders, and dichroic glass. Three paperweights will be round and the 4th one will be a freeform. This is a great class to learn how different color techniques are used in hot glass. Peter will demonstrate one of his famous glo lite bulbs.


Water Street Glassworks

140 Water St, Benton Harbor, MI 49022

WORKSHOP-RhoadsKait_-_Silhouette_med.jpgKait Rhoads: Form and Color
Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16, 9 am - 6 pm             
Cost: $375. Class limit: 6 students.
Experience: Intermediate

This two-day workshop will explore two specific elongated forms in glass:  long necked bottle and the cone. On the first day, the students will use clear glass in order to fully explore the mechanics/choreography of creating these forms. The second day color will be incorporated into the forms to make it even more exciting! Teamwork will be emphasized as the teacher has a foundation of Italian style glassworking. Students will adapt the physics of how glass functions to work smarter not harder.


Inspired Fire Glass Studio and Gallery

2124 State Road 25 W
Lafayette, IN  47909


Lucio Bubacco & Fatih Duruerk: Low Relief of Glass: Two Techniques, One Unique Outcome
Monday, March 24 - Friday, March 28
Cost: $950 (includes materials). Class limit: 10 students.

This is a rare opportunity to be the first to study with Lucio Bubacco as he introduces a new technique that has not been taught in the US!  This developed technique that Lucio is pioneering combines flameworking, casting with plaster-silica molds, and uses a lost wax technique. Calculating glass weights and firing schedules for the kilns will be addressed. Each student will get to make their own small casting. Inspired Fire Glass has a newly developed casting studio in addition to our beautiful 10-12 person flameworking studio and fusing area. Catered Lunches are included for this 5 day class!



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