Welcome to the Wonderful World of Flameworking
Open Studio Time Resumes October 4th!
Wednesdays, 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM
There are two schools of thought with torchwork – one is soft glass or soda-lime glass. Beads have been made using soft glass since the 5th century BC. The second is hard glass, or borosilicate (Pyrex is a common trade name) – this glass is very clear and can take quick temperature changes.
The Flame Shop is where a torch is used to melt glass, beads, marbles, pendants, vases, goblets and, where sculptures are created.
Flame Shop Equipment
Our Flame Shop is equipped with eight Nortel Redmax burners, one Bethlehem Alpha, and one Bethlehem Bravo. There are three Paragon kilns of varying sizes, one Skutt kiln, plenty of hand tools, and an assortment of Borosilicate, 96 COE, and Effetre 104 glass. We sell borosilicate and 104 glass without tax.
We sell COE 104, 96 and 33 color and clear glass at SGS. Purchase glass during your class and receive 10% off your purchase!
You must be at least 13 years old to sign up for a class.
Fall 2023 Classes!
Boro Journey with Brian Jacobson!
Class 1: Beginner (October 3, 5, 10, 12)
Class 2: Novice (November 7, 9, 14, 16)
Class 3: Intermediate (December 5, 7, 12, 14)
Intro to Glass Beads
Tuesday, October 17, 5:30 PM
You’ve probably wondered, “How on Earth are glass beads made?” Here’s your opportunity to find out, and learn how to do it yourself! No experience necessary, and all materials are included. Open to students 16 years old and over. This introductory three-hour class will cover the necessary fundamentals of making glass beads with soda-lime glass (sometimes called “soft” glass), using a propane and oxygen-fueled torch. Topics will include safety, body mechanics, technique, tools and equipment, the properties of glass, annealing, and glass compatibility.
This introductory three-hour class will cover the necessary fundamentals of making glass beads with soda-lime glass (sometimes called “soft” glass)*, using a propane and oxygen-fueled torch. Topics will include safety, body mechanics, technique, tools and equipment, the properties of glass, annealing, and glass compatibility.
Opal Encased Teardrop Pendant
Thursday, October 19, 5:30 PM
Thursday, November 30, 5:30 PM
In this beginner level workshop you will use a torch and glass rods to make two different styles of glass icicles. You will learn several different techniques including shaping, stretching and manipulating the hot glass to achieve the size and design of each icicle. They make great gifts and are a fabulous addition to your holiday decor. Time permitting, the addition of color will also be included.