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Boro A

November 16 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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Borosilicate Part A: Introduction


Instructor Bronwen Heilman
November 9th, 2016
Wednesdays 5:30PM-8:30PM
See session dates below

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Borosilicate: Part A is our most in-depth beginner level class that immerses students in the art of borosilicate lampworking. Over the next four classes, you’ll learn all of the basic skills needed to begin your journey as a glass artist. Eventually you’ll gain the knowledge you need to work and create independently, be it in your own studio or here at SGS during open torch time, or torch rentals. This class is also a stepping stone to take Borosilicate: Part B, Borosilicate: Part C, and other more advanced workshops.


We will start with the basic skills such as:

  • Gathering, restricting, punty
  • Frit application
  • Solid-to-solid connections
  • Applying lines and dots of color
  • Two-handed rotation
  • Sculptural and decorative techniques


Boro Part A projects may include:

  • Basic lens pendant
  • Basic implosion marbles
  • Basic vortex marbles
  • Basic color understanding

Each class is 3 hours long and demos are kept short in order to maximize students hands on time.

Each class allows you to practice these skills in the studio and use them to create a variety of items you can take home with you each night. No experience is required to take this course.




Tuesdays / 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
September 20
September 27
October 4
October 11

Wednesdays / 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
November 9
November 16

November 23
November 30

There is a $45.00 material fee that is payable on the first day of class.

Other topics covered in this course: Safety (ventilation, eye ware, work station setup and ergonomics). Tools and how to use them effectively. Proper kiln usage, temperatures, and kiln programming for best results. Torch operations, as well as flame settings and their use. How to harness gravity and use it to your advantage. Project planning, preparation, and execution.

After your first class, you will be able to sign up for Flame-Shop-Fridays.  A great place to practice what you just learned. …  a great value at 10.00/hour. (Click here for more information about Flame-Shop-Fridays).

Please Read:

Some classes require protective eye wear (eye wear provided by SGS). All students required to wear closed toed-shoes.


Session I: September 20 – October 11, 2016 / 4 Tuesdays / 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Session II: November 9 – November 30, 2016 / 4 Wednesdays / 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


November 16
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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