Bending the Total Eclipse

March 30th - March 31st
James Akers, Kacie Lees |

On April 8, 2024 a total solar eclipse rips across the North American sky, blacking out the daylight and freaking out all the bugs and animals. For a short period of time the Sun’s super-hot, flickering edges become visible to the naked eye and light shifts purple. People say experiencing the total eclipse is life changing, reverent.

Inspired by the transformative power of light and the upcoming total solar eclipse, this two-day neon bending workshop will introduce students to the craft of bending neon glass over flame and illuminating our hand-formed shapes with electric current. Join avant garde neon instructors, Kacie Lees and James Akers to bend circles and curves representative of this impending phenomena.  

Participants can expect to leave with two units (1 circle + 1 arc).

What to Expect:  Participants can expect to leave with two units (1 circle + 1 arc).

Eligibility: No experience required. Open to ages 14 and up.

Pick-up: Neon tubes will be bombarded during the class, so students should leave with finished units of neon. Should processing take additional time, students will have to return to UrbanGlass once notified to pick up their work. 

This is an in-person class taking place on-site at UrbanGlass. Health and safety guidelines will be emailed to you upon registration. 

Class Schedule
  • 2 Sessions: March 30 — March 31
    Saturday, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
UrbanGlass Studio
647 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11217

James Akers

My name is James Akers, and I live in Brooklyn, New York where I work as an artist, educator and commercial neon bender. I create dense, frenetically active sculptures that often incorporate neon and electronics.

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Kacie Lees

Kacie Lees is an interdisciplinary artist and professor based in Brooklyn, New York. Lees’ vivid works examine affective qualities of light and tertiary spaces.

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