Hot Sculpting Basics

February 4th - February 5th
Esteban Salazar |

In this weekend workshop, glassblowers will get your first introduction to hot sculpting glass in the hot shop! Hot sculpting is the art of shaping hot glass into asymmetrical forms and recognizable shapes using tools, gravity, and heat. Solid glass can be shaped, added on, and cut to create texture and form. We will use hot-torches to spot-heat specific segments of the glass while the rest stays stable and cold. After exploring solid glass, we will sculpt hollow forms. Working from inside and outside the bubble the students will explore forms from nature like animals, plants, and anatomical renderings. Bring your sketchbook and inspiration images and we will figure out a path to your ideas in glass. 

What to expect: Short demos will be followed by super fun workdays in the hot-shop. Hot Sculpting involves the use of a torch, which you will be taught to use safely and effectively. Read more about how to prepare for class on our Registration Info page. 

Eligibility: Some previous glassblowing experience required. If you know how to gather glass from the furnace and you are a team player you are in the right place.  Don’t feel ready yet? Check out our more introductory classes to build your skills. Open to ages 14 and up.

Pick-up: The thicker the glass is, the longer it needs to cool down in the kiln, so sculpture tends to be on a multi-day kiln cycle. 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: February 4 — February 5
    Saturday, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
UrbanGlass Studio
647 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Esteban Salazar

Esteban Salazar (b.1979) is a Colombian-born artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Salazar’s career in glass begins in 2001 after he migrates to the San Francisco Bay Area. 

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