A Crash Course in American-Venetian Techniques

August 22nd - August 26th
Jason MacDonald |

The workshops of the Venetian lagoon, particularly those of the 16th century, have produced some of the finest blown glass objects the world has ever known. Come and explore the basics of this style of working, as understood from an American studio perspective. In this workshop you will learn the first steps in blowing thin footed vessels, as difficult to produce as they are beautiful to look at. By the end of this course you will have a solid foundation in:

● bringing a great punty and learning how to spot the ones you should avoid

● Making and receiving thin blown feet

● Consistently creating a neckline that will break well

● Gathering the right amount of glass

● Straightening a piece on the punty

● Taking a piece off the punty with increased success

What to Expect:The class will be a “skills and drills” type course with demos in the morning and a lot of practice time in the afternoon. The motto of this class will be “fail quickly”. Don’t plan to bring more home from this “crash course” than good working habits that you can apply to your practice, but leave room to surprise yourself!  Read more about how to prepare for class on our Registration Info page. 

Additional work time for intensive students: Students will also have access to additional hours in the glassblowing studio, without instruction, on Wednesday - Saturday from 5-8pm.

Eligibility: Previous glassblowing experience required. You should have 1-2 years of experience, and feel comfortable gathering and moving through the steps of making a basic cup. Don’t feel ready yet? Check out our more introductory classes to build your skills. Open to ages 14 and up.

Pick-up: You can expect to bring some work to fruition during class that can be taken home at the end of the week. If anything is made on the last day of class, 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
  • 5 Sessions: August 22 — August 26
    Tuesday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
UrbanGlass Studio
647 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Jason MacDonald

Jason McDonald is a glass artist living in Philadelphia, PA. Jason was introduced to furnace glassblowing at the age of 14 through the Hilltop Artists program in his hometown of…

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