In Tube We Trust

October 25th - December 6th
James Akers |

This class will have two objectives- first will be to refine our techniques with the crossfire torch and ribbon burner. Following commercial neon standards, we will jump out of our comfort zone to push our bending abilities and develop greater consistency with the basic bends, expanding into different diameters of tubing as well.

The second objective will be to use this newfound consistency to aid in bending complex patterns. With bends and measurements they can rely on, students will be able to accurately skip bends and keep themselves out of tricky situations while staying on pattern. By following general rules of thumb when planning their approach, Students will be developing the foresight to stay out of trouble when tackling more difficult designs of their own.

This is a great class for you if you've already taken at least one of the Intro to Neon multi-week workshops at UrbanGlass, or something similar elsewhere and are looking to delve deeper into skill building at the torch.

Class does not meet on November 29th.

What to Expect:  Bombarding and electrode attachment for 6 units of neon are included in this class, as well as a transformer (power) and wiring kit. Past 6 units, students will be charged for electrode attachment and pumping at these rates. Read more about how to prepare for class on our Registration Info page. 

Eligibility: This is an intermediate class, experience required. Open to ages 14 and up.

Pick-up: Neon tubes will be bombarded during the weeks of 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. 

We recommend registering for classes early to reserve your spot! We base materials, and teacher needs off of student enrollment. Early registration not only guarantees your spot in class, but also helps to ensure the class will run. Classes with low enrollment may be cancelled within two weeks of the start date of class. Contact our Registrar of Education, Ari Eshoo, at if you have questions about the class or would like to arrange a payment plan.

Class Schedule
  • Weekly Class | 6 Sessions: October 25 — December 6
    Friday, 6:00 pm - 9:00 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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