Intro to Glassblowing (6 week)

May 18th - June 22nd
Alex Demmerle |

Interested in learning the ancient art of glassblowing? Look no further than this intro workshop! Spread over six weeks, this beginner-friendly class will cover the fundamentals of working with furnace glass: gathering, shaping, blowing, etc. Collaborating in teams, students will learn to use tools to manipulate and control the molten glass and explore basic color application techniques. Every student can expect to leave this workshop with the ability to create simple functional forms of their own design along with an enhanced appreciation for the rich history of glassmaking.

What to Expect: This course will focus on foundational techniques and each student can expect to bring home a variety of simple, functional blown forms. The first two days students can expect to learn the mechanics of glass as a material and the following days each student will work on producing a piece covered in each class's demonstration. Typically a bud vase, a wine glass, a cylinder and then a final day at the end with color added, where the students can get creative with the skills they've learned along the way. I keep my demos brief but informative so that the students can get their hands on the material as much as possible. The hot shop is a loud studio, and can get quite warm. Read more about how to prepare for class on our Registration Info page. 

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

Pick-up: The glass needs to cool down overnight, so the 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
  • 6 Sessions: May 18 — June 22
    Thursday, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
UrbanGlass Studio
647 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Alex Demmerle

Alexander is a Brooklyn-based artist whose practice revolves around glassblowing and kiln casting. Inspired by historical glassmaking techniques and the material and social role that glass has played across times…

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