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Scientific Glassblowing Skills and Processes for the Artist

January 18th - January 22nd
Dennis Briening |

This workshop focuses on skills and thought processes used while fabricating scientific glass apparatus and the possibilities these abilities lead. We begin with basics including bending glass tubing, side seals, wrapping coils/spirals, ring seals and adding glass plate to increase scale. I believe learning flameworking is much like learning violin or horseback riding, repetition allows your skills to take over and frees the mind to think creatively. Introducing gases such as argon and neon into hollow sculptures and processing to create experimental sculptural plasma and neon tubes will be included. Discussion and hands on practice of compatibility of various glasses, coefficients of expansion, use of the polariscope and vacuum testing will be practiced. Bring your sketchbooks and imagination.

Previous experience not required.

This is an in-person class taking place on-site at UrbanGlass. Health and safety guidelines will be emailed to you upon registration. Proof of vaccination (full vaccination for ages 12+, one dose for ages 5-12) must be shown for in-person classes and studio access. Proof of vaccination* can be shown via:

  • CDC Paper Card
  • Digital Record or Copy of Vaccination Card
  • NYC COVID Safe App
  • Excelsior Pass

Please bring your vaccine record for a visual check on the first day of class. *Any WHO approved vaccines are accepted as part of the city’s order. upon arrival at the studio. More info on our Covid policies can be found here. Our top priority is keeping our community safe. Due to the spike in cases in NYC, we are asking that all students consider getting tested for COVID-19 before coming to class and if you test positive to remain home. We also ask that if you were recently directly exposed to COVID-19 and are awaiting test results that you do not come to class. In any case, we will work with you to find another class placement or refund you the class fee.

Class Schedule
  • 5 Sessions: January 18 — January 22
    Tuesday, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
UrbanGlass Studio
647 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Dennis Briening

Dennis was employed at the Hercules Research Center for 26 years as a scientific glass technologist working with chemists and engineers to create complex glass systems.

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