The UrbanGlass studio, offices, Art Center gallery and store will be closed in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 20.

The Illuminated Sketchbook

November 18th - November 22nd
Jen Elek, Jeremy Bert |

Portable light projects will be the focus of this one-week furnace glass and neon combination class. In the hotshop, the class will create blown and solid objects that interact with light. In the neon shop, students will learn neon tube forming and the basics of processing - filling the glass tubes with noble gas. Class will discuss the use of neon and/or LED light options available to artists interested in illuminating their work. Students will work with rechargeable battery packs to power their portable illuminated work, enabling artists to “unplug” and consider light work in spaces they may not have previously considered. Battery illumination allows us the unique opportunity as artists to also consider the potential of light and movement. 

Glass hotshop practice will include glassblowing, solid working, bit preparation, punty connections, and color application. Objects will be finished in the cold shop, opening up opportunities to magnify, refract, and distort light. The class culminates with creating a series of long-exposure photos or “light drawing” images, made by students through an illuminated motion or action that incorporates their portable light object.

All levels welcome.

Two pumped neon pieces are included with the cost of this course. 

Students enrolled in this course have access to Student Hours- scheduled time outside of class to practice and work on projects throughout the semester. For any questions regarding this access please contact Kellie at

Class Schedule
  • Intensive | 5 Sessions: November 18 — November 22
    Monday, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
UrbanGlass Studio
647 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Jen Elek

Jen Elek is a glass artist who utilizes bold colored blown glass, fabricated steel, neon tubes and electric light elements to create works that engage the viewer with landscapes of glass and light.

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Jeremy Bert

Jeremy Bert is a Pacific Northwest neon artist. Bert’s mixed media sculpture represents a strong commitment to re-usage. 

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