Glass Flameworked Ornaments
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Class Days: Please make a selection aboveWednesdaySunday
Class Time: Please make a selection above5:30-9:30pm2-6pm (4 total hours)
Age Group: Family
Class Code: Please make a selection above7GLF06B22-B7GLF06F22-A
Entry Level Class (No prerequisite required) in Glass Flameworking
Member Price: $205.50
After a basic introduction to melting and shaping borosilicate glass with an oxy-propane torch, create elegant, icicle-inspired ornaments or miniature candy canes ideal for holiday gifting or for your own ornament collection.
This class is part of Family Day, where parents and guardians with children ages 12+ and up are welcome to register with their kids and get hands-on making ornaments—just in time for the holidays.
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Pablo Cambron-Valdez has been interested in art and sculpture since childhood. He would often make figurines out of clay his mom brought home from work or attempt origami from scraps of paper. But when he took his first Glass Blowing class the summer before high school—a gift he received for getting good grades—he knew it was something special. "I really got mesmerized by the process of glass and how it moves. There is a real satisfaction working with glass. The fact that everything has to be fluid but controlled is very intriguing to me," he explained.
Throughout his early years of high school, Pablo continued taking Crucible classes—sixteen total, the majority in glass. When he was old enough, Pablo joined our Fuego Youth Leadership Program and Pre-Apprentice Program, which helped prepare him to become a member of our faculty. Pablo joined The Crucible faculty in 2019, one of the dozens of students who grew up taking classes at The Crucible to become a faculty member. “I can relate to my students because I can step back into their shoes and remember how I was scared at certain points. If my students get spooked I say, ‘Look at me and take a deep breath. You’re here, I’m here, and we’re gonna get this done. I’m here to help you out.’
Lauren Ekman lives, plays and makes glass beads in her California studio since 1999. She has been an educator, including a school principal, for decades. Her passion is working on the torch and seeing the redredmelt of the glass as it turns into a bead or critter. The creations lean toward abstract color combinations that stir up happiness and reflect a modern garden. People get to wear the smooth magic of melted glass in the colors of a well-balanced garden. Sometimes you will see a cottage garden, a vegetable, and herb, or cactus garden. Often it's just the colors of a single fruit or flower. She continues to travel the country to learn from other flameworkers and teaches at The Crucible.