Glass Flameworking I


Glass Flameworking I

Class Code: 6GLF10B21-B

Tuesday, September 7, 2021 - October 5, 2021

Class Time: 6:30-9:30pm (15 total hours)

Instructor(s): Lauren Ekman

Age Group: Ages 16+

Entry Level Class (No prerequisite required) in Glass Flameworking

Price: $500.00

Member Price: $465.00

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Description

Create beautiful glass ornaments, pendants, marbles, and more! Learn how to use tools and equipment like an oxy-propane torch to melt and shape glass. We will cover a variety of techniques including color pulling and applying, color pattern application, and marble making.

Can’t wait for class? Learn more about how to flamework glass in our guides.

New Health and Safety Guidelines

All students must review and adhere to all of The Crucible's Health and Safety Guidelines to best protect our students and staff during this public health crisis. Classes have been modified to Alameda County’s latest safety recommendations and will continue to adapt as things change. If your class is cancelled by The Crucible due to updated county guidance, we are pleased to offer you a refund for a class or session that cannot run.

Students who withdraw at least seven days prior to the first scheduled session of a class will receive a full refund, minus the non-refundable $50 registration fee. No portion of tuition will be refunded or transferred if a withdrawal is made less than seven days before the class start date. Classes are subject to cancellation; and in the event that The Crucible cancels a class, students receive information about refund, credit, or transfer. If you are interested in taking a class, register early so we know you're interested! There are no make-up classes. No exceptions. While it is infrequent, instructors are subject to change. See all of The Crucible's Policies and Resources here.
At The Crucible, you must dress safely and appropriately. Arrive for class in all-natural fiber clothing, long pants, and closed-toe, closed-heel shoes with socks that protect up to the ankle. Long hair must be tied back. Nylon, polyester, spandex, or other synthetics are not allowed around machines, equipment, or processes that can produce hot fragments, sparks, or flames. Layers are encouraged as the studio can be very cold or very hot. Additional protective gear will be provided as needed. The CDC has a guide to acceptable cloth masks that help prevent the spread of infection. Bandannas will not be accepted inside The Crucible.
The Crucible is conveniently located at 1260 7th Street, Oakland, CA, just two blocks east of the West Oakland BART station. There is a student parking lot with spaces available on a first-come, first-served basis. The lot fills up quickly, and we encourage students to bike or take public transit to class. For weekend or weeklong classes, there are great places to grab food around the area, including at 7th West and Mandela Grocery Cooperative, as well as a microwave on-site at The Crucible for students who wish to warm up packed lunches.

Teacher Bio: Lauren Ekman

Co-Department Head of The Crucible’s Glass Flameworking Department, 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.

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