Glass Camp

With summer here, the number one question that I’ve been getting is, “Where can I really learn how to blow glass?”.  While we offer a beginning 3 hour class and a 6 week ACC Class, one of the best ways to get a solid foundation in any form of glass art is to go to an intensive course in one of the many craft programs available.  I thought for my first real post I would share some of those programs and where they’re located.  (Note: many of them are booked already for this summer but some have year around options or it’s something to keep in mind for next summer). Pilchuck Glass School Located on a tree farm just north of Seattle, WA Screen Shot 2013-06-13 at 1.49.13 PM They have sessions that run from May until September.  They offer classes in blown glass, kiln work, hot casting, torch work, and cold working/engraving.  Most sessions are 2 1/2 weeks long but they sometimes have shorter ones. Also in the Seattle area is Pratt Fine Art Center They offer week long classes all year around.  They’re a great resource and offer far more than just glass. Penland School of Crafts Located just outside of Ashville, NC Screen Shot 2013-06-13 at 2.00.31 PM Situated in the Appalachian Mountains, Penland is renowned for not only glass but ceramics, metal, fiber, and wood.  It’s near Ashville which has a large glass community and tons of art to check out.  They also have programs in the summer that are about 2 weeks long.  If an 8 week course is more your style they offer those in the off months. Haystack School of Crafts Located in Deer Isle, ME Screen Shot 2013-06-13 at 2.09.08 PM Haystack is about 4 hours from Portland, Maine.  It’s right on the coast and so beautiful!  They also offer classes in all sorts of mediums along with amazing glass classes.  Most classes are 2 weeks long.    Urban Glass Brooklyn, NYC Screen Shot 2013-06-13 at 2.32.11 PM Located on the 3rd floor of a building in the heart of Brooklyn, Urban has great classes and just got a facelift.  They have a brand new shop all built by Wet Dog Glass.     The Studio     Part of the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY Screen Shot 2013-06-13 at 2.38.46 PM This is a state of the art facility offering glass blowing, casting, torch work, engraving, etc.  Not only that but it’s across the way from one of the largest and most comprehensive glass collections in the world.  You’re within walking distance of the town of Corning where there are lots of glass shops as well as galleries.  Don’t forget to check out Steuben, a leader in hand blown and engraved crystal.     Pittsburgh Glass Center   Pittsburgh, PA Screen Shot 2013-06-13 at 2.45.19 PM Another amazing facility…. they offer classes in hot glass, torch, kiln work and cold working.      There are more programs but these are some of the best known. If you’re looking for something closer to you, please don’t hesitate to comment.  If I know of a place I’m happy to share. ‘Till next time! Morgan

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