Introduction to Sculpting in the Hotshop
Jul
11
6:00 PM18:00

Introduction to Sculpting in the Hotshop

Instructor: Kathryn Starrs

Thursdays, July 11 - August 1 | 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Ages 18+

$375

This class will investigate how to break down sculptural forms into parts in order to figure out how to set yourself up for success in assembling a finished sculpture. Students will walk away having a clearer idea on how to approach sculpting in the hotshop in their own studio practice. Sculpting techniques will involve pre-making parts to assemble later and adding hot bits. At least one year of glassblowing experience preferred, but not required.

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Dissolving Boundaries by Ben Elliott | Featured Artist Exhibition Reception
Jul
13
5:00 PM17:00

Dissolving Boundaries by Ben Elliott | Featured Artist Exhibition Reception

Dissolving Boundaries by Ben Elliott
Featured Artist Exhibition Reception
Opening reception: Saturday, July 13 | 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Exhibition duration: June 8 - July 31, 2019

“My recent work combines elements of familiar scenes and objects into a visual narrative. Each piece makes subtle references to objects from the past blended with imagery from my current environment. This may kindle a sense of passing time and suggest the cyclical nature of all things. For a viewer, I hope to evoke a feeling, thought, or a hint of nostalgia.

I’m drawn to glass for its material and symbolic properties. In its molten state, glass leaves room for improvisation and the unexpected. I often bring other materials into the mix to create contrast and depth. For me, this starts a conversation within the piece and adds to an unfolding narrative.”

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Marbles for Everyone
Jul
20
10:30 AM10:30

Marbles for Everyone

Instructor Jonathan Michael Davis

Saturday, July 20 & Sunday, July 21 | 10:30 am - 4:30 pm both days (1 hour break for lunch)

Ages 13+

$350

Learn to blow, shape, and create marbles and pendants using a torch and borosilicate glass. In this weekend class we cover a variety of techniques depending on your skill level and interest. Students will learn how to safely operate different types of glassworking equipment and use a variety of tools to manipulate molten glass into marbles or pendants. Some of the techniques covered are implosions, galaxies, reversals, honeycombs, reticellos, and lattachinos. This workshop is useful for all skill levels and concentrates on developing skills in basic flameworking while providing a solid technical groundwork for future development. No experience is required.

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Goblet Making for Everyone
Jul
27
10:30 AM10:30

Goblet Making for Everyone

Instructor: Jonathan Michael Davis

Saturday, July 27 & Sunday, July 28 | 10:30 am - 4:30 pm both days (1 hour break for lunch)

Ages 13+

$350

Learn to blow, shape, and create wine glasses using a torch and borosilicate glass. In this weekend class we cover a variety of techniques depending on your skill level and interest. Students will learn how to safely operate different types of glassworking equipment and use a variety of tools to manipulate molten glass and create components to assemble into goblets. This workshop is useful for all skill levels and concentrates on developing skills in basic flameworking while providing a solid technical groundwork for future development. No experience is required

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Cups, cups, cups!
Aug
3
10:30 AM10:30

Cups, cups, cups!

Instructor: Ben Elliott

Saturday, August 3 & Sunday, August 4 | 10:30 am - 4:30 pm both days (1 hour break for lunch)

Ages 13+

$350

Ever wonder how to make cups in a flame shop? Then this workshop is for you - it is designed to introduce cup making in the realm of flameworked borosilicate glass. Demonstrations and guided work time will allow students to develop skills and exercise the techniques shown. We will start with traditional flameworking techniques and move into color application, cane work, and handles. Each student will leave with a basic understanding of the cup making process and the fundamentals of flameworking with borosilicate glass. No experience is required.

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NCGC Open House
May
11
5:00 PM17:00

NCGC Open House

Join the staff and artists of the North Carolina Glass Center for an open house! Explore our studio and gallery, watch hot shop and flame shop demonstrations, learn more about the future of the Glass Center, and enjoy libations with our glass community.

Beer and wine will be available for purchase for $5 each. Or if you purchase a NCGC artist work $25 or above the night of, we will give you 2 free drink tickets! All proceeds benefit the Glass Center.


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Aunty Al's Glass Academy
May
8
6:00 PM18:00

Aunty Al's Glass Academy

Instructor: Alison Chism

Wednesdays, May 8 - June 26

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Tuition: $660

This 8-week class is geared to the person who wants to develop a firm foundation in hot glass. Whether you’re an absolute beginner or have some experience, this class will deepen your understanding of glass as an artist’s material. Students will lead an exploration from solid sculpture to vessel-making. Emphasis is on furnace glass, however, all aspects of sound studio practice will be covered including coldworking.

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Silver Fuming in Flamework: The Basics
May
4
to May 5

Silver Fuming in Flamework: The Basics

Instructor: Mike Blumenfeld

Saturday, May 4 & Sunday, May 5

10:30 am - 4:30 pm (1-hour break for lunch)

Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Tuition: $325

Learn the basics of applying silver fuming to your flameworked creations. Demonstrations will cover how to apply silver to a piece of glass and encasement. Further techniques will include baking in the silver, dotting up, and fritting over. Students have the option to work on solid or hollow forms depending on skill level.


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Painterly Techniques in Vitreous Enamels on Metals
Apr
13
to Apr 14

Painterly Techniques in Vitreous Enamels on Metals

Instructor: Melissa Broek

Saturday, April 13 & Sunday, April 14

10:30 am - 4:30 pm (1-hour break for lunch)

Level: Beginner

Tuition: $315

Learn an array of mark-making techniques in liquid enamel. Students will branch into creating colorful enamel objects with their own imagery. Enamels have a wonderful painterly quality and a short fire so you can make a lot of progress in a small amount of time!


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Sculpting the Human Form
Apr
6
to Apr 7

Sculpting the Human Form

Instructor: Jake Sadler

Saturday, April 6 & Sunday, April 7

10:30 am - 4:30 pm (1-hour break for lunch)

Level: Some experience preferred

Tuition: $315

The figure is a subject of longevity in art and the beginning of glass history. Students will utilize the figure as a stepping stone for sculptural glass artwork. In this course, students will understand how to break down the proportions of a figure visually and make their own rendition in a physical glass object. Comprehension of heat control and proper seals from bit to bit will be taught.


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Introduction to Kiln Casting
Mar
23
to Mar 24

Introduction to Kiln Casting

Instructor: Ben Greene-Colonnese

Saturday, March 23 & Sunday, March 24

OR Saturday, April 27 & Sunday, April 28

10:30 am - 1:30 pm

Level: Beginner

Tuition: $500


This is a two-day whirl wind tour of the intensive process of mold making utilizing simple open-face kiln casting. Students will build their own high-temp mold to melt solid glass into, creating one of a kind glass sculptures! Day one, students will sculpt a clay positive and learn the basics of making your first high temperature plaster and silica mold. Day two consists of de-molding clay, loading the molds into the kiln, and an explanation of kiln firing schedules. Once castings are cooled off, students will come back to pick up their finished artwork!


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Decorative Flameworking: Dots!
Mar
23
to Mar 24

Decorative Flameworking: Dots!

  • North Carolina Glass Center (map)
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Instructor: Mike Blumenfeld

Saturday, March 23 & Sunday, March 24

10:30 am - 4:30 pm (1-hour break for lunch)

Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Tuition: $315In this class, the techniques of dot stacking on solid or hollow forms will be conquered. Using a variety of colors, including UV reactive colors, students will walk away understanding how to melt and layer glass. Problem solving to make clean glass will be key in this workshop.

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Veterans Hot Glass Day: Make Your Own Marble!
Nov
10
11:00 AM11:00

Veterans Hot Glass Day: Make Your Own Marble!

NCGC invites Veterans and Active Service Members to a special free event to say Thank You!

 

North Carolina Glass Center is proud to participate in a national day of glass blowing for veterans.  All Veterans and Active Service Members are invited to come play with fire, learn basic flame working techniques and create a one-of-a-kind marble. After the workshop, join us for a cold pint at The Wedge Brewery from 4-6 pm!

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Studio Stroll in the RAD
Nov
10
to Nov 11

Studio Stroll in the RAD

Come and visit North Carolina Glass Center for Second Saturdays in the River Arts District. Second Saturdays hosts a diverse array of 200+ open artists studios in 23 historic buildings nestled along the French Broad River.

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Summer of Glass VIP Weekend Tour
Sep
7
to Sep 9

Summer of Glass VIP Weekend Tour

Summer of Glass VIP Weekends are certain to be a ‘glass-lovers’ dream trip! These packaged itineraries are not only a fantastic way to experience some of the best art glass in the nation, but also include your ticket to enjoy the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains; the splendor of Biltmore Estate; local Southern hospitality; the flavors of Asheville’s foodie culture; and a fun-filled weekend to remember.

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Summer of Glass VIP Weekend Tour
Aug
17
to Aug 19

Summer of Glass VIP Weekend Tour

Summer of Glass VIP Weekends are certain to be a ‘glass-lovers’ dream trip! These packaged itineraries are not only a fantastic way to experience some of the best art glass in the nation, but also include your ticket to enjoy the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains; the splendor of Biltmore Estate; local Southern hospitality; the flavors of Asheville’s foodie culture; and a fun-filled weekend to remember.

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Summer of Glass VIP Weekend Tour
Jul
13
to Jul 15

Summer of Glass VIP Weekend Tour

Summer of Glass VIP Weekends are certain to be a ‘glass-lovers’ dream trip! These packaged itineraries are not only a fantastic way to experience some of the best art glass in the nation, but also include your ticket to enjoy the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains; the splendor of Biltmore Estate; local Southern hospitality; the flavors of Asheville’s foodie culture; and a fun-filled weekend to remember.

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Summer of Glass VIP Weekend Tour
Jun
8
to Jun 10

Summer of Glass VIP Weekend Tour

Summer of Glass VIP Weekends are certain to be a ‘glass-lovers’ dream trip! These packaged itineraries are not only a fantastic way to experience some of the best art glass in the nation, but also include your ticket to enjoy the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains; the splendor of Biltmore Estate; local Southern hospitality; the flavors of Asheville’s foodie culture; and a fun-filled weekend to remember.

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North Carolina and the Studio Glass Movement Exhibition
Jun
2
to Oct 7

North Carolina and the Studio Glass Movement Exhibition

  • 14 Riverside Drive Asheville, NC, 28801 United States (map)
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The exhibit will share the region's unique history and influence on the Studio Glass Movement.  A visit to the exhibit at 14 Riverside Drive will help visitors more deeply appreciate everything Western North Carolina has contributes to the craft of glass.

Open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 11a - 5p

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Feb
26
4:00 PM16:00

Visiting Artist Pablo Soto

Pablo Soto will start his demonstration with one of his plumb bobs.  Next will be a "rage bubble" that will be accompanied with some very serious dialogue and a few readings.  Finally he will conclude with a large sphere to max out the hole which in the end will be used as a lens.  The maximum number of students for this demonstration/ workshop is 15 students. Cost: $32. 

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