Flameworking uses heat and gravity to shape glass rods and tubes in the flame of a torch. Students will learn various sculpting and glassblowing techniques using borosilicate glass. Beginners can sculpt pendants, flowers, marbles and human figures. Building on individuals and experience, projects can advance to include glassblowing with tubing to make hollow forms such as ornaments or small vessels. This class is for you to join together with students of all levels, be inspired and see what is possible through torch work. Demonstration, personal instruction and hours of hands-on torch time will be offered at your own pace. Students are encouraged to come with ideas in mind or problems to solve. No experience is necessary. All levels are welcome and will be able to complete projects during these classes. Wear closed-toe shoes and natural fibers.
The instructor, Molly Jackson, has studied and practiced glass extensively. Since 2003 her glass jewelry has been featured in international and domestic magazines (Vogues, Women’s Wear Daily, Harper’s Bazaar, Glass Quarterly, Modern Bride and many more), on runways (from Manhattan’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week to Osaka, Japan), on celebrities (Britney Spears, Ozzy Osborn and more) and sold in boutiques around the globe. Most recently her pieces were accepted into the “Now! New Works, New Artists” exhibit. Molly studied and taught flameworking at The Worcester Center for Crafts, and currently resides as the Technocopia glass steward and visionary.