Glass: Current Classes

Hot Glass, Cool Beads: Italian Glass Bead Immersion
This class is an in-depth study of flamework (also known as lampworking) using a dual-fuel torch and Italian soft glass to create glass beads. You'll build a repertoire of techniques through hands-on practice, as you learn a variety of shaping techniques, glass manipulation, cane creation, and surface decoration. Creative combinations are limitless! We will have ample time in each class session to practice and hone new skills. Safety protocol, including proper tool and equipment use, will be covered. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes.

Instructor: Mary Ila Duntemann creates art glass beads inspired by the colors, textures and patterns that surround her in the natural and human-made landscape. She captures these influences in molten glass, working each unique piece by hand using traditional methods. She is primarily self-taught but has studied with Kristina Logan at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY and Aja Vaz, Holly Cooper & Amy Waldman at the Third Degree Glass Factory in St Louis, MO. She exhibits at regional art shows including the St Anthony Park Art Fair, Grand Marais Arts Festival and the Powderhorn Art Fair.

Mondays, 4/10 - 5/8, 6 to 9 p.m.
Fee: $190 ($150 tuition + $40 materials)

Glass Bead Reheater
The Reheater program is for students who have completed the Italian Glass Bead Immersion classes but would like to repeat them in order to continue building skills or complete projects. You'll work independently but have access to the instructor when s/he isn't working with new students. You supply the consumables (glass, mandrels, and bead release) and we will supply the torches and tools. For safety reasons, you need to have your instructor's approval, so please discuss it with him/her before you sign up. Reheater spots are limited to two per class. However, we'll keep a waiting list so that we can add Reheater spots if they're not all taken by new students.

Mondays, 4/10 - 5/8, 6 to 9 p.m.
Fee: $140 ($115 tuition + $25 materials)

Glass Bead Skill Session: Hollow Beads
For our continuing flameworking students, this skill-building session will focus on the basics of creating a hollow bead. Hollow beads provide a wonderful canvas for decoration, minus the weight. We'll begin creating hollows on a solid mandrel and then move to the puffy mandrel, allowing you to create larger, lighter hollow beads. You must have experience using a dual system torch. Puffy mandrels will be available to purchase for $8 each if you wish to take some home. Wear natural fiber clothing and closed-toe shoes.

2017 dates TBD - please check back!
Fee: $60 ($50 tuition + $10 materials)

Hot Glass, Cool Beads: Italian Glass Bead Sampler
This class is a glass bead primer to get you acquainted with working a torch and Italian soft glass. You will learn safety protocol, tool and equipment use, and beginner flameworking techniques. Through hands-on practice, you'll explore glass manipulation, shaping techniques and surface decoration. Expect to go home with 4-6 beads and the flamework basics to explore more techniques with confidence. Wear long pants, closed-toe shoes and bring a readiness to experiment!

Instructor: Mary Ila Duntemann

2017 dates TBD - please check back! We'll also schedule this class for a group of four or more - contact if you're interested.
Fee: $40

Torch Time
One Sunday each month, Mary Ila offers Torch Time to people who have taken one of her flamework classes at CAFAC. Keep your flamework chops up with regular Torch Time and share studio time with your fellow artisans! You supply the consumables (glass, mandrels, and bead release) and we will supply the torches and tools.

Upcoming dates: 4/9, 5/6 (note - Saturday date!), 6/4, 7/16, 8/13, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $30
Register today for time on the torch - signing up in a timely fashion will assure you a place at the torch table! We have space for up to 8 artisans.