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Through studios, classes, exhibitions, and publishing, UrbanGlass is committed to furthering the use of glass as a creative medium.

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Classes at UrbanGlass offer students of all ages the opportunity to explore the endless possibilities of glass. Educational programming includes everything from classes for teens to master classes for professional artists. Weekly classes, week-long intensives, and two-day workshops make learning at UrbanGlass available to students of all levels and interests.

Melted and Molded: Cast Glass and Metal (a Collaborative Offering with Brooklyn Metal Works)

Weekly Class
Weekly Class | 8 Sessions: October 16 — December 11
Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm

This workshop is the first collaborative offering between UrbanGlass and Brooklyn Metal Works.  This rare opportunity to combine the facilities and expertise of both studios is perfect for the student looking to combine glass and metal elements to create a one of a kind piece of jewelry. By focusing on the necklace, students will have a large format to consider both materials in relation to one another. For the first half of the workshop students will be working in glass and class will be held at UrbanGlass. The second half of the workshop will be held at Brooklyn Metal Works and will cover the metalsmithing techniques.

For the glass portion of the workshop we will use kilnforming to complete the lost wax cast process.  Students will learn the art of mold making with mediums such as rubber, alginate, and plaster+silica.  These processes will give students the opportunity to turn non-glass items and sculpted wax models into glass and create multiples of each object.  Once the glass is fired, we will use the cold shop to cut, grind and polish to finish the form.

The metal portion of the class will also incorporate wax working and metal castings in conjunction with the glass elements. Fabricating directly in the metal, soldering, linkages, and various setting techniques will be taught as well. The design considerations of building a necklace and working on the body will be discussed throughout the course.

This course is open to everyone, from beginner to advanced. No previous glass or metal working experience is required.

*Please note that the metal casting aspect of this workshop will be outsourced. All glass materials are included in the price of the workshop but there may be additional metals materials that are specific to your project that will have to be purchased.

*No class on November 27th

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Yoga for Glassblowers

Weekly Class
Weekly Class | 4 Sessions: September 16 — October 7
Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

As a glassblower, you depend on your body to make your art, and you ask it to perform daily for you. Repetitive movement and extreme asymmetrical usage of your back, arms, hips, and legs are a regular part of your craft, but over time it puts stress on your joints, causes chronic pain, and can shorten your artistic life. 

They key to a healthy, sustainable life as visual artist is to learn how to stretch, counter pose, and balance the strength in your body. 

This class will focus on just that- strengthening the core for a healthy back, stretching the forearms, wrists, shoulders, and hips, and balancing the asymmetries in the body. You will receive the tools to sustain a healthy happier body, get better sleep, and re-enter your artistic practice with a new appreciation and understanding of your primary tool-your body. 

There is a discounted rate for all 4 session.  If the class is not full we offer a drop in rate of $20.

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Youth Beadmaking

Weekly Class
Weekly Class | 4 Sessions: October 19 — November 9
Sundays, 10:00 - 1:00 pm

This four session class is specially designed for young beginning students. Students will learn many decorative and sculptural bead making techniques. The class will begin with with round shapes, dots and lines, and encasing decorations, then move into stringers and complex surface patterns. Finally sculptural techniques will be taught, including how to make a mushroom bead, a human face bead, and various animal beads. This class is a great introduction to the world of hot glass for any young artist.

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Upcoming in the Agnes Varis Art Center

Anders Ruhwald: One Thing Follows Another (And You Make It Happen)

Opening reception: September 3rd, 6 - 8pm

In the exhibition Anders Ruhwald: One Thing Follows Another (And You Make It Happen), the artist, who is artist-in-residence and head of Ceramics at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, explores form, materiality, and perception through a series of installations that compare and contrast one design rendered in three diverse media: ceramics, wood, and glass.

On view starting Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Photo: ┬ęSteven Talley

Art Center Hours
  • Monday Closed

  • Tuesday Closed

  • Wednesday 12-6

  • Thursday 12-6

  • Friday 12-6

  • Saturday 12-6

  • Sunday 12-6

From the Glass Quarterly Hot Sheet