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    Images in Glass

    Diablo Glass School
    Engrain your favorite images onto a glass backdrop. How crazy is that? This course will introduce you to the process of applying photographic quality images to glass. On this day, you'll learn how to transfer an image to resist and then to flat glass. The glass can be sandblasted and paradise paints can be applied. Examples of imagery can include logos, text, hand drawn imagery, or even old family photographs.
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    Fusing with Iridescent Glass & Decorative Etching

    Diablo Glass School
    Create your own beautiful piece of artwork with this two-day hands-on workshop that will teach you the basics of fusing, glass etching and slumping. Beginning with iridescent glass, you'll form a fused glass piece that will eventually become a plate or bowl. Further customize your piece by cutting out a design and using sandblasting techniques to etch a pattern into the glass. Lastly, you'll learn how to fire-polish your piece for a beautiful, gleaming finish and form it into a three dimensional object. Learn the fundamentals of glass fusing and decorative etching while creating your own unique piece of artwork.
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    Glassblowing: Plate Making

    Diablo Glass School
    What if you made all of your dinnerware? No plate went produced without touching your hands. Crazy, right? Well, not really. This introduction to kiln forming guides you through the process of creating the most traditional fused glass form: the plate. You'll learn basic kiln forming theory, design and color applications. Once you have the basics down, you'll return for day two, when basic cutting techniques will be covered, such as straight lines and curves. Sculpt your dinnerware with your bare hands. It's damn impressive.
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    Dinner Ware: Glass Plate Making

    Diablo Glass School
    Delve into the word of glass fusing by creating the most traditional form: the plate. In this two-day workshop you'll gain hands-on training on how to form glass in the kiln, create colorful and eye-catching designs, apply color to glassware, and cut your pieces using straight lines and curves. Let your imagination run free as you create and design your own beautifully handcrafted dinnerware pieces. Not only will this course allow you to walk away with unique pieces of artwork made completely by you, but you'll also gain the skills and knowledge to create more once it's over!
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    Sandblasting Designs

    Diablo Glass School
    Think transparency is overrated? Then this is the glass class for you! You'll start out working with a piece of clear glass, and learn to embellish it with a decorative design. First you'll apply stickers and vinyl pieces, and then once you have the design you want, you'll use sandblasting techniques to create a "frosting" effect where the glass is exposed. One the stickers are removed ... Voila! You've got a stunning new glass piece to add to your home decor! Or, you could use it as a handcrafted gift to brighten up another's day ... But we're guessing this one's going straight to your mantel!
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    Glass Judaica Class: Menorahs, Seder and Challah Plates

    Diablo Glass School
    Looking to add a handcrafted heirloom to your home decor? You could scour the flea markets and antique stores and shell out big bucks for something that somebody else made ... Or you could go DIY with this introductory glass workshop! You'll be working towards creating a menorah, or a seder or challah plate, assembling your chosen project piece by piece. In the process, you'll learn techniques used by Judaic artists for thousands of years, including fusing, slumping, and essential kiln forming theory. The end result will be stunning piece that will grace your home for years to come! Pretty glassy, huh?
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    Glassblowing: Fused Glass Clock

    Diablo Glass School
    "Tick-tock on the clock, but the party never --" what's that? You don't have a clock? Well, well. Look no further than Diablo Glass School: In this three hour workshop, you'll create a one of a kind fused glass piece that will be assembled into a clock. Using clear glass, color scraps, frits, and stringers, you'll explore the medium of fused glass. You will complete a few small pieces to get their creative juices flowing followed by one larger piece to be made into a clock. After the piece has been fired, a few days after the class, Diablo staff will drill a hole in the center of the piece and install the clock parts. Return one week later to pick up your fully assembled fused glass clock (shipping options available too)!
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    Glassblowing TEEN CAMP - 4 day Summer Intensives

    Diablo Glass School
    Teens who are interested in working in a team atmosphere with a lot of physical activity will enjoy working in the glass blowing shop. Diablo's experienced instructors will guide teens through a series of demonstrations and hands-on exercises to build their understanding of the medium. There is a three students to one instructor ratio in the hot shop to ensure safety and plenty of individual instruction. First, students will learn basic glass manipulation by creating a paperweight. They will move on to learn how to introduce air into the piece to create a bubble. From there, students can make glasses and small vases. In the afternoon students will move into the kiln forming studio. There they will assemble pieces of glass that they will heat in the kiln to create a fused piece of glass. Their first assignment will be to make some pendants. They will learn basic glass cutting techniques, along with kiln forming and color theory to create coasters and plates.
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    Fused Glass 101

    Diablo Glass School
    This two-day long hands-on workshop will teach you the basics of creating your own glass artwork, including several necklace pendants, coasters, ornaments, suncatchers, tiles and a fused and slumped plate or bowl. Under careful instruction you'll design and customize your unique creations with colorful glass pieces and powders. Here, gain in-depth training on creating fused glass pieces by forming glass in the kiln. Additionally, learn all of the fundamentals of glass fusing, including glass cutting, kiln forming theory, tack-fusing and an introduction to all of the necessary tools. Once you've completed the course you'll walk away with beautiful, handcrafted pieces made completely by you, along with the skills to help you create many more.
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    Flame Working 101: Boro

    Diablo Glass School
    Flames erupt. You turn the glass, melting it and forming it. It's glowing. Whether you're working a flame for fun or hobby, here, you'll have the chance to create one-of-a-kind beads, pendants, and marbles. This hands-on flameworking course covers the basics of shaping colorful glass in the flame of a stationary propane/oxygen torch. There will be a discussion of studio set-up and safety, followed by periodic demonstrations and plenty of practice time. Throughout the day, you will create beads, glass pendants, and marbles.
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    Fused Glass Pendants

    Diablo Glass School
    For nearly 2,000 years, fusing was the primary method for making small glass objects. Those relics in the museum were all fused. Return to those days and create something equally beautiful. This class will introduce you to the basic principles behind forming glass in the kiln to create beautiful fused glass pendants. You will be introduced to all of the tools, basic glass cutting and kiln forming theory. When these one of a kind pieces come out of the kiln, a Diablo staff member will attach a sterling silver bail by which to hang your pieces.
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    Flame Working TEEN CAMP- 4 day Summer Intensives

    Diablo Glass School
    Flame working takes glass into a small and delicate world, teens interested in focusing on color and fine details will enjoy the flame studio. In this class, teens will learn how to make beautiful glass beads using a stationary bench torch. They will be working on a mandrel, using soft glass to build colorful glass pieces. After a discussion of studio set-up and safety, demonstrations will introduce students to the use of heat and gravity to shape molten glass. Techniques such as dot application, marvering, stringers, annealing and bead cleaning, will all be covered. In the afternoon students will move into the kiln forming studio. Here they will assemble pieces of glass that they will heat in the kiln to create a fused piece of glass. Their first assignment will be to make some pendants. They will learn basic glass cutting techniques, along with kiln forming and color theory to create coasters and plates.
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    Glassblowing 101 : Drinking Glasses

    Diablo Glass School
    Like in ancient Greece, you sculpted glass into your cups. Wine was sipped from a utensil that took days to produce. This two-day introduction to glassblowing will guide first timers, and others looking to brush-up on their skills, through the fundamentals of gathering glass from the furnace, vocabulary, tools, and safety. You will start with one of Diablo's core exercises: the paperweight. Then the class will be introduced to the blown bubble through a series of demonstrations and hands-on exercises. You will then apply the color and blowing techniques learned to create your very own colorful drinking glass.
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    Bead Making 101: Moretti

    Diablo Glass School
    Beads, beads are good for your heart. Beads, beads, they make you... look so luxurious and elegant. In this introductory class, you will learn how to make beautiful glass beads on a mandrel. After a discussion of studio set-up, safety, and demonstrations, experienced instructors will introduce you to the use of heat and gravity to shape molten glass. You will use soft glass, Moretti, to build these colorful glass pieces. Demonstrations will alternate with working time. Just remember the need for bead.
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    Flame Working: Glass Pendants

    Diablo Glass School
    Accessorize your wardrobe, now, with a beautiful pendant, sparkling on your vest, jacket, or even a cap. Using Borosilicate glass, you'll learn to shape and mold a variety of objects, including flowers, at a stationary bench torch. Sculptures will then be cased in clear glass to produce a pendant. Look at it shine and glisten. Along the way, your instructor will demonstrate techniques and then assist as you work on your pieces. Add to your personal style and glisten with the glass.
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    Glassblowing: Paperweights

    Diablo Glass School
    Do you ever feel that all of the paper on your desk is weighing you down? Sounds like it's time to turn the tables. Get on top of your paper game by making your own hand crafted paper weight at Diablo Glass School. The glass paperweight is the first step for anyone interested in working with hot glass. This introductory class guides the first-time glass artist through the most crucial skills. In a fun and informative manner, experienced instructors will introduce you to tools, safety, and basic glass theory. You'll learn how to gather glass from the furnace, how to shape and control it, and how to apply color to the glass. You'll create your own gorgeous handmade paperweight and leave with a strong foundation for future exploration. Take THAT, paper stack!
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    Flame Working: Glass Animals

    Diablo Glass School
    Bring glass to life by creating an animal of your own. Learn to sculpt a variety of animals with Borosilicate glass at a stationary bench torch. After a discussion of studio set-up and safety, demonstrations will introduce you to the use of heat and gravity to shape molten glass. Techniques for applying color and manipulating the form will be practiced. By the end of the class you will have created several sculptural pieces. How does a dragon sound?
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    Glassblowing: Flowers

    Diablo Glass School
    Give your sweetie a flower that will never wilt, a flower that never needs water, and a flower that, just maybe, looks prettier than a generic red rose! During this workshop, you will learn basic glass blowing theory to produce brilliantly colored glass flowers. In a fun and informative environment, you'll use the tools and safety to gather glass from a furnace, shape it, control it, and color it. Surprise your loved one with a set of one-of-a-kind flowers or simply spruce up your apartment with some shrubbery... shrubbery you won't need to worry about.
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    Flame Working: Marbles

    Diablo Glass School
    Ah, marbles, a favorite childhood game. Remember collecting these glass beauties? Add to that collection. Using either Moretti or Borosilicate glass, you will learn how to make several styles of marbles such as complex twists, raked designs, and paperweight-style encased flowers. Experienced instructors will also teach you the techniques for encasing marbles for a magnifying effect, and how to make glass stands to proudly display your creations. Demonstrations will alternate with plenty of working time. After class, maybe play a quick game of marbles.
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    Flame Working Sampler

    Diablo Glass School
    Play. With. FIRE! This beginner course will introduce flame working at a stationary bench torch. This class is the ideal way to enjoy the excitement of melting glass in the torch and creating your very own piece. You will experience putting the melted glass on the mandrel, controlling, shaping, and sculpting it to produce colorful and elegant shapes. The course is intended to briefly introduce you to flame working for further consideration. Basically, get ready to play with fire and transform flame into beauty.
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    Glassblowing Sampler

    Diablo Glass School
    You know what they say about people who live in glass houses: They should learn how to shape glass. Come on into Diablo Glass School and get a taste of the ancient art of glassblowing. This sampler class is the best way to enjoy the excitement of playing with molten glass -- by making your very own souvenir. You'll learn how to gather glass from the furnace, and then control and shape it. The experienced teachers will help you make a colorful paperweight for you to exhibit as your trophy. Take this course and you'll never need another repairman again! If you live in a glass house, that is.
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    Stained Glass: Suncatcher or Decorative Mirror

    Diablo Glass School
    Stroll past an impressive cathedral, and you'll be welcomed with glistening, artistic stained glass. The sun catches it, reflects and refracts the light, and shines the colorful beauty. It's your chance to create the phenomenon. Here, you'll learn the basic techniques to catch light with stained glass. Experienced instructors will guide you through fundamental cutting, grinding, and soldering techniques that'll make your piece perfect. From there, choose between making a suncatcher or decorative mirror frame. Whatever it may be, it'll reflect the beauty of the surrounding light.
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