In fall and spring we offer weekend glass blowing classes on the occasional weekend. They are beginner classes with no experience needed. If you would like to be informed of the classes, send us an e-mail and we'll add you to the list. During the year, there are also classes in mosaics, flame work, sandblasting, glass casting, and kiln casting. Most of these workshops are through the Saskatoon Glassworkers' Guild.
Beginner Glassblowing classes:
Introductory Glass Blowing Workshop Information – 2019
The introductory sessions focus on basic techniques of gathering, forming, and breaking off sculpted pieces, as well as forming a bubble, expanding bubbles, and transferring to a punty for blown projects. To begin, clear glass will be used. Color will be introduced as the class progresses. Grinding and polishing will be done by Joan and Al.
The workshop will be two days long using approximately 8 hours per day. Come prepared to have fun and work hard. We will start at 0900 Saturday morning with general safety and orientation information. The majority of the days will be hands-on in the hot shop. You will work in pairs (Al says it’s not always best to pick your wife as a partner), taking turns as primary blower (gaffer) and as assistant. All supplies and equipment are provided. If you have your own special didynium or hot shop glasses, bring them. Remember that the furnace and glory holes are very hot and although we can have all the doors open, it’s really indoors. This means you will be very hot too. Dress in 100% cotton (blue jeans are great) and plan on layering so that you can take things off. Closed in shoes will prevent burns to the feet. Leave your jewelry and good clothes at home, as you are coming to a very busy workshop.
Fluids are very important and you will drink all day long. Bring a water bottle and we will have lots of cold water on hand.
Most people bring a lunch for a break during the day. Coffee pot is always on. We have full kitchen facilities.
At the present price of natural gas and electricity the cost of the workshop is $400.00 and includes all supplies and use of tools and equipment. It also includes the grinding and polishing of the finished pieces of art. In the past, participants have completed an average of seven or eight projects which can be taken home after they are ground and polished.
From the Dundurn intersection, the hot shop is located 1 mile (1.6 km) east, 1 mile (1.6 km) north and 3 miles (5 km.) east, kitty-corner to the entrance to the Shields Townsite. We don’t have a sign. Look for two white steel buildings with blue trim, a cottage, and a gray garage. An old wooden blue round grain bin marks the entrance.
Additional questions can be directed to Joan & Al at 492-4665 (If a machine answers, leave a message); fax: 306-492-4925; cell 306-230-6523 (Al); 306-230-6519 (Joan - when she can find it). e-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to be added to our contact list for classes, send us an e-mail.
Weekends of: Apr. 13,14; Apr. 20,21; Apr. 27,28: May 4,5; May 11,12; May 18,19; and May 25,26.
Upcoming Saskatoon Glassworkers' Guild Workshops to be held at Hieberts Hot Shop - see Saskatoon Glassworkers' Guild Web Site.