Learn the Glass-Blowing Basics at Public Glass

Learn the Glass-Blowing Basics at Public Glass

Susie Nadler
Feb 5, 2009

If DIY month has you itching to learn a new hands-on skill, and you aren't afraid to singe a little armhair, think about signing up for a workshop at Public Glass. (Kidding, by the way—they make you wear long sleeves.) Public Glass is a non-profit glass shop and gallery that offers classes for beginners who want to try their hands at this fascinating art (and maybe take home some hand-blown tumblers in the process). Click through for details…

According to their web site, Public Glass was formed to meet the needs of Bay Area artists working in hot glass, specifically glass blowing and casting. It's very much a working shop, but lucky for the rest of us, the artists are eager to share their knowledge and talent with the public.

Hand-blown heart

Sign up for a Sunday afternoon or a full day workshop to learn the basics of gathering and shaping molten glass. (This Sunday they're offering an intro workshop where you'll learn to blow a solid glass heart for your valentine!) There's also a 4-week series for a more in-depth introduction to the art. And of course, once you're hooked, you can move on to the more advanced classes.

Guest artist Mark Abildgaard gives a demo

If you're curious, stop by the "Hot Glass, Cold Beer" event this Saturday night to see the shop, watch amazing demos by local artists, and hear some music. You'll drink your beer from a hand-blown glass. The shop is open from 6pm to 10pm. A great way to stay warm this rainy weekend!

For more detailed info on glass-blowing workshops, see the Public Glass web site.

Photos: Jason Wertheimer

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