Leah is the best instructor. Calm, encouraging, witty sense of humor, patient, and generous.
If anyone is looking for an amazing teacher of vessels, Leah Nietz Glass is the best.
If you had asked me last week what I hoped to get out of the class, I would have told you that I hoped to get a better understanding of heat control and how glass moves. Bonus would be learning some useful techniques. If I came home with something I wanted to keep, that would be an unusual extra bonus. But I NEVER thought I would learn to enjoy working with 104. NEVER!!! Imagine my surprise when I woke up yesterday wanting to try more different things using what I learned as a starting point!
Leah is an excellent instructor. Her demos were well thought out to inspire creativity yet not so complex that l might think "I could never do that!" I really enjoyed this class and was able to expand my flameworking capabilities far beyond what I had expected. I would definitely consider another class with Leah.
Leah attended ""open studio"" time as well and assisted with learning new techniques, how to build our skills. Quite a long working day, she was very patient and helpful.
Look forward to future endeavors ! We really appreciated all your teaching and skill reminders. Basic dot placement , encasement, (petal shapes) , just great to see what those skills can do for such a beautiful final lampwork vessel piece. Your patience and assistance with every one was very encouraging.
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April 19-21, 2024
In this class students will learn to blow soft glass (104COE) at the torch using Venetian techniques to reduce stress in the glass and prevent it from cracking. Students will learn to blow an even bubble using miniature blowpipes and practice the art of heat sculpting to shape the glass. Students will learn how to create bud vases, flower bowls, ornaments and goblets.
July 8-12, 2024
Discover the world of sculpting and blowing glass at the torch. This class will begin with an overview of the flameworking (also called lampworking) process, including studio safety and set up. On day one, students will learn to pull glass stringers and twisted cane. They will then apply these glass elements in various ways to the glass beads they create using steel mandrels and glass rods. The class will focus on the use of gravity to shape the glass, and the unique movement of the different glass colors. On the second day, students will learn several encasing techniques to create optical illusions in the glass and will continue to develop their bead making skills. On day three, the class will learn the process of creating mandala beads using large hole mandrels. The focus will be on heat control and gravity, providing a different perspective. On day four, students can either practicing the skills they’ve acquired or delve into glass blowing, exploring the creation of mini perfume bottles using small steel tubes as blowpipes. Day five is reserved for practice, fine-tune skills, and receive additional assistance on any challenges faced. Throughout the week, students can request demonstrations beyond the scheduled ones. By week’s end, students will take home a variety of glass artworks they’ve created and will understand the requirements for setting up a home studio if they don’t already have one. Each student will be given a list of tools and supplier information.