This class is geared to the beginning or intermediate student
Fundamental glass experience recommended
Cost is $99.00 - includes tools and glass needed for class
Will require a 50% deposit to hold a spot - first come first served
I have been working with glass since 1997 in Clifton, VA. My background is in various styles of glass work with a focus on casting and flameworking
borosilicate glass. Starting with lampworked beads I have studied furnace glassblowing, flameworking, scientific glassblowing, sculpture, murrini,
encasements, casting, kiln-formed, plasma, and coldworking techniques. Through the instructions and influence of numerous artists I continue to
grow an understanding of glass. Over the years I have helped to set up several studios in Virginia and encouraged numerous individuals to take a
greater interest the art of glass working. I spent two years as a studio artist at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA, an old reformed Federal
prison now housing studios for over 80 artists of various disciplines. Two years, I worked as Studio Coordinator and Resident Artist at The
Washington Glass School in Mount Rainier, MD. My focus is on blending hot, warm and cold glass techniques. I believe that glass has incredible
potential for form and variation allowing for the medium to be ever explored. This outlook gives me a freedom every day to attempt something
new and different by expanding on previous thoughts and designs. The beauty of glass, for me, is that every process is another tool and through
time and experience I can build a chest of techniques that allow for me to better explore my thoughts and visions. I hope to continue to grow and
help expand the art community through my works, classes, demos, and lectures. I hope to be able to give back to the community all that it has
given and continues to give to me as one of its students.
Artist Teaching Philosophy:
I see teaching the arts as a critical aspect to our social evolution. The arts allow for individuals to explore their self and their surroundings
through the interaction or series of interactions with a medium. My approach to teaching is to show the diverse potential of the medium of glass
and the related arts. I teach with the idea of providing all the necessary information for each and every student to learn at their highest potential
while making sure all students succeed in their creative venture. My goal is to convey enough material safety and understanding for the students
to be able to go forward independently, or as a group, to further investigate and explore the ever expanding potential of the medium of glass. I
believe that through this outlook and approach both the students and I grow from this interaction. I see myself as the perpetual student in this
medium and treat my students with the courtesy and respect I would expect as a person learning a new material.
Studio classes are offered year-round, in a variety of techniques, for all skill levels and are taught by top glassmaking artists and instructors. With a staff that's passionate about glass and helps to take care of all your needs while you are here, you'll find it easy to concentrate on learning all you can about glass during your time at Virtue Flame Works. We hope you begin your journey into the world of glass with us. Age restrictions apply.
What to Bring
• Comfortable cotton clothing
• Closed-toe shoes (sneakers are fine)
• Prescription eyeglasses (if applicable)
• Signed Studio Waiver Form.
Students under 18 must have written approval from a parent or guardian.
Waiver forms are available as part of the online registration process