Heart of Glass - Blenko Glass

Blenko Glass is a West Virginia treasure that spans generations. Nothing symbolizes the state of West Virginia better or more beautifully than Blenko Glass. We will discuss current and former craftsmen and designers and how important it is that Blenko and West Virginia glass be appreciated and valued by the younger generation.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Glass Blowing Class Info from Toni P

I recommend Don Gonzalez's glass classes in Stockton NJ. I am especially impressed by Don's glass casting (solid not blown glass). As Don states in his announcement below, glass casting does not require any skill with a blowpipe. Don was for many years the Hot Glass teacher at Bucks County Community College, so he is an excellent teacher. He is also an expert in Venetian (Murano) art, and has a very nice collection at his home. His website www.dongonzalezglass.com has examples of his work, as does http://www.glassblower.info/Don-Gonzalez/January-2010/Don-Gonzalez.html Tony P Hi Everyone! Week-end glassblowing and glass-casting workshops will be offered at the hot glass studio of Don Gonzalez this spring. Glassblowing workshops will be held on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am - 5 pm. Students will acquire a hands-on working knowledge of glassblowing. Basic control of the glass and several shapes and color application techniques will be covered. Each section will have four students and the cost is $250 per person. You will leave with a minimum of 5 pieces of your own hand-blown glass. People who prefer glassblowing instruction with fewer students can make such arrangements with adjustments to the fees. Contact me if you are interested in talking about this option. The schedule for this seasons glassblowing workshops: April 16-17, April 23-24, April 30-May 1 Private glassblowing classes can be arranged to accommodate a busy schedule. The privates are generally one day and cost $400. This is an ideal situation for someone with limited experience who wants to improve basic glassblowing skills or for those who prefer a private lesson. I have 17 years of teaching glassblowing on the college level and am well-versed in glassblowing instruction. Many of my former students are working in the glass arts field. One day in my studio will save you hundreds of hours of trial and error and $! Privates can be scheduled any week-day from April 19 -June 1. Casting glass in sand: The weekend glass-casting workshops will focus on creating and building sculptures, tiles and vessels employing the sand-casting technique. Whether your approach is functional or sculptural, the sand-casting process has unlimited surface design possibilities. You can carve freehand in the sand, or transfer the image of just about any shape or object into the sand to achieve surface decoration or a theme. Inclusions of shapes made from copper sheet, screen, or wire, and colored glass threads are possible to augment your designs. The process involves designing in the negative in sand, and then pouring hot glass into the negative space. See the SCULPTURE and PORTFOLIO sections of the website to see some examples of my studies in the sand casting technique. Sand casting is an exciting process that doesn't require the glassblower's skills and is an excellent opportunity for established artists to explore a new medium. The casting workshops will be held on Saturday and Sunday and can accommodate 6 people. Cost is $225 per person. I will provide extensive advance information to help you plan a productive casting session. The schedule is: May 7-8, May 14-15, May 21-22 (some weekday casting is available during my own casting sessions fee 125./day) Call 908-996-6664 or email Gonzalez_6007@msn.com to reserve space or to talk about a customized session. www.dongonzalezglass.com :go to the website for details and examples of blown and cast glass


Phani said...

I think its that time of the year I ask an obvious question. When is the Blenko BD event? June 19th? 20th is Monday this year and looking back a yr ago, seems to me that the BD event would be on 19th this year. I have to start looking for air tickets and book a car from cinci. Hope B makes it this year but I would cross my fingers on it though. Anyone flying in to cinci that day travelling to Milton would get a free ride. Sweetdoc, Dr. Bob, Dr. Annu, Susan, WV Janis, Chitrakahn and many others, I would like to meet you all this year and if possible take pics and if you dont want to be photographed, I would like to collect stories for Glassdoc. Take care all...You too B.

Anonymous said...

does anyone in their right mind think katie has a clue about running a business; I met her a year ago and was greatly unimpressed. I ran a major business in northern ohio and I understand business. At some point Blenko Glass has to pay its bills if it is going to survive. When will Blenko stand on its feet like all other businesses.

Wake up Blenko!

Anonymous said...

You took my story last year
and Glassdoc didn't print it.
Shame on Hilary.
Are you jealous?

DrAnnu said...

My comment is for the post about weddings.
This summer my gf used crystal and ruby blenko for each table, and the host of each table could then take the candle stick and vase of flowers home with them.
The favor was a glass etched by appalachain glass in Weston.
The wedding took place in Maryland but the glass was from WV
see glassdoc we do support you!

Anonymous said...

Do you know if people at Blenko tried applying for grants for their business? There are several foundations that give $$ to preserve cultural heritage.