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Our glass program focuses on flameworking (also known as lampworking), using soft glass and an oxy-fuel torch to create beads and other small pieces. Our current jewelry classes focus on precious metal clay techniques, though we are working to develop a wider array of jewelry-making classes including fabrication and casting.

Please see these notes about classes before you register.

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Upcoming classes

    • 06 Jan 2020
    • 03 Feb 2020
    • 5 sessions
    • 3749 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN
    • 1
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    This class is an in-depth study of flamework (also known as lampworking) using a dual-fuel torch and Italian soft glass to create glass beads. You'll build a repertoire of techniques through hands-on practice, as you learn a variety of shaping techniques, glass manipulation, cane creation, and surface decoration. Creative combinations are limitless! We will have ample time in each class session to practice and hone new skills. Safety protocol, including proper tool and equipment use, will be covered. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. | $190 ($150 tuition + $40 materials)  |  5 weeks

    Instructor: Mary Ila Duntemann creates art glass beads inspired by the colors, textures and patterns that surround her in the natural and human-made landscape. She captures these influences in molten glass, working each unique piece by hand using traditional methods. She is primarily self-taught but has studied with Kristina Logan at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY and Aja Vaz, Holly Cooper & Amy Waldman at the Third Degree Glass Factory in St Louis, MO. She exhibits at regional art shows including the St Anthony Park Art Fair, Grand Marais Arts Festival and the Powderhorn Art Fair.

    • 01 Feb 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 3749 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN
    • 6
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    This session will focus mainly on the basics of creating a hollow bead. We will begin creating hollows on a solid mandrel and move to the puffy mandrel, creating larger lighter hollow beads. Hollow beads provide a wonderful canvas for decoration, minus the weight. Students must have experience using a dual gas system torch. Class fee includes 4 puffy mandrels to take home! Wear natural fiber clothing and closed-toe shoes. | $90 ($40 tuition + $50 materials)

    Instructor: Mary Ila Duntemann creates art glass beads inspired by the colors, textures and patterns that surround her in the natural and human-made landscape. She captures these influences in molten glass, working each unique piece by hand using traditional methods. She is primarily self-taught but has studied with Kristina Logan at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY and Aja Vaz, Holly Cooper & Amy Waldman at the Third Degree Glass Factory in St Louis, MO. She exhibits at regional art shows including the St Anthony Park Art Fair, Grand Marais Arts Festival and the Powderhorn Art Fair.

    • 03 Feb 2020
    • 09 Mar 2020
    • 6 sessions
    • 3749 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN
    • 0
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    In this class, you'll learn the sculpting and forming techniques used to create pendants, charms, and earrings out of silver metal clay.  You'll also learn to fire and finish the pure silver objects you make and we'll discuss the types of stones that can be fired in place and how to set them. Once the basic skills are covered, we will move on to advanced hollow forms like beads and rings. This class is designed for anyone who has an interest in creating pure silver jewelry or works of art - no experience needed!

    Course fee includes 1/2 ounce of metal clay. Additional clay can be purchased from the instructor.  |  $225 ($180 tuition + $45 materials)

    Instructor: Laura Juul has been making jewelry all her life. She learned traditional metalsmithing techniques through the Jewelry program at MCTC before discovering Precious Metal Clay (PMC). She became a PMC Guild Certified instructor in 2002 and has been teaching PMC classes in the Twin Cities since then.

    • 21 Feb 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 3749 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN
    • 6
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    Torch Time is available to people who have taken a CAFAC flamework class. Keep your flamework chops up with regular Torch Time and share studio time with your fellow artisans! You supply the consumables (glass, mandrels, and bead release) and CAFAC will supply the torches and tools. We have space for up to six artisans, so sign up today to reserve your spot at the torch! | $30 

    Instructor: Mary Ila Duntemann creates art glass beads inspired by the colors, textures and patterns that surround her in the natural and human-made landscape. She captures these influences in molten glass, working each unique piece by hand using traditional methods. She is primarily self-taught but has studied with Kristina Logan at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY and Aja Vaz, Holly Cooper & Amy Waldman at the Third Degree Glass Factory in St Louis, MO. She exhibits at regional art shows including the St Anthony Park Art Fair, Grand Marais Arts Festival and the Powderhorn Art Fair.

    • 22 Feb 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 3749 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN
    • 6
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    Add a few more lampworking skills to your tool kit! In this 4-hour intermediate class, you will learn how to:

    • Make and use silvered ivory stringer
    • Create dark ivory reactions
    • Blow silvered shards and then apply to beads
    It's science! Students must have experience using a dual gas system torch. Class fee includes fine silver & silver leaf. Wear natural fiber clothing and closed-toe shoes. | 

    $90 ($40 tuition + $50 materials)

    Instructor: Mary Ila Duntemann creates art glass beads inspired by the colors, textures and patterns that surround her in the natural and human-made landscape. She captures these influences in molten glass, working each unique piece by hand using traditional methods. She is primarily self-taught but has studied with Kristina Logan at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY and Aja Vaz, Holly Cooper & Amy Waldman at the Third Degree Glass Factory in St Louis, MO. She exhibits at regional art shows including the St Anthony Park Art Fair, Grand Marais Arts Festival and the Powderhorn Art Fair.

    • 27 Mar 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 3749 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN
    • 7
    Register

    Torch Time is available to people who have taken a CAFAC flamework class. Keep your flamework chops up with regular Torch Time and share studio time with your fellow artisans! You supply the consumables (glass, mandrels, and bead release) and CAFAC will supply the torches and tools. We have space for up to six artisans, so sign up today to reserve your spot at the torch! | $30 

    Instructor: Mary Ila Duntemann creates art glass beads inspired by the colors, textures and patterns that surround her in the natural and human-made landscape. She captures these influences in molten glass, working each unique piece by hand using traditional methods. She is primarily self-taught but has studied with Kristina Logan at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY and Aja Vaz, Holly Cooper & Amy Waldman at the Third Degree Glass Factory in St Louis, MO. She exhibits at regional art shows including the St Anthony Park Art Fair, Grand Marais Arts Festival and the Powderhorn Art Fair.

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