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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

    • 01 Apr 2019
    • 29 Apr 2019
    • 5 sessions
    • 3749 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN
    • 4
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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 Apr 2019
    • 06 May 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • 3749 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN
    • 6
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    In this class, you will learn the sculpting and forming techniques used to create pendants, beads, and rings out of silver metal clay. You will also learn about firing and finishing the pure silver objects you make. Once the basic skills are covered, we will move on to advanced hollow forms and setting synthetic and natural stones into the pieces you create. 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.

    • 13 May 2019
    • 17 Jun 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • 3749 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN
    • 7
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    In this class, you will learn the sculpting and forming techniques used to create pendants, beads, and rings out of silver metal clay. You will also learn about firing and finishing the pure silver objects you make. Once the basic skills are covered, we will move on to advanced hollow forms and setting synthetic and natural stones into the pieces you create. 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.

    • 17 Jun 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 3749 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN
    • 6
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    This class is a glass bead primer to get you acquainted with working a torch and Italian soft glass. You will learn safety protocol, tool and equipment use, and beginner flameworking techniques. Through hands-on practice, you'll explore glass manipulation, shaping techniques and surface decoration. Expect to go home with 4-6 beads and the flamework basics to explore more techniques with confidence. Wear long pants, closed-toe shoes and bring a readiness to experiment! | $40 ($30 tuition + $10 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.

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