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Pixie Glassworks Glassblowing Classes
Pixie Glassworks is Edmonton's hot new glass studio and is dedicated to exploring and sharing the art of borosilicate glassblowing also known as flameworking, lampworking or torchworking. We offer state of the art equipment and some of the best new colored glass available in the world today. In our commitment to safety, we have a first rate ventilation system in place and industry standard eye protection for all students to wear.
WEEKNIGHT CLASSES
 
  • Weeknight classes are 3 hours in length, 6 pm - 9 pm
  • Rotating schedule of Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
  • Fees include: instruction, proper eye protection, safe ventilation, all materials, and studio space rental.
  • Weeknight classes only require a minimum of one student to run, and the deadline for booking is the Friday before the week of scheduled class.
  • Classes are limited to a maximum of 3 students per instructor, with the pipe-making classes being the only exception. Pipe-making classes are limited to a maximum of 2 students per instructor.
 
Your hand-made treasures will be annealed in the kiln and are then free to be taken home. 
All weeknight classes are $150.00+gst, per class, per person.
WEEKEND WORKSHOPS
  • Weekend workshops are two 8 hour days with an hour break for lunch, 9 am - 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday
  • Fees include: instruction, proper eye protection, safe ventilation, all materials, and studio space rental.
  • Weekend workshops require two registered students to run, and the deadline for booking is the Friday of the weekend before the scheduled workshop weekend.
  • Classes are limited to a maximum of 3 students per instructor. Pipe-making weekend workshops are also limited to a maximum of 3 students per instructor.
 
Your hand-made treasures will be annealed in the kiln and are then free to be taken home.
Weekend workshops are $500.00+gst, per person.
*24 hours' notice is required for cancellation of a scheduled weeknight class to avoid a $30.00 cancellation fee. 
*Cancellation of a weekend workshop will incur in a $100.00 cancellation fee.
*Please wear fitted clothing for the class, no loose scarves or sleeves and close-toed shoes.
List of Classes
Introduction to Lampworking 
Weekend Workshop
This is a weekend-long workshop that covers the basics of borosilicate lampworking, and will take you through a variety of techniques and forms. You will receive lessons in implosions, sculpture, mandrel beads, and hollow body vessels, and can expect to go home with some magical creations!
Cost: $500 + gst, 14 hours total instruction
Pipe-making 
Weekend Workshop
This weekend-long workshop will take you through the basics of hollow body, basic pipe forms and techniques for adding color to your work such as frit, abstract, and rake. This will give students a foundation in borosilicate pipe-making and color theory.
Cost: $500 + gst, 14 hours total instruction
Boro Beads - Level 1
In this class you will learn how to form beads around a mandrel in your torch flame and then how to add some artistic flare using different basic techniques. This is a perfect class for the beginner glass enthusiast!  
No experience required 
Cost: $150 + gst
Boro Beads - Level 2
If you enjoyed Boro Beads Level 1 and you want to learn more, this is the class for you! An assortment of techniques will be covered allowing you to experiment with different ways of applying color and texture to your beads.      
Prerequisite: Boro Beads - Level 1, or Intro to Lampworking Workshop
Cost: $150 + gst
Boro Beads - Level 3
The Boro Beads Level 1 and 2 classes give you a wide variety of techniques to explore. In this level 3 class, you can choose the direction you would like to go in with your beads and then get extra help to realize your artistic vision!
Prerequisite: Boro Beads - Level 2
Cost: $150 + gst
Hollow Body - Level 1
Using your own breath to form molten glass is truly a magical experience. In this class you will learn the basics by working on small corked vessels that you can keep your favorite treasures in.
No experience required 
Cost: $150 + gst
Hollow Body - Level 2
The skills learned in the basic hollow-body class will be built upon as you explore the basics of frit work as a new coloring technique for your vessels. You can expect to go home with some stylish and colorful frit jars!
Prerequisite: Hollow Body - Level 1, Intro to Lampworking Workshop, or Pipe Making Workshop
Cost: $150 + gst
Hollow Body - Level 3
Different coloring methods such as tag & spin, raking and using swizzle sticks will be covered in this class.  The focus will be on creating vessels, but these techniques will be useful for all types of hollow-body projects including jars, pendants & blown beads.  
Prerequisite: Hollow Body - Level 2
Cost: $150 + gst
Implosions - Level 1
Implosions are designs made by encasing colored glass with clear glass. You’ll learn how to implode colorful designs into pendants or onto stir sticks. This is an opportunity to learn basics about the boro glass color palette and to start learning how to form strong loops to make your glass art wearable.  A great class for beginners!
No experience required 
Cost: $150 + gst
Implosions - Level 2
Ever wonder how you get those little mushrooms into the glass? You’ll learn all the secrets in this special class! You will continue to learn how to work with different borosilicate colors as you explore this implosion technique.
 
Prerequisite: Implosions Level 1, or Intro to Lampworking Workshop
Cost: $150 + gst
Implosions - Level 3
In this class you will use a combination of skills learned in the level 1 and 2 classes to make yourself a jellyfish pendant!
Prerequisite: Implosions Level 2
Cost: $150 + gst
Pipe-making Level 1
Borosilicate glass is the perfect medium with which to make beautiful, clean smoking devices. Because of the advanced nature of pipe-making, it is the only level 1 class that requires a prerequisite. You will have the opportunity to make a basic spoon pipe out of your choice of six colors.
Prerequisite: Hollow Body Level 1, or Intro to Lampworking Workshop; 18 + only.
Max 2 students per class
Cost: $150 + gst
Pipe-making Level 2
Building upon the foundations of your pipe-making skills, this class will cover the basic coloring technique of frit work. With this introduction to color there are so many directions you can go in as you progress as a pipe-maker.
Prerequisite: Pipe-making Level 1; 18 + only. 
Max 2 students per class
Cost: $150 + gst
Pipe-making Level 3
Accenting your pipe with colored carb holes and add-ons will be the focus of this class. Using the frit coloring technique covered in level 2, students will make a pipe in a half sherlock shape (slight bends) and add on a carb, blobs and a kickstand.
Prerequisite: Pipe-making Level 2, or Pipe-making Workshop; 18 + only. 
Max 2 students per class 
Cost: $150 + gst
Sculpture - Level 1
Flameworking is a great way to form glass with precision on a small scale. In this class you will learn how to make sculpted mushroom ornaments, which are perfect for decorating your favorite plant pot or terrarium.
No experience required
Cost: $150 + gst
Sculpture - Level 2
Take your basic sculpture skills to a higher level with this intermediate class. You will learn how to sculpt a seahorse pendant, which can be used as a pendant or decoration. Students will come out of this class with a greater knowledge of how to work different glass colors properly.
Prerequisite: Sculpture Level 1, or Intro to Lampworking Workshop
Cost: $150 + gst
Sculpture - Level 3
Borosilicate glass is an amazingly versatile and wonderful medium to work with. Different shaping techniques will be covered as you work through making a snail sculpture. Once you've mastered these basic techniques the sky is the limit!
Prerequisite: Sculpture Level 2
Cost: $150 + gst
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