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Fun-Time Class - Intro to Glassblowing - FWFT01

'Intro to Glassblowing' is a well rounded introduction to flameworking. This two hour class is one of the six classes offered in the Fun-Time Workshop series. This  class will not only prepare you with all the information you will need to begin melting glass in the flame safely but you will also be able to get behind the torch and make a set of drink stirrers to take home.  Those who take this class become certified to come back and rent studio time, use the studio tools, and get additional one-on-one tutoring. If you are looking for an introduction class that is geared towards bead making, marble making, sculpture, jars and vessels, or pendant making, you might choose another class.

Save $100 if you purchase all six classes in the Fun-Time class in advance.

On this page you will find:

What to Expect

What is glassblowing? What can be made through glassblowing? How does one stay safe? Can you make money as a glassblower? Can I do this at home? How much fun can glassblowing be? Join us and find out.

Join us for this fact filled fun class and discover why we love glassblowing so much. All of the 'Intro' classes are made for beginners and those who have very little flameworking experience.

It begins with a group discussion, then one of our artist will perform a few demonstrations, and to top it all off, you will get on the torch and make a set of drink stirrers to take home.

In this class we will learn:

  • Health and Safety
  • Studio Operations
  • Tool Usage
  • Basics of Glass Manipulation
  • How to Make and Finish a Work of Art
  1. You will show up at least 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin.    
  2. You will sign a release form and if you are a new student, you will register as a student of Glass Monkey Art Studio.
  3. Then we will all join one of the tutors in the class room for an hour of discussion regarding safety, studio policies, studio operations, torch use instructions, glass rotation exercises, and all the things you will need to know before getting on the torch. You will also receive hand-outs to take home and study at a later date.   
  4. Then you will be spending time with a tutor in the studio.    The tutor will demonstrate the process of making a set of drink stirrers. 
  5. You will receive materials to play with.
  6. At this point you will get on the torch and a tutor will guide you through the process of making your own set of drink stirrers.
  7. When you finish your drink stirrers, the tutor will put them in the kiln to be annealed.  They can be picked up as soon as the next day and taken home. 

There will be some functional art glass items for sale if you are interested in looking at what we have in stock while you are here for your class.

The cost of this class is $100. If you want to reserve your spot in one of next scheduled time slots,

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The class will be held at Glass Monkey Art Studio, 6405 and 6407 S. Pleasant Valley, Austin, Texas, 78744.

Glass Monkey is a humble studio located on a 7 acre organic farm. There is no sign at the street.

Basic Directions: From I-35 and William Cannon, drive east 3 or 4 lights to S. Pleasant Valley. Turn left, north, cross over the bridge and look for the first or second driveway on the right. Please pull into the first driveway, 6407, and park by the white trailer. You will go to the white trailer, which is the class room/office. After an hour of safety instruction, you will walk next door to 6405, where the studio is located.

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This class will consist of 6 to 8 curious people like you.  Every Tuesday and every other Sunday we set aside for Fun-Time classes. 

For availability and booking click the link below.

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What to Wear

Wear long sleeve pants and shirt made of cotton, wool, or any other natural fibers. Don’t wear anything with synthetic fibers like polyester, nylon, or rayon in it.  Wear sneakers, tennis shoes, or boots, but don’t wear open toes shoes like flip-flops, or sandals.

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Step-by-Step 'How to Take this Workshop'

1.  Book your slot for the class.
2.  Pay for your class. (if you haven’t already.)                 
4.  Read all the information on this page to make sure you are prepared for this class.
5.  Show up 15 minutes early for your time slot and have fun.

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Policies and Restrictions

  • You must be 18 to take any class at Glass Monkey Art Studio.
  • In the event we do not fill up a class with 6 people, we will contact you to reschedule your class.
  • Once you have signed up for a slot, that slot is reserved for you.   If you can’t make it, let us know at least 48 hours before your class begins so we can fill the spot with someone else. 
    With proper notice, there will be a rescheduling fee of $10.  If you miss a class without rescheduling, there will be a $25 rescheduling fee.

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