WE ARE CLOSED TEMPORARILY

That's right, friends. We are sad to say that 2/28 was our last day open to the public and our doors are now locked for the month of March as we pack up and move everything out of the studio. 

Here's an update for you all:

  • Our full time members and tenants are able to blow glass through March 15th. We are shutting gases off on 3/16.
  • We are out of the building by 3/31.
  • Raw glass supplies and tools are still available to purchase by appointment through March 15th. Email Manager, Brie Yost, at info@theboroschool to make an appointment. You can purchase over the phone or in person. DEALS!
  • If you didn't already know, owner, Nathan, and his wife, Katie, are expecting a baby boy in just a few short weeks! We are so excited for them as they embark on their adventure as new parents! Nate plans to take several months to be a new dad before he returns to the search for a building large enough to house both The Boro School's classrooms & 7 Point Studios 20-30 private lampworking spaces. 
  • Nathan hopes to release some online video content in the meantime so that we can still help educate our community while we build out a new space. We hope to find a new space by the end of 2017 and open sometime in the second half of 2018.
  • And of course we are gonna leave this building in true #7pointcrew form by throwing one final bash. More details coming soon, but be sure to save the date: Saturday, 3/25!

7 POINT STUDIOS & THE BORO SCHOOL TO CLOSE TEMPORARILY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

7 POINT STUDIOS & THE BORO SCHOOL TO CLOSE TEMPORARILY

Seattle, WA
February 9, 2017

Two months ago, 7 Point Studios announced that it was making plans to move to a new facility this spring. However, today the Studio announces that it and The Boro School will temporarily shut down operations on February 28th before it moves out of its current facility at the end of March. The organizations’ owners and founder, Nathan Aweida, has made the following statement:

“We regret to inform our community that we are temporarily shutting down operations for both 7 Point Studios and The Boro School at the end of this month. We have not found a proper building to move to and as more tenants continue to relocate, there is no possibility of affording rent on the current building. 

“We will operate normally through February 28th. Hours will remain the same (Monday - Friday 10am to 7pm, and weekends 12pm to 6pm) and the front office will remain staffed. On Wednesday, March 1st, the studio will close to the public in order to dismantle, pack, and store our equipment prior to March 31st, our official last day in the building. We are seeking low cost storage space in Seattle or nearby – about 1500 sq. ft. altogether – and welcome suggestions emailed to us. Contact information is below. 

“The Boro School is also hosting several classes this month and we host our last Community Day, a free day featuring borosilicate glassblowing demos and torch time, this Saturday, February 11th from 12pm to 6pm. You can search our course offerings at www.theboroschool.com.

 “For the last two years, The Studio has struggled financially primarily because we have been unable to host public events. Unfortunately, after an initial approval, the City of Seattle requested we make expensive and significant building usage and permit changes in order for us to continue this portion of our business. We were not financially able to make these changes on a building we don’t own, and the owners of the building are not interested in selling at this time. Because of all this, we lost a major income stream we relied on in order to cover overhead costs like rent, utilities, and staffing.

“We are making this difficult decision at this time to protect enough resources to be able to reopen in the future. The business is going to pause, evaluate its assets, and navigate its course so that when we reopen, it is with a mission-driven nonprofit model, and in a space that is both more affordable and more suitable to our focus of borosilicate glass. 

 “We would like to express our gratitude for our supportive community. It has been a pleasure to work with so many artists, partners, and students the past five years and we look forward to being back in your lives soon. ”

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Contact:

Brie Yost
Manager
7 Point Studios
206-284-5277
info@7pointstudios.com 

An Introduction to Lathe Work with a Philanthropic Twist

The last weekend of February, February 24, 25, and 26, special guest instructor Ben Belgrad presents "Building a Brand Based on Giving Back," a three-day class introducing working on a lathe as well as discussing how to make your brand or business have a higher purpose.

Ben is the creator of Drinking Vessels, his brand based on giving back. You can check out his website, as well as his philosophy behind giving back HERE.

Special guest Creep is also joining us to lay down some extra knowledge!

This course covers how to incorporate philanthropy into your art/work and is a basic introduction to lathe work for glass artists who have some experience with hollow shaping by hand. Each student receives hands-on lathe experience as well as a one-on-one session to discuss how to incorporate philanthropy into their own projects. 

Class is limited to 8 students. The price is $750 and includes materials and lunch daily. Class runs from 10am to approximately 6pm each day.


Dizzle's Headstart - Get on the fast tracking to making pipes!

Register for the  best start an aspiring glass artist can get. Nate teaches this course only twice a year, and this will be the last section offered at our current location. Starts next week! Runs Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday from 10am to 6pm each day. Just $700 for 3 days (24 hours total) with this master pipemaker with 14 years experience on the torch. We hope to see you there!

For the beginner glassblower. Zero to basic experience welcome! Get on the fast track to gaining skills and confidence behind the torch. Taught by owner/founder Nate Dizzle, a Master Pipemaker with over fourteen years of experience. Students will learn fundamentals of flameworking, and participate in a valuable, in-depth discussion about how to build your personal studio, including a comprehensive equipment list. On the first day students receive a basic safety demo, and learn Hot Seals Vs. Cold Seals, Dabber, Rod Marbles, and begin working with Hollow Tubing making Implosion Marbles. Day two students learn and make One-Hitters, Dishes, and Domes & Slides. Day three students learn and make Spoon Pipes, and have an introduction to Seals. Nate also gives a comprehensive lecture and answers questions about Studio Set-Up. Lunch is provided during each day of this class. Please contact us if you have any dietary restrictions. No prior experience needed.

10 Glass Resolutions for 2017

#1 Learn The Fundamentals

Get on the fast track to gaining skills and confidence behind the torch by taking Dizzle's Headstart with The Boro School founder, Nate Dizzle, a pipe maker with over 14 years of experience. Students will learn fundamentals of flameworking, and participate in a valuable, in-depth discussion about how to build your personal studio, including a comprehensive equipment list.

#2 Become An Active Member Of The Community

Active Memberships at The Boro School give you 12 hours of rental time for the month plus 15% off any additional rental time. We'll also give you 10% off our in-house materials and supplies and 25% off equipment rental/upgrades. Rental includes the use of a GTT Lynx torch, kiln space, gases, and scrap glass, all for only $100.

#3 Talk To Strangers

The 2nd Saturday of every month is a great opportunity to not only get free torch time, but to meet other local artists, share ideas, and watch FREE demos with our resident instructors. Make it a habit to break out of your shell this new year and grow your glass family! January's Community Day is on 1/14 from noon to 6pm.

#4 Add Jewelry To Your Portfolio!

Take one or all 4 of our Jewelry Series classes to take your bling to a new level for only $125 each. Students learn different approaches to pendant loops, making pairs, various color and pattern techniques, properly shaping and sizing and more.

#5 Make Your Pipe Dreams Tangible

We've worked hard to develop the proper curriculum to instill the basics of flameworking so students can move quickly into pipe work. Our unique structure provides the most direct path to PipeMaking possible, and it is separated into three different series. We encourage students to get as much practice as they can to supplement our classes so each PipeMaking course purchased includes four or more hours of studio rental.

#6 Take In Visitors

We are so stoked to announce the return of Germ, Philadelphia artist and creator of the 1000 Glass Cranes project. He will be teaching a class February 17-19th, make sure you're following our instagram @TheBoroSchool to stay updated!

Also returning and hosting an incredible course called "Building A Brand Based On Giving Back" is Ben Belgrad, @drinkingvessels. Ben is offering a 3 day class on lathe basics and philanthropy at The Boro School on February 24-26.

#7 Refine Your Techniques

Learn how to master encalmo seals, blow outs, coil pots, and more with any one of TWELVE classes in our Technique Series, starting at $100. Look at the calendar page on our website to stay updated on this series and to register for classes that will help you build the skills you need to become a PipeMaster.

#8 Learn The Chemistry Of Colored Borosilicate

Students are encouraged to bring colors they are interested in using in their work for our Color Series, clear glass and some standard colors are included in these courses which will help students learn the chemistry and technique behind their favorite borosilicate colors. Only $100 a class!

#9 Master The Alchemy Of Fuming

 Learn how to make complex patterns like reticellos, dotboxes, wig-wags, and more all using silver and/or gold. We provide silver, students may purchase or bring their own  99.99% gold. At only $100 a class, this is a great way for beginners to learn pattern, and for more advanced students to master the flame chemistry behind their favorite fuming techniques.

#10 Help Us Give Back #AnythingHelps

Our homie and resident designer J.Cost wants to help you give back! By providing us with either a video or photo of you doing something kind for one of our homeless brothers or sisters of this planet, you will receive a print of his "Anything Helps". If you'd prefer to just buy one, he will be donating proceeds to ethical charitable organizations. Check out his instagram for more info! @ArtByJCost

Brand New Courses begin in January 2017!

We are thrilled to announce our Winter/Spring 2017 courses. Our Pipe Series has been revamped slightly so that we can include some patterning lessons in each course. Dizzle's Headstart is back January 17, 18, & 19, and we have added another beginner course called Accessories.

In addition to that, we are introducing three new Series - the Fume SeriesColor Series, and Technique Series. These courses are designed to give students an in-depth look at a particular pattern or technique and increase their skill level in the subject matter. For some students, these patterns or technique classes may serve as an introduction, for others it will give them the opportunity to master that skill. Because of that, these courses are great for most beginners and for intermediate level students. We recommend that students are comfortable working with tubing before taking these classes.


FUME SERIES

Introducing our FUME SERIES. Each of these classes teaches students techniques and patterns using silver and/or gold for fuming. Classes are two or more hours and start at $100, and include both demonstrations and hands-on work. Clear glass is supplied. We provide silver. Students may bring or purchase 99.99% pure gold. Multiple Class discount available. Space is limited to 8 people.

Classes cover the following subjects:
Basics
Flame Chemistry
Implosions
Wigwag
Honeycomb
Dotbox
Reticello
Wrap & Rake


COLOR SERIES

Introducing our COLOR SERIES. Each of these classes teaches students techniques and patterns using color. Students use both transparent and opaque colors to create patterns. Classes are two or more hours, start at $100, and include both demonstrations and hands-on work. Clear glass is supplied as well as some standard colors. Students are encouraged to bring colors they are interested in using in their work. Multiple Class discount available. Space is limited to 8 people.

Classes cover the following subjects:
Flame Chemistry
Implosions
Wigwag
Honeycomb
Dotbox
Reticello
Wrap & Rake
Dot Stacks


TECHNIQUE SERIES

Introducing our TECHNIQUE SERIES. These classes teach students techniques that are essential for the lampworker’s repertoire. Classes in this course immerse the student into one technique and increase his or her depth of knowledge. Students receive the tools to master these techniques. Classes include both demonstrations and hands-on work and are two hours or more starting at $100/each. Clear glass is supplied as well as some standard colors. Students are encouraged to bring colors they are interested in using in their work. Multiple Class discount available. Space is limited to 8 people.

Classes cover the following subjects:
Attachments
Blow Ins
Blow Outs
Bridging
Coil Pots
Cut & Flip
Encalmo Seals
Furnace Tubing
Ring Seals
Vacstacks
Intro to Murrine & Millefiori
Millefiori: Design & Build

The Boro School announces a move in Spring 2017

We are sad, but also excited, to announce that we will be moving our facility along with 7 Point Studios in the Spring of 2017. Classes will continue through the end of April and will start again at the new facility as soon as we are able. 7 Point Studios is launching a crowd-funding campaign within the next couple of weeks and we will be posting a lot of updates to keep everyone informed about our process and how you can help. 

Please read the Press Release from 7 Point Studios included below. If you would like to help us now, you can donate on the 7 Point Studios website or you can swing on over to www.glasspipemasters.com to purchase some incredible glass from this year's Seattle PipeMasters Collab. The Boro School receives a 25% commission on every sale and the majority of these funds will go to 7 Point Studios to assist in the move. Purchasing pieces also helps the amazing artists who participate in Seattle PipeMasters Collab!

If you would like to donate glass art, we are working on a sales/auction plan to help with the move, and we will be accepting donations soon. 

Please CONTACT us with any questions or concerns you would like to discuss.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

7 POINT STUDIOS ANNOUNCES A FACILITY MOVE
Seattle, WA
December 9, 2016

7 Point Studios is making plans to move locations this coming Spring 2017. The Seattle alternative art studio and glassblowing facility announces this change as well as their transition to a non-profit organization as it applies for 501c3 tax-exempt status with the IRS.  

Since its initial formation in early 2013, 7 Point Studios has cultivated an environment of creativity amongst the dozens of artists and creative businesses within its walls. The Studios’ dedication to providing a well-equipped lampworking facility has brought artists from around the world to their facility in Seattle. 7 Point Studios is the home of The Boro School, which opened in January 2014, and is one of the few places in the world that specializes in borosilicate glass. 7 Point Studios has hosted several of Seattle’s well known events like Dope Cup, Secret Cup, as well as hosted and produced the largest glass artist collaboration for three years in a row, Seattle PipeMasters Collab. 

Unfortunately, after an initial approval, the City of Seattle requested 7 Point Studios make some very expensive building usage and permit changes in order for public events to continue. This has made it very difficult to earn the income necessary for the rental of their current building.

 The owner of 7 Point Studios, Nathan Aweida, has personally invested hundreds of thousands of dollars into the build out of the studio as well as the monthly rent and utility bills. It is no longer financially feasible for Mr. Aweida to continue contributing in this manner. Since the Studio’s five-year lease will be up February 28, 2017, Mr. Aweida and staff have made the decision to find a new location. 7 Point Studios will continue in its current location on a month-to-month basis until they secure a new facility and make their move. The Studio plans to run business normally for as long as possible in order for the dozens of in-house artists and The Boro School to continue functioning with as little downtime as possible. 7 Point Studios seeks a metal/brick/concrete building within the city of Seattle that is at least 5,000 square feet with onsite parking to rent or preferably buy for a permanent home. It would help if the property is zoned for retail and light manufacturing.

7 Point Studios estimates their move to cost more than $100,000 and they need your help to make this move a reality. They are seeking immediate Sponsorship and Donations for those that are able to help. They will also be launching a crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo.com in the coming weeks. There will be several levels of donation and perks with each level.

You can help 7 Point Studios today by making a donation at www.7pointstudios.com* You can also become a volunteer and help us move! 7 Point Studios is looking for volunteers of all skill levels. Head to www.7pointstudios.com and click on the Volunteer tab to learn more information.

 *Although 7 Point Studios has not yet received official 501c3 status, you can still donate! Your donation is not tax deductible until the IRS has approved the organization’s status. However, your donation will help 7 Point Studios make their move to a more suitable facility! As soon as 7 Point Studios receives their tax-exempt status, donors will receive a letter with the EIN number needed to claim this donation on tax return forms.

Contact:
Brie Yost
Manager, 7 Point Studios
206-284-5277
info@7pointstudios.com

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NEW TORCH TIME RATES AND MORE!

We are thrilled to announce that beginning on Thursday, December 1st we are offering $10/hr Torch Time PERMANENTLY! We are also introducing a $50 daily rate available to everyone.

Our pricing on our Active Membership punch cards will also be adjusting accordingly. Currently the punch cards are $150 for 12 hours (2 free hours). The same card will be available for just $100 from now on! If you currently have an unexpired Active Membership punch card purchased in November, with even just one hour left, we will give you one free FULL DAY RENTAL during the month of December only.

Also, for those interested in the $50 daily rate, once you have rented 10 days in one month at the $50 rate, we will give you a $40 daily rate for any subsequent days you rent during that same month. So rent 10 days in December at $50/day, and all other full days in December will be discounted to $40/day. If you end up renting at least 16 days, we recommend just getting our Full Time Membership, which will remain the same pricing at $700 or $800/month depending on what torch you run.

Dirty Looie aka Lewis Wilson is here this week!

Special Guest artist and instructor LEWIS WILSON is in the house this week! 

Dirty Looie is teaching a two-day intensive course "Old School Sculpture" on Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21. He will also be offering up free demos, a little teaser of what his class will be like, on Thursday 8/18 and Friday 8/19 and we will have his work on display. 

"OLD SCHOOL SCULPTURE"

We still have a few spots open so if you are ready to get a logical approach to old-school style sculpting, then enroll in this class today. You will learn several styles of sculpting creatures and human forms, and master pendant hooks. Students should have a basic knowledge of glass, with at least six months experience with boro or soft glass. This is a great class for pipe makers to learn sculptural components. There are two options to take this course - With a Torch Spot is $500 and Audit Only is $200.

Day One:

  • Various Wing Styles
  • Small Dragons & other fantasy designs
  • Aquatic designs
  • Pendant Hooks 3 Ways
  • Hibiscus flower

Day Two:

  •  The Human Form - influenced by Luccio Bubacco and Emiliano Santini
  • Horse Body
  • Chess Set
  • Eagle Dancer demo

Artist Bio:

In 1972, Lewis C. Wilson taught himself how to work with glass with a handheld propane torch and sunglasses. He studied at Walt Disney World under Miguel Bonilla from October 1973 to January 1974. From 1974 to 1981, Lewis sold at shows in Florida and New England. In 1981 he moved back to his home state of New Mexico where he started developing his Eagle Dancer Design for which he is most known. From 1981 to 1993, Lewis participated in over two hundred shows all over the US.

In 1993, Lewis Wilson produced his first video on making soft glass beads and went on to produce over twenty videos, which then became DVDs. Lewis has taught well over one thousand students in Arizona, California, New Mexico, Japan, and demoed at GAS conferences.

Lewis Wilson's Eagle Dancer sculptures have been presented by the state of New Mexico to King Juan Carlos of Spain, President George H. W. Bush, and President Bill Clinton. These sculptures have also been presented to Bo Diddly, Barry Goldwater, Al Unser Jr, and has been used for political gifts for Republicans and Democrats.

The Glassblower's Guide to the Galaxy with Jolex & Phil Siegel

Earthlings! The imminent destruction of your planet is coming. It is time you align yourselves with Wizards of the Galaxy of Boro before you shall perish. 

Space Sherlock by Jolex

Space Sherlock by Jolex

Alright, alright, so we exaggerate. #DontPanic.

But if you've read Douglas Adams' masterpiece The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, then you know that this class we have planned for Memorial Day Weekend is going to be fun-filled and extremely educational! "What will we learn?" you ask? Jolex is an astronaut of glass, creating beautiful space scenes inside his pendants and functional work. Learn his techniques in this three-day intensive course. Jolex will cover Color Theory, Optics, Fuming, and Flame Chemistry.

"High Wizard Elf" by Phil Siegel

"High Wizard Elf" by Phil Siegel

As a bonus to this class we have Special Guest Wizard Phil Siegel. Together Jolex and Phil will demonstrate how two artists approach collaborating together on a new piece. We can't wait to see what they create!

The cost of this course is $750. We require a 50% deposit (non-refundable) to enroll in the class. Bring your own torch (on quick connects), tools, and glasses. Glass materials, silver, and gold are provided. You are more than welcome to bring your own Simax (best for fuming) and gold and silver. Lunches are provided as well as a BBQ dinner on Monday 5/30. Call 206-284-5277 to register or click:


BBQ!!!

On Memorial Day, Monday 5/30, we are holding a BBQ beginning at 7pm open to everyone 18 and up! We will be grilling in the back parking lot, with Jolex himself at the grill. This is potluck style, so please bring your favorite BBQ side dish, meat/protein/veggies to grill, dessert, or non-alcoholic drinks to share. We will have hotdogs and burgers, buns, and condiments. Beer for 21+.