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

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. 


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.


Don't forget! 

This Saturday from 12-6pm is our first Community Day of 2015!

This once-a-month artist gathering is a great way to stay connected with your fellow lampworkers, see some demos, and do a little work. All for free.

This Saturday we have a special guest, LEWIS WILSON, who is a veteran of the glass art scene with forty years of experience. We're looking forward to welcoming him to The Boro School and watching this master at work. Please join us for a truly one-of-a-kind day at The Boro School. You can check out Lewis' work at www.lewiscwilson.com.

Double Fairy Goblet by Lewis Wilson

Double Fairy Goblet by Lewis Wilson

The first Community Day of 2015! January 10th.

Community Day is just a week away! 

Come join us at The Boro School from Noon to 6pm for our once-a-month gathering (2nd Saturdays). Torch time and demos are free! 

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Introducing EXTENDED HOURS Beginning December 1st!

Believe it! It's true! We are finally able to extend our hours to accommodate those of you who want to work in the evening. 

Beginning December 1st, The Boro School will be extending our hours for both The Boro School Glassroom & the Supply Store! That means torch time is available for 20 more hours a week! Imagine what you could do with all that practice time.

Monday - Friday: 10am - 10pm
Saturday: 10am - 6pm
Sunday: Closed

Thank You to Danielle & Justin for being on our Evening Crew and helping us make this great change!

Small Business Saturday at The Boro School

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In order for our staff to enjoy their Thanksgiving holiday to the fullest, we will be CLOSED on Thursday, 10/27 AND Friday, 10/28. But we have a special sale we will be holding ONE DAY ONLY!

Join us Saturday, 11/29 between Noon and 6pm for our Small Business Saturday Sale. 

Stock up on supplies and rent torch time at The Boro School. 

Torch Time will be just $10/hr!

Simax clear, Northstar Glassworks color, and Golden Gate Glassworks tubing will be 10% off our regular price!

Are You A Member?
Members will receive an extra 5% off their member discount for Simax, Northstar Glassworks, and Golden Gate Glassworks products.

Become A Member!
On Saturday 11/29, we will be offering Basic, Active, AND Full Time Memberships for 10% off! 

Shop Locally & Support Small Businesses this upcoming holiday weekend! 

November COMMUNITY DAY Saturday 11/8, 12-6pm

November Community Day is fast approaching! We hope you can join us this Saturday, 11/8, from Noon to 6pm for free torch time, demos, and hang out time with your neighborhood glassblowers. We will also have our PipeMasters Collab Gallery open so you can check out all the amazing pieces that were made during Seattle PipeMasters Collab while you are here!

Ages 18+ Only.



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October Community Day: This Saturday, 10/11, 12-6pm.

Come join us this Saturday, 10/11, 12-6pm, for our monthly Community Day! Torch time is free, so come hop on a torch and hang out with your Seattle FlameWorking Community right here at The Boro School!

We hold Community Day EVERY 2nd Saturday of the month!

Seattle PipeMasters Collab is TWO WEEKS AWAY!

Things are getting heated up here at The Boro School as we prepare for the arrival of artists, collectors, and all of our guests. If you haven't purchased your tickets yet, head to www.GlassPipeMasters.com to get your passes now! 

Here's the schedule:

10/15 - Artists & Collectors Only
10/16, 6-10pm - Gallery
10/17, 6-10pm - Cocktail Party
10/18, 6-10pm - Cocktail Party
10/19, 6-10pm - Gallery
10/20, 6-10pm - Gallery
10/21, 6-10pm - Gallery
10/22, 6-10pm - Gallery
10/23, 6-10pm - Gallery
10/24, 6-10pm - Cocktail Party
10/25, 6-11pm - Closing Night Party


If you are a Collector or Buyer for a store, we have a special Collector Pass available for you for just $300.

Your Collector Pass is the ultimate insiders look into the glassblowing industry, allowing you to meet several big name glass artists in one place and make exclusive purchases of collectible functional glass. The Collector Pass means you are welcome to be on site at any time that we are holding glassblowing related events during the ten days of PipeMasters, even when we are closed to the public. The Studio opens at 10am every day of the event and closes when the last person leaves. Due to the required referral, this Pass is not available to purchase online, but directly through us. Please fill out the form below and let us know you want a Collector Pass.

Pass Also Includes:
Entrance to all 3 Cocktail Parties
Entrance to Closing Night Party
Two Adult Beverage Vouchers per Cocktail Party and Closing Night Party (8 Vouchers total)
Access to our VIP Lounge, stocked with free non-alcoholic beverages and snacks
Swag Bag and more!


Get the most out of Seattle PipeMasters Collab with a VIP Pass. This pass is just $250 and includes:

  • Entrance to all PipeMaster Gallery times
  • Entrance to all 3 Cocktail Parties
  • Entrance to Closing Night Party
  • Access to our VIP Lounge, stocked with free non-alcoholic beverages and snacks.
  • Four Adult Beverage Vouchers
  • Two Raffle Tickets
  • Swag Bag and more!