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

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.

Beards, Heavy Metal, and Sandblasting!

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SANDBLASTING W/ INSTRUCTOR DWRECK
APRIL 25 & 26, 10AM - 6PM

Heavy Metal. Beards. Trading your Soul for the best sandblasting training you can get from a Master Piper. Priceless.

No longer will you resort to sandblasting just to cover up flaws! In this one-of-a-kind sandblasting class taught by DWRECK, you will gain the skills you need to confidently sandblast any piece that requires that special detail.

Students in this class will study the different kinds of photo-resist, sandblaster maintenance and care, and will work hands-on with several sandblasting techniques including graal, halftones, stage blasting, sand carving, and more.

We will not be working heavily with Adobe Creative Suite, but we will go over how your graphic design skills can greatly improve your sandblasting projects.

 
 

Our First Visiting Artist Class of 2015 - Fumalicious with Kevin Nail

FUMALICIOUS W/ INSTRUCTOR KEVIN NAIL
MARCH 21 & 22, 10AM - 6PM

It's time to fine tune your fuming techniques! 

In this special Visiting Artist course taught by Kevin Nail, one of the lampworking community's foremost experts on fuming, students will cover some of the ins and outs of fuming with gold and silver application including initial applying, flame atmospheres and effects, and the general techniques to get certain colors. Kevin will demonstrate while making a heady dry piece and go over some of his inputs on flames to use with fumed sections, shaping, and utilizing negative space around the piece. Students will work on their own fumed glasswork project with Kevin available to answer questions, help with torches, troubleshoot, and get all that fine tuning you've been wanting to do done. 

COST: $500
Lunch is included both days.

CLASS IS FULL as of 2/14
Waiting List Available - Just Call 206-284-5277!

 
 

Take a look at some of the work Kevin collabed on while here for Seattle PipeMasters Collab:

Our Anniversary Sale Starts on Monday!

COMMUNITY DAY THIS SATURDAY!

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.

NEW HOURS
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!

Holiday Ornament Making at The Boro School

Ornaments made by EBZ winter 2013.

Ornaments made by EBZ winter 2013.

You asked. We answered. Register now for our Holiday Ornaments class and take home a few handmade ornaments for your tree, centerpiece, or other decor. The best thing is, after you take the class, you can rent torch time and make a ton more ornaments for all your friends and family, too! These make amazing gifts. Tis the season!

A class for everyone! Take this two-hour, no experience needed class and learn how to make glass ornaments on the torch. Based on experience, students will make icicles and/or blown balls. All students will take home a blown ball made by The Boro School staff as well as their own creations.

Pick A Date: 12/4, 12/11, or 12/18
Time: 6-8pm
Cost: $85
Instructor: Erin 'EBZ' Bourguignon

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.