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.


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:
Flame Chemistry
Wrap & Rake


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
Wrap & Rake
Dot Stacks


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:
Blow Ins
Blow Outs
Coil Pots
Cut & Flip
Encalmo Seals
Furnace Tubing
Ring Seals
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. 


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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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

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:

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

Have your next Party at The Boro School

Combine your next party with one of our Group Lesson options for the most unique party experience for you and up to 11 of your friends. Whether it's your birthday, anniversary, or you just want an excuse to get your friends together to create some art, we've got you covered. Take a two-hour long class with one or more of our experienced glassblowing instructors in our state-of-the-art flameworking studio, and then use the 7 Point Studios Lounge for a couple of hours of party time with your best pals. Our Lounge also has a kitchenette equipped with the essentials so you can serve food and drinks. Deck out our Lounge with your favorite party decorations to set your mood. We can provide you with any needed chairs and tables. 

Group Lessons & Parties are appropriate for groups of 5 to 12 people. These classes are designed for people with zero experience and our instructors will assist each group through their project to ensure they are taking home a finished product. Some classes are more assisted than others, but after the safety lesson and demonstration, everyone in the group is welcome to play on the torches while waiting for their turn.

Group Lesson Options:
5 people or $300 minimum

  1. Spoon Pipe - $60 per person
  2. Heart Pendant - $40 per person
  3. Teardrop Pendant - $40 per person
  4. Seahawks "12th Man" Pendant - $60 per person

7 Point Studios Lounge Rental:
Two Hours included with the Group Lesson. Extra time: $25 per hour.

Inquire about throwing your next party at The Boro School & 7 Point Studios by filling out the form below. We'll get back to you within 24 hours about your request!

Get in on PipeMaking Series 1 - Starts on Monday 9/15!

Our PipeMaking courses are currently TBD sign ups. Once we get our minimum enrollment for the course, we will schedule all the classes. This way we can ensure that classes aren't ever cancelled due to low enrollment! 

We just reached our minimum enrollment for PipeMaking Series 1, so if you want to get on board, just click that button. Go on, you know you want to. Classes are being taught at 10am on Monday 9/15, Wednesday 9/17, Monday 9/22, and Wednesday 9/24.

Series One

This first series is built for beginning students who really want to make pipes. Each class is 3 hours long, consisting of 2 hours of teacher/student time and an hour of practice. 

Cost: $450

PipeMaking 1.1 - Rod Marbles - This class starts you off with several solid rod marble techniques. 

PipeMaking 1.2 - Implosion & One-Hitter - Now we move into hollow work. You will make an implosion marble with tubing, then move into making your very first pipe, a one-hitter. 

PipeMaking 1.3 - Spoon - This class is all about the spoon pipe. 

PipeMaking 1.4 - Introduction to Glass Joints* - Learn how to make slides, domes, etc., using ground glass joints. 

*For all classes needing ground joints: One pair of joints will be included in the class and there are more available to purchase if needed.


Jewelry Making Classes NOW AVAILABLE

Jewelry Series 1

Learn different approaches to pendant loops, making pairs, various color and pattern techniques, properly shaping and sizing and more. Each class is three hours long. We recommend at least 3-5 hours on the torch before taking Jewelry Series 1. (Try our Introduction to FlameWorking class, first!)

Class dates and times are TBD. Once we have a minimum enrollment of three students, we will contact you to schedule the classes.

Cost: $125 per class or $550 for all 5 classes. 
3 student minimum. 10 student maximum.

JEWELRY 1.1 - Pendants - The purpose of this class is to get you comfortable with making the loops. You will learn two different ways of making loops in addition to simple coloring techniques. 

JEWELRY 1.2 - Glass Earrings & Studs - The beginning steps in learning to work in pairs. We provide sterling silver posts or hoops. We will finish at least one pair during the class and you will have plenty of parts to create more pairs later.

JEWELRY 1.3 - Hollow Beads - The first class in our Jewelry series to work with tubing. You will learn how to open holes in the tubing where you want them as well as decorate and shape the glass.

JEWELRY 1.4 - Glass Rings - This class will begin by coloring and pulling flat cane. Then you will learn how to shape and size the cane into a finished ring. 

JEWELRY 1.5 - Coldworked Ear Tunnels & Plugs - This class introduces the jeweler to cold-working glass. After coloring, shaping, and kilning, we will quick cool the glass, cut and grind the tunnels and plugs, and place them back into the kiln for polishing.

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