Torch Glass Classes

Beginner and intermediate introduction to torch-working process

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Stained Glass & Kiln Classes

Learn the ancient art of cutting and assembling glass for the kiln or soldering into stained glass.

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Advanced glass classes

Advanced methods course to culminate in a complex project.

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Open Torch & Kiln

For anyone looking to perfect their techniques in self-guided work.

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Youth glass classes

Elementary and Middle School Classes.

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Membership

Discounts on glass, classes, and practice.

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Team Work of Art

Strengthen team identity and time management skills while working together to create a unique piece of art that reflects your organization's mission and values.

Group and private lessons

Host your next company event, family workshop, or group class with friends.

Torch Glass Classes

Learn the tricks of the trade for creating art on the torch. Borosilicate and soft glass classes teach the specifics for individual glass technologies. Learn glass blowing, sculpture and beadmaking for the hot glass worker.

 

All Try-it classes are geared to the novice that would like to experience what it means to
manipulate glass. All classes teach fundamental skills specific to the type of glass used and the technique highlighted.

Stained Glass & Kiln Classes

Learn the ancient art of cutting and assembling glass for the kiln or soldering into stained glass!

 

Simple to start endless in its potential; kilnforming and stained glass is to glass what conducting is to instruments. In these courses students will learn to cut patterns out of sheet glass, make frit, and work with a variety of glass formats by combing them in the kiln or soldering them together to produce beautiful durable projects.

 

All Try-it classes are geared to the novice that would like to experience what it means to
manipulate glass. All classes teach fundamental skills specific to the type of glass used and the technique highlighted.

Advanded glass classes

Formatted as multi-week courses, advanced classes are intended to dive deep into the science and techniques of a glass-work approach. Participants will expand on a single focused project over the course of the series or create multiple projects each week.


Participants are required to have previous experience with glass or participated in a Try-iT and Intermediate session. Annually offer a special master class with local or visiting artists at the top of their field reveal their secrets.

Glass Practice

Find a practice session that works for your schedule and budget! We offer Free glass Friday's, open studio each second Saturday of the month, punch cards, and kiln rentals.


Students must have previous experience or class time at Potekglass to schedule shop time.

Youth classes

Potekglass offers introductory classes to students in elementary and middle school. Students can participate as a class or individually. Summer art camps available.

Membership

Potekglass Annual Membership

$150/year


Members receive:

· $25 Open Torch and Open Kiln sessions

· 10% off hourly torch rental/punch cards

· 10% off all glass supplies (excludes tools)

· 10% off all Intermediate, master, and visiting artist classes

· $25 off yearly locker rental (reg. $75/year)

· $15 off 6-month locker rental (reg. $50/6-months)

· 30% off Try-iT! Gift Certificates year-round

Members will receive a membership card valid for 1 year after purchase date.

Enter your member number at check-out to receive discounts on online purchases. Present your membership card at the shop to receive in-shop discounts.

Team Work of Art

Our corporate team building art projects in Minneapolis, MN.

Your company’s targets and core values will guide the group in developing a meaningful piece of art made for display in your place of work.


Please contact us directly to book at (612) 281-7243 or email info@potekglass.com.

Group lessons

Interested in having Potekglass host your next company event, family workshop or group class with your friends?


Sign up with a group and receive special rates. You can choose from any of the Try-iT! classes (Kiln, Boro, or Italian Soft).  Perfect for special get-togethers, parties, or just for fun.  The more friends you bring, the more you save!

Group Class Rates for torchwork classes:

5-6 people: 15% discount $80.75/person

7-8 people: 30% discount $66.50/person


Group Class Rates for kiln classes:

5-6 people: 15% discount $80.75/person

7-8 people: 30% discount $66.50/person

9-10 people: 40% discount $57.00/person

11-20 people: 50% discount $47.50/person


Scheduling for group classes is subject to studio space availability. Torchwork classes have a maximum capacity of 10, while up to 20 may be accommodated in a Kiln class. Please plan to schedule your class at least 30 days in advance for best availability.

Private lessons

Customize your glass experience.  With over 20 years of experience in glass, there are many techniques and projects Malcom can prepare you for and guide you through.  From designing and producing your own tiles and lighting in the kiln to techniques on the torch Malcom has experience that only a select few can match.


$125/hr for one person

+ $62.50/ hr for each additional person

+ materials for larger projects

2 hour minimum

Potekglass classes FAQ

How old do you have to be to take one of your glass classes?

Students ages 9 - 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Parent or guardian must also purchase a seat for our glass class.

 

Students ages 14 - 17 may attend our glass classes alone with signed permission.

 

Do I need to bring any equipment with me to glass class?

All tools and safety equipment are provided during our glassblowing lessons. Some classes, such as stained glass classes and fusing classes, may require the purchase of equipment and supplies. See class descriptions for more information.

 

What type of clothing should I wear for my glass class?

We recommend all our students wear non-synthetic clothing, such as cotton, and closed-toe shoes.

 

How often do you have glass classes?

We have glass classes every month as well as open torch sessions to practice your skills, and mingle with others following their passions for playing with glass. We also offer open studio time during studio business hours for stained glass and kiln independent work. Check our class schedule. Call or email us if you'd like to schedule open studio time (an hourly fee applies).

 

Do you have glass class gift certificates?

We do have glass class gift certificates. These gift certificates may be purchased in our online store, or in our studio.

 

What are the maximum amount of students for your torch working classes?

We have enough torches to accommodate 8 students per class.

 

What happens if I cannot make it to my scheduled class?

All classes may be rescheduled within 7 days of class start time. All class seats rescheduled or canceled with less than a 7 day notice, and no shows, are subject to a $35 reschedule fee or forfeit.

 

Do I need to sign a waiver for your glass class?

Yes, every student will have to sign a liability waiver prior to the start of class.

 

What kind of torches do you use in your glass classes?    

Bethlemem Alpha burners.


Our workhorse burners for our soft and borosilicate glass classes are the Bethlemem alpha torches. These torches are great for soft glass and pack enough punch to get borosilicate glass flowing.

Do you sell starter kits if I want to do glassworking at home?

If you have caught the glass bug, and want to start manipulating glass outside of the studio we've got you covered. We have brand new glassblowing starter kits with almost everything you need to get started, minus tanks and glass.

We also carry beginner kits to start your stained glass journey in one of our classes.


These kits can be purchased in our online shop or in our studio. We also carry used equipment which tends to come in and out the door fairly quickly so make sure to check out what is currently available online.

 

Will I get to take my glass objects home with me?

Depends on the type of glass class, but assume that you will have to pick up your glass objects at a later date.

 

Where do I pick up my glass from my glass class?

Your glass objects can be found outside our studio in our glass pickup cabinet.

What are some other terms for your glass classes?

Kiln classes

Glass fusing / fusion

Kilnforming / kiln forming

Glass slumping


Torch classes

Glassblowing / Glass blowing

Lampworking  / Lamp working

Torchworking / Torch working

Glassworking / Glass working

Beadmaking / Bead making

Soft glass

Boro / Borosilicate


Stained Glass classes

Copper Foil method / Tiffany method

Stained glass  / Art glass

Leaded Glass Window / Lead Came Window

Opalescent glass / Cathedral glass

Lead Came / Zinc Came / Solder / Soldering

 

What type of Kiln do you use in your glass fusing classes?

We use a Skutt KM-1227 ZC for our glass fusing classes.