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Lampworking, also called Flameworking or Torch work,  is the ancient art of melting glass to form shapes.  It uses a gas (propane or natural gas) and oxygen torch to produce a flame hot enough to melt glass. Classes include all glass, supplies, tools and FUN!

Classes Offered

Note: If you are interested in a class that won't work with your schedule or is full, most classes can be scheduled at your convenience.

Lampworking I (Flameworking)


Learn the nine essentials for working glass in the flame. Class for adults and teens at West Michigan Glass Art Center will focus on fundamentals of flame work as they apply to the creation of solid glass art items like round, flat or oval pendants, fish, turtles or frogs.  See classes listed below!

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Prerequisite: Age 13 & up
No experience necessary.
Maximum: 6 students

Lampworking One-Day Workshop


Instructor: Sue Bombardt
Saturday, July 12, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m . (FS1411)
Prerequisite: Age 16 and up
$100 members/$140 non-members
See description above.

Lampworking Three Week Class


Instructor: Michael Fortin  
Tuesdays, 3 wks, April 8 - 22, 6 - 9 p.m. (FS1405)
Tuesdays, 3 wks, May 27 - June 10, 6 - 9 p.m. (FS1412)

Prerequisite: Age 14 and up
$140 members/$180 non-members
See description above.

Lampworking II - Three Week Class


Instructor: Michael Fortin

Tuesdays, May 6 - May 20, 6 - 9 p.m. (FS1413)

Prerequisite: Age 14 and up, Lampworking I or equivalent

$140 members/$180 non-members 

Maximum: 6 students

                Continue to build on previously learned fundamentals of borosilicate flameworking.  Learn control of flame characteristics (oxidizing, reducing, neutral) relating to lustering glass.  Explore encasement for stringers, simple latticino (twisties), and how to incorporate these techniques into solid work.  You will have time to practice during class.

Advanced Flameworking


Instructor: Dan Foster
Thursdays, 3 wks, April 17, 24 & May 1, 6 - 9 p.m.(FS1407) No Longer Available
Thursdays, 3 wks, May 29 - June 12, 6 - 9 p.m. (FS1414)
Prerequisite:  Age 18 & up, Lampworking II
$140 members/$180 non-members. 
Maximum: 6 students

   Students will learn how to use borosilicate tubing to create an implosion pendant.  Next, you  will learn how to blow and shape tubing to create various objects and vessels such as drinking glasses and candle holders. 


Encased Oval Pendants


Instructor: Dan Foster
Thursday, May 15, 6 - 8 p.m. (FS1415)
Wednesday, June 4, 6 - 8 p.m. (FS1416)
Thursday, August 7, 6 - 8 p.m. (FS1417)
Prerequisite: Age 18 & up. 
No experience necessary
$55 members/$80 non-members  
Maximum: 6 students

   Learn to encase opals in borosilicate glass. 
Construct beautiful pendants or incorporate the
finished components into your own work.  Students will complete 2 to 3 opal pendants during the class.


Date Night-Lampworked Custom Wine Goblets


Instructor: Dan Foster
Friday, May 30, 6 - 8 p.m. (FS1418)
Friday, June 20, 6 - 8 p.m. (FS1419)
Friday, July 25, 6 - 8 p.m. (FS1420)
Thursday, August 14, 6 - 8 p.m. (FS1421)
Friday, September 19, 6 - 8 p.m. (FS1422)
Prerequisite:  Age 18 & up, no experience necessary.
This two-hour class can be scheduled to fit your availability.  (FS1428)
$140 members/$170 non-members per couple

   Design and create your own wine goblet stems with a variety of colors and designs to choose from or bring your own ideas.  You will learn to manipulate borosilicate glass in the flame of a torch to create your stems.  Then watch as the artist combines your stem with the goblet cups and feet which have been handmade prior to your class. Come learn the basics of torchwork and build a set of goblets for yourself or as a gift.

Hone Your Lampworking Skills with Dan Foster


Instructor: Dan Foster
Thursday, May 22, 6 - 10 p.m. (FS1423)
Thursday, June 19, 6 - 10 p.m. (FS1424)
Thursday, July 10, 6 - 10 p.m. (FS1425)
Thursday, August 28, 6 - 10 p.m. (FS1426)
Thursday, September 18, 6 - 10 p.m. (FS1427)
Prerequisite: Age 18 & up, Lampworking 1 or equivalent
$80 members/$120 non-members   Maximum: 6 students
   Having trouble executing a certain technique? Struggling to bring an idea to life? This class is for furthering your skill set no matter your experience level.  Bring your own ideas or we will work on a variety of projects that will hone your skills.

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