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Flameworking

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!

Class Registration Information

  • All classes, workshops and open studio require pre-registration. To register: use the PayPal links below or call our office at 269-552-9802
  • A deposit of 1/2 of the class tuition is required to reserve space.
  • Payment in full is due no later than the first-class session.
  • Cancellations received 48 hours prior to start date, will result in a full refund minus a non-refundable registration fee of $30.00.
  • Cancellations received less than 48 hours prior to start date and no-shows will result in forfeit of all class tuition.
  • The West Michigan Glass Art Center reserves the right to cancel. Students will be notified and a full refund of monies paid will be returned.
  • All cancellations made by a student will be refunded in the form of a WMGAC gift certificate.  If WMGAC cancels the class, we will give you a full cash refund in the form of a check.

Classes Offered

Lampworking I

Learn the nine essentials for working glass in the flame. Class will focus on fundamentals of flamework as they apply to the creation of solid glass art items like round, flat or oval pendants, flowers, fish, turtles or snails.

1 DAY

$100 (Members)
$140 (Non-Members)

  • Saturday, May 30, 10 - 4 PM (FS1516)
  • Saturday, June 13, 10 - 4 PM (FS1517)
  • Sunday, July 12, 10 - 4 PM (FS1518)
  • Monday, August 10, 10 - 4 PM (FS1519)

Instructor: Dan Foster, Sam Brown
Prerequisite: Ages 16 and up. No experience necessary.

Non-Member | Member Pricing

3 WEEKS

$140 (Members)
$180 (Non-Members)

  • Tuesdays, April 14 - 28, 6 - 9 PM (FS1504)
  • Tuesdays, May 12 - 26, 6 - 9 PM (FS1506)

Instructor: Michael Fortin
Prerequisite: Ages 14 and up. No experience necessary.




Date Night - Personalized Wine Goblets

1 DAY

Price per couple
$150 (Members)
$170 (Non-Members)

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 you’ll treasure forever.

  • Friday, April 17, 6 - 8 PM (FS1513) FULL!
  • Saturday, May 9, 5 - 7 PM (FS1514) FULL!
  • Friday, May 29, 6 - 8 PM (FS1520)
  • Friday, June 19, 6 - 8 PM (FS1521) FULL!
  • Thursday, July 30, 6 - 8 PM (FS1522)
  • Friday, August 21, 6 - 8 PM (FS1523)

Instructor: Dan Foster, Sam Brown
Prerequisite: Ages 18 and up. No experience necessary.

This two-hour class makes a wonderful gift for that special couple. It can also be scheduled by appointment.




Beginning Pendant Workshop

1 DAY

$60 (Members)
$80 (Non-Members)

Have you seen the beautiful pendants created in our FireWorks programs? Did you have fun at Explore Glass Art Day? Or did you catch the boro glass bug at Summer Camp? Here’s your chance to learn and continue practicing the basic skills of manipulating borosilicate glass in the torch to create a variety of pendant designs. You’ll have time to make 2 to 4 pendants in your 3 hour class.

  • Sunday, May 31, 10 - 1 PM (FS1524)
  • Sunday, June 28, 1 - 4 PM (FS1525)
  • Wednesday, July 1, 4:30 - 7:30 PM (FS1526)
  • Sunday, July 26, 10 - 1 PM (FS1527)
  • Wednesday, July 29, 12 - 3 PM (FS1528)

Instructor: David Martin
Prerequisite: Ages 12 and up. No experience necessary.




Lampworking II

3 WEEKS

$140 (Members)
$180 (Non-Members)

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.

  • Tuesdays, June 2 - 16, 6 - 9 PM (FS1529)

Instructor: Michael Fortin
Prerequisite: Ages 14 and up. Lampworking I or equivalent class.




Advanced Lampworking with Tubing

3 WEEKS

$140 (Members)
$180 (Non-Members)

Take the next step in lampworking with this advanced class. Expand your skills by learning how to use borosilicate tubing to create an implosion pendant. Then learn how to blow and shape tubing to create various objects and vessels such as drinking glasses and candle holders.

  • Tuesday, August 4 - 18, 6 - 9 PM (FS1530)

Instructor: Dan Foster
Prerequisite: Ages 18 and up. Lampworking II




Marble Madness

1 DAY

$100 (Members)
$140 (Non-Members)

Techniques explored will depend on the students’ interest and skill level and could include use of a pin frog, vortex, filigree, honeycomb, implosion, or floral as well as multiple-surface decoration techniques. You can expect to make between 3 to 5 marbles in this class.

  • Sunday, April 19, 10 - 4 PM (FS1510)
  • Saturday, July 18, 10 - 4 PM (FS1531)

Instructor: David Martin
Prerequisite: Ages 14 and up. Lampworking I or instructor’s approval.