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  • Glasswork Fundamentals: Succulent Pot

    Design and BLOW your own succulent pot with help from the instructors at Vandalia Glassworks. Experience working with blow pipes, punties and optic molds that allow for more complex manipulation of the molten glass and get a glimpse of the skills that are needed to create more complex shapes. Though not required, it is recommended that students have taken a previous Glassworks Fundamentals class, or have equivalent experience, before registering for this class. All participants must be registered, we cannot accommodate walk-ins. Please note the following before registering for this class: Please plan to arrive 10 minutes prior to your class start time to check-in and sign waivers. Also note that vital safety procedures are covered at the very beginning of class. If you miss those, you could forfeit your place in class without reimbursement. Materials are provided; foreign substances (i.e., people/animal remains, stones, jewels, sand, etc.) cannot be added to the glass in this class. You may bring your own leather work gloves (that allow for easy movement of wrists and fingers) and safety glasses. If you can't, there will be some to use. Rubber and latex gloves are not allowed due to the heat. It is required to wear a face mask that covers your nose and mouth while at Vandalia Glassworks, but note there will be moments during class when you and others will need to temporarily remove your face mask to complete your project. All pipes and tools are sanitized before each use. You must return a few days later to pick up your finished project. Projects will not be mailed or delivered.
  • Blacksmith Fundamentals: Bottle Openers

    Ages 18 and up. Begin building your blacksmith skills by forging your own bottle opener! Bottle Openers are quick to make and can incorporate all basic blacksmithing processes in one compact project. End class with a celebratory bottle-opening to try out your new tool (that means a beer or soda is included!). Open to all experience levels. Class is limited to 8 participants. Please note the following before registering: *Wear closed toe shoes and dress in layers. Wear clothes you can get dirty. *Face masks are recommended but not required. *It is recommended that you bring your own work gloves and safety glasses. If you can't, there will be some to use; you will be asked to help sanitize them after use. *The Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center is located near George Floyd Square and the street with access to the parking lot may be closed to traffic. Please give yourself a little extra travel time in case you need to find street parking a block or two from the studio.