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GLASS ARTS

The Richard Hill Glass Studio allows the community of Valdosta and beyond an experience to learn the art of glass. Whether you have experience with glass or are new, we welcome everyone to take classes, learn techniques, and be creative!
stained glass flower

Stained Glass

Class meets 1st OR 3rd Monday of each month | 6-9pm

This 3-hour class for all experience levels will teach the basics of stained glass. Class material includes designing, cutting, soldering and framing the created work. Students will make one piece, which is typically 4x4 in size. Close-toed shoes are required.

fused glass garden stakes

Fused Glass

Class meets 2nd OR 4th Monday of each month | 6-8pm

In this 2-hour class for all experience levels, students learn the basics of working with fusible sheet glass, including how to cut and assemble glass and how the kiln fusing process works. Upon completion, the participant's project will be loaded into a fusing kiln to melt the glass design into a finished piece. Closed-toe shoes are required.

Instructor/Artist: Emma Kostopolus
Ages 12+
COST: $60 | $50 member/student/military
All supplies provided.

glass sea creatures

Sculptural Flameworking

Tuesdays | 5-7pm

This class is a little more advanced than Flameworking 101. Students will learn how to make small figures and networking in both soft glass (furnace compatible) and borosilicate. They shape glass and learn the differences between working with soft glass (melts faster, cracks more easily) and borosilicate (melts slower and is more stiff). Closed-toe shoes are required. Students may discuss further additions to their work with the instructor, then register for a glassblowing experience or workshop to continue the piece in the hot shop, if desired.

Instructor/Artist: Lucía Rodríguez Mota
Ages 12+
COST: $60 | $50 member/student/military
All supplies provided.

glass beads

Flameworking 101

Fridays | 4-6pm

In this class, which requires no previous experience, the students will learn to melt and shape borosilicate glass at the torch to make small beads and marbles. Students will also learn the types of flames, the difference between hot and cold seals, and how to use them to their advantage. Closed-toe shoes are required.

Instructor/Artist: Lucía Rodríguez Mota
Ages 12+
COST: $60 | $50 member/student/military
All supplies provided.

Glass Arts Open Studio

Saturdays | 11am-1pm

Want more time to practice your preferred glass art technique? In this class, the instructor will be present to assist you with your preference of stained glass, flameworking, or fused glass, and answer any questions you may have. You are free to create at your own pace. Sign up for multiple Open Studios to perfect your glass shaping skills! Close-toed shoes are required.

Prerequisite: You must have taken at least one Stained Glass Class at the Turner Center before indicating registration for a Stained Glass Open Studio, Flameworking Class at the Turner Center before indicating registration for a Flameworking Open Studio, or one Fused Glass Class at the Turner Center before indicating registration for a Fused Glass Open Studio.

Supplies: All students may choose to purchase their own glass, or to pay the Turner Center $20 for a package of glass for the open studio. For stained glass and fused glass open studios, this $20 bundle includes one 12x12 clear plate of glass, as well as a 6x6 plate of a warm color (red, pink, or purple), a 6x6 plate of a cool color (blue or green), and a 6x6 plate of black or white. For flameworking/beadmaking, this $20 bundle includes 2 clear rods of glass, as well as a rod in a warm color (red, pink, or purple), a rod in a cool color (blue or green), and a rod in white or black. For students purchasing their own glass, reference the following websites: Anything in Stained Glass, Mountain Glass, and Delphi Glass. All purchased glass must be determined to be kiln safe (oceanside compatible and system 96 tested). Students may send an email to glassart@turncenter.org to verify the compatibility of glass before purchasing. Glass that has already been purchased must have the original sticker listing it as oceanside compatible and system 96 tested to be used in the Richard Hill Glass Studio.

Instructor/Artist: Emma Kostopolus
Ages 12+
COST: $40 | $30 member

Glassblowing Workshop

Saturdays | 11am-1pm, 2-3pm, 1-hour increments
Sundays | 2-5pm, 1-hour increments

This in-depth, one-on-one class for all experience levels focuses on the process of shaping molten glass into the student's desired creation. Students will choose and design a piece from one of several shapes. These options include a bowl, vase, or cup. Class material will include safety, tools and materials, and how to properly shape the glass and add color. Bring friends and family to cheer you on! Close-toed shoes are required.

Instructor/Artist: Lucía Rodríguez Mota
Ages 12+
COST: $75 | $65 member/student/military
All supplies provided.
One person per time slot.

glassblown jellyfish float

Glassblowing Experience

Saturdays | 3-4pm, 30-minute increments
Sundays | 1-2pm, 30-minute increments

Want to try your hand at glassblowing but not sure what you’re getting into? Sign up for this thirty-minute glass experience to try it out! In this class, students will work one-on-one with the instructor to create a glass keepsake. Students will choose to make a float, ornament, or a paperweight in the shape of a heart, orb, bird, or flower. Close-toed shoes are required.

Instructor/Artist: Lucía Rodríguez Mota
Ages 12+
COST: $45 | $35 member/student/military
All supplies provided.
One person per time slot.

All Glass Arts workshops are held in The Richard Hill Glass Studio, 506 North Ashley Street. All glass art materials used must be provided by the Turner Center, unless they are approved as kiln safe for use in open studios per the listed requirements. Due to limited availability NO REFUNDS will be given unless you notify the Center 48 hours prior to class by calling 229.247.2787.