TWIN FALLS — The CSI Community Education Center will be a series of torchwork art glass (glassblowing) classes during the fall semester at Scott’s Center, 496 Madrona in Twin Falls. Torch, tools, and safety gear is provided for all classes.

“Intro to Glass Blowing/Torchworking” meets on Tuesdays from 7 – 9 p.m. January 23 – March 13 or April 3 – May 15 and is taught by Cody Thornton. This course is designed to introduce students to the basics of torchworking borosilicate (hard) glass, a.k.a. glass blowing. During the semester, students will be introduced to shop equipment, setup, maintenance, tools of the trade, and safety while learning the fundamental basics of hands-on torch working by molding solid glass into shapes and figures, creating pendants, beads and blowing tubular glass into vessels. This course is designed for the individual who is interested in the shop, processes and developing skills to make functional glass projects, jewelry and art. No class February 6. Please ask for a confirmation email with a map to the studio.

“Glass Blowing – Boro Pendants” meets on Wednesdays from 7 – 9 p.m. Jan. 24 – Feb. 28 or April 4 – May 2 and is taught by Cody Thornton and Diane Glick. The course costs $40 plus $60 paid to the instructor for all class materials. Students will learn the fundamentals of torchworking with borosilicate glass—melting and manipulating glass over a bench-top torch- while exploring the artistic possibilities of this molten glass media and shaping into glass pendants for art, jewelry, or even gifts. Additionally, participants will learn some of the basics of tools, safety, equipment and techniques of this versatile and popular art form. No Class February 7. Please ask for a confirmation email with a map to the studio.

“Intermediate Glass Blowing: Glass Marble-Making / Pendants” meets on Thursdays from 6:30—9 p.m. Jan. 25 – March 15 or April 15 – May 24 and is taught by Wes Overlin. The course costs $60 plus $100 paid to the instructor for all class materials. This course is designed to introduce students to making marbles and pendants by manipulating glass into beautiful artwork. It is geared towards intermediate students who have had some experience in the artform. In addition to learning basic and intermediate flame-working techniques such as implosion, frit, and vortex work, students will learn shop equipment, tools, and safety. Please ask for a map to the shop location.

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Students can register or learn more about this and other classes at csi.edu/communityed, by going to the CSI Community Education Center, or by calling (208) 732-6442.

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