Beginner Level Lampworking Glass Classes

These classes are geared for beginners who have never sat behind a torch and worked with glass before. Beginner level glass classes will cover not only how to create the specified glass object, but also cover safety, basic torch function, and proper flame settings. 

Our Lampworking instructor is John Ryszka II.  John has been working with glass full time since 2003.  He started out in the sign industry as a neon sign tube bender.  In 2010 he left the sign industry and became a full time glass artist.  He has now won numerous awards and live competitions, writes for glass trade journals and has authored a book of his own.  He enjoys sharing his knowledge of glass working and teaches regularly at both Water Street Glass Works and here at The Rising Phoenix Gallery.

Beginner Level Pendants

Implosion Flower Pendants and Paperweights

Sunday   Sept. 10,   10:00 AM - 1:00 PM      Sign Up Now

Thursday  Oct. 5,   6:00 PM - 9:00 PM    Sign Up Now

Sunday   Oct 8,   10:00 AM - 1:00 PM      Sign Up Now

Thursday  Nov. 2,   6:00 PM - 9:00 PM    Sign Up Now

Sunday   Nov. 12,   10:00 AM - 1:00 PM      Sign Up Now

Thursday  Dec. 7,   6:00 PM - 9:00 PM    Sign Up Now

Sunday   Dec. 12,   10:00 AM - 1:00 PM      Sign Up Now

This Beginner level class is a fun way to get introduced to working behind a torch. Students will learn the skills required to create pendants with glass flowers suspended within them. The class will include a step by step demo by the instructor. The students will then have approximately 2.5 hours of torch time of their own. During this time students are encouraged to create as many pieces as they can. Lampworking/Torch working class sizes are limited to 3 people. This provides each student with plenty of opportunities to ask questions and get personalized quality responses and one on one instruction.

Twisty Ribbon Pendants

Sunday   Oct. 15,   10:00 AM - 1:00 PM      Sign Up Now

Sunday   Nov. 9,   10:00 AM - 1:00 PM      Sign Up Now

Sunday   Dec. 14,   10:00 AM - 1:00 PM      Sign Up Now

In this beginner level class student will learn how to create their own Jellyfish suspended in a pendant that they can wear.It's a fun way to get introduced to working behind a torch and a great way to learn some serious fundamentals. Students will learn skills such as pulling stringers, controlled plunges, dot stacking, how to make a bale and more.

The class will include a step by step demo by the instructor. The students will then have approximately 2.5 hours of torch time of their own. During this time students are encouraged to create as many pieces as they can. Lampworking/Torch working class sizes are limited to 3 people. This provides each student with plenty of opportunities to ask questions and get personalized quality responses and one on one instruction.

Jellfish Pendant

Sunday   Oct. 1,   10:00 AM - 1:00 PM      Sign Up Now

Sunday   Nov. 5,   10:00 AM - 1:00 PM      Sign Up Now

Sunday   Dec. 10,   10:00 AM - 1:00 PM      Sign Up Now

In this beginner level class student will learn how to create their own Jellyfish suspended in a pendant that they can wear.It's a fun way to get introduced to working behind a torch and a great way to learn some serious fundamentals. Students will learn skills such as pulling stringers, controlled plunges, dot stacking, how to make a bale and more.

The class will include a step by step demo by the instructor. The students will then have approximately 2.5 hours of torch time of their own. During this time students are encouraged to create as many pieces as they can. Lampworking/Torch working class sizes are limited to 3 people. This provides each student with plenty of opportunities to ask questions and get personalized quality responses and one on one instruction.

Beginners Marble Class

Thurs. Sept. 28 6pm-9    Sign Up Now

Sunday Sept. 24 10am-1pm Sign Up Now

 Sunday Oct. 22 10am-1pm Sign Up Now

Thurs. Oct. 26 6pm-9pm Sign Up Now

Sunday Nov. 26 10am-1pm Sign Up Now

This Beginner level class is a fun way to get introduced to working behind a torch. Students will learn the skills required to create a 1" marbles with swirled color inside. These marbles can be some what similar to the Cats Eye or vortex marbles. 

This class will include a step by step demo by the instructor. The students will then have approximately 2.5 hours of torch time of their own. During this time students are encouraged to create as many pieces as they can. Lampworking/Torch working class sizes are limited to 3 people. This provides each student with plenty of opportunities to ask questions and get personalized quality responses and one on one instruction.

Hummingbird Sun-Catchers Class

Thurs. Sept 21 6pm-9pm    Sign Up Now

Thurs. Oct 26 6pm-9pm    Sign Up Now

Thurs. Nov. 16 6pm-9pm  Sign Up Now

Thurs. Dec. 21 6pm-9pm  Sign Up Now

This beginner level class with teach students the skills needed to create Hummingbird Sun-Catchers. This class will include a step by step demo by the instructor. The students will then have approximately 2.5 hours of torch time of their own. During this time students are encouraged to create as many pieces as they can. Lampworking/Torch working class sizes are limited to 3 people. This provides each student with plenty of opportunities to ask questions and get personalized quality responses and one on one instruction.