Glassblowing workshops

Come, discover glassblowing lessons in Calgary. Experience says you don’t have to be artistic or athletic to play with hot glass. Make a fascapple glass workshop a date night, a friends’ adventure. Buy a glassblowing gift certificate to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or housewarming. Host an extraordinary corporate team-building event.

A place to start . . .

Our glassblowing workshops are a great place to start. If the glassblowing bug bites and you want to pursue ongoing classes, we’ll help make that happen. Check out the options below and give-it-a-whirl! Get in touch any time.

 

Option 1
2.5 hours for 1-2 people. $290 plus tax
Make solid pieces ranging from a paperweight to a bird or a rose. Try blowing an ornament, a cup, or a small bowl. One participant makes four to eight pieces. Two participants, each person makes two to four pieces. Your group receives the demonstration work created by your instructor. What you make and the amount you make is in keeping with your interest and how the learning unfolds.

Option 2
2.5 hours for 4 people.  $530 plus tax
Gather a group of friends or your family for a unique experience. Make solid pieces ranging from a paperweight to a bird or a rose. Try blowing an ornament, a cup, or a small bowl. Three participants, each person makes four to eight pieces. Four participants, each person makes two to four pieces. Your group receives the demonstration work created by your instructor. What you make and the amount you make is in keeping with your interest and how the learning unfolds.

Option 3
4.0 hours for 1-2 people. $530 plus tax
Take advantage of more time in the studio, creating solid and blown pieces. Discuss what you’d like to make with your instructor. One participant makes six to 10 pieces. Two participants, each person makes four to eight pieces. Your group receives the demonstration work created by your instructor. What you make and the amount you make is in keeping with your interest and how the learning unfolds.

Option 4
4.0 hours for 4 people. $1,000 plus tax
Take advantage of more time in the studio, creating solid and blown pieces. Discuss what you’d like to make with your instructor. Three participants, each person makes six to 10 pieces. Four participants, each person makes approximately four to eight pieces. Your group receives the demonstration work created by your instructor. What you make and the amount you make is in keeping with your interest and how the learning unfolds.

Options 3 and 4 are best suited to returning students, who are familiar with hot studio conditions, who may be from out of town, and/or starting to shift to lessons.

 

Custom workshops 

Let us know the option you prefer, and we’ll get the wheels rolling. Have an idea in mind?  Let us know and we’ll see what we can conjure up together. Let’s talk.

 

How to book a workshop 

  1. Choose a workshop option. 
  2. Choose a day and time option that suits you or let us know if you’re flexible. Workshops are generally held:
    • Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 12:30 pm or 2 pm to 4:30 pm.
    • Friday evenings from 6:30 pm to 9 pm.
    • Life is busy. Let us know if other daytime or evening options would suit better. We’ll find an option that works for you.
  3. What time frame do you have in mind? Are you looking for a workshop in the coming days, next two weeks or three months from now? TIP: When possible, the more lead time you can provide, the more date options you’ll have.
  4. Email ask@fascappleglass.com and we’ll be happy to help.

What to expect

How much you create ranges according to your learning pace, comfort with the equipment and what you make. To experience blowing glass and help keep everyone healthy, you’ll use a “noodle,” and a new reusable mouthpiece. When the workshop is done, your pieces need to cool and then we’ll do some finishing work. Pick up your treasures in about one week.

 

You should know that we:

  1. Provide personalized gift certificates.
  2. Teach students starting at age 13.
  3. Supply all materials, including safety glasses.
  4. Help you find the right date/time. Workshops are generally held Thursday, Friday evenings and in the morning and afternoon on weekends.
  5. Let you know what to wear and what to bring.
  6. Provide a locker for valuables. Please bring a lock.
  7. Offer free parking right outside the studio, which is located at 7865-56 Street SE, Unit 104.
  8. Require payment for the workshop to secure the booking and our Waiver to be signed before starting your workshop.
  9. Have a cancellation policy so things are clear.

How to buy a workshop gift certificate

  • Email ask@fascappleglass.com with the option you’d prefer. Let us know who’s giving the gift, the name(s) of the recipients and any special reason for choosing this extraordinary experience.
  • We’ll send an invoice payable by e-transfer or credit card. With the fee paid, we’ll send you the personalized gift certificate letter highlighting the gift and next steps. Please allow a minimum 24 hours for the gift certificate email to arrive. We’ll do our best if working within a shorter time frame.
  • If you’d like a beautiful piece of our blown glass—small or grand—to hint at the experience to come, let us know and we’ll reserve a gallery visit with you.

Note: Gift certificates are non-transferable, non-refundable (except in special circumstances) and are not exchangeable for cash.

 

Top 7 questions

 

1.  Is the workshop fee per person or in total?
It’s the total price for the workshop. For instance, Option 1 costs $290, whether one or two people attend.

 

2.  What if I have an additional person, who wants to participate, for example, three people?
We’ll do our best to accommodate you and your guests. Each additional person costs $145.  For instance, Option 1 would be $290 for two people plus $145 for the third person.

 

3. Where is fascapple glass?
We’re located at:  7865-56 Street SE, Unit 104 in the Foothills Industrial area—immediately east of Big Rock Brewery and a few minutes from the Calgary Soccer Centre. Major Trails like Stoney, Glenmore, Barlow and Deerfoot will have you here in no time.

 

4. What’s your cancellation policy?

  • When you purchase a workshop and set a date, the studio and the instructor are reserved for you. Please let us know as soon as possible if the scheduled reservation won’t work.
  • Reschedule within 72 hours of the workshop and there’s a $50 change fee.
  • Cancel within seven days of the workshop and you’ll receive a 50% refund.
  • Cancel within 24 hours of the workshop and there’s no refund. If fascapple glass must cancel due to government shutdowns, equipment breakdown, or stormy weather, we’ll work to book another date or provide a refund/gift certificate to be used at our gallery or for a workshop on another date.

5.  Can I create a memorial ash piece during a workshop?
For various reasons, ash-related work is not something we do during workshops. If you’d like to discuss having a memorial piece created, please email us at ask@fascappleglass.com

 

6. What if something I create in a workshop breaks during the annealing or coldworking process?
We work diligently to ensure you take home what you make–98% of pieces turn out just fine. Occasionally, the method and factors involved in working with hot glass will prompt a single piece to break. It is glass. We can’t remake or replace what you create.  

7. What if I take a workshop or two and want to switch to ongoing lessons?
Absolutely doable.
We offer ongoing lessons. The fee is $95 and each lesson is two hours long. It’s the same price whether one or two people attend. To make the most of our lessons, we require that students sharing lessons start their skill-building at the same time. 

Over time, grow your skills to the point where you can work independently and rent studio time. We’re home to professional and hobbyist artists. Let us know what you’d like to do.

 

Important tips

    • Drink lots of water before arriving at the studio.
    • Please bring a water bottle and be sure to drink lots throughout the workshop. Bring along a snack to keep your energy up.
    • For safety and comfort, wear natural fabrics, particularly a cotton t-shirt and long pants. We recommend layering your tops.
    • Clothes made solely of flammable fabrics such as polyester or rayon (leggings) are NOT allowed. 
    • Shoes must have closed toes and backs.
    • Tie back long hair and remove accessories such as rings, necklaces, and scarves.
    • We supply safety glasses for people who don’t wear glasses.  If you use contacts or eyeglasses, we recommend wearing the latter. The studio’s dry climate sometimes make contacts less comfortable.