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Topic: wondering where I could find classes on blown glass in missouri?  (Read 310 times)
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« on: July 25, 2014 05:38:47 PM »

I live in columbia MO and for a while now just have really wanted to learn how to do blown glass work...

but i am un sure where to go or how to go about finding classes on the subject if anyone could lend a hand that would be awesome sauce!

and thank you.
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« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2014 04:35:15 AM »

Hi! Smiley

Best ideas would be to check your local paper, if there is a rec center, local artists co-op, community college or a local glass shop.

Hope that helps and you're able to join the glass menagerie. Cheesy

« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2014 02:26:14 PM »

I believe the closest place to learn real  glass blowing is in St Louis there is a place that does classes.
Most glass blowing is done with hard glass coe 30, 33 , but it can be done with soft glass such as the glass mainly used for lampworking coe 104 and 90.  I have done small items with 104 glass using my lampwork torch. There is or was a lampwork supply store in Columbia I think they did lessons with soft glass lampwork and also included some blowing ,  not sure if they are still there and or if they still do class either. 
I've never done hard glass as it requires a larger torch and blowing a glory hole; too costly for me and can't take the heat that would come with the craft.
Hope this helps you some.
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2014 02:54:27 AM »

What do you want to make?  Big vase-type things, or small animals and beads?

For the big stuff, you need a lot of equipment (glory hole, big kiln).  My phone book yellow pages have a couple of listings under "Glass Blower" but one's a gallery.  Even a gallery could probably introduce you to a glassblower.

For little stuff, you can work on a torch.  Bead shops can often hook you up with beadmaking classes; if you like it, you can find lots of tutorials online.
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