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Raising Cane! with Claire Kelly

Lunch Plan for classes is $17 per day. Menus will be provided on the first day of class

** Please be sure to read our cancellation policy for our intensive classes before booking**
***Active Glass Axis members get a 5% discount on all intensive classes.***

Please contact if a payment plan is needed or if you need the member discount code.

Raising Cane! with Claire Kelly
Friday, February 16 - Sunday, February 18, 2024
9:00am - 5:00pm Each Day


Skill level: Students in this class should have two or more years of experience working in a hot glass studio, be able to comfortably take two or more gathers of glass, and have experience working with color bar.

This class will be a perfect jumping off point for students that wish to start working with cane in their glassblowing practice. Proper glassblowing basics such as gathering, blocking, and marvering will be a primary focus to establish a solid foundation to build your cane technique on. Our time together will give you an overview of the tools and skills you will need to move forward in what can seem like a tricky technique. Our goal will be to work as a synchronized team to learn to pull cane, pick up cane on a bubble, and make a finished vessel from your pattern. This will be supplemented with smaller “quickie “projects that can be easily accomplished with cane in the glass studio.


Students should provide their own color bar or can buy it from Glass Axis during the class.

Must be 18 or older to participate in the class and be able to handle being exposed to the heat of the hot shop for the duration of the class period. Final class pieces, once annealed, can be picked up from Glass Axis during open business hours or shipped home for an additional expense. There will be a daily lunch break where students may relax and either bring their own provided lunch or opt into the lunch plan for $17 a day. The lunch plan will offer menu options from local restaurants and be delivered to Glass Axis.


After class on Saturday the 17th is Glass Axis's annual fundraising party, Glassquerade. Students may want to attend and enjoy the party and watch Claire demo. Discount admission is available for all students in the class. Assisting with the demo that evening or volunteering at the event will provide free admission.

Claire Kelly Biography
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Claire Kelly graduated from Alfred University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. In 2004 she was granted the EnergyXchange fellowship in Burnsville, North Carolina. In 2008 she moved to Providence, Rhode Island to work with acclaimed glass artist Toots Zynsky. She has been an instructor at Penland School of Crafts, Pilchuck Glass School, the Pittsburgh Glass Center, The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and the Centro Fundacion del Vidrio in Spain.

She has been a resident artist at the Pittsburgh Glass Center and received the Rosenberg Residency at Salem State University in Massachusetts. Recently, she was an artist-in-residence at the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass where she created a new body of work using specialty glass from Effetre, a glass company based in Murano, Italy.


She continued her exploration and discovery with Effetre’s glass at a residency at Salem Art Works in Salem, New York in September of 2018. Claire was also selected to be a demonstrating artist at the Glass Art Society Conference in Venice, Italy in 2018 as well as a visiting resident artist at the Museum of Glass, Tacoma, Washington in the fall of 2018. Her work is on view at Duncan McClellan Gallery in St. Petersburg, Florida at the exhibition “Vibrant Perspectives.”

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Glass Demo with Claire Kelly at Glassquerade


Join us Saturday, February 17, 2024 for our annual Glassquerade, Mardi Gras Party!

Claire Kelly will be doing a glassblowing demo at the event! 

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