Summer Intensives 2022

Lunch Plan for classes is $12 per day. Menus will be provided on the first day of class

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

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

Digital Analogue

Jon Rees
3D Printing & Kiln Casting
Friday, May 27 - Tuesday, May 31
10:00am - 6:00pm Each Day

All levels

THIS CLASS is open to all levels and will teach students how to use a 3D printer to bring their ideas to life on a 3 dimensional plane. We will then be taking the 3D printed objects and using them to create molds, where we will kiln cast glass replicas of their designs.


Jon Rees is currently the Studio Manager and an Assistant Teaching Professor at Ball State University. After receiving his Master of Fine Arts in Glass from the Rochester Institute for Technology he has gone on to work at universities and studios throughout the United States.

 Mr. Rees is currently working on several artistic projects that span multiple topics. His professional artistic practice involves a phenomenological approach to sculpture, in which there is a common thread within the subjects and objects of his personal experience. Although formally trained in working with glass as a material, his work incorporates other materials as necessary to support conceptual and aesthetic aspects of the work.

 His work has been exhibited in juried exhibitions across the United States as well as internationally. It is also included in the Corning Museum of Glass publication, New Glass Review #37. 

 He currently resides with his partner and two beautiful dogs in Muncie, Indiana.


Glass Sculpting for Everyone

Rob Stern
Friday, May 27 - Sunday, May 29
10:00am - 6:00pm Each Day


Glassblowing - Intermediate (Must have at least 2 years glassblowing experience or completed Hot 1 & Hot 2 at Glass Axis)

This intensive workshop will give you a basic knowledge of hot glass sculpting techniques but also offer advanced ones on a need to know basis. Short demos will acquaint you with what you need to know to make what you wish. Discussions about resources, glassmaking culture, community, and opportunities will inform you of the bigger picture and how to approach the market with your work. In addition to hot sculpting knowledge, students will take away knowledge of: bubble theory, solid glass theory, punty theory, annealing theory, resource inspiration, drawing advice, photography concerns, marketing knowledge.

Learning with Gianni Toso: The Venetian Technique

Maestro Gianni Toso
Flameworking Soft Glass
Monday, July 11 - Thursday, July 21 (Off Saturday 7/16)
10:00am - 6:00pm Each Day

Flameworking Soft Glass - Intermediate (Must have at least 1 year flameworking experience or completed Torch 1 at Glass Axis)

In this class students will learn the Venetian Style of working with Effetre Soft Glass on the torch. Steeped in seven centuries of family tradition of Murano Glass, Venetian Maestro Gianni Toso has spent most of his life creating beautiful and inspiring works in glass. His constant experimentation and background in fine art led him at an early age to transcend the traditional boundaries of Murano glassblowing. Hailed as one of the foremost artists in the field today, his unique artistic vision and superb mastery of the medium combine to create extraordinary works of art which grace museums and private collections worldwide. Toso began teaching because "In America, I saw the future and continuity of my family's tradition, and the future of the Glass Studio Movement." In this class you will utilize both time and temperature to truly understand the language of glass and bring your ideas to life.

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If you would like to be added to the waitlist for this class if there are cancellations, please email


Vision Quest: Finding Form Through Sculpting Glass

Robin & Julia Rogers

Monday, July 25 - Friday, July 29
10:00am - 6:00pm Each Day

Glassblowing - Intermediate (Must have at least 2 years glassblowing experience or completed Hot 1 & Hot 2 at Glass Axis)

This class teaches a variety of sculpting techniques including: solid work (hot and cold core), blown sculpture (including inside sculpting), bit work, garage and assembly, specific sculpture punties, color application, etc.  For Intermediate to Advanced levels.


Julia and Robin share a passion for sculpture and molten glass. Ideas, techniques and an array of materials are melded together to manifest their combined surreal vision into anthropomorphic explorations. They both hold BFA’s and MFA’s and love teaching. Robin is the manager of the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio and Julia teaches Glass for Virginia Wesleyan University and is an instructor and demonstrator for the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio.


Artist Website & Instagram: @phoenix_juls @nomadic_elf

Exploring Jewelry Making Techniques

Sigrun Simmons- Rank
Friday, July 29 - Sunday, July 31
10:00am - 6:00pm

All Levels

In this class students will explore a variety of jewelry making techniques including copper folding, stamping, and more. This class is open to all levels of experience and will help students develop their individual projects based on their ideas and skill levels. For those who have taken Sigrun's classes before, you will build on your previous knowledge and those new to jewelry making, will learn the building block skills needed to start producing your own handmade jewelry.

My name is Sigrun Simons-Rank, and I am an Instructor in the Jewelry and Small metal Department of the Wingate Arts School at the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts (formerly known as the Arkansas Arts Center Museum School) in Little Rock, Arkansas. I received my training through knowledgeable instructors at the Arts Center Museum School and studied a wide variety of techniques and lapidary work. Since 2016, I am sharing my knowledge as a Jewelry- and Lapidary instructor at the Museum School, have taught various workshops in Arkansas, and in 2019, I had the pleasure to teach jewelry making techniques at Glass Axis during their Summer Program.


Artist Website & Instagram:


Under Vacuum: Borosilicate
Sculpting for Plasma Lighting

Angela McHale
Boro & Plasma
Monday, August 8 - Sunday,  August 14
1:00pm - 9:00pm Each Day

Intermediate/Advanced (Must have at least 2 years Borosilicate/Hollow Tube Glass Experience)

In this comprehensive workshop students will learn the fundamentals of hollow sculpting in borosilicate glass at the torch in order to design plasma lighting. We will cover shaping, texture and proper seals in order to make simple and complex sculptures. Learn to add and design around the electrode and filling tube. Once your glass vessel is complete and checked for leaks, we will take our pieces to the neon shop, put them under vacuum and fill them with noble gasses! Class time will alternate between demonstration, discussion and plenty of work time. On the last day we will light up all of our work and have our own private plasma show. Students should come to class with a sketchbook and plenty of ideas. Experience working with hollow glass tubes is required.


Angela McHale earned her BFA with a concentration in glass from Massachusetts College of Art in 2017. Since then she has continually worked in glass and has taught at Snow Farm: New England Craft Program, Diablo Glass School, New Street Glass and various other private and public glass studios. Angela’s work straddles the boundaries between order and chaos while grappling with concepts such as impact, loss, and the apocalypse.  Her artwork is inspired by personal narratives and current events, most notably the climate crisis. Recently she has been working with plasma sculptures and utilizing light in her work as a metaphor for the soul. Angela completed a two year residency at the Worcester Center for crafts in 2019. In 2021 Angela graduated with an associates degree in Scientific Glass Technology from Salem Community College in New Jersey and has been using the skills acquired there to advance her work.  


 Artist Website & Instagram: @roseglassart