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Summer Workshops 2023

Lunch Plan for classes is $15 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.

Drain the Tanks!

Brian Alloway
Sand Casting
Friday, June 2 - Sunday, June 4
10:00am - 6:00pm Each Day

All levels

In this class we will be making multiple open faced sand molds to ladle hot glass into. Sounds simple but it can get quite complex if we choose to. Each day we will increase the complexity of what we can accomplish with this technique. The student will press forms, prepare their molds and aid in laddling of the glass. Other casting techniques will be discussed and demonstrated. 


Major skills students should expect to take away:  How to make an open face sand mold, the different types of molds and how to ladle cast.


Brian T. Alloway is an artist, educator, and fabricator working primarily in the medium of glass. As a mixed material artist, Brian’s work integrates blown, fused and cast glass with a host of other materials. Some of Mr. Alloway’s recognitions include a competitive residency at Northlands Creative Glass in Lybster, Scotland, awards from the Glass Art Society and numerous business commissions. 2008- 2021 Mr. Alloway was a professor at Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio and the director of the glass art studio, where he developed and built the first hot glass facility for the college in 2012. Currently, Brian has formed a private company called Thermasphere LLC. The company specializes in manufacturing and servicing equipment related to the glass and ceramic fields, while continuing to make glass designed products.

Educational Background

BFA, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, Ohio.

MFA, Kent State University Kent, Ohio


Melting Faces with Monsters

Chad Parker
Torchworking and Marble Making 
Friday, June 16 - Sunday, June 18
10:00am - 6:00pm Each Day

Prior Torchworking experience preferred

The class will mostly consist of working on the compression technique on solid rod but we will go over the basics of rounding out marbles and finishing them also.  Any other techniques students may be interested can also be gone over too.

Major skills students should expect to take away:  basic marble making skills along with drawing on glass and making that into a marble or pendant.

Chad A. Parker was born and raised north of Pittsburgh, PA. He has worked with metal and production work most of his life, but got into glass about 15 years ago and has been concentrating mostly on marbles the entire time.

Instagram - @monstermarblez

Exploring Jewelry Making Techniques

Sigrun Simmons- Rank
Friday, July 28 - Sunday, July 30
10:00am - 6:00pm

All Levels

The workshop will teach a variety of techniques to complement your glass beads and cabochons. They include Cuttlebone casting, Water casting, and making Metal beads. 

The workshop 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, you 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.

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