Virtual Glass Studio
In the virtual studio you have access to numerous valuable instructions and videos to help you re-imagine glass work and improve your glass-working skills. In the following posts you will explore the world of glass through the eyes of the master craftsmen who work at the Artist Center and gain an appreciation for quality material and proper technique. The glass studio also offers courses in glass blowing, lampworking, kiln shaping, and bead making.
Warm Glass Studio:
- Borosilicate Glass Blowing and Soft glass bead making
- Four Lamp-working Torches of various sizes set around large Marble Table.
Hot Glass Studio:
- Work produced at G-Studios in Tel Aviv, the Corning Museum of Glass, NY, and Pratt Art Academy in Seattle.
- Full Hot Studio: Glory Holes, Crucible and Kilns
Cold working Glass Studio
- Diamond Saw and edging sander
- Sand blaster 150cm wide x 120cm deep, front opening
Glass blowing in the hot shop is one of the most exciting techniques to watch in our studios. The glass blowing artist masters the liquid glass and flow of gravity with athletic reflexes. Gabriel has developed many fascinating techniques, which combine his skills in wood and metal.
Glass Blowing, Sculpture and Beadworking
Gabriel has developed many unique glass blowing techniques for working borosilicate glass on a torch in the warm glass studio. Borosilicate is one of the most durable and heat resistant glass types in the world, often referred to by its brand name Pyrex. He hand makes all his own glass inlays, candlestick holders, menorah fittings, knobs, and handles making his furniture and Judaica the most original on the market.
Glass Bending and Bead Shaping
Glass bending in the kiln takes great patience and a number of trials. Custom Carving has developed many techniques for combining wood and metal with kiln shaped glass. First the framework is carved from wood or welded in metal. Then a metal or fibreglass mold is cut in identical relief, glass is cut, and placed onto the mold. The kiln is carefully and slowly fired to over 750 degrees Celsius and similarly brought back to room temperature, before it is removed from the kiln and fit into the original wood or metal framework. This technique allows us to achieve perfect melding of materials rarely thought to coexist in a finished product.
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