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Turn hot glass into cool stuff!
3333 Lake Shore Rd.
Buffalo, NY 14219
  716-825-3333
Private mini-class in glass beadmaking
Mini Class in Glass Beadmaking (Introduction) 
or DIY Glass Icicles Mini Class
​Learn how to make your own beautiful glass beads and enter the mystical and ancient world of "lampworking." This 3-hour clinic will introduce you to the art of safely flameworking soft glass. By the end of this session, you should have enough skill to work at the torch independently.You will learn to melt glass rods, wrap molten glass around thin steel rods (mandrels), and create basic beads and explore various surface decorations. You will produce 3-6 colorful treasures that you can turn into jewelry on your own.
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Age: 15 years thru adult, younger students considered case-by-case
         If under 18 years old, must have parent's written approval

Prerequisites: none

Price: $75
           When 2-4 people sign up together, each receives a $10 studio credit that can be used 
           on glass, rental time, or items for sale

Class size: maximum of 4 
Duration:  3 hours, plus 1 hour of free studio time within 30 days to practice your skills

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Click here to register for How to Make Glass Beads
Glass beads made by a student
How to Make Glass Beads (3-hour Intensive)
Enjoy a unique experience and gather stories to tell with 2-3 of your friends.  Learn to make glass beads or fuse glass.) Following your 3-hours of private instruction, you are invited to relax in our lounge and enjoy any refreshments you'd like to bring. Your class will be scheduled around your needs, any day of the week, including evenings and weekends. 

Pick up your project(s) after they have been annealed (cooled gradually to remove thermal stress) or they can be mailed to you for $6 payable to the instructor. 

Age: 15 years thru adult
         If under 18 years old, must have parent's written approval
Prerequisites: none
Price: $65 per person
Class size: maximum of 5
Duration:  3 hours, plus 1 hour of free studio time within 30 days to practice your skills

To schedule or for more information: Call 716-825-3333 or e-mail
Glass beads made by a student
Fun Nite Out (Private Class) - Flameworking or Fusing
Looking for a unique bachelorette? Your choice:
    *    Make color-coordinated Pandora-style or 3mm hole beads for the bride and one for each woman in the bridal party   
          OR
    *    Make a set of 5" x 5" fused plates for the bride 

Bring your cameras and your best wishes. You are welcome to decorate the studio and lounge and bring your own refreshments to share after the class. (Small refrigerator, microwave, and coffee pot available for your use.) Your class will be scheduled around your needs, any day of the week, including evenings and weekends. 

Age: 15 years thru adult
         If under 18 years old, must have parent's written approval

Prerequisites: none

Price: $65 per person

Class size: maximum of 6
Duration:  3 hours

To schedule or for more information: Call 716-825-3333 or e-mail
Bachelorette (Private Class) - Flameworking or Fusing
Now that you've gotten a taste of working with glass, you know there's so much more to learn. We will focus on expanding your skills, improving your heat control, and experimenting with new techniques, including shaping beads into barrels and lentils; raking, twisting, and plunging dots; and making ruffle beads, hollow beads, imploded discs, and tiger beads.

    Session 1: Dots and Shapes
    Session 2: Discs and Hollows
    Session 3: Encasing and Canes

Age: 15 years thru adult
         If under 18 years old, must have parent's written approval

Prerequisites: Ability to pull 3mm stringer, make consistent twisted cane, create round beads with puckered sides, apply well-placed uniform dots

Price: $210 ($70 per session)
Class size: maximum of 8 

Duration:  9 hours of demonstrations and hands-on practice
                spread over 3 sessions, plus 3 hours free studio time.  

Registration: Classes are scheduled to meet the needs and time frames of qualified students. To be placed on the waiting list, call 716-825-3333 or e-mail us. 
Glass bead made by a student
Next Steps in Beadmaking (Three 3-hour Sessions)
Interested in trying off-mandrel work?This class is for you. Gain the freedom to design and execute projects on any axis. Learn to support your work with glass rods (puntils) rather than mandrels. 

Session 1:  leaf pendants, icicle earrings
Session 2:  round pendants with various surface decorations, tear drop implosion pendants
Session 3:  penguin and swan sculptures

Age: 15 years thru adult
         If under 18 years old, must have parent's written approval

Prerequisites: Demonstrate good heat control and comfort with basic tools (eg., marver, tweezers).

Price: $210
           When 2-8 people sign up together, each receives a $20 refund
Class size: maximum of 8 

Duration:  9 hours of demonstrations and hands-on practice
                  spread over 3 sessions, plus 3 hours free studio time 

Registration: Classes are scheduled to meet the needs and time frames of qualified students. 
To be placed on the waiting list, call 716-825-3333 or e-mail us.
Glass icicle earrings project taught in class
Off-Hand Fundamentals (Three 3-hour Sessions)
After you've been working at the torch for a while, you may hit a plateau or realize you are being held back by a few technical problems. Perhaps one or more of your skills needs to be tweaked? Maybe you'd like to learn a specific project or technique or prefer to learn in a private setting? Vicki would be happy to work with you one to one to help you reach your goals.  
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Age: 15 years thru adult
         If under 18 years old, must have parent's written approval

Prerequisites: none

Price: $40/hour for 1 person
           $60/hour for 2 people working on the same skills/projects

Class size: maximum 2
Duration:  1 hour

To schedule or for more information: Call us at 716-825-3333 or e-mail us to discuss your needs and schedule a mutually convenient time 
Individual coaching in lampworking
Individual Coaching
Has it been some time since you took "How to Make Glass Beads?" If it has been, you probably feel a little rusty. If you remember a lot of the basics, our "Basic Beadmaking Refresher" may be a good choice. During this individualized refresher we will review whatever skills you'd like from our introductory class. Our goal is to ensure you are safe and will feel comfortable working at the torch on your own. 
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Age: 15 years thru adult
         If under 18 years old, must have parent's written approval

Prerequisites: "How to Make Glass Beads" ​or equivalent

Price: $40/hour for 1 person,  $60/hour for 2 people
Class size: maximum 2

Duration:  1-2 hours, based on your needs

To schedule or for more information: Call us at 716-825-3333 or e-mail us to schedule a mutually convenient time 
Refresher class in glass beadmaking basics
Basic Beadmaking Refresher
Group demos in lampworking
Would your group like to learn about something new and exciting?Come visit Expressive Glass and see how Vicki "turns hot glass into cool stuff." You will be amazed! Each attendee will leave with one of Vicki's glass beads. Fun for all ages!
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Age:  8 thru adult
         If under 18 years old, must have adequate adult supervision

Prerequisites: None

Price: $10-$25 per person, dependent on time and activities

lass size: maximum 15
Duration:  1-2 hours, based on your needs

To schedule or for more information: Call us at 716-825-3333 or e-mail us to explore your options and plan your custom event
Group Demos
For more information, please
or call 716-825-3333
Not ready for the full 3 hour experience at a torch yet? Sign up for a mini class and try your hand at making a bead or an icicle from molten glass. Vicki will guide you through the hands-on process step-by-step. Beads will be placed on your choice of a necklace, key chain, or bookmark. Icicles will be hung from braided metallic cord. This mini class is modeled after the beadmaking experience offered at the Corning Museum of Glass.

Pick up your project(s) after they have been annealed (cooled gradually to remove thermal stress) or they can be mailed to you for $7 payable to the instructor. 

Age: 10+ years thru adult
         If under 18 years old, must be with a responsible adult.

Prerequisites: none

Price: $20 per bead or icicle

Class size: private class with one-on-one instruction 
                  You may bring up to 5 people in your group
Duration: 30-45 minutes per project per person

To schedule or for more information: Call 716-825-3333 or 
e-mail

Policies and Pointers: Please review before your class

Registration and Payment: Once you've scheduled the date and time of your class, please complete a registration form and pay for at least one project per person.

Click here to register for Mini Class in Glass Beadmaking
Click here to register for DIY Glass Icicles Mini Class
Classes
Private Coaching
Studio Rental/Supplies
Jewelry and Sculptures
GIFT CERTIFICATES
Contact us and we'll email your certificate
Click on class title or scroll down for class descriptions
Flameworking Classes
(melting rods/tubes of glass at a torch)
How to Make Glass Beads (3-hour Intensive)
Fun Nite Out (Private Class) - Flameworking or Fusing

Bachelorette (Private Class) - Flameworking or Fusing
Next Steps in Beadmaking (Three 3-hour Sessions)
Off-Hand Fundamentals (Three 3-hour Sessions)
"A little bit of Corning 
in Buffalo's backyard"

Ask about our private 
classes and group demos
Classes
Private Coaching
Studio Rental/Supplies
Jewelry and Sculptures
GIFT CERTIFICATES
Contact us and we'll email your certificate
Join us for 
Open Torch (rental)
See our Calendar for dates
and by appointment. 
Call to reserve your spot.
If you have the flameworking skills 
to work independently,
Icicles Galore (Seasonal Class)
Create lovely glass icicles to adorn your Christmas tree or hang in your window all year long. During the class, you will learn how to melt and stretch clear and colored glass at a stationary torch under close supervision. You may also be able to make a smaller version of the icicle to wear as a pendant. No experience is necessary - only a willingness to try.

Pick up your project(s) after they have been annealed (cooled gradually to remove thermal stress) or they can be mailed to you for $6 payable to the instructor. 

Age: 15 years through adult
  If under 18 years old, you must be accompanied by responsible adult

Prerequisites: none, no experience required. Experienced lampworkers welcome

Class fees: $60 per person

Class size: Maximum 4
Duration: 2.5 hours

Click here to review our calendar
Click here to register for Icicles Galore
Icicles Galore
Make several glass pendants with beautiful floral designs that you will be proud to wear or give as gifts. You will be amazed and mesmerized as you learn to melt and manipulate glass at a stationary torch under close supervision. No experience is necessary - only a willingness to try. Each pendant will be placed on an adjustable cord or, if you prefer, it can be placed on a sterling silver chain for an additional fee.

Pick up your project(s) after they have been annealed (cooled gradually to remove thermal stress) or they can be mailed to you for $6 payable to the instructor. 

Age: 15 years through adult
  If under 18 years old, you must be accompanied by responsible adult

Prerequisites: None.  No experience required. Experienced lampworkers welcome

Class fees: $60 per person

Class size: Maximum 4
Duration: 2.5 hours

Click here to review our calendar
Click here to register for Floral Glass Pendants​
Floral Glass Pendants  (Flameworking)
From the Heart Glass Pendants (Seasonal Class)
From the Heart Glass Pendant  (Flameworking)
Try your hand at blowing your own Christmas ornaments. After learning how to light a torch, you will be taught the process of gently heating, rotating and blowing an ornament. Because this is a challenging skill, expect varying degrees of success.  

During the class, you may blow a maximum of three ornaments and will be gifted one ornament blown by the instructor. Time permitting, you may blow additional ornaments at $10 per ornament. 

Pick up your ornaments after they have been annealed (heated and cooled gradually to remove thermal stress) or they can be mailed to you for $7 payable to the instructor.


Age: 15 years through adult
  If under 18 years old, you must be accompanied by responsible adult

Prerequisites: None. All levels from complete novice to experienced flameworker are 
  welcome

Class fees: $60 per person

Class size: Maximum 4
Duration: 2.5 hours

Click here to review our calendar
Click here to register for Blown Ornaments

Glass Leaf Pendants (Seasonal Class)
Make beautiful glass leaf pendants you will be proud to wear or give as a gift. Learn to melt and manipulate glass at a stationary torch under close supervision. You will be amazed at how glass glows and stretches when it’s hot. No experience is necessary - only a willingness to try. 

Pick up your project(s) after they have been annealed (heated and cooled gradually to remove thermal stress) or they can be mailed to you for $7 payable to the instructor. 

Age: 15 years through adult
  If under 18 years old, you must be accompanied by responsible adult

Prerequisites: None.  No experience required. Experienced lampworkers welcome

Class fees: $60 per person

Class size: Maximum 4
Duration: 2.5 hours

Click here to review our calendar 
Click here to register for Glass Leaf Pendants
Glass Leaf Pendants  (Flameworking)
Blown Ornaments (Flameworking)
Make several beautiful heart pendants working "off hand" (without a steel mandrel to support your work.) Experiment with frit (crushed glass) and raked canes to decorate your hearts and make each an individual masterpiece.  Place your pendants on an adjustable cord or, if you prefer, on a sterling silver chain for an additional fee.

Pick up your hearts after they have been annealed (cooled gradually to remove thermal stress) or they can be mailed to you for $7 payable to the instructor. 

Age: 15 years through adult
  If under 18 years old, you must be accompanied by responsible adult

Prerequisites: Basic lampworking skills and comfort working at a torch.  Advanced beginner and intermediate lampworkers welcome

Class fees: $60 per person

Class size: Maximum 4
Duration: 2.5 hours

Contact us to schedule a class.
Blown Ornaments (New Seasonal Class)