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Turn hot glass into cool stuff!
3333 Lake Shore Rd.
Buffalo, NY 14219
  716-825-3333
Learn to Make Beautiful Glass Beads
Ever wonder how those beautiful glass beads are made? Now you can learn to make them yourself right here in Buffalo, NY. Expressive Glass offers classes for every level of student, from the person who has never held a rod of glass to experienced flameworkers.  Each class has been designed by a training professional who will help you succeed. We limit the class size of our introductory classes to 4 people to make sure you get plenty of individualized instruction.

We recognize that when it comes to learning, one size does NOT fit all. We tailor the learning to the learner. Each of our classes incorporates every learning style and provides plenty of individual attention. Whether you are left-handed or right-handed, whether you learn best by seeing, doing, or hearing, you will find yourself developing and mastering new skills in glass work.
Sign up for one of the following classes. For several of our classes you will receive a discount when you share the experience with 1-3 of your friends. We look forward to welcoming you to Expressive Glass and helping you "turn hot glass into cool stuff!"
Instruction Tailored to Your Needs
Find a Class for You
Private mini-class in glass beadmaking
Mini Class in Glass Beadmaking (Introduction)
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. 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: 16 years thru adult
         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 
           refund

Class size: maximum of 4 

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

To Register: follow the link 
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. (The class content is the same as "How to Make Glass Beads.") 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. 

Age: 16 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)
Looking for a unique bachelorette? Make color-coordinated Pandora-style or 3mm hole beads for the bride and one for each woman in the bridal party. (Bracelets available for purchase.) 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: 16 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 bead made at bachelorette
Bachelorette (Private Class)
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.

Age: 16 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
           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 2 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 (9-hour intensive)
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. During the class we will create icicle ornaments, leaf pendants, icicle earrings, round pendants with surface decoration, tear drop implosion pendants, and penguin and swan sculptures. 

Age: 16 years thru adult
         If under 18 years old, must have parent's written approval

Prerequisites: Demonstrate good heat control and comfort with basic tools (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 2 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 (9-hour Intensive)
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? Vicki would be happy to work with you one to one to help you reach your goals.  
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Age: 16 years thru adult
         If under 18 years old, must have parent's written approval

Prerequisites: none

Price: $35/hour for 1 person
          $50/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: 16 years thru adult
         If under 18 years old, must have parent's written approval

Prerequisites: "How to Make Glass Beads", previously called "Glass Beadmaking - the First Steps" 

Price: $25/hour for 1 person

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.  
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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

Class 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
"A little bit of Corning 
in Buffalo's backyard"

Ask about our private 
classes and group demos
Not ready for the full 3 hour experience yet? Sign up for this mini class and try your hand at making a bead from molten glass. Vicki will guide you through the hands-on process step-by-step and will place your finished bead on your choice of a necklace, key chain, or bookmark. This mini class is modeled after the beadmaking experience offered at the Corning Museum of Glass.

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

Prerequisites: none

Price: $20 per bead

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 the registration form and pay for at least one project per person.
Student Testimonials
Join us for Open Torch (rental)
Wednesday evenings (6:30 pm - 9:00 pm) and by appointment
If you have the skills to work independently,
Create your own beautiful icicle by melting and twisting glass in a torch. I will help you as much as you'd like throughout the process. You can make your icicle entirely from clear glass or add colorful accents. This 

Winter Special
activity is open to anyone age 12 or older.
​After you've twisted your glass, I will add a loop at the top so you can hang it on your Christmas tree or in your window to reflect the sunlight. 

The cost is $20 per person per icicle.

Sign up online before all the spaces fill up. If you have a group of 3 or 4, contact me to schedule a private session.