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Turn hot glass into cool stuff!
3333 Lake Shore Rd.
Buffalo, NY 14219
  716-825-3333
Learn to "Turn Hot Glass into Cool Stuff!"
Ever wonder how those beautiful glass beads are made or where your friend got that stunning glass sun catcher from? Now you can learn to make them yourself right here in Buffalo, NY. Expressive Glass offers classes for every level of student.  Each class has been designed by a training professional who will help you succeed. We limit the class size of our classes 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.
Instruction Tailored to Your Needs
Find a Class for You
Private mini-class in glass beadmaking
Mini Class in Glass Beadmaking (Introduction) 
or DIY Glass Icicles 
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

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.  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. 

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, 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
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!"
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.

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
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: 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 (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 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", previously called "Glass Beadmaking - the First Steps" 
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
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
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.

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 the registration form and pay for at least one project per person.

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Student Testimonials
Make beautiful jewelry or decorative items from colorful pieces of glass you cut, arrange, and heat together in a kiln. Make your choice of two pendants, two pins, a pair of earrings, two refrigerator magnets, one suncatcher, one glass tile, or one night-light. Create your own design or follow one of our project templates. 

You can pick up your fused project after it’s been fired and annealed (heated and cooled gradually to remove thermal stress). If your project requires a bail, earring or pin backs, magnet or night-light assembly, complete it on a Saturday morning, the second or fourth Wednesday evening of the month, or by appointment.

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

Prerequisites: none

Price: $60, includes individualized instruction, finishing components, use of tools, and most types of glass.  Additional fees apply for multiple projects, multiple firings (if required), and dichroic glass.

Class size: maximum 4
Duration: Total 3 hours
First session:    2.5 hours
Second session (as needed):    .5 hour to complete projects                       

Click here to register for Fun with Fusing
Fun with Fusing (3 hour Intensive)
Fused fish
Fish project
Before fusing
After fusing
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 of glass at a torch)
Fusing Classes (melting layers of glass together in a kiln)
Fun with Fusing (3 hour Intensive)
How to Make Glass Beads (3-hour Intensive)
Fun Nite Out (Private Class)
Bachelorette (Private Class)
Next Steps in Beadmaking (9-hour intensive)
Off-Hand Fundamentals (9-hour Intensive)
Fun Nite Out (Private Class)
Bachelorette (Private Class)
Click on class title or scroll down for class descriptions
Twisted Glass Icicles (seasonal class)
Create lovely glass icicles to adorn your Christmas tree or hang in your window all year long. You will learn how to melt, stretch and twist glass at a stationary torch under close supervision. You may also be able to make a smaller version of an icicle to wear as a pendant. Icicles will be placed on cord, ready for hanging or wearing. 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 $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 for dates and to register

Twisted Glass Icicles  (Flameworking)
New 
Seasonal 
Classes
Seasonal 
Class
"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,
Glass Winter Icicles (Seasonal class)
Create lovely glass icicles to hang in your window and catch the winter sun. Next year you can place these beautiful pieces on your Christmas tree. 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 (heated and 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 for dates and to register

Glass Winter Icicles  (Flameworking)
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 (heated and 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 for dates and to register
Spring Glass Pendant  (Flameworking)
New 
Seasonal 
Class
Spring Glass Pendant (New seasonal class)
From the Heart Glass Pendants (New class)
From the Heart Glass Pendant  (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 $6 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: $50 per person
Class size: Maximum 4
Duration: 2 hours

Click here for dates and to register
New 
Seasonal 
Class
Seasonal 
Class