Mondays and Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Thursdays and Fridays

Joe Hobbs lives and works on the Gulf Coast of northwest Florida. He was introduced to glassblowing at California College of Art as a drawing and painting major. Always pursuing a way to apply his imagery onto hot glass, he was awarded a winter residency at Penland School of Craft where he was able to pursue using high-fire decals of his drawings. Joe was recently awarded the Pilchuck Glass School Award for Innovation and was a demonstrating artist at the 2023 GAS conference. 


Instagram:  @Joehobbsartglass 

Drawing, Painting, and Decals in the Hot Shop
When: Mondays and Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Thursdays and Fridays, Jul 8 - Jul 12
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Dates: Jul 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Tuition $900.00
Instructor: Joe Hobbs

In this beginning to intermediate class, we will focus on basic blowing and sculpting skills by working on tumblers and shapes in clear and opaque colors. Working efficiently, improving heat control, and surveying basic blowing theories will be taught. We’ll use the pieces we make and apply enamel decals and paint enamels onto them. Then we will bring them up in the Hot Shop to fire and have another opportunity to add bits or change the shape. Instruction will be personalized to build on individual skills, and one-on-one time will be given to help find simple solutions to common struggles. Course content will include conversations on professional practice.

Each class will begin with a short lecture appropriate to the day’s objectives before moving into the Hot Shop/Cold Shop for demonstrations, followed by individual blow time. During individual blow slots, instruction will be personalized to build on each of your skills.

The instructor will provide the decals and the contacts and resources to make your own in the future.

Recommended items:


  • Imagery wanting to put on glass
  • Sketchbook/Journal
  • Blow-hose
  • Blowing glasses


10 of 12 seats available.