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At 17, Erin Garmezy became enamored with glass as an artistic medium. She assisted two local glassblowers in her hometown before attending Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts. Garmezy studied glassblowing at VCU arts, earning both a BFA in craft/material studies and a BFA in art education in 2007. She now works both on the torch and in the hot shop, creating realistic and delicate lifeforms made of glass, and frequently collaborates with her husband, Grant Garmezy. She has taught glass workshops at the Chrysler Museum of Art, the Glass Furnace in Turkey, Flint Institute of Arts, and Pilchuck Glass School, among others. Her work was featured on the cover of Glass Art Magazine. 


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Flameworking Glass Flora
When: Mondays and Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Thursdays and Fridays, Jun 3 - Jun 7
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Dates: Jun 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Tuition $900.00
Instructor: Erin Garmezy

Learn how to create botanical works on the torch using borosilicate glass. You will learn basic techniques for sculpting leaves, flowers, vines, and other flora. You will assemble multiple floral components using glass support techniques, with a focus on strong welds and connections.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Light and adjust a table-mounted flameworking torch, and a hand-held mini torch

2. Apply color to clear glass using glass rods

3. Form borosilicate glass rods into leaves, petals, and other botanical parts

4. Assemble parts together using bridging techniques and welding to create vines, succulents, flowers, and/or other botanicals that they have in mind.

Some previous experience working on a flameworking torch, or with glass in general, is helpful, but not required. All levels are welcome.

Students should bring:

1. Their own tools and glass color, if desired (not required). PGC will provide clear and colorful glass for student use.

2. Safety glasses for working with colorful borosilicate glass (if not provided by the studio).

3. Inspiration images, books, sketchbooks, or otherwise that could be used as reference material.

4. A positive attitude!

8 of 10 seats available.