Mondays and Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Thursdays and Fridays

Jessica Tsai is a Taiwanese-American glassblower and fabricator based in Philadelphia. She earned her BFA in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design. In 2019 she completed the Scientific Glass Technology program at Salem Community College.  

Her work is primarily flameworked Borosilicate glass that ranges from sculpture to jewelry to pipes. Through observation and study, Jessica aims to pay respect to the intricacies of the natural world, both beautiful and discomforting. As a craftsperson, she enjoys the problem-solving process and attention to detail required to sculpt lifeforms and achieve hyperrealism in a difficult material. 

She has taught flameworking at UrbanGlass and Salem Community College and demonstrated at the 2023 International Flameworking Conference, the 2023 Glass Art Society Conference, and Tyler School of Art.  


When: Mondays and Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Thursdays and Fridays, Jul 22 - Jul 26
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Dates: Jul 22, 23, 24, 25, 26
Tuition $900.00
Instructor: Jessica Tsai

A micro world is a miniature environment of the natural world. In this class, we will focus on a close examination of a real-life critter, insect or otherwise, and create a context for it, a nod to the natural history diorama. This class will focus on the style of realism. Starting out with sketches as a reference, you will learn to sculpt small with borosilicate glass, while still retaining detail. Scale, proportion, anatomy, texture, color, and movement will all be important elements to consider when sculpting lifelike subject matter. You are encouraged to come with ideas and reference images to create your own little world that tells a story about your critter. What is its behavior, habitat, food source, etc?

Flameworking techniques that will be taught include precise heat control, bridging, assembly of small components, how to create sculptures that look delicate but are still structural, and basic color application. We will also go over what makes an interesting composition. This class will be for those looking to level up their small sculpting skills. Students should have some basic flameworking experience.

9 of 10 seats available.