What if I have an appointment but I'm not feeling well or have been exposed to covid? ***Please email me immediately to reschedule. I don't require proof of vaccination but do ask that if you are feeling sick or have come into contact with someone that is then let me know especially if it's covid. There's no penalty or fee to reschedule & it's best to be on the safe side.
What covid safety precautions are there or should I take? Masks are required in the building & students wear them during the lesson. They can of course be pulled down when glassblowing is happening. There's hand sanitizer in the building, the bathrooms are cleaned daily, and there's fresh air/ventilation in the room. And as stated above, if you're not feeling well please contact me to reschedule.
How can I make an appointment?
Please visit the Class Schedule Tab to see the available time slots then use the form on that page to enter all your information with the date & time you choose. If you have any questions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
How much are lessons?
The 3 hour lesson for 1 person is $199 if purchased through my site or $179 Cash on arrival. The 3 hour Private lesson for 2 people is $259 if purchased through my site or $219 Cash on arrival. Check the calendar before purchasing to make sure the date you want is available. Thanks!
What if I need to reschedule?
Please give at least 48 hours notice to reschedule by either emailing Eric at email@example.com - or Cell 603-283-8039* My life revolves around your appointment & I sometimes travel from other states be there for your class so ample notice is required.
What if I missed the opportunity to redeem my Groupon, Living Social or Amazon Local?
Please Email me with you name(s), telephone number(s), Voucher Number(s) at firstname.lastname@example.org to work out scheduling & payment details.
What's the address & where should I park?
My new studio address is 86 Joy street, Somerville MA 02143 ATTENTION: There are 2 hour parking spots located on Joy street in front of the building & down the road also. Visitor pass is an option. Please call Eric at 603-283-8039 when you Arrive. *Carpooling is recommended:)
What should I wear?
My studio is heated so layers to remove are a good idea after coming in from the cold during winter months. Close toed shoes are a must(No Flip Flops/Sandals). Cotton clothes work best(Avoid melt-able highly flammable clothes like polyester or poofy wool sweaters). I recommend jeans, a cotton shirt & a cotton hooded sweatshirt if it's a cold day. *Clothes that you don't mind getting dirty* - During Summer months the studio gets pretty warm so dress lightly(Shorts, t-shirt etc..) Bring water to drink.
What should I bring with me?
Bring a mask, also bring your printed Voucher Number/Gift certificate if you have one or have it ready to pull up on your phone for scanning if it's a groupon. Also bring something to drink & a snack of your liking. Beer & wine are acceptable. (*See "What should I wear"*)
What kinds of things do you make?
I work with Pyrex/borosilicate glass so the possibilities are nearly endless. I create sculptural animals, creatures & sea life, marbles, beads, rings, ornaments, jars, glassware, pendants, paperweights, trees, shot glasses, ashtrays & much much more. Currently I create a variety of over a 100 different styles of pieces.
The minimum age requirement is 16 yrs old to take the class. All students under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or person over 18. The class space is limited to 2 students per session max! Larger classes will be available in the future.
What is included with the 3 hour lesson?
The lesson includes all glass & supplies needed during the 3 hours.(Color is limited to a fair amount per student). All finished products by the students can be picked up at a later date. Shipping is available for a fee through the Shop section of my site* If you're purchasing the lesson with Cash then shipping your pieces will be included.
Is there a risk of injury?
Glassblowing/Flameworking is fairly safe. I give a quick lesson on proper safety in the shop. Although it's not expected, minor burns or cuts can occur on a rare occasion. If this happens, my studio is properly equipped with burn cream & a medic kit.
What will I learn & be able to make?
The lesson will start with a brief discussion about safety & the equipment. Then I will give a short demo on the basics of flameworking(Welding, controlling molten glass & color stretching). Following that I will do a quick demo to show you all the steps needed to create a finished work of art such as(Beads, pendants, marbles, fridge magnets, drink stirrers, ornaments, animal/sea sculptures & smaller more manageable items for beginners). The class will allow for over 2 hours of torch time with brief tutorials & demo's to help the students understand the process of flameworking better. *Future classes will focus on more in depth lessons such as surface worked patterns, larger animals/figurines, paperweights and working with larger tubing & rods to make more intricate projects.
Can I purchase finished or custom made pieces?
I enjoy making custom glass pieces for my students & customers. Feel free to bring along a checkbook, cash, credit, or debit if you have something in mind you'd like to have me create.