Welcome to the Home page for Glass Stock West! Please read below for info & registration. Come and join us for the 17th annual Glass Stock West. Glass Stock is a sharing and collaborating event which has run for 17 strong years, starting on the Oregon Coast. Founder Deb Crowley and many other fantastic artists have shared her vision with much success! Starting with a small group of 30 friends in 2003, Glass Stock West had almost 70 attendees in Glass Stock 2015. Glass Stock has grown in popularity with artists willing to teach and share for the opportunity to learn from others. It is a chance to get “out of the box”, learn new skills, gain priceless feedback, and new inspiration in a warm, friendly and intimate setting. Deb has teamed up again with her west coast staff and “Featured Artists” to host this event in Newport, Oregon back at the coast! Opening night begins on Wednesday evening, Aug 28th, 2019 with the Meet and Greet. The event continues from August 29-Sept 1st, 2019. There will only be 30 attendee spots this year and a smaller staff with incredible classes! It really does take all of us to make it great, especially the loyal and talented staff, so let me say again a HUGE thank you to them! Hope to see all of you at Glass Stock, and remember to tell your friends!

FEATURED ARTISTS AND TEACHERS FOR 2019 The Glass Stock West featured artists are Tim Drier and Suellen Fowler for borosilicate glass and the Soft Glass Featured artist is Joy Munshower! We will have our incredible staff artists teaching some new and exciting classes as well. Special guest demos will also happen over the weekend. There will be approximately 35 classes to choose from including flameworking, fusing, sandblasting/etching, cold working, as well as wire-wrapping, bead working and much more! Contests, games and prizes, oh my! You may sign up (enter) anytime from January 2nd to August 1st by emailing your name, phone number and email address to glassstockwest@gmail.com. Questions should be sent to deb@debcrowley.com. E-Newsletters will start March 1st, everyone will get them once a month. These will have all the information you will need to be ready for the event in August! We will be accepting payments on or after May 15th, there will be information in the first newsletter on when and where to send payment. Class selection will be via telephone the weekend of May 25-26th. It doesn’t matter when you sign up as long as the event isn’t full yet!

General Information: We are very pleased to announce that we will be hosting this event at the beach in Newport, Oregon, over Labor Day Weekend. This is a 4 day event plus Wed night Meet and Greet for those who can attend. The next 3 days will be filled with 6 half-day classes, with open torch until late evening every night and Sunday will be filled with optional contests, drawings, and open torches until 6pm! You will be able to choose 4 participating torch classes, and 2 demo or “other” classes as shown in the class descriptions below. Tuition is $1,000 for all 4 1/2 days and includes class / open torch supplies and contests! A few “Other” class supplies may have a metals or kit fee that will be noted on class descriptions. We have kept the tuition as low as possible, a bargain at $250 daily for classes, open torch and festivities included! We are including all lunches and dinners cooked onsite and a fabulous Sat night BBQ under the stars!

Payment for tuition will be accepted on or after May 15th, NO earlier postmarked payments PLEASE. This is the only way to be fair to everyone! The May newsletter will have all the information you need to send in your payment and secure you spot. Remember that the early bird does catch the fatter worm! So, the sooner you pay, the better selection of classes will be available, some folks overnight the payments on May 15th. We expect to fill completely up again this year! New classes will be posted by March 25th so you can peruse what classes will be offered for 2019. The actual class schedule will be posted by May 1st. THERE ARE NO REFUNDS. You may sell (transfer) your spot in an emergency. We cannot sell it for you.

Registration Process The price for the 4 day event is $1,000. This includes 6 half day (4 hour) classes with all supplies, open torches, evening festivities. That is a mere $250 a day for endless fun! Please send the completed information detailed below to glassstockwest@gmail.com. The registration email must include the following information:

  • Your Name
  • Email Address
  • Your Lampworking business and/or Website Name
  • And a phone number for class scheduling

Class selection phone calls will be made in the order of payments received. Send your payments as soon as you can on or after May 15th. For international attendees, Money Order or Cashier’s Check in US DOLLARS is all we can accept. The sign up for classes via telephone will start on May 25th from 10am (PST) to 6pm (PST) and continue through May 26th, if necessary. You will receive two calls, one for half of the classes and another for the other half of offered classes. You will get to choose a total of 6 classes. The first call will ask you to pick 2 torch (participating) and one non-torch class (demo or “other”). The second call will ask you to pick the last three classes to include two torch classes and one “other” class. The Torch demonstrations count as 1 “other” class. We do this to allow more people to work with the featured glass artists at Glass Stock. We limit one class from each featured artist, and no more than 4 participating torch classes per attendee.

The other 2 classes will include torch demos or non-torch demos such as fusing, wire wrapping, etc. Note: Some “Other” classes may have fees. Any fees will be noted within the class descriptions below, read the whole description before picking those classes. You are not required to buy the kit or pay a fee, you may just observe an “Other” class. NO switching of classes during the event please! Please review all of our classes and have a list of desired classes ready for when we call. We can’t wait for Glass Stock West 2018 to begin, and be sure that it is sure that this event is one that you’ll remember long after it is over!

2019 CLASSES BELOW. NEW 2019 CLASS SCHEDULE WILL BE POSTED BY MAY 1ST!

Borosilicate Classes

Class SF-01 Sitting Dragon Sculpture with Suellen Fowler

Skill Level: Advanced ONLY- Seats will be drawn
Suellen will help 6 lucky students create a sitting Dragon sculpture.

Class SF-03 Boro Sculpture, Animals with Suellen Fowler

Skill Level: Intermediate, must have some lampworking experience! In this half-day workshop, the students will learn the techniques to create miniature animals using off-hand torch working techniques. These projects are formed free-hand, without form or molds. Colored glass will be provided for the class to work with.

Tools Needed: Basic lampworking tools

Class DC-01 Aquatic Goblet Stems with Deb Crowley

Skill Level: Beginning/Intermediate

Learn how to make small components and assemble into a sculpture that can be displayed
on a wood base. Or take the Bowls and Feet class to complete a small cordial cup.

 

Tools Needed: Didymium Glasses, tweezers, mini-mashers, small sharp knife, hemostats or needle nose pliers, graphite paddle, and Kevlar gloves.

 

Class KBu-01 Goblet Bowls and Feet with Kevin Bumble

Skill Level: Beginning/Intermediate

Learn how to use Borosilicate Tubing to make Goblet Bowls and Feet.  We can use your aquatic stems from that class or pull a simple stem in the demo assembly at open torch nights to complete your small cordial cup. We will not be adding the encalmos (white bands) or lip wraps shown in photo but Kevin will demo if time allows.

 

Tools Needed: Didymium Glasses, tweezers, medium grabbers (claws), graphite paddle, Kevlar gloves, 1/2″ graphite rod.

 

 

Class KBu-02 Crazy Straw Class with Kevin Bumble

Skill Level: Prior experience using boro tubing along with intermediate lampworking skills.

This class teaches bending tubing and flame chemistry.  You will learn how to bend and manipulate small tubing into fun curvy shapes for drinking.  We will take boro tubing, using flame chemistry and heat control, you will learn how to make the glass bend where you want and where not to.  We will definitely go over how to fix weird, wonky, odd and just fucked up shit with the use of glass bridges, gravity and heat.  After that we will go over how to cut or pop our ends, the benefits of each, and finally flame polishing the ends to make them look square.

 

Tools Needed: Glasses, blow hose, earplugs, cut off tool (Deb will ask and post what this means). 

Additional Fee: $7

Class KBu-02 Crazy Straw Class with Kevin Bumble

Skill Level: Prior experience using boro tubing along with intermediate lampworking skills.

Impress your friends, celebrate, get drunk! This class will go over how to get the proper amount of Glass handled up. We will also work on thickening while keeping an intentional internal bubble. We will then dress the out side with boro shards and or frit, using reactive colors we will reduce to get random lustrous oil slick patterns (hopefully). We will go over a few different methods of finishing the open ends of small vessels and discuss the pros and cons of those methods. Then you can all sip on that sweet sweet sauce with something you made yourself.

 

Tools Needed: Glasses, paddle, reamer, marver pad, and small grabbers. 

Class JB-01 Fumed Jellyfish with Joshua Beach

We’ll be working together to create dynamic jellyfish using the beautiful effects of scalloped tubing. Working from a small blank of tubing we’ll gold fume and shape a natural body. After that learn to taper and bend the cane tentacles that will stream beneath it. Finally we’ll weld it all together into one flowing seamless piece.

 

Tools Needed: Blowhose, swivel, and adapter to fit 9.5mm blowtubes; Reamer or flaring tool; Bail biter or Handy Andy; Rod rest or similar to hold attachments on punties 4-6mm; Graphite paddle; Locking hemostats or something to securely hold hot glass; Foam earplug

Class JB-02 Funglas with Joshua Beach

Have fun creating these natural looking mushrooms in boro. We’ll build colored canes, to conserve glass, and use them to sculpt two varieties of fungus. These sculptures are fun, simple, and can be made with many variations.
Tools Needed: Large Marble mold, can share; Large marver or paddle; Locking hemostats or something to securely hold small hot glass; and Rounded off graphite rod 1/2″+ or bowl push, can share.

 

Optional: Wood to mount your work on.  Joshua Beach will bring some pieces $5-$10.

Class JB-03 Striking Sea Turtle Pendant with Joshua Beach

Lets create an intriguing seaturtle pendant. We’ll use striking color frits and the rod compression technique to build patterned bodies. After building my favorite color cane we’ll use it to create the turtle’s flippers and head. Class will focus on controlling heat base and delicate punty work.

Tools Needed: Marver or large paddle; masher, masher pliers, or paddle bail biters or Handy Andys; locking hemostats or something to securely hold small hot glass; tweezers; and rod rest.

Optional Tools: Small reamer or tapered graphite rod; and 2″ marble mold.

Class FW-01 Fumed Air Trap Marbles with Felicia Wartnik

Skill Level: Intermediate
Use a pin frog, fine silver and borosilicate glass to create fantastic fumed and bubble-filled compression marbles.

 

Tools Needed: Marble Mold; Bench Roller (optional but helpful); Brass or Stainless Steel Floral Frog, if you have one; Tweezers or Pliers; and Graphite Marvering Pad.

Class EJ-02 Borosilicate Monster Eye Pendants with Emily Johnsen

Skill Level: Intermediate
 
Beads and amulets featuring eye designs are some of the earliest objects made from glass and were believed to protect the wearer from the Evil Eye. In this class you will learn a modern take on this ancient theme to produce an embellished monster eye pendant in borosilicate glass. I will demonstrate various decorations including horns, teardrops, and textures that you can use to make your eye come alive.

 

Tools Needed: Tweezers, non-serrated knife (a butter knife works well), bowl push, hemispherical marble mold, pick, reamer, hemostats or grabber.

Class DF-01 Glass Pens from Boro Tubing with Drew Ford

Skill Level: Beginning/Intermediate
 
In this class, there will be several Boro basics that will be covered including: Flame Chemistry; Controlling a Heat Base; Compressing a Dot Pattern; Wrap and Rake; Pressing a Maria; Stretching a Waste; Punties and Seals; and Terminations. We will be starting with a discussion, a demo of techniques and then everyone better have fun!!

 

Tools Needed: Glasses, marver pad, hand paddle, tweezers, pen and paper, and whatever makes you comfortable.

Class HS-01 Vortex Marbles with Hugh Salkind

Skill Level: All Skill Levels
 

In this 4-hour hands-on class, students will learn how to make the perfect vortex marble.  All students will leave class with several marbles they have made.

Tools Needed: Tweezers, marble mode and paddle per student.

Class HS-02 Faceted Pendants with Hugh Salkind

Skill Level: All Skill Levels
 

In this hands-on class, students will learn how to make pendants with embedded opal or dichroic images. Students will then learn faceting techniques on a lapidary wheel to reveal the hidden objects inside the pendant. All students will leave class with a pendant they have made.

Tools Needed: Tweezers, marble mode and paddle per student.

Soft Glass Classes

Class DP-02 Blown Hollow Beads and Vessels with Donna Prunkard

Learn two approaches to blowing hollow beads or vessels. We’ll start with a review of disc beads, then blow hollow beads using a hollow puffy mandrel. Next, we will blow vessels off the end of a blowpipe. We will explore various ways to decorate the hollows, including frit and scrollwork.

Tools Needed: Basic Flameworking tools. Two types of hollow mandrels: ¼ inch hollow blowpipe tubing and any diameter hollow tube with small blow hole on the side (some will be available for sale from instructor).

Class EJ-01 Lampwork Glass and Wire Flowers with Emily Johnsen

Skill Level: Beginner
 
In this class you will learn how to create realistic flowers out of soft glass and wire. Petals, leaves, and centers are sculpted on the tips of individual pieces of wire and are then assembled into a flower using florist tape. I will demonstrate sculpting and assembly and provide florist tape so that you can assemble your flower after the pieces are out of the kiln.

 

Tools Needed: Tweezers, pick, non-serrated knife, florist frog, locking hemostats or rod holder, needle nose pliers, masher or graphite paddle.  A leaf press is also good if you have one.

Additional Fees: $5 for wire and florist tape.

Class JM-02 Octopus DEMO with Joy Munshower (Working Class Part 2 for JM-01)

Spend a day with me learning how to sculpt a 3S Octopus cluthing a rock.  In this class you will learn the fundamentals of sculpting in bas-relief as well as 3D.  Y Students will also learn how to use specialty tools and scalpels to facilitate and ease sculpting in low-relief style as well as in 3D.  Some photo and diagram reference will be provided to students to better illustrate shape, anatomy, and composition breakdown. 

Required Tools: 12 inch 3/32” mandrels; **Dip ‘N Go SLUDGE ULTRA** bead release from Arrow Springs.com; 6” Italian Style Tweezers from www.Arrow Springs.com (Part# TW-ITALIAN6); Xiem Studio Tools Stainless Steel Carving Set (Red Set- PSTS9MC-10081): http://www.clay-king.com/pottery_tools/xiem_tools.html; Stainless Steel Scalpel #4 Handle with #21 scalpel blades : http://www.amazon.com/STAINLESS-SCALPEL-SURGICAL-HTI-RAND/dp/B00K4CPHKW/ref=sr_1_24?ie=UTF8&qid=1424109254&sr=8-24&keywords=stainless+steel+scalpel+handle; SE- Pin Punch Set – Steel, Short Shaft, 8pc (steel is better than brass): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N2LGZUQ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o08__o00_s02?ie=UTF8&psc=1; 1/16” or 3/32” Tungsten Straight Rake/Poke Tool (Arrow Springs Part# TUN116REPL or Part# TUN332REPL); Mandrel Pin Vise (Optional but very handy!) from Arrow Springs.com (Part# VISEMAN); A table fish knife or butter knife without a serrated edge is helpful.

Marvers or graphite pads are also needed for shaping base beads.  Students should bring the tools they use regulary in their studios as well as their glasses.

 

Class JM-03 Cock-a-Doodle-Do Class

Students will be sculpting bas-relief style beads with an emphasis in surface texture detail and cane application. Students will learn how to sculpt a Rooster/Hen from both photo reference and instructor-drawn examples. Students will learn how to break down the shapes of a chicken and how to apply those shapes to sculpting in a bas-relief or low-relief style on a base bead. Students will also learn how to make complex canes and how to apply those to mimic “feathers”. Students will also learn how to use specialty tools and scalpels to facilitate and ease sculpting in a low-relief style as well as in 3-D. Some photo and diagram reference will be provided to the students to better illustrate shape, anatomy and composition breakdown

Other Classes

Class KH-01 Copper Enamel Earrings with Kathy Harmon

Make 2 pair of earrings. There will be a variety of shapes to pick from. Learn to enamel on copper in a kiln. We will be using murrini’s and dichro dots to decorate. Ear wires are included.

What to Bring? Bring a mask to wear for enameling

Additional Fees: $15

Class KH-02 Copper Enamel Pendant with Kathy Harmon

Learn how to make this copper enamel pendant.  We will saw copper and emboss, and then enamel with liquid powder using map gas. No additional tools are required.

Additional Fees: $15

Class DP-01 Ukrainian Eggs Class with Donna Prunkard

Pysanky are traditional eastern European Easter eggs made using a wax-resist process similar to batik. Designs are drawn on the egg with melted beeswax using a tiny brass funnel called a kistka. The egg is dipped in a light color dye, waxed to mask a new pattern, dipped in another color, waxed again, and so on. After the final color, the wax is removed to reveal the multicolor design. The finished eggs are blown out and protected with a coat of varnish.

Class HS-03 Faceting-Beveling with Hugh Salkind

Cut facets and windows into slid glass beads pendants and marbles! Bring your own hidden treasures made at home or open torch!

Class KB-01 Shells, Steampunk, and Shiny Objects with Kris Ball

We’ll make unique jewelry using shells, crystals, steampunk, and other found objects. Choose from pendants, rings, and bracelets with resin and crystal clay. No experience necessary, but creative ideas are encouraged!

All materials, tools, findings, shells from around the world, resin, and crystal clay will be provided. Bring any special components you want to use. We should be able to complete 5 or more pieces, depending on the level of detail you choose.

Additional Fee: $20

Class LT-01 Painting with Flame on Copper with Leslie Thiel

Skill Level: Beginner
We will be finishing and smoothing copper cut outs and experiment getting color on copper with only a flame.  We will be using a small torch to apply the color and then learn the options to protect your colored surface.

 

Additional Fee: $15

Class LT-02 Wire Wrapped Basics with Leslie Thiel

Skill Level: Beginner
Using simple materials we will wrap beads  to create a lovely set.

 

Additional Fee: $10

Class DC-02 Fused Dichroic Bug Pins with Deb Crowley

Skill Level: Beginner
Have a blast making these little dichroic bug pendants or magnets! You can see how to add copper for legs and add beads after firing so they stand up too! All supplies are included, these make great gifts!

Class PP-01 Fine Silver Stack Rings with Patty Pulliam

Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Learn how to fuse fine silver and add decorative accents to make a trio of fun stackable rings. All materials supplied.
 
Additional Fee: $50

Class PP-02 Wirestorm Beads with Patty Pulliam

Skill Level: Beginner
Using some wire and a few bits and baubles, we will create fun, free form beads full of energy and fun. Bring along working pliers, small beads and charms, 3/16″ or 1/8″ mandrel.  Wire provided.
 
Additional Fee: $10

Class CW-01 Vitrigraph with Chris Warrington

Learn to pull cane and murine using a vitrigraph kiln. We will show you different ways to load the kiln pots with colors and patterns to achieve different effects in your cane. Also a fun way to use up your shorts or scraps.  There will be samples and demos of what you can make using the cane. You will also have a chance to pull some of the cane and take some of it home.

Class FW-02 Riveted Cuff Bracelet with Felicia Wartnik

Skill Level: Beginner
I’ll provide the silver and copper.  You bring the bring the beads to make a colorful cuff bracelet. You’ll add texture to a strip of sterling silver, cut, drill and dome discs or dome a flower and rivet on one or more of your own beads onto the silver strip before bending it to form a bracelet. We’ll go a little more high tech with this project, using a flex shaft to drill and rivet.

Materials/Tools:  Students should bring the following: Several annealed spacer beads made on 1/16” mandrels.   

 

Additional Fee: $15

Class ED-01 Leather Cuff with Etched Copper and Bead Decoration with Elizabeth Dauch

Skill Level: All Skill Levels
Create a simple and stylish leather cuff bracelet with etched copper and bezel set stone or lapped glass droplet/bead.  We will be using multiple techniques: applying a resist and metal etching pattern into the copper with FeCL, bezel setting a cabochon stone or lapped bead using a hand torch to solder and finally attaching the metal plate to the leather with rivets or cord and setting the snap closures.

Materials/Tools:  Jewelry tools (pliers, shears, tweezers, etc) highly recommended.

 

Additional Fee: $10 to cover leather, copper, stones/beads and findings.

Demonstration Classes

Class DM-01 6″ Snowflake Ornament Borosilicate DEMO with Drake Masuda

 

Class DM-02 “FibonacciComb” Pendant DEMO with Drake Masuda

Two layer solid-solor blowout, graduated dot honeycomb, borosilicate class.

Class JT-01 Froggie Plant Pet DEMO with Julia Tachihara

Build a small, colorful,l poison dart frog sitting on a branch at the end of a mandrel. Glass will be attached to bare mandrel to be used as plant stake or can be built over bead release to be used as a pendent. Use layered stringers to build up branch and bright Effetre colors for the frog.

Class JM-01 Octopus DEMO with Julia Tachihara (Required Part 1 for JM-02)

Spend a day with me learning how to sculpt a 3S Octopus cluthing a rock.  In this class you will learn the fundamentals of sculpting in bas-relief as well as 3D.  Y Students will also learn how to use specialty tools and scalpels to facilitate and ease sculpting in low-relief style as well as in 3D.  Some photo and diagram reference will be provided to students to better illustrate shape, anatomy, and composition breakdown. 

Required Tools: 12 inch 3/32” mandrels; **Dip ‘N Go SLUDGE ULTRA** bead release from Arrow Springs.com; 6” Italian Style Tweezers from www.Arrow Springs.com (Part# TW-ITALIAN6); Xiem Studio Tools Stainless Steel Carving Set (Red Set- PSTS9MC-10081): http://www.clay-king.com/pottery_tools/xiem_tools.html; Stainless Steel Scalpel #4 Handle with #21 scalpel blades : http://www.amazon.com/STAINLESS-SCALPEL-SURGICAL-HTI-RAND/dp/B00K4CPHKW/ref=sr_1_24?ie=UTF8&qid=1424109254&sr=8-24&keywords=stainless+steel+scalpel+handle; SE- Pin Punch Set – Steel, Short Shaft, 8pc (steel is better than brass): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N2LGZUQ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o08__o00_s02?ie=UTF8&psc=1; 1/16” or 3/32” Tungsten Straight Rake/Poke Tool (Arrow Springs Part# TUN116REPL or Part# TUN332REPL); Mandrel Pin Vise (Optional but very handy!) from Arrow Springs.com (Part# VISEMAN); A table fish knife or butter knife without a serrated edge is helpful.

Marvers or graphite pads are also needed for shaping base beads.  Students should bring the tools they use regulary in their studios as well as their glasses.

 

Class SF-02 Sitting Dragon Sculpture DEMO with Suellen Fowler

Suellen will demo a sitting Dragon sculpture.
Photo to be posted soon….

Evening Demos

Class AD-01 Gotta Have Some Heart EVENING DEMO with Ann DeHoff

In this evening demo class, I will show you how to make hearts with soft glass and boro.

 

Class JB-04 Sea Turtle EVENING DEMO with Joshua Beach

Learn the processes of sculpting a graceful sea turtle conversation piece.  I will show how to create and shallowly compress a colored pattern into it’s shell, then form a large lens to showcase it.  After shaping the body I’ll demonstrate some great looking color combinations for making the turtle’s flippers. Finally I’ll shape, bridge, and weld it’s attachments into a piece that looks right at home under the waves.

2019 Schedule Below