WORKSHOPS: Glass Blowing Oct 6-15 & Nov 24 – Dec 10

Erin’s Farm is very proud to be able to offer two workshops with Algar Dole, an off-hand blown glass artisan. Algar has studied in Seattle, Washington and Corning, New York with Josh Simpson, Milton Townsend and Ralph Mossman; with private lessons from Alan Goldfarb; in addition to demonstrations and lectures from David Levi and Sam Stang.

This could be a very unique gift for someone or addition to your prettibles!  This would be a good outing or field trip for youth or other organizations!  And, you are able to visit the Small Farmers of the Year in the Best Management Category!

Ages 5 and up can learn about glass blowing, try their hand at the ancient craft and blow an ornament, pumpkin and more. Session times vary by # of folks in a class, generally 1-2 hours. Here are the descriptions of the courses. (you are also invited to come out and watch the process)

Blow an Ornament – Ages 5 and up. $20. You select the colors. Algar (the gaffer) will shape it, gather the color and you get to blow the ornament.

The following courses are for ages 14 and up:
Make an Ornament – $35. Algar gathers the clear glass, then you gather the colors, reheat it and then blow the ornament.

Make 4 Ornaments – $105. Same as Make an Ornament, but you make 4 and get more comfortable with the process.

Make a Flower – $35 – You will select your colors and pick them up with the molten glass and reheat the glass. You will then use the tools to pull the glass to form the pedals.

Make a Pumpkin – $50.You will pick-up color, such as green, orange or yellow mix, then reheat in the furnace.. You will then blow the glass into the optic mold.(this makes the ribs of the pumpkin) You will powder the bubble with burnt sienna, this will give the rib color, you will then blow it to its final form. The pumpkin will then be knocked off in a warming can and you get to make the stem.

Make a Paperweight – $45. You will pick up the colors onto the molten glass, then using a tool, poke the colors into the glass. You will shape it with the wooden ladle.

All items take a day in the oven to slowly cool down, so will not be ready for pickup until the next day. (the paper weight takes 2 days because the bottom needs to be ground flat) There is an additional fee for shipping.