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July 2016

New Item offered in August Classes!

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Dallas Glass Art is excited to bring a new item in rotation for our August Glass Experience Class!
Now you can make a glass strawberry or a pulled flower, perfect for summertime!
Whether you’re a regular of our Saturday classes or are looking into giving it a try, we guarantee this new item is fun for everyone!

GlassStrawberries and FlowersWhen you sign-up for our Saturday class you can expect to learn how to turn the pipe, gather color onto molten glass, reheat it in a fire-y chamber and use standard glassblowing tools to shape and mold the glass!

The class is only $50 a person which includes not only the experience of working with this wonderful material but also your one-of-a-kind glass piece to take home! Each participant will choose one of the shapes offered and also choose from a wide selection of colors. Fun for the whole family!

We offer classes every Saturday of the month from 10:30-12:30 in our studio! Below is a list of the Strawberries and Flowers dates:

  • August 6th
  • August 13th
  • August 20th
  • August 27th

Sign up today!

Last Week to Sign up for Summer Camp!

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Are the kids complaining they’re bored but still need something fun and educational to do?

Check out Dallas Glass Art’s Summer Camp!

For three hours a day, August 8th through the 12th kids will learn how to make their own hand-blown three-tiered glass fountain! Enjoy a fun week full of hands-on learning labs in addition to glass art vessel blowing!

This summer camp is STEAM-powered meaning FountainPhotoaspects of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math are all applied to this one-of-a-kind summer camp experience. Fully immerse yourself in a mentally and physically exhilarating craft!

Register online today!

  • Session 2: 8/8 – 8/12
  • Camp time: 9am – 12pm
  • Ages 11 – 17
  • $400 per student
  • Camp size: min 10 – max 20 students

Summer Internship at Dallas Glass Art

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Summer Internship at Dallas Glass Art!

My name is Olivia Sisson, and this summer I had the pleasure of interning at Dallas Glass Art. I’m a studio art and geology double major at Washington and Lee University in Virginia. Last winter, I was eager to find something exciting and interesting to fill my upcoming summer. I wanted to get involved in the art world in any way possible.

First, I looked at museum and gallery internships but found that many of these positions didn’t involve direct interaction with the art. What drives my study of art is the link it requires between creativity, idea, planning, and execution. I enjoy being within the studio space, and being surrounded by the energy supplied by the individuals who inhabit the space, and the art that they make. I wanted to find a way to continue working in a studio this summer, but away from my familiar university studio. I talked to friends and family to see if they had any ideas. Very quickly I came across DGA.

After learning about DGA, I wanted to find out more about their work in the Dallas Design District. I made a few connections and was able to get in touch with Carlyn Ray, owner of DGA.  Although I didn’t have any experience with glass, Carlyn was willing to bring me on as an intern. I also heard great things about the Design District from my fellow art majors, and Texan friends. The opportunity to be around a new medium, hot glass, was intriguing to me. I booked a ticket to Dallas and was excited to check out a brand new city!

 

When I got to DGA I wasn’t sure what to expect. I quickly learned that working within a large public studio is both exciting and demanding, and requires attention to detail, and flexibility. I jumped right in and started to get familiar with the studio space and day to day activities. The goal of one of my main DGA projects was to create a way to keep track of production on blow days. I designed a system to record time spent on each project, quantity of pieces made, and color usage. With this information Carlyn is better able to assess the production costs of her installations. I was able to be more thoughtful in making this system as I learned about the way the hot shop works.

During my first week I had the chance to help run doors while Carlyn and Clay created beautiful bowls and vases for Carlyn Ray Designs. I love how glass blowing requires a great amount of communication. From watching one another’s body language to speaking concisely throughout, the process takes on a dance- like rhythm. The blow team moves about the studio, and one another, in a fast yet measured manner. In many ways, glass blowing reminds me of my lacrosse team and the way that we move with, and around, one another to score. This was a total departure from the completely independent studio work I am so used to doing at school. I enjoyed working in the hot shop at any opportunity and plan to continue learning more about the glass blowing process.

My favorite aspect of this internship was the variety of tasks I was assigned. I was challenged to integrate myself into the studio on blow days, to think managerially when designing new checklists and record sheets,  and to use my design knowledge as I worked on the website and marketing projects. I loved getting to know the amazing DGA staff and learning about their experiences in the art world and beyond. I’m sad to leave DGA and the great city of Dallas, but it was a fantastic experience all around. Thank you so much to Carlyn Ray and all of the great people who work and create at DGA!

Bachelorette Party!

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Bachelorette Party at Dallas Glass Art!

We were thrilled to host Lexie’s Bachelorette Party at DGA last Friday. A glassblowing class at DGA is a perfect way to celebrate any type of special occasion especially one that involves friends and family! With our professional glass instructors, class participants will get a tour of our amazing studio, an intro to the history of glass, guidance in mastering the basics of the glass process, and finally will get to create their very own hand blown glass pieces.

At DGA our goal is to help you get the most out of your glass experience and to have fun while doing it. Events like birthdays, anniversaries, and bachelorette/bachelor parties are made all the more special when experiencing a new art form with one another. Everyone in attendance at last week’s Bachelorette party got to spend time together, expand their creative art experiences, and walk away with a special moment of the occasion.

Congratulations on getting married Lexie. Everyone at DGA was grateful to get to know you and your friends, and we look forward to having you all pick up your beautiful pieces!

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Summer Camp at DGA!

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Come learn about glass this summer at Dallas Glass Art!!

 

Looking for one more activity to fill the void between summer and school? At DGA we have a unique, creative, and enriching summer program just for kids! DGA is a welcoming place and is perfect for all ages. We are thrilled to announce that our 2016 second session will ALSO be creating amazing glass fountains. This beautiful fountain has garnered a lot of excitement and interest and you can construct your very own!

Summer Camp will take place August 8- 12th from 9 am to noon at Dallas Glass Art. Each camper will get to learn about the science and technology that is a part of the glass blowing process. Our friendly, professional glass blowing instructors will teach your child about the glass blowing process, and help them become confident using glass blowing tools in a safe manner. With all of these new skills each camper will blow three cascading bowls for their fountain in the colors of their choosing. Campers will also will gain basic construction skills as they put together the base and frame for their fountains. DGA summer camp is a great way to allow your child to experience a new art form, get in touch with their creative side, and gain new skills.

 

You can register for camp under the “Workshops” tab above.

 

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Anniversaries at Dallas Glass Art!

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Anniversaries are one of the many special occasions that can be celebrated at Dallas Glass Art. From birthdays to bachelorette parties, engagement parties, and holidays, a private class at DGA is an excellent way to commemorate a special day, or time, in your life or the lives of loved ones.

We are thrilled that Ron and Linda chose to share the joy and happiness of their 25th Anniversary with us at DGA. They participated in our Saturday Class on July 2nd, and chose to create beautiful glass flowers and paperweights. They worked with our professional glass blowing team to master the basics of glass blowing. Then together, Ron and Linda created beautiful hand blown glass objects to commemorate their 25 years of marriage.

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Ron and Linda stopped by DGA last week to pick up their glass creations. They were thrilled with their finished pieces! Everyone at DGA was excited to meet Ron and Linda, and to assist them in celebrating their anniversary. Happy Anniversary from DGA!

 

Each anniversary is special. For each decadal anniversary there is a certain color, or metal, associated with the event. For example, a ten year anniversary is associated with the color silver, as is a 25 year anniversary. We have a myriad of glass colors to choose from at DGA so whether you might chose to work with your specific anniversary’s colors, or your own palette, we have many amazing colors to pick from.

 

Working up to your 50th Anniversary? 50th Anniversaries are normally associated with gold. Celebrate your 50th by creating glass flowers, paperweights, or globes and incorporating some gold leaf! At DGA we have silver and gold leaf that can be added to pieces like the ones Ron and Linda created. No matter what you or your family are hoping to celebrate, we would be more than happy to work with you in a Saturday class or private event. A celebratory event at DGA is guaranteed to be one of kind, enjoyable, and very memorable. Book an event today!

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