Summer Youth Programs

 
Bead making lesson with Newburyport Youth Services

Bead making lesson with Newburyport Youth Services

THere’s something for everyone!

The Bubble Factory offers unique, memorable and fun youth summer programs. The amazing thing about glass is the various ways to work with it. These intensives give students a taste of some the the ways we work with glass and teach the basics along the way. Some may find they love working with a team on larger pieces in the hotshop, some may prefer working on smaller, detailed pieces in the flameshop. Students will learn techniques in both studios through demonstration and practice. Each participant will be able to make and take home their own glass art as a reminder of this extraordinary experience.

Hotshop

Flameshop

Student manipulating molten glass to make a paperweight in the hotshop.

Student manipulating molten glass to make a paperweight in the hotshop.

Student using a torch to melt glass and make a bead.

Student using a torch to melt glass and make a bead.

In the hotshop, students can make paperweight, cups and vessels. Students will work with the instructor and other students to make their very own, custom blown pieces. Students will learn to gather out of our 500lb glass furnace, use glassblowing tools, learn about how heat and gravity affect molten glass.

In the flameshop, students can create detailed pendants, beads, marbles, and small sculptures. Students will learn to use a stationary bench torch to heat, melt and shape Borosilicate glass. Using colorful “stringers” (thin strings of glass) students will draw unique designs, melt and shape glass into their very own glass pieces.

… The Nitty Gritty

Our Summer Youth Programs are 6 hours each day.

- 3 hours in the hotshop (including instructional demo and practice)

- 2 hours in the flameshop (including instructional demo and practice)

- 1 hour lunch

1 Day Intensive

One Day intensives teach the basics in both studios through instructional demonstration and practice. Student will be able to make their own paperweights and cups in the hotshop and pendants and beads in the flameshop to take home! After the intensive, students may choose to build on specific skills by taking individual classes in either studio and progressing to intermediate and advanced levels. ($220 value)

2 Day Intensive

A 2 Day intensive teaches a larger variety of techniques in both the hotshop and the flameshop. Each day, Students will learn basic skills in both the flameshop and hotshop and over the course of 4 days students will progress through intermediate technique. Students will make paperweights, cups, vessels, beads, pendants, and small sculptures. Save by signing up for a 2 day intensive. ($880 value)