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E-course Shane Fero 1: Back to Basics channel

Teaching exclusively online for Zurich Glass School we would like to present master lampworker Shane Fero from the USA. Shane Fero teaches flame chemistry, introduction to blowing and creating animals in soft and hard glass


In back to basics (Level - Early learners and refreshers) Shane Fero will teach how to blow with tubing and work with solid glass in both soft and hard glass. No special equipment other than your normal lampworking torch is required and a set of hot fingers and a graphite reamer for opening bubbles.


What the course includes - 85% boro |15% effetre:

1. Flame chemistry - Flame neutrality, working in and around the flame, reduction, boiling the glass and making the flame work for you and the glass.


2. Centering points revisited - Pulling points properly and what to do if you mess it up.


3. Blowing small vases - Making small vases by setting up the point to blow the vase and the foot bubble:

a.) solidification of the point for separating the foot and vase bubble

b.) blowing vase shapes

c.) blowing the foot bubble and flaring it out

d.) finishing the top of the vase


4.) Blowing different shapes - 2 perfumers plus stoppers incl. bird stopper

a.) solidification of the point for separating the perfumer and the foot bubble

b.) blowing the perfumer shapes (two shapes)

c.) blowing the foot bubble and flaring it out

d.) finishing the top of the perfumer

e.) making the stopper of the perfumer


5.) Solid Birds

a.) setting up shapes and gathers

b.) establishing the body

c.) adding the head

d.) adding the tail

e.) adding wings


7. Solid Fish and marine animals - Making two fish types and a dolphin from start to finish.


6. Horse Making the horse from the toe to the head *Special Tools: Eye tool


Please remember, what we are creating is tricky and takes A LOT of practice, logic, patience and an inquiring mind.


This e_course is a standalone course which is complimented by both Shane 1: Introduction to blowing with soft glass AND a Shane 3: Finding your artistic voice e_courses. Our Shane Fero 2 course will push your skill level and give you confidence in your own abilities and empower you to own other types of blown sculpture.


As icing on the cake, you will also receive a complimentary one-on-one consultation with maestro Shane Fero worth $27.00 to help you through the tricky bits. It is advisable to use this consultation as our participants find them invaluable.


You can work through this course at your own pace. Once you have purchased this course it may take up to 24 hours to add you to your e_course channel. A folder full of complimentary material is included with this e_course channel which includes demo transcriptions, visual pdf's and helpful pictures. All demos have been transcribed and are available upon request in 30 different languages.


Skill Level: Own torch or access to a flameworking studio is a necessity. Experience in flameworking or beadmaking is essential.

E-course Shane Fero 1: Back to Basics channel

  • You will be sent a dropbox invitation to a shared folder via email which compliments the instructional demos. Enjoy and do not hesitate to book your one on one consultation with the maestro if you are finding any aspects of your e_course tricky - You have one 1 on 1 consultation which comes for free with this e_course. Please use your consultation as our participants find these sessions extremely helpful.

    Please allow 24 hours to gain access to your channel. Look out for emails from atelier315, dropbox & in the coming days.

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