SFC program offering class on glassblowing
The six-week class will meet four hours per week at a cost of $300.
Published: Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 10:42 p.m.
If you're willing to stand the fierce wave of glowing orange molten glass throws, glassblowing just might be the creative outlet you've been looking for.
Located in southeast Gainesville, Somewhere Glassworks, a glassblowing and industrial art facility, is offering an Introduction to Furnace Blown Glass through Santa Fe College's community education program.
Open to the public, the course costs $300 and consists of six weeks of class, four hours per week.
The course is taught by Patrick Gallagher, age 26. He is an artist in residence, living on the property. He has been blowing glass since 2002 and has been teaching for two years. Though he works in other mediums, like ceramic, metal casting and neon, he prefers glassblowing.
"It's unlike any other material," Gallagher said. "A lot of times the glass will react a certain way and sometimes it will tell you what it wants to do."
In 2006, Gallagher got a Bachelors in Fine Art from Alfred University in western New York. He says his work is largely inspired by nature and the human body.
Teaching people who have never blown glass has caused Gallagher to focus on the basics, he said. Students offer a fresh perspective; they provide new ideas because they don't already know the process.
Sky Campbell, 38, owns Somewhere Glassworks with his wife, Sarah Hinds, 33.
"The passion for glass is really never-ending," Campbell said.
Hinds has been blowing glass for 13 years. She teaches a class on lampworking, manipulating glass with a blowtorch.
Hinds also prefers working with glass.
Campbell and Hinds started working together in their backyard in suburban Gainesville. They started teaching classes seven years ago out of Santa Fe's welding department and have been at this location for five years.
"It is the easiest way for me to express my ideas in art," she said. She is an elementary school art teacher at Expressions Learning Arts Academy, teaching art of all kinds to 85 kids from kindergarten to fifth grade.
Teaching gives her new ideas for sculptures and color combinations, she said.
To enroll, go online to dept.sfcollege.edu/ce/ or call 395-5193.
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