The leaf is about 4”-5” long with a twisted stem and an applied glass disc to form the leaf body. To create the stem, you’ll need to push the molten glass into a mold to form ridges, and from there you can twist the stem, leave it straight or give it a few pushes and pulls to give it character. Then we’ll be using our recycled glass to form the main body of the leaf.
Our recycled glass is a special studio recipe, much like that of a ‘secret sauce!’ It’s a gorgeous soft blue. 100% recycled from our studio, unique, and earth-friendly.
This is a beginner level class, no experience is necessary and we supply all the tools, color, and materials needed. You will make one leaf per class.
Two or more leaves makes a beautiful display. So, if this is your second, third or even fourth time taking this class we will be happy to let you add a new and exciting element to your experience!!!
What should I expect when I come to the class?
Our instructors will start out by giving you a bit of background information on the Tavalo Leaf. So you will know exactly what it is you’re making and how we came up with this product. Next comes a demonstration on how the leaf is crafted, what the finished product will look like, as well as suggested display ideas for your Tavalo leaf.
We’ll explain hot shop safety zones, how to sit at the bench and use ‘glass specific’ tools, and then you’ll be ready to start. Students will then step over to the bench to make their leaves using supplies and color specifically set aside for this class.
Teachers will demonstrate color patterns, shapes, and styles, along with gathering the glass, turning the pipe, and keeping the glass on the punti rod.
Watching others is the best way to learn techniques so be prepared to sit and watch fellow students as they make their leaves. At times you’ll participate as a group so be sure to bring your camera and feel free to ask others to take that perfect shot if you attend the class alone.
Will I be going home with the leaf at tonight’s class?
No. Once colored and formed, the student’ leaves will go into an annealing oven to be brought slowly to room temperature. This process usually takes at least 12 hours, if it cools too quickly,the glass will crack or even shatter. You can come back to pick up your leaf any time during normal studio hours, but no sooner than 24 hours after your class.
What else do we do in the class?
This class also gives you an opportunity to do the Big Bubble Blow! This is another Studio Original where you get to try glassblowing. We’ll set the glass up for you, shape it slightly on the marver, and let you blow the bubble as big as you can! It will give you an idea of how the glass moves and how many things are involved in getting the glass shaped just right.
New to the studio?
Also included in this class is a tour of the Glass Academy. Your host will walk you through the hot shop and gallery giving you some history of the company as well as glass blowing itself. They will also give you a brief run through of all the exciting shows and events we host throughout the year and offer you the chance to talk with the staff. The tour generally takes 10-15 minutes depending on the group. We find that some students prefer to stay quiet and simply absorb the information, others like to dig deeper and and ask a multitude of questions, so each tour is a little different from the last.
What to wear:
The studio could possibly be hot and sticky if the weather is warm, or downright cold and chilly if it’s the dead of winter, but know that it’s always bursting with excitement inside! Be prepared to move around and have fun while doing it. Cotton clothing is your best bet. Shorts are okay, and while tight jeans are a poor choice, regular jeans are fine. Do not wear flowy clothing like long skirts or bell sleeves as they could catch fire. Open-toed shoes or high heels of any kind are not acceptable for safety. If you come to class in these types of shoes you will not be permitted to participate.
Water or sports beverages are a great idea so bring what you need. Please stay hydrated! You will be drinking lots of liquids during this class and water is always available.
- Fine print:
- We require a 48-hour cancellation notice. If you choose to cancel or reschedule your class less than 48-hours before your class, there will be no refund. (this includes no-call/no-show participants.) If you choose to reschedule prior to the 48-hour window, there is a $10 rescheduling fee.
- If you arrive more than 30 minutes late for your scheduled class time, you will forfeit your class.(this is because you have missed the demo of the product you would be making)
- Participants aged 16-17 must turn in a signed parental consent form and have a guardian present during the class. We do not accept participants under 16 years of age for safety reasons.
- We reserve the right to reschedule a class within 48 hours prior to the class date,if enrollment is low. You will receive a phone call to alert you if this is the case.
- All participants MUST adhere to our “What to Wear” guidelines.
- Please visit our FAQ page to answer any other questions you may have.