Know as the Glory Hole the glass is continually reheated during the process of creating glass.

Know as the Glory Hole the glass is continually reheated during the process of creating glass.

An introduction to hot glass at Red Deer College

Taking on the challenge of a team glass blowing project is usually not attempted by beginners. But for a group of glass students enrolled in the Advanced Glass Blowing for Beginners course, it was a great way to test their skills.

Taking on the challenge of a team glass blowing project is usually not attempted by beginners. But for a group of glass students enrolled in the Advanced Glass Blowing for Beginners course, it was a great way to test their skills.

Although Red Deer College does not offer glassblowing during the school year, for more then 20 years, glassblowing students have been attending Series art programs where visiting instructors pass on their skills during the summer.

Glass instructor Jeff Holmwood got his start during a Series program in 1990 and for two weeks this summer, he has been teaching the Advanced Glassblowing for Beginners class.

The team project is one that Holmwood likes to test his students with. More experienced students lead and less experienced one help, with all students getting a chance to mix it up and participate in all sorts of different skills, said Holmwood.

“There’s about six people on a team and they will be trading off positions,” Holmwood said. “Its pretty complicated but in my experience they are going to pull off something probably pretty nice.”

“The pieces in the team project tend to be a little crooked and funny, but we auction it off and it’s a good keepsake. People like it,” said Holmwood.

Along with the glassblowing, the Series program at RDC offers courses in ceramics, sculpting with different types of media, the more traditional arts of drawing, calligraphy, painting; and modern art such as creating with textiles, making jewelry, welding sculptures, photography and hand-crafting books.

Last week was the final glassblowing session at the college for this season.

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