Summer Intensives

Mon, August 5
Fri, August 9, 2019


Flame Shop

Difficulty Level

All Skill Levels


10 remaining of 10

Instructors: Chad A. Parker and Topher Reynolds

Chad and Topher will be demoing and giving hands on detailed instructions on a variety of practical marble techniques aimed at the beginner or intermediate glass blowers. Theses topics will include but are not limited to: Compressions, twist designs, fuming with gold and silver, tube implosions, backing designs, and opal encasement. There will be a strong emphasis on combining multiple techniques into single pieces with the goal of opening up opportunities for collaboration. Nothing embraces the “open source” ideal in marbles more than multiple artists working on a single piece. We will be focusing on skills ranging from beginner friendly to more advanced techniques to meet the needs of large variety of glass makers and enthusiasts.


Chad Parker

Chad Parker started flame working as a hobby in 2010. Jumping around making different things he wasn't quite sure what he wanted to do with glass until he made his first marble. He has been making his "monsterZ" style marble for five years now with a large group of collectors spread out over the US and Canada. He loves teaching at the Pittsburgh Glass Center and Touchstone Center for Crafts but most enjoys getting together with other glass blowers and collaborating on projects outside his normal body of work especially when it involves getting into the hot shop or working in other mediums.

Topher Reynolds


Topher Reynolds lives in Eureka, California and works out of a small studio in his backyard where on calm nights you can hear the ocean.



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