Plasma Vessels Using Glass Solder

Beginner to Ace 1-week Intensive Class

Go beyond Neon. Learn the magic of sculpting with light using gas plasma. Capture the Aurora Borealis in a bottle.

This class is for anyone who wants to create glass sculptures with dynamic light. Experience with Neon, plasma or glass is not required but is recommended. The focus is the creation of suitable containers from existing soft glass objects. Learn a unique glass solder that enables anyone to create plasma light sculptures. The solder allows the use of utilitarian manufactured glass items as well as assemblages of studio blown, cast and slumped glass shapes to serve as vessels for plasma. Fused together, basic forms transform into transcendent and mesmerizing glass with dynamic light sculptures.

Projects will be tailored to your skills. Scientists or engineers with little or no glass experience are encouraged to experiment in this class. It will benefit anyone serious about using gas plasma light in their art. Learn to prepare glass forms for the solder, how to kiln fire the forms, how to create dynamic plasma effects using a modified Neon manifold and the special electronics involved in plasma sculpture.


BEGINNER: A student has basic skills but is not yet comfortable performing tasks without instructor guidance.

INTERMEDIATE: A student should have an understanding of basic skills and can perform those tasks with little or no instruction.

ADVANCED: A student is skilled and practiced, and is able to process conceptual and theoretical ideas but might still need some instructor direction on more complicated processes.

ACE: A student has a mastery of advanced skills and can perform them independently without instruction.




Special Notes

INSTRUCTORS: Ed Kirshner + Percy Echols II

Class Details


June 22 - June 26 -

Days: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri

Remaining Seats: 8


Tuition: $ 850.00

Scholarship Information

Kiln Shop

  • 950 sq. ft. air conditioned shop
  • Four 2’ x 3’ casting kilns
  • Two 18" x 24" fusing/casting combination kilns
  • Two 20” x 40” fusing kilns
  • Two 24" w x 15" h x 22.5" d front-loading Paragon kilns
  • And more...

About the Instructor(s)

Ed Kirshner

Ed Kirshner studied architecture and sculpture at Cornell University, the University of California, Berkeley, and the Kokoschka School in Austria. He studied glass art at CCA in Oakland, Pilchuck Glass School, Corning Museum of Glass and North Lands in Scotland. His plasma sculptures have been exhibited throughout the US, Europe, and Asia. His work is represented in the Corning Museum's 25 Years of New Glass Review. Ed’s sculptures are also in such permanent collections as the diRosa Center, Napa, CA, the Swiss National Science Center and the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass. Ed has taught in the US, Europe, and Asia and has been on the faculties of The Crucible in Oakland and the Glass Furnace in Turkey. He held a five year Fulbright international teaching fellowship. Ed served on the Boards of the Museum of Neon Art (MONA) and the Glass Art Society (GAS).

Percy Echols II

Percy Echols II began working in glass in 2011 where he took his first Glassblowing Class at Illinois State University. In 2014 he took his first Plasma Light workshop at Pilchuck Glass School, where he met his long-time friend and mentor Pat Collentine. Percy took home this experience to apply what little he knew of this process to the success of his graduating exhibition. After graduating in 2015 with a BFA, he moved to Pittsburgh in 2016 for a year-long apprenticeship at Pittsburgh Glass Center which quickly became his new home. With the support of PGC, along with his podcast and educational project, Taming Lightning, he is currently researching and developing as space for Neon and Plasma Sculpture as an artistic medium.