Taming the Beast with Guest Instructor Chris Ahalt
July 6–11, 2019
In this intensive class on sculpting hollow glass in the flame, you will learn how to manipulate a single bubble of glass into the object of their choice. With a blow hose and a few key tools, learn how to take control of the glass, and be challenged to push the glass and yourself beyond your comfort zone. Achieving the ultimate results takes persistence and determination. Failure is inevitable but necessary to discover your limits and your potential. Don’t be scared; get in there and let’s have some fun!
This workshop is limited to 12 students. For ages 16 and up. At least two years of experience working with glasstubing required.
$880 for Museum Member, $1100 for Non-member
Join for as little as $40 to receive the Member discount!
Chris Ahalt specializes in flameworking. First introduced to the flame in 1998, Ahalt was an early adopter of the art form. Today, he finds himself as one of the leaders in the industry, which has grown tremendously into an American glass movement. Ahalt is most notable for his particular style of sculpting of the hollow form. Using primarily a single bubble of glass, Ahalt sculpts intricate animals that are strung up as balloons, creating the illusion of floating. He credits much of his knowledge of glass to his time as an apprentice under master flameworker Cesare Toffolo in Murano, Italy. It was there that Ahalt acquired many of the fundamental techniques that gave him the foundation to produce glass at the highest level.
Ahalt earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture/Furniture design from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2000. He currently works as a self-employed artist in Minneapolis, MN.Tame the Beast!