When it comes to glass artistry, nothing says creating a set of D.I.Y. holiday-themed ornaments or other designs like attending the Sinaca Studios School of Glass and Gallery’s series of walk-up, glass making sessions in Fort Worth's Near Southside.
Part of Sinaca’s regular practice of monthly, themed, walk-up workshops, these sessions – running through December – follow the school’s tried and true formula of bringing in anyone off the street interested in “playing with glass in some capacity,” enthuses Kevin McGehee, founding artist and glass instructor at the Sinaca Studios School of Glass and Gallery.
Most of what Sinaca offers to its mostly novice glass blowers is a chance to achieve a blown glass ornament, a flame-worked holiday pendant, or a kiln-formed ornament.
At a cost of only $40 per finally created object, anyone attending Sinaca’s largely one-on-one class gets a chance to blow their very own seasonal ornament. With the first-timers usually taking anywhere from 10-15 minutes, and working with glass’ basic raw components of silicone, sodium, and calcium, pretty much anyone who wanders into Sinaca’s spacious creative area will emerge with a blown ornament. It will often be spherical in shape, and in any one of 15-20 popular colors (blue is a current fave).
Sinaca will take in its “walk-up” participants on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Details: Walk-up workshops scheduled for Dec. 6 (from 5 p.m.-9 p.m.); Dec. 14 (from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.); Dec. 19 (from 5 p.m.-9 p.m.); and Dec 21 (from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.). All workshops are $40, per person, per item (unless otherwise indicated).
Sinaca Studios School of Glass and Gallery, 1013 West Magnolia Avenue, Fort Worth. Gallery hours: 1 p.m.-9 p.m.Tues.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. 817.899.0024; http://sinaca.org/