FAQ FAQ
1.I am searching for an original gift !
2.Where can I get my glass item repaired?
3.I am interested in your weekend classes.
4.I would like to become a glass artist.
5.How is glass blown?
6.What is available at the store?
7.What is the photosensitive resist technique?
8.What is flameworking?
9.What is sandblasting?
10.What are modelling and mold making?
11.What is neon?
12.What are lost wax and pate de verre?
13.What is Painting on glass?
14.What is kiln working?
15.What is sand casting?
16.What are the different cold working techniques?
17.Where can I find references on glass techniques?
18.Can I rent the facilities ?


1. I am searching for an original gift !
Espace VERRE also has a boutique where you can purchase original glass pieces created by artists associated with the school. For every purchase at Espace VERRE, a large percentage goes back to the artist. The boutique is open from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and the last Sunday of every month from noon to 5 pm.

2. Where can I get my glass item repaired?
Espace VERRE has a list of professional glass artists that can fulfil specific contracts and occasionally do repairs. Please contact us for further details.

3. I am interested in your weekend classes.
You love glass and would like to familiarise yourself with specific techniques? Espace VERRE offers weekend classes to the general public.

4. I would like to become a glass artist.
Espace VERRE offers the technical classes for the DEC in Fine Craft, glass option in collaboration with the Institut des métiers d’art / Cégep du Vieux Montréal. All the general classes are given at the CEGEP. (The program is offered in  French only).

5. How is glass blown?
Glass blowing is one of the best known and spectacular glass techniques. It is done in a hot glass studio. Transparent molten glass is kept in a furnace at about 1250 degrees Celsius. The glass blower uses a blowpipe to collect glass from the furnace. molten glass has the consistency of honey. Because glass cools quickly outside of the furnace, the glassblower must continuously turns the blowpipe in a reheating unit (gloryhole) to keep the hot glass from drooping or breaking off. A glass bubble is then blown and manipulated using tools like a wet newspaper pads, wooden blocks, jacks and shears etc. and given the desired shape. Also, powdered coloured glass can be added. The finished pieces are annealed for many hours. This technique demands body strength and heat resistance. Useful and decorative objets are created with this technique. Glass blowing class.

6. What is available at the store?
Espace VERRE sells materials and tools for emerging and professional glass artists. The store is open from Monday to Friday from 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm. See store list.

7. What is the photosensitive resist technique?
This technique starts with a photosensitive film that exposes an opaque positive on a transparent support. This image is created with a computer, photocopy, photograph or hand drawing, developed and applied on glass to create a sandblasted etching of artistic or commercial calibre. This precise procedure makes exceptional detailing possible. Photosensitive resist technique’s class.

8. What is flameworking?
This technique uses transparent borosilicate (Pyrex) or Morretti coloured glass rods or tubes. These glass rods or tubes are melted directly in flame that can be blended, blown or twisted to create small glass sculptures (beads, etc.). It is detailed work that can be done sitting at a table equipped with a torch, specialised tools and a small kiln. Flameworking’s class.

9. What is sandblasting?
This is a cold working technique used to frost, sculpt or etch precise drawings or letters on glass. Making it possible to engrave precise multiple layered patterns and sculpting three-dimensional pieces. This technique is done using a sandblasting cabinet and wearing a safety mask. sandblasting’s class.

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10. What are modelling and mold making?
These two procedures are important in creating plaster and refractory molds which are used for pate de verre, blown glass and kiln working techniques. Modelling and mold making class.

11. What is neon?
This technique is used to create neon signage signs and sculptures by bending glass tubes which are filled with neon or argon gases.

12. What are lost wax and pate de verre?
This technique, is used to transform objects into glass. A wax sculpture is molded with a plaster and refractory mixture. Once wax is removed various forms of glass are placed into the mold and heated in a kiln to create a glass sculpture. Lost wax and pate de verre’s class.

13. What is Painting on glass?
This technique uses different enamel pigments on flat, kiln formed or blown glass. These pigments are permanently fused onto the glass surface at low or high temperatures. Painting on glass’s class.

14. What is kiln working?
This technique is used to modify a sheet of glass by texturing , fusing or slumping using molds, heat and gravity. You can fuse many pieces of glass together at high temperature in a kiln. Kiln working’s class.

15. What is sand casting?
This technique is performed in a hot glass studio. The molten glass is brought up to 1400 degrees Celsius. The fluid glass is poured into sand molds which can be sprinkled with graphite, coloured glass powders or textured. The finished pieces are annealed for many hours. Sand casting’s class.

16. What are the different cold working techniques?
Some of the cold working techniques are used to engrave, polish, grind and sandblast glass by using equipment like grinding wheels, diamond saw, vertical wet belt sanders, diamond drill, cork and felt polishing wheels to either sculpt or polish glass pieces. Cold working techniques’ class.

17. Where can I find references on glass techniques?
To further your research on the different techniques, we invite you to visit the following site: http://annuaire.idverre.net/4daction/
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(French).

18. Can I rent the facilities ?
Espace VERRE reserves its facilities for its students and glass professionals. Please check the Regulations (in french) if you want to have more details, afterwards you can contact the technician.

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