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Art of Fire: Introduction to Glassblowing

Explore the fundamentals of working with hot glass, guided by an award-winning glass artist. Ramson Lometewama’s glass art is viewed as a “contemporary expression of an ancient and artistically rich people…evoking a beautiful yet humbling mindscape which we all long to find.”

Get familiar with holding and using the equipment and tools required to create glass art. Then begin creating your own work, beginning with solid pieces such as flowers, mushrooms, and paperweights, before advancing to blowing simple vessels. Using colored glass, you will experiment with gathering and shaping hot glass into a variety of forms. Although the goal is to blow glass, advancement will depend on how quickly you become proficient at working the glass.

Returning students can explore more advanced techniques. The small class size allows for maximum time working with glass and hands-on instruction. Your pieces made on Thursday will be ready to unload from the kiln up to 4 pm on Friday.

  • Clothing should be cotton – no synthetics 
    • Cotton shirts (t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc.) are acceptable. 
    • Jeans or other cotton materials are suitable for pants.
    • Avoid clothing with applied logos or images as that material tends to absorb heat. 
  • No sandals or open-toed shoes allowed – leather boots recommended
  • Bring your favorite polarized eyewear
  • Water bottle

Find the full materials list here.

Ramson Lomatewama is a glass artist, the first and only full-time Hopi glassblower, Katsina doll carver, published poet and jeweler from Hotevilla, AZ, on the Hopi Reservation. He earned his BA from Goddard College in Plainfield, VT in 1981. Ramson has taught a wide range of workshops and courses in the US and Japan, and served as adjunct professor of sociology at North Central College in Naperville, IL. Although Hopi ceremonies and cultural activities play a major role in his life, Ramson continues to dedicate time to schools, universities, and museums as a visiting scholar and artist. Ramson currently teaches glass art for the Hopitutuqayki (The Hopi School), an arts apprenticeship program located on the Hopi reservation. 

Instagram: @ramsonlomatewama

Generous donors have made scholarships and fellowships for adult workshops available on a limited basis for these specific groups:

1) Native American Community Leaders, Artists, Members, and Teachers
2) Inland Empire Teachers, Professors, and Graduate Students

Scholarships include tuition, dorm housing, and all meals provided by the campus dining service.

Scholarship Details: 

1) Native American Community Members, Leaders, Artists, and Teachers

For adults 19 and older, with current tribal affiliation. The scholarship is designed to bring community leaders, artists, members, and teachers,  to workshops at Idyllwild Arts to benefit both the scholarship

 recipients themselves as well as those in their schools or tribal communities. Applicants with financial need may receive priority. We also offer scholarships for Native American Teens for both the Summer Program and the Academy.

2) Inland Empire Teachers, Professors, and Graduate Students

For teachers and graduate students from the Inland Empire (Riverside and San Bernardino Counties and the adjacent areas). This scholarship brings teachers and graduate students to Idyllwild Arts to attend Native American Arts workshops. This is designed to benefit both recipients as well as their students and communities. Applicants with financial need may receive priority. Provided through the generous support of the San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians.

Click here for more information about adult scholarships.

Age: 19 years and above

June 14-18, 2021
One-week session

Tuition: $965

Lab Fee:
$75, includes frit/colored glass, clear glass, use of all tools and supplies, propane; you will be asked to bring additional materials.

Skill Level:
All levels. Safety requires that students are able to stay focused for long stretches of time and have good eyesight (corrective lenses are fine).

Enrollment is limited to 4 students.

Ramson Lomatewama

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