Pushing the boundaries: sculpting with hot glass
These workshops offer glass artists in Australia a unique opportunity to engage with and learn from Mauro Bonaventura.


Program: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 days

9.30 am – 5.00 pm daily

If you have no prior experience of lampwork you MUST attend the Beginners’ session on 7 Feb 2020 with Glenda MacNaughton. 

This session will cover the basics of using a gas-and-oxygen torch to soften glass safely and then explore different techniques for shaping the glass into small, simple sculptures. 

Mauro Bonaventura Workshops

Day 1 and Day 2: All levels – some basic experience with lamp working is required.

  • 8 Feb 2020. Day 1 Making small sculptures. Learn traditional Venetian techniques for shaping glass to create your own unique, small-scale sculptures. The specific sculptures will depend on student interest and experience but may include lollies and small animals. The focus will be on getting to know how soft glass reacts to sculpting off-mandrel and how to shape and decorate the sculptures. Mauro has experience in creating a wide variety of small Venetian style sculptures and the most effective techniques to use for success.
  • 9 Feb 2020. Day 2 Pendants and rings. Learn techniques for shaping, pulling and stretching glass to create jewellery for yourself or others. You will also explore different techniques for creating pendants that can be used in other projects. The specific projects will depend on your interests and skill levels, but each project will give you an opportunity to stamp your own personality on it.

Days 3, 4, 5 and/or 6: For students with more experience, or those who complete Day 1 and Day 2

  • 10 Feb 2020. Day 3 Sculpting Figurines – people. Learn the correct sequence for making an off-mandrel human shape, avoiding thermal shock, giving it personality and creating a base for it to be self-standing.
  • 11 Feb 2020. Day 4 Sculpting Figurines – horses. Expand your skills in creating figurines by moving from humans to animals, again learning the correct sequence for building the sculpture, avoiding thermal shock and creating personality in your sculpture. It is strongly advised you attend Day 3 but this is not essential. However, if you do not attend Day 3, you MUST have some experience with off-mandrel sculpting to gain the most from this fourth workshop.
  • 12 Feb 2020. Day 5 Netting – basic free-form and small spheres. Learn how to gather, stretch and join glass to create small, free-form netted shapes to use for pendants and small sculptures. Expand on these skills to create a basic sphere that can turn into a one-of-a kind sculpture. Mauro will guide you and offer lots of opportunities for you to practice. You will be amazed at what grows from these skills! You can go as large as you dare and your skill level allows.
  • 13 Feb 2020. Day 6 Netting and incorporating figurines – growing your skills. Develop your netting skills to create more complex spheres and other shapes, including figurines in the netting. In the process, learn how to join soft glass and create larger sculptures. The specific projects undertaken will depend on each student’s interests, experience and skill level. It is strongly advised that you attend Day 5 if you wish to attend this workshop. If you attend Day 3 and 4 you will have the opportunity to learn how to incorporate your figurines into the netting to create your own very individual sculptures.

Tools required: Rod holder will be provided. BYO: grabbers, small glass scissors, tweezers, meat pounder (or similar) and didymium glasses.

If you register by December 15 2019 tools can be purchased in advance if required.

To register please visit our website: festivalofglass.net.au

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Class Capacity

Maximum 10 participants per day

Date and Cost

Workshop fess: $390 per person per day includes all materials needed.



Pushing the boundaries: sculpting with hot glass

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