This exciting five day class will give students the requisite knowledge and skills to rent bench space in most open hot shops around the country. David, together with his son Bryan, will introduce the students to the exciting world of hot glass and offhand glassblowing. On the first couple of days we will get a look at the history of the studio glass movement, proper use of tools, and of course hot shop safety. The students, paired in teams of two, will begin working with the molten glass. Using the solid form, students will make paperweights and then progress into blowing glasses, vases, and bowls. On the third and fourth days, students will build upon the skills learned in the previous sessions, continuing to work through new forms. The focus will now be on application of color and how it reacts, addition of “bits”, such as handles and prunts, to the blown form. David will also introduce freehand sculpting with molten glass. The last day will be the culmination with some fun options and freeform student experimentation. Caution: High adrenaline is to be expected and an addiction could be formed.