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Continuing Education

Continuing Education . Pre-College . Classes . Glassblowing 


Discover what it means to be a craft artist and entrepreneur in the contemporary craft world.


How do you turn molten glass into art? You start by learning what this amazing medium can do, how it behaves, and how you can sculpt and change it. Over the course of two weeks, you’ll build technical skills as you develop artistic concepts and create polished finished pieces.

This class will provide a college-level approach to using glass as a contemporary sculptural medium. You will be encouraged to pursue all ranges of ideas and uses, from traditional glassmaking to glass-burn drawings on paper. We will pursue a rigorous routine of technical demonstrations and ideation in an effort to give you not only a solid understanding of the material, but also a sense of what glass means to contemporary art and sculpture.


The first week of this course will focus on shop safety, and becoming familiar with the tools and equipment used to manipulate glass. Students will practice gathering, blowing and shaping glass forms. Through demos and practice, students will begin to plan for their final projects, which will be completed during week two.

Projects and topics that will be explored include hot-shop safety, gathering and shaping glass, blown forms, color application, and plaster mold making for casting.


We are accepting online applications through May 1, 2019. View the checklist to make sure you have everything you need for your application. Questions? Email us at or call 216.421.7460.

Our 2019 application is currently closed.


The Department of Continuing Education will award a $1,000 scholarship to one student applying for the Glassblowing course. This scholarship will be awarded based on portfolio scope and strength. Interested students should select that they wish to be considered for financial aid in their application to be eligible, and should note the 2019 CIA Craft Scholarship in their personal statement.


Zac Gorell has been a studio glass artist for over 15 years. Zac works with blown and fused glass and has taught and exhibited internationally. After beginning his career locally at Superior Hot Glass, he attended workshops at trade schools like Penland School of Crafts. Zac’s artistic pursuits include working for Corning Museum of Glass, teaching glass blowing in Taiwan, traveling Europe, the Caribbean, and most recently building a glass community and new personal work in South Florida. He currently works as the Technical Specialist in the Glass Department at CIA. Check out more of Zac's work at

Shayna Roth Pentecost began her journey with glass at the Cleveland Institute of Art. She continued her studies at the Penland School of Crafts and the Corning Museum of Glass with teachers such as Pino Signeretto, Ruth King, Paul Marioni and many others. From there Shayna apprenticed with William and Katherine Bernstien (Glass), Harvey Littleton (vitreography) and Richard Ritter (glass). Now living in Cleveland, she is a studio artist creating work and teaching at Superior Hot Glass.