A couple of years ago I profiled talented local artist and neon Letterer Michael Blazek. His signage shop is full of beautiful inspiration and Michael is generously welcoming people interested in his craft to join him in a 4 week course in glass bending.

This four evening course over the period of one month will focus on the rudimentary elements in the glass bending trade. Students will become familiar with three different types of gas burner commonly used in the trade in Australia: the ribbon burner; the fish tail torch and the crossfire burner.

The focus of the course will be to expose students to different colours and compositions of glass and how they are manipulated in the burners mentioned above. The course will concentrate in creating free-flowing sculptural pieces of glass; this is not a course in neon letter-making or sign making. Students can expect to select their own tubing from our glass stock, to bend their own glass pieces, to join pieces of glass together to make a larger piece and to attach glass/metal electrodes to each end of a tube so that they may be processed by a certified trained practitioner. The pumping/processing procedure will be explained to the student, but this process is too dangerous, and too vital to our everyday work as a neon shop to entrust to initiates. These processed tubes will light when attached to a neon sign transformer (available for purchase at significant discount) and will remain the property of the student for whatever purpose they choose.

Students can expect to select their own tubing from our glass stock, to bend their own glass pieces, to join pieces of glass together to make a larger piece and to attach glass/metal electrodes to each end of a tube so that they may be processed by a certified trained practitioner. The pumping/processing procedure will be explained to the student, but this process is too dangerous, and too vital to our everyday work as a neon shop to entrust to initiates. These processed tubes will light when attached to a neon sign transformer (available for purchase at significant discount) and will remain the property of the student for whatever purpose they choose.

These processed tubes will light when attached to a neon sign transformer (available for purchase at significant discount) and will remain the property of the student for whatever purpose they choose.

A neon class graduation ceremony and art opening will be arranged in the upstairs gallery at Neon Signs Australia after the course, so that students can display their completed pieces and invite their guests to the opening.

Cost: $400 - runs four Wednesday nightsin July and August.
At the factory of Neon Signs Australia
Unit 2 / 32 Hampton Street, East Brisbane, QLD 4169

Contact Michael to secure your spot