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Ceramics/Sculpture Department

Tommy Garrison

Tommy Garrison

Tommy Garrison

Tommy Garrison

Tommy Garrison


Instructor: Tommy Garrison
October 6–7, 2018 (Saturday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels


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You may register online until two weeks prior to class start date. After that date, please call the registrar:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


Come join glass artist Tommy Garrison for two days of borosilicate glass melting fun! This class is designed for the beginning glass artist. Whether it be a desired career path or just on your bucket list, this course is a great way to get hands on experience with molten glass. This two-day intensive will cover a broad range of proper glass handling techniques as well as health and safety considerations. Tools will be provided and glass can be purchased from the instructor. Come experience the joys of melting glass! This course is designed to be a one-on-one class so enrollment is limited.


Glass blower and lamp-worker TOMMY GARRISON was born and raised on the Mendocino Coast. Being drawn to challenging self expressive artistic outlets at an early age, he naturally got involved in drumming, surfing and fine woodworking. In 2001 a fellow surfer and glass artist introduced Tommy to the world of glass through the form of lamp-working and he has never looked back. Since 2001 Tommy has finished a two-year apprenticeship at Buzzz Glass as a production prep worker and an artistic embellisher/finisher.

Aside from working as a glass blowing and lamp-working instructor he has also owned and operated several local glass art manufacturing and retail businesses. Over the years Tommy has studied and practiced many glass blowing and lamp-working techniques. Some of these techniques include sculpting solid and hollow forms, bead, pendant, and marble making as well as drinking vessels and pipe making. Tommy currently works out of his own home studio creating functional glass art, pendants and sculpted glass sea creatures.

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Current MAC Members: $198
Non-members: $220 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

There is a registration fee of $45 for each class for non-members. Current Mendocino Art Center members do not pay a registration fee and may take 10% off each class registration. The discount is reflected in the prices above. Not a member yet? You may sign up below.
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Cancellations must be made in writing, either by mail or email. If you notify us at least 21 days prior to the first class meeting, you will receive a refund of tuition less a $45 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made after that date for any reason due to our contractual obligations and material acquisitions. If the Art Center is compelled to cancel a class you will receive a full tuition refund. Memberships are non-refundable as they are considered a donation to the Art Center.

Glass will be available for purchase from the instructor. Prices vary.

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$265: Non-member tuition price (includes a $45 registration fee)
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