I met glass artist and teacher Jim Loewer earlier this month on the POST tour of 1241 Carpenter Street. He studied fine art in college and graduated with a degrees in teaching and painting but always had a fascination with glass. After spending a few years as a teacher, however, he decided to follow his passion and became a full-time glass artist. He taught himself by trial and error and now he is a a successful wholesaler of his work. If you take a look at his on-line gallery, it’s not hard to understand why.
Even better, Jim has decided to go back to his roots as a teacher and give lessons in lampworking and glass blowing! Here are some pictures of him demonstrating how to make a multi-colored glass sun catcher.
He has heated the end of a glass punty, added colors and has blown it out.
Plunging on a graphite surface
After some additional steps he breaks the disk off the glass punty and puts it the kiln.
The finished product.
Jim offers regularly-scheduled pendant design workshops, and glass blowing lessons for one or two people. You can contact him here for more information. Click here to read some reviews from people who have taken his classes. And check out his Etsy and Facebook pages.