West Sacramento’s Design with Fire teaches glass art – Daily Democrat
Design with Fire is a glass art studio in West Sacramento dedicated to creating and educating glass art that offers classes, workshops, studio rentals and consultations.
“We are basically a group of people who have come together to make glass in all its forms except stained glass,” said instructor Linnea Wong. “We do glass blowing, glass melting, glass bead making, glass molding and other things in between.”
The company has been operating out of its West Sacramento warehouse, located at 518 Glide Ave., for 19 years. It offers introductory courses for people interested in learning more about the art of glass.
“In our glassblowing classes, they made two paperweights,” Wong explained. “The first is always a snowman to teach them how to use one of the tools, then the other they have the choice of a circle, an egg, a heart, a flower or a pumpkin.”
Wong added that students in the bead-making class learn how to make six beads, and students in the smelting class learn how to make two sushi plates.
The studio has moved to private lessons only and requires N95 masks at all times due to COVID-19 issues. Wong said the company will provide N95 masks if customers don’t have them when they arrive.
“I have a maximum of four classes of people due to COVID and we have space big enough that I can keep four people six feet apart and still have enough space for them to do things,” she explained.
The studio was closed for a full year due to the pandemic and was not allowing people to take classes at all.
“We’ve been able to keep the business just the two of us, being able to either blow glass or make glass for certain galleries and do things online,” she said, referring to her business partner, Patrick Mullen. . “It’s the only way we’ve gotten through this part of the pandemic and I’m concerned about the last push we’re going to have to do again.”
However, the studio remains open, and Wong encourages West Sacramentans and other Yolo County residents to try one of the classes to learn more about glass art.
“You can start with merging, which is easier, and learn how to do that, and then you can go from there,” Wong said.
She mentioned that Design with Fire is offering West Sacramento residents coupons through Groupon for a cheaper price on an introductory class.
The studio is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Visit designwithfire.com for more information and to book classes.