Classes & Events

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Michael Dickinson here on Sat., April 8, 2017

Michael Dickinson will be here at Graceful Customs Studio in Gilroy, Ca for a one day seminar April 8!  See his work on Facebook and website  Michael will be teaching glass blowing and other boro glass techniques.  No experience needed!  New students will be started on a basic project while students with previous experience can further their practical experience with Michael's help.  Class is 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.  Fee is $100.  Please bring your own lunch, some boro glass provided, otherwise bring your own for your own project.  Bring your favorite tools, e-mail me at for further details. 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Metal Etching class at Graceful Customs Studio on Sat., Feb.18, 2017

Metal Etching Class

Taught by Carmen M. Almlie-Martinez

1 Day        -     $ 150.00

Metal etching has been around for hundreds of years and is one of the most amazing and magical techniques you can have in your artistic arsenal.   The process is exciting which can be used to transfer images to metal.   While some believe, etching can be intimidating, the truth of the matter is that when it is executed in the correct manner, it is a safe and efficient process.

For the etching process, we will need an etchant which removes metal particles from any areas not protected by some sort of resist (or mask).  The most common form of etchant used for base metals (copper, brass, nickel silver, and pewter) is ferric chloride.  There are several resists that can be used.  The one we will use for this class is a blue acetate film called Press-n-Peel(PnP) paper.  We will also cover and talk about some of the other resist that can be used – Rubber Stamps and Ink, Letraset Lettering, Permanent Ink Markers, Asphaltum, and Nail Polish.

We will also talk about other etching processes - Edinburgh Process, Electrical Process, and Galvanic Process.  We will also go over what etchants are needed if one wishes to etch Sterling Silver or Gold.
e-mail to register.

Lapidary Class every 2nd Sat. of the month

The Lapidary group meets every 2nd Saturday of each month, with occasional changes in schedule. Beginning and intermediate class to learn how to shape and polish to a shiny finish natural stones, using our lapidary equipment. Jim & Jennifer Ziegler are here once a month, to show you how to turn a natural unfinished stone into finished cabachon pendant to wire-wrap or make mount onto a metal bezel! All materials included, no experience needed, $85.00 Bring your lunch. e-mail for more details and directions.

Creepy Crawly Critters with Wes Fleming Class

Wes Fleming, soft glass sculptor, will once again return to Graceful Customs Studio on Sat and Sun, Sept 23 & 24, 2017.  More details to follow! 

Friday, October 28, 2016

Meet the Artist Evening with Rashan Jones

Come meet and greet Rashan Jones, Boro Artist, from Albuquerque's, New Mexico, on Saturday, November 5, 2016, at GracefulCustoms Studio, in Gilroy, Ca, e-mail us for more info:  See his work at
He is here that weekend to teach a boro class!  Let us know if you are interested in the class.  See class description on this blog.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Jelveh's Christmas-inspired Ornaments Class, Oct 22, 2016

Jelveh of Jelveh Designs will be hosting a Holiday ornament class at Graceful Customs, this Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, from 9 am to 1 pm.  She will be demonstrating how to make a blown glass ornament, a snowman, and others on a headpins.  Cost is $125.00,   E-mail us at for other details. 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Rashan Jones, Nov. 5 & 6, 2016

Our next class will be with Rashan Jones on Sat. & Sun., Nov. 5 and 6, 2016, here is what Rashan says about his class:

"All that Jazz: Boro exploration."

"The beginner class was well received so I'm headed back to Graceful Customs Lampwork for another session.
We will spend 2 days covering implosion pendants, shot glasses and basic hand pipes. There will be some color application but mostly we will focus on fuming techniques for fine silver and some 24kt gold. I'll also be covering a review of Gilson Opal inclusions because they compliment the fumed pendants and they look great on hand pipes as well.
This is a perfect class for someone with experience in lamp working either soft or Boro, or an ambitious first timer."
Contact Grace for signup details!  Cost of class $475, includes lunch and glass used in class.
Bring your own tools.  Refrigerator and microwave available.  Water and drinks provided.  RV space available without charge.  Airport pickup available, from San Jose Airport.
See his work at: High Desert Flame Works