[Photo 345x460 43.1kB] Jayne forming glass on a blow pipe

Jayne Duryea took a Glass Workshop with Bill Bagley in 1988 at Texas Tech University in Junction, Texas, a birthday present to herself at 34 years old. She recalls seeing Glass Blowers during grade school on a field trip to Riverhead, NY in the 1950's and was quietly intrigued since then.

Upon the return to BCC for the Fall Semester, Jayne secured a private grant to build Glass Blowing facilities at Bee County College, now Coastal Bend College.

The art of glass blowing courses were created in 1989 at the Visual Arts Division of Bee County College. It was the first Junior college to offer this program and became the oldest academic educational glassblowing facility in the State of Texas in the 1990's and 2000's. Many Glass facilities have developed since then.

The traditional offhand glassblowing course began in 1990 and continued until glass was canceled in 2017 as an academic choice. Glass continues today as workshops only.

Jayne Duryea has worked and visited many glassblowing facilities and establish her own studio for creative pursuit. The Glass Workshops are offered on a private basis at her personal glass blowing studio.

Classes Offered at Duryea Studios:

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Beginning Glass Blowing
Paperweights, Small Vessels, and Solid Forms

Forming molten glass on the end of a blowpipe is an exciting way to experience the essence of this raw material. Through lectures and hands-on work, students learn the basic techniques of forming glass:  gathering, blowing, and puntying.

Glass Fusing and Slumping
Fused Paintings, Plates Bowls and Sandblasting

A survey of kiln techniques including fusing (melting pieces of flat glass together) and slumping (melting flat glass over a three-dimensional object).  All projects are developed on an individual basis with emphasis on learning the process for further work.

Class Signup

Class Information

The workshops are available for individuals interested in exploring glass as a media for expression.

  • Photo of Jayne teaching a student.
      Jayne Duryea
  • [Glassblowing Photo 225x300] Forming hot glass on a blow pipe.
    Forming hot glass on a blow pipe.
  • Instructor helping student.

    Participants will be furnished with all supplies and equipment.

Enrollment is limited. Please respond early, early and early. Please fill out an application to register for the private workshop. Class assignments are made on a first come, first serve basis by postmark or e-mail date.

You will be notified promptly by mail or e-mail as to your class status or if you are on the Alternate List. Upon receiving your application, you will get a workshop packet of all the details. Please wait for reply contact before sending a deposit. A deposit will be required to hold your place in the class list. The balance per class will be due on the first day of the workshop. A service fee of $15 will be deducted from all refunds due to cancellations.

Some Places to Stay

  • El Camino Motel
    1500 NE Washington
    (2 minute drive)
  • Esquire Motel
    3609 N St Mary's St
    (Walking distance)
  • Hampton Inn Beeville
    301 S Hall St
    (866) 238-8235, 361-362-2100
    (8 minutes from college)
  • Holiday Inn Exp Stes
    2199 E US Hwy 59
    866-573-4235, 361-358-7300
    (7 minute drive)
  • La Quinta Inn & Suites Beeville
    2062 E US Hwy 59
    (7 minutes from college)
  • Motel 6
    400 Bypass 181 S.
    (7 minute drive)
  • Yonder Inn
    2201 N. Frontage Rd.
    N US Hwy 181
    (4 minute drive)
  • Please arrange your own reservation.