All students are required to supply their own safety glasses.  If you do not have any, we do sell a variety of protective eye-wear.  Safety glass are to be worn at all times while working in the glass shop.
Working at the point of the torch produces radiation that is bad for your eyes as well as your skin. Good posture and optimum distance from the flame will reduce these hazards.
The most common injuries that occur in the glass shop are minor burns and cuts.
Cuts can be the most serous of the injuries, causing possible tendon and nerve damage. Always be careful when moving around glass. Never push or force glass, and when working with molten glass always stop moving before the glass.
Minor burns are the most common of injuries. Many of these injuries can be avoided by working only one end of your rod in the flame. Also. by placing the hottest end of the rod or tubing away from you when setting them down on the workbench.
More serious burns caused by the flame require immediate attention. Place the burn under cold water, keeping it submerged for approximately 20 minutes. This procedure is necessary, because of the exotic mix of gases and carbon. This mixture formed on the skin can microscopically spontaneously combust casing further damage to your skin. The water will neutralize the mixture of gasses and carbons.

OXYGEN -- Be aware that many petroleum products can spontaneously combust when they come in contact with pure oxygen. Never use oil or oil base products on your regulators or equipment.
PROPANE -- Propane is heavier than air and always store your bottle outside and in an upright position
Flashback Arrestors or Check Valves are advised with the use of all regulators.

Be prepared for your project. Have your work site and tools set up prior to turning on the flame.
Know your equipment and surrounding.
Make sure ventilation is on.
Be considerate of your neighbor workers. Do Not make sudden moves or distract others at the flame.
Always ask before borrowing another person's equipment.
We also recommend getting sylvanite (burn ointment), from your local pharmacist.
Avoid creating hazardous waste, i.e. stringers and bubble trash.
Do not force the glass, get it hotter.
Do not burn the glass (looks white-bubbly), move faster.

Bob Snodgrass, like fine wine, keeps getting better with each year. Last year he made lots of wonderful glass art pieces and it is not going to stop this year.  Glassblowing classes with Bob Snodgrass are the best way to improve your skills.  Bob Snodgrass teaches classes a few times a year in beautiful Eugene, Oregon. These classes are extremely instructional with lots of demo from Bob and some torch time to practice what the day brought you and ask your questions of Bob. Classes are now being held at Cornerstone Glass Studio in Eugene.  The classes will hold a maximum of 10 students for a four day session with tuition of $350 per day for a total of $1400.  The cost will cover class, materials and meals.  There are a few lodging options near Cornerstone Glass.  Students are required to bring safety glasses and a list of questions for Bob.  All levels of glassworkers are welcome, classes to be grouped by experience.  Register for classes at

It is recommended to have read at least one book on glass blowing to learn the terminology that applies. Also read the Snodgrass Safety Manual.

We are proud to say that we have had return students who have improved their work with each class session they attended.