Cane Mania Workshop with Matt Urban

Matt Urban Zanfirico GobletDate: April 11, 12 & 13 (Fri, Sat and Sun)
Time: 9am to 3pm for the instructor led session; 3pm to 7pm for the student practice session
Student Cost: $600 (6 students maximum)
Observer Cost: $50 per day


This three (3) day workshop covers cane making from simple to complex. Class will begin with pulling straight cane and from there on compose more intricate patterns along the lines of Ballotini and Zanfirico which are fancy names for twisty cane. Most importantly, reliable ways of creating cane will be discussed. Different methods for picking up cane and manipulating patterns will be shown. Student input will drive demonstrations. It should be a fun time to explore one of Matt Urban’s favorite topics in glassblowing.


  • Atlanta Hot Glass members are eligible to receive a 10% discount.
  • Students should be bring color bars for their experiments. Matt has suggested enamel white and a variety of transparent – cobalt, amethyst, gold and/or yellow.
  • A 50% deposit will be required to book this class
  • Please contact the studio at 404-460-2791 to reserve your slot or use the Schedule Now button below.

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Matt Urban Headshot[dropcap size=”220%” bgcolor=”theme”]M[/dropcap]atthew Urban attended the Philadelphia College of Art and Design, where he studied industrial design and glass. After completing his B.F.A., he worked at the Tyler School of Art, and the Philadelphia College of Art and Design. Urban has been a production assistant for Michael Schunke at Nine Iron Studio, and Tom Farbanish at Certified Glass, as well as an artist-in-residence, instructor, and gaffer with The Corning Museum of Glass, and a staff member at Pilchuck Glass School.

Urban has studied and worked around the world with numerous master glassmakers including Lino Tagliapietra, Pino Signoretti, Dino Rosin, Gianni Toso, Elio Quarisa, Checco Ongaro, Davide Fuin, and Davide Salvadore.

In May 2007, he completed his Master’s Degree at Illinois State University in Glass/Sculpture. In 2010 he completed building his artist studio, focused on creating an ultra-low carbon footprint. Urban uses only recycled glass for all his designs and sculpture. He is the owner of Furnace Urbini Glass Works since 1999.