Nathan Sandberg

Artist and educator, Nathan Sandberg is based in Portland, Oregon. After working in the Research & Education Department at Bullseye Glass company for 8 years he started Nathans LLC in 2012 and has established himself as one of the top kiln-glass educators teaching today. From Santa Fe to Zurich and Australia to Norway, Nathan is usually somewhere on the planet presenting a fresh, innovative curriculum at a wide range of studios, schools, and art centers. He is widely credited as the pioneer of the modern Vitrigraph methods which he began to develop at the Bullseye Factory in 2009 and has since taken to unprecedented levels of control. In 2015 Nathans LLC moved out of the basement and into a proper studio space in the Kenton neighborhood of North Portland. Today, Nathan uses OnGrade Studio as his home base and can be found there relentlessly producing work for exhibitions and developing a new curriculum to teach whenever he isn't on the road. His primary material is glass although his installations commonly make use of other materials such as wood, metal, and concrete. And his artwork can be found in private and public collections around the world.

• Vitrigraph Murrine: A Foundation w/ Nathan Sandberg -Online Video Class - Watch Now

 Taking a thoughtful approach to using the Vitrigraph kiln we can create cane and murrine that rival those created in a hot shop. Capitalizing on the ways glass can be arranged in and flows from a crucible, students in this innovative workshop will learn to create reproducible decorative canes and intricate murrine using the Vitrigraph Kiln. These elements can then, immediately, be used in other kiln-glass projects.   This video focuses on creating a murrine wall panel that can be hung as decorative glass art, however, once this technique can be applied to any fused glass project that you create.  Bowls, plates, part sheets, drop out vases, jewelry etc.  Nathan does not hold back and gives so much information, you will surely benefit from this video by using his teachings in all aspects of your glass work. 

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Review by Candace K. 
AAE Glass produces the most wonderful videos from very talented instructors. This video is no exception. The processes are clearly articulated and the videography is excellent!
 
 

Complex Vitrigraph Murrine: The Next Level w/ Nathan Sandberg -Online Video Class - Watch Now

Nathan continues your education and reveals his signature technique to produce stunning and intricate complex murrine.  As the pioneer of Vitrigraph Murrine, Nathan has spent countless hours developing an unbelievable process which he is now sharing with you. Using a specialty V-mold, Bullseye sheet glass and rods, you will have the tools to create insane patterns on your own as well as FIVE of Nathan's most secret recipes that he will demonstrate, in their entirety, in this easy to follow video.  Nathan's first video class, Vitrigraph Murrine: A Foundation, is a prerequisite to this video class in order to comprehend this "next level" process.  Students who have taken Nathan's basic murrine class in person will also be able to comprehend this online class.  Nathan is easy to understand, thorough and full of tips and tricks along the way.  Check out his reviews from his first class.  You will not be disappointed. 

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Review by Deb J. 
This is a perfect follow-on video from the basic Vitrigraph Murrine Foundation. As always Nathan's instructions and notes were easy to follow to achieve perfect results every time. And to be able to re-watch anytime a refresher is needed is such a bonus and is actually better value than traveling to attend a class. Well done both AAE Glass and Nathan Sandberg
 
 

Drop Out Construction & Rim Removal Tutorial w/ Nathan Sandberg

A short and to-the-point video for those who want to create beautiful drop out vessels that resemble blown glass.  This video is a must for your collection as Nathan teaches skills that are fundamental to all your future glass making.  This economical video class is informative and easy to follow.  Nathan will walk you through the EASY way to cut large circles out of glass and he graciously includes how to cut "rings" as well!  Finally!  You can not only use this technique in your drop out vessels but you can cut circular borders for your bowls and functional art!  You will learn volume calculation to create any size drop out as well as finishing the blank before firing. Most importantly, he will show how easy it is to remove that drop out rim with a tile saw using a diamond blade.  No fancy saws are required...you probably have one in your garage!  A handout and firing schedule are provided.  Yep, you read that right...he provides an EXACT firing schedule for the drop out...pretty rare. Nathan is easy to understand, thorough, and full of tips and tricks along the way.  Check out his reviews from his classes.  You will not be disappointed. 

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Review by Charlene F. 
The information that Nathan provides leads you very logically into a super piece. AAE Glass has always had super teachers and Nathan is certainly one of the best. With just the right amount of information, you can really create some interesting drop out bowls.
 

The Fundamentals of Coldworking & Finishing Glass w/ Nathan Sandberg- Online Video Class - Watch Now

 This video is some of the richest content we have seen to date on the subject of coldworking & finishing your fused glass.  If you are a beginner to intermediate glass artist or just want to bring your glass work to a "gallery quality" level, this video is for you.  Nathan demonstrates coldworking using a lap wheel, saw, sandblaster and hand-lapping with silicon carbide grit.  His extensive lecture on using the heat of your kiln to achieve a matte, satin or glossy finish makes this video worth purchasing alone.  This video is for anyone who is a glass enthusiast who owns cold working equipment, is thinking about purchasing equipment, or who just wants to learn to start finishing your glass and bring your work to a beautiful level of sophistication.  We cannot say enough great things about this video class. 

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Review by Lisa S. 
Even if you have experience with using some of these cold working tools there are some good tricks to add to your cold working and best practices for cold working. Anyone who likes visual learning will benefit from this video.
 

Hot Rods: Slumping & Dropout Vessels w/ Nathan Sandberg

Hot Rods is the 5th video project between AAE Glass and Nathan Sandberg. In this educational lesson, Nathan will lead students through three projects that make use of glass rods from Bullseye as the primary design element.  Along the way, he will dive deeper than ever before into dropouts and provide a very thorough explanation and demonstration of the process. Students will be guided through the fabrication of two slumped forms as well as a dropout vessel….or eight, entirely made of rods. From raw materials to mold construction, to volume calculation and finishing, much of the information provided in this lesson can be applied to many other kiln-glass projects by simply scaling up, changing shapes and/or glasses. Once you have the tools you are only limited by your imagination!  All handouts and firing schedules included.

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Review by Cindy 
This was another very inspiring video from Nathan. I really appreciated his in-depth discussion of the different results with firing of dropouts, I look forward to applying these techniques in my own work.
 

Video Tutorial Masterclass - Kilncasting: Planting the Seed with Nathan Sandberg

This might be the most thorough introduction to kilncast glass available from the comfort of your own studio. Watch and re-watch over four hours of content as Nathan Sandberg walks you through all of the steps necessary to create a truly special kilncast glass planter. Clay modelmaking, poured investment mold-making, volume calculation, firing schedules and finishing options are all discussed, demonstrated and can easily be applied to other, personalized projects. Kilncasting has an unfair reputation of being complex and messy. Extreme care was used to develop a lesson that proved otherwise.
 
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Review by Han C. on 22 Aug 2021review stating Excellent Kiln-Casting Video Class
Living overseas, it is so previous to get such excellent and detailed instructions from Nathan on kiln-casting. The example of a planter is excellent. It is simple enough to allow an in-depth explanation of what are the necessary steps involved while also allowing for variations in techniques. I am looking forward to a more advanced kiln-casting video class from Nathan or other talented instructors.
 

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