Come and learn the ancient and fascinating method of creating flameworked glass beads (also known as lampworking) where glass is melted in a flame using an oxygen and LPG torch.
Beadmaking is similar to glass blowing but on a much smaller scale - and instead of blowing the glass, you are melting and shaping it into a bead form around a metal stick. This is done on a gas torch - kind of similar to what a welder would use - but the torch is mounted to the table. The heat and flame of the torch is very directional, meaning that the gas flame goes in a straight line - so it is more controlled (and easier to master) than glass blowing and involves far less heat.
Classes are two hours long and private i.e one student and me or sometimes people bring a friend and share a class. In a two hour class one person would make 3-8 beads - depending on ability.
Classes are conducted in my own studio which is about 75 sq m in size and located in the back half of an industrial building on the edge of the Waikareo Estuary - in the Judea Industrial Estate here in Tauranga. I teach Wednesday through to Saturday and the day and time can be negotiated to suit.