Beginners Lampworking Level I: Using a minor bench burner, the basic rules of preparation and safety using oxygen and propane mix, and kiln use will be taught. The skills covered will be making stringers, twisties and simple beads with the techniques of marvering, casing, raking, plunging and annealing. Resource base provided – where to buy supplies such as glass, equipment and jewelry findings.
Beginners Lampworking Level II: Techniques include casing foils, latticino, silvered stringers, multi-layering, powders and practice at combining techniques from Beginners I and II.
Beginners Lampworking Level III and IV Skills covered include: Hollow beads, complex latticino, floral beads, presses and simple sculpture.
Beyond Basics, this course is for students seeking to find their own voice in the glass. Techniques and theory will be introduced to enable the student to expand beyond the safety zone of “how to do” beads and begin to create bead which are uniquely their own.
Cost for classes are $300 for 8 hours of instruction. Two or more days consecutively costs $250 /day. This includes glass, oxygen, propane and use of all tools. I also offer days of studio time – no instruction – but the availability of tools, torch and kiln for $150 for 10 hours. The student must provide their own glass. Accommodation can be arranged. As with each class offered, students will progress at their own rate. For classes in Halifax, contact Cranberry Stained Glass. For classes in Yarmouth, you can contact me here.
"A revelation as a Beadmaker, and as an artist. She knows how to read you, and how to sublime some parts of you you didn't even knew the existence. A real artist and a beautiful person. Thanks Su."
“This course took me to place I wasn’t sure I could achieve. It definitely kick-started my progress. This was a great class and Su is a terrific teacher!”
“The most amazing weekend in my life. Su has the best combination of talent and teaching. The course was great and I learned more than I could imagine.”
“Susan is a wonderful instructor, her passion for beadmaking shows in the enthusiasm for teaching. I was amazed that I could make beads in such a short period of time – the signs of a very talented instructor! Beautiful work, Susan. I will definitely continue to the next level of beadmaking with you. You make class time very enjoyable.”
“More, more, more …… classes. Had an excellent time, wonderful folks, learned lots!"
“Very enjoyable classes. Lessons were prepared to build on one another in a very smooth manner. Su was especially well prepared, the one-on--one gave us the opportunity to go beyond planned course content. Being required to prepare before the class gave me more time at the torch. I was allowed time to work on my own within the limitations of what I learned. One of the best prepared teachers I have ever been with. It is a joy to learn from a true artisan. Absolutely received value for the cost of the class.”
“I could have done this for a few more hours! But it was very excellent, the instructor was extremely efficient and helpful. It was such a wonderful experience!”
“Had a great time -very informative. Want and need to learn more. The individual instruction was remarkable. I knew I’d enjoy it but it outstripped my imagination how much fun I had.”