This class has prerequisites. Please see below.
In this session, students will need to bring 20 pre-dipped mandrels. Participants will have the opportunity to observe and experiment with a variety of techniques that are used to create hollow pieces for function and adornment.
The “Orientation to Torchwork” (or past class called “Beginning Lampworking”) is a prerequisite. In addition, students must have practiced the skills they learned so that they are comfortable on the torch. Students must be able to build discs on their mandrels to benefit from this class. (A prior class, the two-day “Introduction to Torchwork: Beadmaking” workshop, is not a prerequisite, but will give the student a significant advantage in this class.)
Once this class is completed, the student will have been given the knowledge to create their own hollow projects. Students may want to take additional classes that include advanced techniques for hollow sculpture, design, and embellishment.
Michele has taught Lampworking (torchwork) to students at OIT (Oregon Institute of Technology) and Klamath Community College, and written articles for Softflex Jewelry Company.
Michele is a long-time member of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB) and is currently a member of the Florida Glass Dragons. When not in her studio, Michele volunteers for the Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County and the Kitsap Humane Society. Prior to covid, she enjoyed traveling, scuba diving and underwater photography.