Introduction to Torchworked Hollows and Vessels

  • Saturday, October 08, 2022
  • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • BARN's Glass Arts Studio, Class Code: GL100822MB
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  • $137 + $85 materials fee
  • $105 + $85 materials fee

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This class has prerequisites. Please see below. 

This advanced technique class is an introduction to the art of making torchworked hollow beads and vessels. The small class size is also designed to benefit a more experienced artist hoping to hone skills used in lampworking.

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.

Projects include building hollow beads on a standard mandrel and a blow pipe. We will also build a small vessel on a coated blow pipe. Safety, preparation and finishing of the projects will be covered in the instruction.


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.


  • Students need to bring 20 pre-dipped mandrels. Other supplies are provided in this workshop.
  • Remember to wear close-toed shoes & long pants in the Glass Studio at all times. This is a strictly enforced safety policy. Thank you.
  • If you would like to bring a lunch or snack, there is a community kitchen on the lower level that includes a refrigerator and microwave for your use.
  • Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols.
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. Tuition Assistance is available - click here to fill out the simple application before registering for a class. For those who might need physical assistance, please learn about BARN's Companion Program here.


Michele Benson has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art from Potsdam State College in New York and a Master's degree in Social Work from Portland State University. After many years in the the field of child protection, Michele retired and opened Sandhill Glass Studio (formerly Cuttlefish Glass Studio) where she taught Lampworking (torchwork) for over ten years until she moved to Washington State.

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.

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