This class has a prerequisite. Please see below.
This class is specifically designed for the artist whose primary skill set pertains to the Art of Fusing Glass.
In this class, the artist will add to their skill set by learning to create torchworked components. These components add detail and uniqueness to fused pieces that cannot be achieved by any other means.
Artists that use glasses such as Bullseye (COE 90), Reichenbach (COE 96 and COE 90) and Oceanside (96) glass will benefit from this class.
Projects: The Torchworked Components for Fusers class will give the artist opportunities to observe and practice their new skills on the torch. In addition, they will strengthen any torchwork skills that they already have.
Students are encouraged to bring a background piece of glass in their choice of coe in case they want to fuse their new elements together.
Prerequisite: The “Orientation to Torchwork” (or past class called “Beginning Lampworking”) or "Introduction to Torchwork for Fusers" is a prerequisite. There, the basic operation of the torch will be taught as it pertains to the Fuser. Balancing of the glass in the flame and reading the heat will be a focus.
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.