Torchworked Components for Fusers

  • Saturday, November 12, 2022
  • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • BARN's Glass Arts Studio, Class Code: GL111222MB
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  • $137 + $35 materials fee
  • $105 + $35 materials fee

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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.

Students will

  • Learn to use commercial as well as homemade cane 
  • Learn to make very basic murrini and frit 
  • Learn to stretch and cut molten glass shapes 
  • Learn how to connect components to each other 
  • Learn how to apply components to fused pieces 
  • Be briefly introduced to presses, optic molds, and texture plates to create design 
Once this class is completed, the artist will have expanded their knowledge and skills to more fully execute detail and design in their future projects.

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.


  • The material fee covers the participants choice of either 90 or 96 COE Glass Rod as well as the fuel for the torches. Fiber blankets will be available for use to gently cool lampworked elements.
  • 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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