How to Make Glass Beads
(with Artist, Vicki Schneider)
Saturday, June 2nd from 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Want to try something new? In just 3 hours, you will make your own beautiful glass beads and enter the mystical and ancient world of lampworking. This clinic will introduce you to the art of flameworking soft glass safely at a stationary torch. You will learn to melt, stretch, and twist glass rods, wrap glass around thin steel rods (mandrels), and apply various surface decorations to produce colorful treasures you can later turn into jewelry. Most students create between 3 and 6 beautiful beads they are very proud of. By the end of this class you should have the skills and knowledge to work at a torch safely and independently.
This workshop does not take place on the Roycroft Campus, but at the instructor’s studio Expressive Glass (3333 Lake Shore Rd, Hamburg, NY 14219), near the Woodlawn Beach between the Ford and steel plants on Route 5. Students should wear clothes that are at least 80% natural fibers (not rayon or polyester), tie back long hair, wear closed shoes/sneakers, and do not wear loose necklaces or bracelets. No experience is necessary. All materials and supplies will be provided for the class. NOTE: Your work will not be available for pick up until 1-3 days after the class. If you prefer, your beads can be shipped to you for an additional $5.
Vicki Schneider’s fascination with glass dates back to a field trip she took as a young child to the Corning Museum of Glass. In 2006 she melted her first rod of glass and her love affair with flameworking began. Vicki has studied with some of the world’s most highly respected glass artists, including world-renown Venetian sculptors Emilio Santini and Lucio Bubacco. She opened Expressive Glass in 2009 to share her passion and introduce others to the magic of flameworking. Ms. Schneider is a NYS certified teacher and international speaker, and her work is sold at prestigious venues, including the GlassMarket at the Corning Museum of Glass, WheatonArts The Gallery of Fine Craft (Milville, NJ), and The Melting Point (Sedona, AZ.) In 2015, she was selected by Glassation.com as one of “18 Game-Changing Female Glass Artists.” She is a board member of the recently formed Arts and Craftsmen Guild.
Class Tuition: $60 tuition + $10 Supplies =
Registration is required and seating is limited (Max. of 4 students).
This workshop is NOT on the Campus
If you have any questions please call the Roycroft Campus at 716-655-0261 or email us.