Beginning Lampworking: Making Glass Beads with a Torch

with Roger Child

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*The live and free course does not give you a certificate of completion, additional tools and resources, access to the bonus classess, and one-on-one with the instructors.
These perks are only available in the paid version of the course.

About the course

This is a comprehensive beginning lampworking course. Learn about safety, lampworking and beadmaking equipment, glass properties, beadmaking techniques and annealing. Using table-top oxygen/propane fueled torches and soft glass, students will learn to make beads of various shapes; how to use shaping, raking and poking tools; surface decoration; pulling stringers; basic encasing, and simple cane-making.

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About The Instructor

Roger Child

Roger has always been drawn to art. As a child, he was always drawing and sketching.

An elementary school teacher asked him what he wanted to be, and he immediately replied ‘an artist.’ As a career, he became a cabinetmaker and through that work discovered glass. He found that he could interpret his artistic visions using glass as a medium much more easily.

Roger grew up in Ogden, Utah, and has been a full time flameworker for 18 years. He discovered the magical world of lampworking glass during the summer of 1998 and instantly fell in love with working hot glass in the flame of a torch. Using Effetre Italian glass, he began making glass beads and marbles in his spare time. After working as a cabinetmaker for 12 years, in the spring of 2003, he decided to put away his wooodworking tools and devote himself to the art of lampworking. He creates distinctive works of art using all types of glass.

Inspired by nature and fantasy, he hand-makes his glass beads, marbles, and sculptures one at a time using flameworking techniques. "I enjoy making a lot of sea life, he said, like sea turtles and fish. I strive to make each piece unique.” They are made from Effetre Italian glass, Lauscha glass and borosilicate glass.

Roger mostly learned glass techniques by reading books and magazines, and watching videos. Artists who influenced him include the hot glass sculptors Milon Townsend, Lewis Wilson, Loren Stump, and Paul Stankard. He has learned a great deal from books by Milon Townsend and has since studied with master artists such as Roger Parramore, Kristen Frantzen Orr and Freddy Ferron.

FREE Broadcast Replay!

September 26th & 27th, 2018
from 11:00am-2pm EDT
(8-11am PDT, 9-12pm MDT, 10-1pm CDT)

*NOTE: There will be no evening replay for this course.

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*The live and free course does not give you a certificate of completion, additional tools and resources, access to the bonus classess, 
and one-on-one with the instructors. These perks are only available in the paid version of the course.