Bead Making Workshop with Holly Cooper

Lampwork bead making is an ancient art having been around since antiquity. In this workshop we will explore ways to push this beautiful compelling art into the 21st century. I have spent the last 18 years developing unusual methods and use of materials to enhance the small glass bead and elevate it into something very special, unique and personal.

We will delve into a variety of special materials and techniques that I have created that change the glass surface and lend an interesting depth to the surface of the work. Initially we will work with stringer technique and how to control the flame and the glass, giving us the ability to design with linear pattern. The core of the class is the use of stringer and how to use pattern, color, shape, texture, patina and theme in our work. In addition there will be an introduction of design methods and principles and sources of inspiration and their applications for our beads. We’ll explore the use of enamels, metal leaf and foil, texture, patina, flame chemistry and special properties of certain colors and other unique techniques.

All of this is focused on ways to achieve our own personal style of bead making. Bring your ideas! This is a fun and exciting class with lots of exploration and discovery.

11 in stock

Start: 7 September 2020 at 10:00 Finish: 17 September 2020 at 16:00

Pattern and Patina #1


Event Price 1250

Holly Cooper

Working out of her studio in Austin Texas, Holly has been a professional artist her entire working career. With a background in painting, art history, textiles, ceramics and finally glass, her work melds all of these disparate disciplines into her...

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