Summer Intensives

Mon, June 24
Fri, June 28, 2019


Flame Shop

Difficulty Level

Newbie, Beginner


10 remaining of 10

Instructor: Theresa Sharp

Let's start from square one and learn the ins and outs of glass beadmaking (flameworking) with soft glass on a mandrel. A perfect introductory course for anyone who wants to learn proper safety in the flame shop, techniques for melting glass into fabulously colorful beads, and have tons of time to practice and experiment. Theresa will guide you through the super fun process of melting colorful glass rods using heat, gravity and basic tools over a torch, creating surface patterns and how to change the shape. You'll soon get the basics down, and your personal style will start to shine through!

The course will alternate daily between demos and practice time. Bring a sketchbook to take notes and work out ideas, and feel free to take pics to help remember the step-by-step instructions. Troubleshooting common mistakes with Theresa will fast-track your experience and lessen the mystery of working with this alive medium.

As your skills progress, we will create twisties, encased beads, learn stringer control, and Theresa's favorite technique: sculptural beads, like animals and small objects.

You will not only leave with enough confidence and skill to work independently at the torch, but your friends will marvel at your one-of-a-kind wearable works of art. Win-win!


Theresa Sharp


Theresa Sharp began her journey with glass at the Tyler School of Art (Philadelphia, PA) in 1988. Initially taking her first glassblowing class on a whim, she quickly fell in love with the alive medium. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1991, Magna Cum Laude.

Theresa began flameworking in 1995 as an opportunity to play with molten glass in her home studio. Using techniques learned while blowing glass, she quickly developed a recognizable style.

Theresa has been teaching for over 20 years in highly-respected glass studios, including the Pittsburgh Glass Center, New Orleans Glassworks, Glass Axis, Ohio Glass Museum, Franklin Park Conservatory, and headed the Flameworking Department at Hocking College (Nelsonville, OH) for 5 years.

Today, Theresa is the Studio Manager at Ohio Glass Museum in historic Lancaster, OH, and maintains a flameworking studio in her home.  



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