2011 Bead Classes
Learn to make Glass Beads from a Master Bead Artist:

This is a 3 Hour Class.On an oxygen Propane torch.Every thing is furnished.
All of the Tools ,Torch ,Mandrels & Glass.
You need nothing unless you want to take notes.
"Do not wear good clothes"

I will teach you Safety, Then we will go over the different tools and how to use
them. We will talk about Striking and Reduction Glass.
I will teach you the basics of making a bead.

The Classes are Usually on Sat 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

For other times and Information Please Call: 618-235-9638 or E:mail

Cost for this Fun Class is $75.00

We also rent bench time for $7.50 an hour

Thank You,
Your Instructor
Larry Hesterberg
Home of the Fried Green Frog


A little bit about lampworking.. (taken from

Lampworking is glassworking using a torch to melt and shape the glass. It is also known as flameworking or torchworking, as the modern practice no longer uses oil-fueled lamps. Although the art form has been practiced since ancient times, it flowered in Murano, Italy in the 1300s, and spread from there to the rest of Europe.

It was not until the late 1960 that lampwork became recognized as a serious art form by German born lampwork glass artist Hans Godo Frabel who utilized his scientific glassblowing training to create relatively large pieces of lampwork glass art in boroscilicate.

Some well-known lampworkers include Roger Parramore, sometimes called "the human lathe" due to his peerless ability to create smoothly turned vessels, Bandhu Scott Dunham, author of several lampworking textbooks and artistic compilations, Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, who created sea-life and botanic models in glass for Harvard, Milon Townsend, Robert Mickelson and Cesare Toffolo a master of traditional Venetian goblet making.

In addition to artwork, lampworking is used to create scientific tools, particularly for chemistry.

Early lampworking was done in the flame of an oil lamp, with the artist blowing air into the flame through a pipe. Most artists today use torches that burn either propane or natural gas for the fuel gas, with either air or pure oxygen as the oxidizer.


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