Bead Making (Lampworking)

beads“Lampworking” is the technical term for the art of melting and forming raw glass into shapes by using a special high-temperature torch. Glass beads have been treasured and traded for centuries and this class will explore the process of the ancient craft using moretti on mandrels. We will cover torch safety, types of glass, scientific properties, proper annealing, dots, stringers, latticino, encasement, texturing and much more. By the last class students will feel confident in their ability to make the glass flow.

Instructor: Shannon Boyd
Dates: Tuesdays, March 15 -- April 5, 2015 (4 weeks)
Enrollment: 4
Time: 6:00 pm -- 9 pm
Cost: $170   Registration fee includes all materials.
Location: Katherine Harper Hall Room 41

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Registration will begin on the following dates and will remain open until the classs fills or three working days before the class starts, whichever comes first: 

  • FALL SESSION: August 1 at noon
  • SPRING SESSION: December 1 at noon.
  • SUMMER SESSION: May 1 at noon

PLEASE NOTE: You may cancel a craft class up to two weeks before the class begins, with a $30 cancellation fee assessed. No refunds are allowed within two weeks of the start date, nor after the class begins.


Shannon Boyd had his first experience with molten glass in 2001. The following day he quit his desk job. Since then he has been creating glass that’s ornamental, functional, scientific, slumped and fused. Shannon has maintained a studio in the High Country since 2005 and his art can be seen in galleries and shows around the Southeast.

PLEASE NOTE: Most classes meet over multiple weeks. Registration for each class is open until the class fills or until three working days before the class begins, whichever comes first. If you miss the registration for this semester we hope you will consider taking this class the next time it is offered. Please contact Teri Reddick at to be added to the mailing list if you would like to be notified when new classes are offered.

Director: Kathy Copley,

Director Emeritus: Eric Reichard,, 828-262-6360

If you experience problems completing the registration, contact Teri Reddick at 828-262-2530 or email Teri Reddick at

If you need accommodations due to a disability, contact the Office of Disability Services at least two weeks prior to the beginning of your Craft Enrichment class. (828) 262-3056.

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