Bead Making (Lampworking) -- Summer, 2017

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:  Grace Dorsey
Dates: Mondays, July  10 -- July 31   (4 weeks)
Enrollment: 4
Time: 6:00 pm -- 9:00 pm
Cost: $195   Registration fee includes all materials.
Location: Katherine Harper Hall Room 41

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beadmakingRegistration 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 10 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.


Grace C. Dorsey was born in Bogalusa, LA and moved to Boone following Hurricane Katrina. She is a retired high school art educator (20 years). Grace has taught glass beadmaking since 1995, after receiving a Louisiana Division of the Arts Grant to host a glass artist in residence, who introduced her students to lampworking, fusing, and stained glass. She has continued to include glass beadmaking as part of the art curriculum.  She has taught beadmaking at: Bogalusa High School, Stone and Paper Art Studio, Conti Glass, Summer Workshops at the Turchin Center, Watauga Art Space Demo Artist, as well as privately.

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: Dacia Trethewey,

Director Emeritus: Eric Reichard,

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