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Come and learn the ancient and fascinating method of creating flameworked glass beads (also known as lampworking) where glass is melted in a flame using an oxygen and LPG torch.

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Beadmaking is similar to glass blowing but on a much smaller scale - and instead of blowing the glass, you are melting and shaping it into a bead form around a metal stick.  This is done on a gas torch - kind of similar to what a welder would use - but the torch is mounted to the table.   The heat and flame of the torch is very directional,  meaning that the gas flame goes in a straight line - so it is more controlled (and easier to master) than glass blowing and involves far less heat.

Classes are two hours long and private i.e one student and me or sometimes people bring a friend and share a class.  In a two hour class one person would make 3-8 beads - depending on ability.  

Classes are conducted in my own studio which is about 75 sq m in size and located in the back half of an industrial building on the edge of the Waikareo Estuary -  in the Judea Industrial Estate here in Tauranga.  I teach Wednesday through to Saturday and the day and time can be negotiated to suit.    


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Business Hours:
Weds - Friday 10 - 3pm, Saturday mornings


Contact: Jo
Phone: 0274621655
Email: [email protected]
Building: Steve's Plumbing Building
Address: Unit 5 Oak Lane
Judea Industrial Estate
City: Tauranga


Lots of parking directly outside the studio as well as in the general complex.



$120 per person.

Please wear closed toed shoes and have long hair tied back.

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