Whenever we here at Gangplank Jr receive feedback, it always seems the most common request is for more fire.
Well, we heard the cry and answered the call with a flameworking class.
Glass artist Laurie Nessel provided a live demonstration on how to shape glass beads using a propane torch. Children were invited to ‘pull stringers’, which involves putting a glass rod in the flame, then pulling the ends apart while rolling the ends. This makes a thinner rod which is then used to decorate the beads.
Children aged 9 and over where then permitted to try their hand at making a bead, which meant heating the end of a glass rod and then attaching it to the ceramic holder to shape.
If you weren’t able to make the event, Laurie also teaches classes through the Mesa Arts Center, as well as private lessons.