New Workshops Available Now!

Introduction to Bead Making on the Minor Burner Torch!!!     NEW!!    9-3:30 pm

Sun 31 March, 2019  (2 places available)
 
This is a full day workshop introducing you to the magic of bead making!  We will use a minor burner, which is fueled with an oxy/ propane surface mix torch.
 
We will begin with basic torch safety, and the very basics of laying on your “footprint” for a basic bead (and your “marker” bead.)
Pulling stringer from the Bullseye Rods in order to embellish your beads with dots and stripes; making twisties and using reactive colours for the “wave”, will all be demonstrated and practiced.
The experience of working with molten glass and the Minor Burner, will give you an idea of the basic principles of the Hot Shop: you must always keep your bead mandrels turning and horizontal; you must constantly be aware of the core temperature of your beads as you add surface embellishments,
and you must remember that all equipment and tools are HOT!  This day will absolutely fly by, and you will return to pick up your stringer of beads with joy and amazement at what you  have created!
 
The workshop will be a series of demonstrations and then practice time.    
$325/ person Max 4 participants  (All safety equipment and beading materials included.)

After completing this workshop, you will be eligible for Open Studio on the torch.

 

  Mini Fuser  Sat 30 March 2-4:30 pm

This beginners workshop is limited to 8 participants, and you will learn the basics of design, cutting and assembling glass, and take home a Very individual 17cm fused glass dish.  This piece will be fused immediately after the workshop, and slumped a day later.

No experience with glass is necessary, just prepare to be amazed at wha you can do with it!

The workshop includes instruction, all materials and 2 kiln firings.

 

Introduction to the Hot Shop: Beginning Glassblowing!

This workshop is a very intensive full day experience.  We book 3 students/ session, and there are 2 of us instructing and demonstrating… an excellent student/teacher ratio!

The workshop introduces the beginner to the skills necessary for manipulating molten glass.  After a studio tour and introduction of all tools and equipment, we will review safety in the studio.  “Gathering” the glass from the furnace and various shaping techniques with the jacks is next.  Technique is improved through practice exercises.  Application of colour, working with blocks and a bubble tops it off.  It’s serious, but it’s loads of fun!

We are offering this workshop on a series of Sundays, between April 21, and early June, 2019.

Please contact me to book a place – it’s a rare opportunity, and a “bucket list” experience!

Our Studio

BeachGecko Glass is a professional, multi purpose art glass studio, located in Perth’s northern suburbs.  We offer a variety of workshops in kiln forming glass in order to explore alternate avenues of personal expression.  There is immense satisfaction in discovering creativity and developing handcrafted functional art.

BeachGecko Glass also offers glassblowing workshops, in conjunction with our own art glass production.  We have designed and produced multiple series of work, for distribution through art galleries in Western Australia, as well as over in the eastern states.

Our hot glass workshops invite individuals to experience an ancient art form; build confidence, and develop new skills. Teamwork is an important factor in the hot shop and working with a partner to achieve individual goals, demands good communication and attentiveness.  The  workshop will open a new mindset;  your result is an emotionally satisfying experience .