A few weeks ago I had the good fortune to be able to take a class with a very talented glass artist, Brad Pearson. This was my 3rd lampworking class to date, and I really learned a lot in a short amount of time. The demos were very enlightening, and just going through the basics of watching a new person work helped me learn different ways to approach things.
We had 2 days of class where he demonstrated a technique/bead and we would go back to our torch and give it a shot. Here are a few of my decent beads that were a direct result of his demos. I'll spare you the really ugly "learning experiences".
The 2nd afternoon we each got to play with a rod of borosilicate tubing. I'd never worked with boro before, but it was very interesting! It took a little while to get the hang of it, but we "pulled points" and all made some little funky Christmas ornaments. I'm sure that everyone in my family will get a lovely blue handmade treasure from me this year. :)
The class days were followed by another day and a half set aside to experiment with what we learned and/or just play at the torch. Here are some of the techniques I tried again in the first few evenings and during those last 2 days. (If you can't tell...I spent a bit of time trying to get my dots to be really even and the same size.)
All in all, I learned that I could work larger than I thought with my torch...and I have quite a few pages of notes in my journal that will be a resource as I gradually invest in more tools and choose supplies in the future. (It was also just a whole lot of fun!)