Off Mandrel Torchwork

  • Saturday, March 25, 2023
  • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • BARN's Glass Arts Studio, Class Code: GL032523MB
  • 2


  • $137 + $12 materials fee
  • $105 + $12 materials fee

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A fun workshop that takes the lampworker into the world of the traditional Venetian technique of figure development.

About this Class

This class will be taught using soft glass (Effetre), although the same principles can be applied to any other glass that is typically used for torchwork.


We will complete a human torso, a polar bear, a duck, a fish, and/or a penguin. As you gain competency in this technique, it can be applied to almost any subject imaginable.


  • The materials fee included in the price of the class covers all the materials needed for the class. 


  • You must have completed Orientation to Torchwork and Introduction to Torchwork: Beadmaking.
  • You must be very comfortable, and have had significant practice with, the torch; including being able to adjust and apply the flame as projects require.

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Michele Benson has a BA in studio art from Potsdam State College in New York and a Master's in social work from Portland State. After years in the field of child protection, she retired and opened Sandhill Glass Studio (formerly Cuttlefish) where she taught lampworking (torchwork) for more than 10 years until she moved to Washington.

She has taught lampworking at Oregon Institute of Technology and Klamath Community College, and has written articles for Softflex Jewelry Co. She is a member of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers and the Glass Dragons. She volunteers for the Humane Society and, before Covid, enjoyed traveling, scuba diving, and underwater photography.

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