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Tryon Arts & Crafts offering glass lamp weekend workshop

Post Time:Feb 13,2012Classify:Industry NewsView:310

Tryon Arts and Crafts School will offer an art glass lamp weekend workshop, taught by Slumpy’s on the Road, in which participants will create an art glass lamp or vase.


The first session of the three-day workshop will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday with a brief discussion on design, color and planning. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, students will start assembling their pieces and loading them into kilns. Students will see their fused sheets, drill any holes required for a lamp fitting, and select a form on which to shape their shades on Feb. 19.


The method by which the glass shade is made is called glass fusing. The artist layers colors of transparent, translucent and iridescent glass in sheet, stringer and chip form. The layers are then heated in a kiln until they fuse into a sheet. The next step is to lay the sheet over a stainless steel form and return it to the kiln. This time, the glass is heated until it softens enough to slump over the form, creating the lamp shade or vase shape. The finished one-of-a-kind shade can then be installed in a hanging pendant lamp or a table lamp fixture, which will be available in the workshop.


Those who want to take the handmade idea to the next level should keep their eyes peeled for a future workshop at Tryon Arts and Craft’s Forge, in which a forged iron lamp base can be made to use with the lamp shade.


Advance registration for all classes and workshops is required.



Source: www.blueridgenow.comAuthor: shangyi

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