Many of you have been very patient with us while we sought out a new Bead-making Instructor. As you may know, Charlie, our previous instructor had a series of unfortunate events occur within a very short period of time, including a bad fall which made it impossible for her to stand or sit long enough to teach the class. After several months of looking we have been fortunate enough to find Mary Claire who began teaching for us last week.
If you were one of the people who had your bead-making class canceled last fall, we wish to give you first chance at the classes we have scheduled on the first Saturday of each month. In addition, we are in the process of working with Mary Claire to design and implement our all-day Beginning Class currently scheduled for Saturday, March 9th (10-4) and other longer, more advanced technique classes in lampworking. Keep checking the website for more information. We will post it as it becomes available. Keep Charlie and her family in your prayers as they recover. We are hoping she will be back teaching for us in the near future!
One of the things that we find very important and pride ourselves in doing is trying the best we can to keep repairs and restorations historically accurate to maintain the value of the glass. Many studios break out the old glass and replace it with new glass and this is a mistake. From left to right we clean the pieces of glass with a special soap; after that the pieces are cleaned again with a special solution they are taped together. Once the pieces are back in place a two part museum grade glue is to glue it all back together again. After about a week the glue is hard enough for us to work with the glass. The last picture shows one of the pieces repaired and back into the lamp.