Upcoming Jewelry Classes

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Jewelry Department

Harlan Simon

Harlan Simon

Harlan Simon

Harlan Simon

Harlan Simon

Instructor: Harlan Simon

April 17–19, 2017 (Monday–Wednesday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels

Tom BoylanSuellen Fowler


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You may register online until two weeks prior to class start date. After that date, please call the registrar:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


Experience the lure and the magic of flamework glass beadmaking!  In this workshop, we learn how to wind molten glass onto hand spun metal rods to make beautiful colored glass beads. Each student is assigned their own clean burning oxygen-propane torch. Also included in the material fee is use of tools, safety glasses, and a wide variety of beautiful Italian “soft-glass” colors (104 COE). Techniques covered in this overview workshop vary depending on level and interest of participants, but typically include the learning and practice of shaping molten glass into basic bead forms (“donut,” cylinder, lentil shape, etc.), designing with dots and stripes, the making and using of twist canes, and application of crushed glass and metal foils for further surface design effects.

Time and interest permitting, instructor may also present the basics of pendant and small glass cabochon making. All skill levels are welcome, including and especially beginners. More experienced flameworkers, though, can also benefit from this workshop, finding in it ample opportunity for guided practice, troubleshooting problem areas, and the learning of new techniques and design styles.

HARLAN SIMON is an entertaining and experienced teacher, and has taught flamework glass for over 15 years to hundreds of students. Oakland-based, he occasionally exhibits his work at local art shows and farmers’ markets.

In 1997 Harlan helped found the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Glass Beadmakers. He has been featured on NPR, and has been published in two books on artisanal beadmaking: 1000 Glass Beads, Lark Books, 2004; and The Complete Book of Glass Beadmaking, Lark Books, 2005, by Kimberley Adams. On his harlanglass blog, Harlan has written on the role of glass in the construction of modernity.


Current MAC Members: $310
Non-members: $345 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

There is a registration fee of $45 for each class for non-members. Current Mendocino Art Center members do not pay a registration fee and may take 10% off each class registration. The discount is reflected in the prices above. Not a member yet? You may sign up below.
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Cancellations must be made in writing, either by mail or email. If you notify us at least 21 days prior to the first class meeting, you will receive a refund of tuition less a $45 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made after that date for any reason due to our contractual obligations and material acquisitions. If the Art Center is compelled to cancel a class you will receive a full tuition refund. Memberships are non-refundable as they are considered a donation to the Art Center.

Instructor materials fee: $50
Studio fee: $30

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