What you'll do
Come and learn the ancient and fascinating method of creating flameworked glass beads (also known as lampworking) - where glass is melted in a flame using an oxygen and LPG torch. Learn how to make basic doughnut beads and round beads in colours of your choice and how to decorate your bead with dots and spots and stripes. In addition you will learn about safety, tools, equipment, proper lighting and annealing glass beads for strength and durability. All glass materials, gas, kiln firing and and safety gear is included. As your beads need to be processed in a kiln afterwards, they can not be taken home on the day. The cost of *posting your beads to you is also included in the fee. *As of March 2019 New Zealand postage prices to the USA have increased dramatically due to security. The price stated includes only non-tracking with a delivery time of 14 days. If you require your bead parcel to be tracked to the USA, it will be an additional charge of NZ $50. These classes are a private lesson for two hours working at your own pace with glassmaker Jo Tricker. Come on your own or bring a friend - the torch can be shared across two people if you book two consecutive lessons
"I am fascinated by glass - by its ability to transform itself from a solid to a liquid and back to a solid again! For me it is the endless fascination of where science and art meet." I am a glassmaker. I run glassmaking classes as well as making unique glass gifts! I do not blow glass - my works are proudly handmade using kilnforming and flameworking techniques and serve both functional and decorative purposes. I am very passionate about what i do and love to teach and pass on my knowledge. I have two apprenticeships in Medical Laboratory Technology, a Degree in English and Linguistics, a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages, and a Certificate in Graphic Design. I have completed master classes in glass kilnforming, flameworking and casting - learning from both local and international glass artists.
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Where you'll be
Jo's studio is tucked away on the edge of the Waikareao walkway, about 5 minutes drive from the Tauranga CBD. It is a destination and a hidden secret - which you will be happy to have found! If you would like a different time other than what is listed, please message me, and if available I can list that time on air bnb so that you can make your booking.
Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.
Up to 1 guest ages 12 and up can attend. Bookings are essential and preferably with 24 hours notice.
You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.
You can park right in front of the glass gates (which you will see as you drive up) and also anywhere else in the complex. A summary of the class lesson will be emailed to you afterwards.
Lampworking - (Glass beadmaking).