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Visiting Artist: Beau Barrett (Oct 19, 20)

October 19 @ 10:00 am - October 20 @ 5:00 pm

*FULL!!* Beau Barrett – Evolution of Blown Boro Beads and Small Scale Tubing Techniques (Oct 19 & 20)


This workshop is full.  If you would like to be on the wait list, please email bronwen@sonoranglass.org 

Instructor: Beau Barrett
Oct. 19 & 20 2019 (with a lecture on Oct. 18 at 6:30)
Sat, & Sunday; 10AM – 5PM
Prerequisite: advanced-beginner/intermediate skill level or flame shop directors approval.
  (advanced- beginner/intermediate means you are comfortable using borosilicate glass at the torch)

Material fee:  Purchase glass at the school, or bring your own.. I may be putting together a kit, and will let you all know the price as we get closer to the class date.

Course Description

Evolution of Blown Boro Beads and Small Scale Tubing Techniques

This course will begin with a focus on the key fundamentals of working with borosilicate glass tubing and how to apply them for creating nicely shaped blown boro beads. We will then move on to cover basic and more advanced pattern, color, and shaping techniques. Creating beads this way gives the maker a great deal of freedom in regards to shape, size and applicable techniques such as; incalmo, line twists, inside work and the many virtues of shaping with air.

  • We will cover Pulling and prepping points and attaching blow tubes.
  • Crucial tools.
  • Inside and outside decorating techniques; dots, lines, frit, fuming.
  • Working characteristics of various colors, and how to get the most from them.
  • Color Theory.
  • Small scale incalmo techniques.
  • Shapes, how to arrive at and finish them. 
    Course Level – Intermediate



Beau Barrett has been working glass for over 20 years. With beginnings in 104COE glass mandrel beads, he has worked hard to branch out as a rule over the years. Always looking to learn new techniques, discover new designs and execute ideas that express a love for the pursuit of knowledge, form, nature, pattern, color, and a will to live. He primarily works with borosilicate glass with a primary focus on hollow blown beads, expressive vessels, and drinkware. He works side by side, everyday with his wife Shani who makes wonderful 104 glass beads that shimmer with the metallic magic of a variety of reduction glasses. From their home (Port Townsend Washington) studio they work hard to become more of who they are and encourage their son Atom to do the same. Evolving Creations Lampwork

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Material expenses are not included in the class price.  You may bring your own glass, or purchase at the school (with a 10% discount on all glass sales during class). (This may change as we get closer to the class date)
Please bring your didynium glasses


Small pointy tweezers. Tungsten tweezers are nice but more pricey and not totally necessary.

Optional -Small diamond shears. (can get by without but I use them a lot and it’s nice to introduce students to them who haven’t used them yet.

 Larger tweezers, the 6-8″ standard ones are great.

Tungsten pick. (straight with sharp point).

Handheld marver/paddle. About 3″ x 3″ give or take is good.

Necking Tool. Optional but really helpful for tight shaping. Griffin Glass makes a nice graphite one that I use, needs to be mounted to a block. A short piece of 4×4 works well. Brass or stainless work ok but require beeswax to function well.

 Small 2/12 hexagonal reamer or 6mm pointed graphite rod.

Optional but really helpful for finishing beads- Small/mini ball grabbers, there’s some with a brass handle and four prongs that I use but anything made to hold objects around 25mm are good..

A 6×6” graphite table marver or torch mounted marver is a big help for blown bead making too.

What to Wear:
Cotton or natural material tops and pants.  Long pants are preferred.   Close toe shoes.  Hair pulled back.  We have all of the tools you will need to start your journey with flame worked glass beads.  
Number of people required for this class to go, so sign up now!:
Minimum of 7 people, Maximum 10 people
You are welcome to sign up for practice time during our discounted open studio times on Wednesdays from 5PM-9PM and  Thursdays from 12PM-4PM.

Additional information


Member, Member with Material Fee, Non-Member, Non-Member with Material Fee


October 19 @ 10:00 am
October 20 @ 5:00 pm
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