Northwest Blacksmith Association

Glass Tile and Bead Workshops at Western States Blacksmith Conference

Friday, Aug 23rd 

Glass tiles Sample Glass Tiles

Make a glass tile.  Using different glass elements, frits, dots, and pieces of colored glass…create a glass tile.  2 tiles per person.  Due to popularity & kiln space, we must hold people to 2 tiles each this year. Free to conference participants and families.

NOTE, just offered on Friday this year.  Maximum 12 people per hour.

The tiles will be mailed to you.  Due to Saturday’s bead class, we ask you wait for your tiles to be mailed as they will not be fired on Friday.  $8 shipping charge, to be paid at time of your work.

10AM till 2PM, on the hour.

Upper Arts Cabin


Saturday Aug. 24th

10AM till 3PM  Glass Bead making at the torch

Glass bead making at the torch.

students ONLY.

Learn glass bead making at the torch.  All tools, Didymium glasses, and glass included.  Overhead ventilation used in studio.  We will break for 1 hour for lunch.  Lunch not provided.  Students MUST wear 100% cotton clothing, and closed toed shoes. Hair tied back.  NO exceptions. Class will begin w/ a overview of studio and torch safety; and an explanation of the different COE of glass. You will learn the basic mandrel wound techniques & bead shapes and how glass moves.  Later we will work w/ embellishments for the beads.  Dots, line ect.


You will leave your beads in the annealing kiln overnight, and pick them up Sunday 10AM till noon.  Or, you can arrange to have your beads mailed to you.  If you are picking them up instruction will be given on removing the beads from the mandrels, and cleaning.

Cost of class: $75 per student. (Regular class cost $150)


If you are interested in attending either of these classes please contact Betsy Valian