Linda Gillman “Making Fused Glass and Glass Beads”

Linda Gillman “Making Fused Glass and Glass Beads”

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

RAA Gallery: 7 to 9 PM

Program free to members, Non-members $3, plus an opportunity drawing of beautiful original jewelry artwork by program artists.

Long time Inland Empire artist Linda Gillman will present a Tuesday evening program designed to help jewelry makers develop innovative techniques for creating lampwork beads, fused glass beads and dichroic glass elements.

Linda will be presenting a brief overview of bead making, tips and techniques for working with a torch and kiln, a review of safety issues, development of a good selection of tools and how to use them, setting up a studio for jewelry making, understanding the different types of glass and the fundamentals of glass alchemy. She will bring samples of her work, demonstrate proper glass cutting and handling, discuss sources for materials, and the mistakes and lessons learned from working with torches and kilns.

Linda has been torching for over 10 years and fusing for more than 6 years. She has taught lampwork classes and given many demos and lectures to jewelry groups over the past several years.

She is well known for her use of delicate and innovative dichroic designs. Most of her works are “showstopper” creations easily recognized by her original artistic patterns. Her work is consistently displayed in the RAA gallery and is sought after by top art jewelry collectors.

Refreshments will be served during the break, during which you may see her completed projects up close and ask your pressing questions one on one.