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Glass Bead Making Classes in Colorado


Make your own glass beads!

Gray Parrot Glass Studio offers two classes in glass beadmaking:

  • Beginning Beadmaking Class introduces the student to basic lampworking techniques. Use of all necessary equipment  is included. This is a two day class.  9:00 am to 5:00 pm, cost: $300.
  • Intermediate Beadmaking Class offers advanced techniques, including silver and gold foil, dichroic glass and bead casing. Beginning Beadmaking or instructor's permission required. The 8 hour class is $175.
  • Studio torch rental by appointment includes tools, use of kiln and a selection of glass rods, $18 per hour.
  • Organize your own glass class!  If you would like Valerie to come to your location to teach beadmaking, contact Valerie for arrangements.

Be sure to wear natural fiber clothing to class and studio rental time (polyester is not flame or hot glass friendly!)  Other than that, all that is required is yourself and a desire to learn "more than you ever thought you would want to know" about glass bead making (otherwise known as lampworking)!! 


TWO DAY CLASS The 2-day beginning class is designed to fully immerse the beginning student in the art of glass beadmaking.  We cover an extensive array of techniques and spend a great deal of time practicing what we have learned as well as watching Valerie demo new techniques. We will cover basic torch safety, types of equipment used, glass terms and a brief history of glass beadmaking and fundamentals of the different kinds of glass used to make beads. Cost:  $300  (covers: use of equipment, instruction, glass rod selection for class, first class mailing of beads made the second day of class and lunch both days)


Valerie's next scheduled classes are a two-day class on May 14th - 15th 2011, and a two-day class on May 21st - 22nd 2011. These classes will be held if a minimum of 2 students are enrolled. Maximum of 4 students per session.

Valerie is now scheduling students for the next two-day classes on May 14th - 15th and May 21st  - 22nd 2011. 

Cost for the two-day class is $300.  This includes lunch both days.

NOTE:  Pease send an email if you are interested in reserving your space in either of these classes. 

A $75 deposit is required to hold your place in class.  This is a non-refundable deposit, so please double check your schedule before signing up.  In case of class cancellation due to lack of minimum number of students deposit will be refunded or applied to another class date.  Please make checks payable to Gray Parrot Glass Studio, 1542 Skyline Lane, Longmont, CO  80504.  Credit cards are also welcome.  Call for directions, or mapquest me at the above address. You may also call me at 970-980-8870 if you have any further questions.

Here are some examples of Valerie's beads and what you can learn to do in class!

A collection of bright beads!

Learn to make faux boro beads in class!

Use of silver foil in beads!

Learn to make interesting patterned beads

In class we will work with controlled bubbles!

Silver foil with cobalt!  You can do it too!

Gray Parrot Glass Studio is dedicated to the advancement and appreciation of glass arts, including lampworking, fusing, and slumping.

Valerie Logan, glass artist and Gray Parrot owner, has studied glass lampworking with Lewis Wilson of Crystal Myths, Inc. of New Mexico and with internationally known glass artist Loren Stump ( I have taken Loren's class 4 times because it is so fun)! She has also taken a class with Suellen Fowler who is known for her beautiful glass vessels and her expertise in color mixing with mineral oxides.  Valerie also spent two weeks in Murano Italy.  While there she participated in classes taught by Italian glass masters Lucio Bubacco and Vittorio Costantini.  She also brings the paperweight expertise of Chris Buzzini to her lampwork, having studied under his expert tutelage.

For more information on glass bead making classes, or to arrange a studio visit, contact Valerie Logan at (970) 980-8870, or email to .

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