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Holiday Glass Blown Ornaments
Instructor:  Jim Berry


A Blue Moon Holiday tradition continues! Join Jim Berry as he teaches you how to blow German style glass ornaments in this fun, semi-private class.  Only four students per class gives you personal attention.  Bring your family and friends for a fun afternoon. 




Each student receives 10 glass tubes and an assortment of colorful glass frits, stringers, and other decorative bits to personalize your creation.  It might take a little practice but after awhile, you will be making some lovely one of a kind ornaments to keep or give as presents.  We even supply the metal hanger inserts.  After kiln annealing, your handmade ornaments will be ready to pick up and hang on the tree! 


No previous experience required. 


Beginner Blown Glass Holiday Ornaments

10 Ornaments and hangers

2 hour session

Tuition:  $75


Sessions are by appointment. 
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Hollows, Pendants, Buttons, & Bead Caps

Sat. and Sun. October 25-26th


Learn how to blow even-walled, light weight yet sturdy hollow beads, off-mandrel buttons, cabochons, glass bead caps, pendants and all the components to create an ornament or a miniature ornament pendant. This class focuses on a series of techniques, each building up to a final project. Silver glass secrets will be revealed using interesting and unlikely combinations to create different kinds of sparkle.



2 day class on Sat.-Sun. October 25-26, 2014

10:00AM to 6:00PM


Lunch is included both days

Tuition: $450




















Kaleidoscopes, Electroformed Acorns

& Big Beads, Oh My! 

Lampworking for big kids with

Julie Nordine and the

Electric Mandrel Spinner



In this 2 day class, you will learn how to work bigger & more efficiently. Julie will start out by having you jumping in with both feet, shortening the learning curve of the ultimate beadmaking tool: the Electric Mandrel Spinner (EMS), which will be used throughout the class.

 You'll learn:

  • shaping techniques for end of mandrel pendants & acorns
  • earring pairs (2 on 1 mandrel)
  • encasing & the pleating technique
  • "chemical reactions": working with silver glass, wire & foil
  • big hole charm beads
  • bud vases
  • working your way up to extra large kaleidoscope beads
  • electroforming 101
  • finishing techniques for end of mandrel pendants/earrings, kaleidoscopes, as well as capping & coring big hole beads.

Each student will be supplied with an Electric Mandrel Spinner to use in class. They will be available for purchase for 10% off retail ($235). Additional supplies will also be available for purchase.

 Mandatory student kit/supplies: $40 - include supplies for finished pendants & earrings, capped/lined big hole beads, electroforming supplies for acorns & kaleidoscope kit


Tuition is $395.00 plus $40 kit fee. 
A 50% deposit is required at time of registration.  



November 1-2, 2014
9AM to 5PM----Lunch is included.





Julie Nordine | Credit River Art Glass . Credit River, Minnesota

Raised throughout the US as a child of an Air Force officer, Julie Nordine settled in Credit River, Minnesota in the early 90s. Pottery, stained glass, woodworking and jewelry design are just a handful of the creative outlets Julie has pursued. In early 2007, she fell hard...madly, deeply, instantly in love with melting glass and making glass beads (lampworking). With her background in Interior Design, her eye for scale, proportion and color transferred over quite nicely to her glasswork. She challenged herself early on to set herself apart, with both her bead making style and what she wanted to produce with it. She considers her style to be both organic & ethereal, in a strong, exaggerated & stylized sort of way.


















 Fall In Love with Frit

with Kris Schaible

In this 2 day class we will unlock several different techniques that will help you to create beautiful beads. To give us the most options for exploring COE 96 frit we will use a single transparent frit in the morning, learn how to use it to bring out the best of each frit color and blend.  After lunch we will add one or two opaque’s to the mix and without the restrictions of compatibility we will venture into the exciting world of reactive blends and fall in love with frit.

This class will provide all of the COE 96 glass you will need but feel free to bring along any other colors you have, just be certain they are compatible. Since this class is about learning a technique, not a specific shape or bead design, please bring along your favorite tools and shapers. Basic flame working skills are recommended since you will be making a lot of beads in this class. They don’t need to be perfect beads but being able to make a basic bead shape will allow you to get the most out of this glass.

During this class we will also be practicing heat control and keeping your bead shape from growing too large.  Day two we will combine several techniques and layer our new skills over top of each other to create depth in our beads, there will be lots of time after lunch day two for me to work with individual students to assist them with any challenges

Tuition $395.00 

50% deposit at time of registration with the balance due 30 days before the class.


March 28th-29th, 2015






glass horses     


glass horses




This workshop is for intermediate and advanced students. We will be sculpting bas-relief style horse beads from photo reference and instructor-drawn examples. I will be teaching how to break down the shape and perspective of horse poses and how to apply those shapes to sculpting in a bas-relief or low-relief style on a bead base. An overview of horse facial and neck anatomy will be covered to help you create realistic and lifelike horse low-relief beads. I will also be teaching the students how to use specialty ceramicist tools to facilitate and ease sculpting in a low-relief style. The horse breeds that will be taught in this class are a “generic” horse, a mustang and an Arabian with a stylized “dish face”. Students are encouraged to bring photo reference they’d like to refer to during the class. Some photo and diagram reference will be provided to the students to better illustrate shape, anatomy and composition breakdown.



In this class students will learn:

  •      The fundamentals of bas-relief bead making.
  •      An introduction to special dental tools and their usage (tools will be provided).
  •       Choosing the appropriate glass to mimic actual horses and their coloring.
  •       The anatomy, proportion and perspective of life-like horses.
  •      And, of course, how to create lifelike horse bead pendants in bas-relief in soft glass! 



Students should be comfortable with the following:

  •       Sketching and/or drawing from photographs with instruction.
  •       Forming soft glass beads into tab base-bead pendant shapes.
  •       Working with stringers.
  •       Previous working knowledge of dental tools would be helpful.


Tuition $450.00 

50% deposit due at time of registration with the balance due 30 days before the class.


April 18th-19th, 2015




Joy Munshower portrait


Joy Munshower

I graduated from SJSU with a degree in Design with an emphasis in Ceramic Studio Practices. After college, I lived in Germany for a few years, explored most of central Europe, and then returned to graduate studies at CSU Fresno for Sculpture.

I spent most of my twenties as a professional sculptor selling my bronze wildlife sculptures through the Nature Company, Natural Wonders and Nature Crafts. At that time, I worked with Joe Vaca of Honor Excellence in San Francisco as Head Fabricator on many bronze sculpture commissions. 

For almost 20 years I worked in the construction and interior design industry... selling and designing tile & stone, cabinets, doors, hardwood flooring, granite & millwork. I also consulted part-time as an interior designer and supervised tile and stone restoration and remodeling crews.

In 2010 I stepped down as Head Production Artist / Manager of Merchandising and Dealer Customer Support for Fireclay Tile in San Jose, CA. Fireclay is a handmade tile manufacturing company that has developed "green" (recycled content) ceramic and glass tile for residential and commercial use. 

Recently I've become a supporter and volunteer at Higher Fire Clay Studio in downtown San Jose. I help with the on-site gallery and occasionally show my work there. I am also an advocate for Beads of Courage. They provide innovative arts-in-medicine programs for children coping with serious illnesses.

Currently I am enjoying my time and freedom creating unique artwork through:
   Tile Goddess ~ my Tile & Stone site.
   Joy Munshower ~ my Lampworked Glass site.






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