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Flameworking Classes
Below you will find the flameworking classes we offer and their descriptions.
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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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Guest Instructor Classes
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Jennifer Geldard
Known for her unique surface textures, Jennifer Geldard comes to Blue Moon on 2014!

The Art of Play

April 19-20, 2014



  • Surface Design
  • Form and Structure
  • Play

All 3 are essential to Jennifer's work, and all three will be covered in this class.  We will start with surface techniques: enamels, shards, metals, and creating surface design elements that will open doors and produce unlimited possibilities when combined.
We will then move on to sculptural and shaping techniques to help you think outsid the box when you feel stuck or bored with your work.  And finally we will discuss the importance of play and exerimentation in your day-to-day development as a glass artist...and put it into practice during class.  Supplies will be provided, but please feel free to bring with you any of your favorite tools and supplies so that you can begin to apply these techniques to your own style!


Lunch is included.

Tuition: $450











Melanie Moertel 
Melanie returns to Blue Moon with some new twists to her signature stringer painting style. 

Detailed Stringer Painting

June 14-15th 10am-6pm

In this two day class we'll focus on stringer paintings and abstract, whimsical designs.  We'll start with the basics of stringer pulling and work our way up to my signature designs, the 'Fairy' bead and the 'Indian Elephant' bead.  Also, we're going to make murrini and work with parallel mashers to make cubes and other mashers to work on free-formed beads too.


2 day class on Sat.-Sun. June 14th-15th, 2016

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.

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