Introduction to Lampworked Sculpture - Stir Sticks

Glass Arts

Introduction to Lampworked Sculpture - Stir Sticks

Use a torch to create festive stir sticks from borosilicate glass to keep or give as gifts.

Meeting Times
  1. Sat, 10/21/2023 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Sat, 10/21/2023


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Class, Has Prerequisite

Glass Studio

Glass Torchworking


You will make several torchworked stir sticks decorated in a variety of methods. A variation for making a cheese/spread knife also will be shown. These are great for holiday gifts.

Lampwork and torchwork both refer to the same process in which a torch or lamp is used to melt glass. Once molten, the glass is shaped by blowing, tools, or hand movements. It was more commonly called lampwork when oil lamps were used. This class will use borosilicate glass because it's easier to work with for beginners, but the techniques can transfer to soft glass, and any variations needed for soft glass will be discussed.

You'll learn and practice shaping and sculpting techniques with and without tools, encasing, cold seals, hot seals, and transferring to a punty (a glass or metal rod used to make small gathers or provide a handle for an object while it's being made).


Skill Level: Beginner and Intermediate


  • A $27 materials fee, included in the cost of the class, covers the use of everything you'll need.
  • You're encouraged to bring any scrap borosilicate glass you'd like to use, as well your own tools if you prefer.


You must have taken at least one introductory class so you know the basics of safely lighting the torch, turning it off, and melting small gathers to make beads or marbles. More advanced students also are welcome.

Class Policies

Ages 14 and up are welcome.

BARN Policies

Instructors or Guides

Laura Arns

Although she's a computer scientist by day, Laura Arns has been working with glass in various ways for more than 20 years during her free time. As a lampworker, she is somewhat unusual because she hasn't specialized but instead works with both borosilicate and soft glass to create beads, marbles, blown ornaments, sculptures, goblets, and more. She particularly enjoys collaborative projects with artists and artisans who work in other mediums. Over the years, she's had the opportunity to learn from numerous well-known lampworkers. A former college professor, she's looking forward to more teaching in BARN's Glass Arts Studio.

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