A Summer Solstice Retreat starring Tom and Sage Holland

June 19-21, 2020

Berry picking in Arkansas

Berry picking in Arkansas

I am very excited that Tom and Sage are returning! We had so much fun in 2018. They are two of the original American lampworkers and have about 60 years of experience between them. They have an endless arsenal of techniques and inspirations to share. There will surely be a lot of bead history woven in. Join us for a special long weekend of learning and storytelling. Note the white board in the photo below. That is just a sampling of the techniques and bead styles that Tom and Sage are prepared to introduce!

Tom at the torch

Tom at the torch

The cost of this workshop will run $550.00. The fee includes lunches but does not include glass or tools. Students will bring their own didymium glasses, the basic tools plus your favorite hand tools and mandrels. A list of glass colors will be provided and there will be a selection of glass for sale on site (most colors are $1.00 per rod and up). I will have Fusion bead release on hand. A deposit of $275.00 is due on registration and the balance of $275.00 is due and will be invoiced on April 19, 2020. Cancellations received on or before April 18 will receive a full refund. Cancellations received on or after April 19 will only be refunded if the seat is sold and a $50.00 fee will be withheld. Currently registration is being handled by email and invoiced via PayPal. Click on the button below to begin the process. Tom, Sage and I all look forward to seeing you here at Glorieta Glassworks!

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About Tom and Sage:

At the age of six, Sage received her first trade bead. A door to history and cultural adornment was opened wide. In the deepening study of beaded art forms, Sage realized the actual production of glass beads to be a link to her desire to work in the hot glass medium. Since 1988, Sage has fully devoted herself to the nearly lost art of lamp wound glass bead making. Sage relocated from Seattle, Washington to Fox, Arkansas to join forces with Tom Holland and rediscover her roots.

Tom has been collecting beads since 1969. her received his BFA in 1979 focusing on ceramics and metal sculpture. He then moved to Stone County Arkansas where he has worked as a potter, blacksmith and stone mason. In 1985 he began seriously collecting and researching the manufacturing techniques of glass beads. He is self taught in the art of lamp winding and in 1990 assembled the tools and materials and began producing glass beads professionally. “I am inspired by ancient glass bead techniques and feel that glass is the ultimate expression of fire.”

Sage and Tom combined their studios in 1993. They produce “lamp wound” glass beads, an oxygen/propane torch being the “lamp”. They wind soft glass around a steel rod which is coated with a clay to enable the bead to be released from the rod once it has been cooled. They decorate their beads using various glass techniques, the scope of which they continue to expand.