Flamework Fundamentals: Italian Glass Beads
Get acquainted with working a torch and Italian soft glass. Learn safety protocol, tool and equipment use, and beginner flameworking techniques. Explore glass manipulation, shaping techniques, surface decoration, and leave with 4-6 beads and the flamework basics to explore more techniques with confidence.
Wear long pants, closed-toe shoes and bring a readiness to experiment!
The Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center (CAFAC) is a non-profit arts organization that fills a unique niche in arts programming for the Twin Cities region. Its focus is on fine and industrial art forms that are produced using heat, spark, or flame—collectively known as "fire arts"—including sculptural welding, blacksmithing, glasswork, jewelry making, and others. CAFAC provides classes to anyone with an interest, from youth to adult and beginner to master-level artisans. We also offer studio rental facilities to working and emerging artists and feature a storefront gallery space.
The Chicago Avenue Fire Art Center's home is in the former Nokomis Theater at 38th and Chicago in South Minneapolis. An important part of CAFAC’s vision includes the preservation, restoration, and adaptive reuse of this once vibrant artistic and social amenity back into a hub for creativity, culture, and community.