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Brazee Street Studios

Core Formed Beads with Tom Holland - Saturday Session - ABC

$ 300.00

Core Formed Beads with Tom Holland - Saturday Session - ABC
Core Formed Beads with Tom Holland - Saturday Session - ABC
Core Formed Beads with Tom Holland - Saturday Session - ABC
Core Formed Beads with Tom Holland - Saturday Session - ABC

Brazee Street Studios

Core Formed Beads with Tom Holland - Saturday Session - ABC

$ 300.00

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Saturday, October 5, 1:30pm - 4:30pm

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ANCIENT BEAD CONFERENCE WORKSHOP (ABC)

Brazee is thrilled to welcome Tom and Sage Holland to Brazee as keynote Visiting Artists for Brazee's first Ancient Bead Conference! Join expert Tom Holland in this transformational flameworking workshop, as he walks students through methods used in some of the first ancient vessels ever made.

Core formed vessel's where the first method in ancient times for creating small containers, bowls, vases, and other amphora-like shapes prior to the invention of glass blowing. At least 1200 BC or earlier the glass workers made a core of dung and clay, let it Harden and then wrapped molten glass around it. Then using some trailing and feathering or other surface manipulation design techniques, the first detailed glass vessels became a major object of function and rare beauty.

Much later glass blowing was invented, this sped up the production of 
glass for the use of containers of all sorts. The attention to detail once applied to the core formed vessels was not seen again until contemporary times.  
 
Students in this workshop will use steel wool + clay cores and large mandrels to each create core vessels on the torch.


Students will be working with Moretti, COE 104 glass.
Some beadmaking experience required.



Tom Holland is considered one of the Pioneers of the contemporary glass bead making movement.  He received his BFA in Ceramics with an emphasis on Sculpture at Northwest Mo. State University 1977. In the early 1980s Tom had careers as a potter,blacksmith and stone mason in stone county Ark where he still lives today, In his teens Tom developed a love for all things Native American.He had a troupe leader that exposed him to the Material Culture of the American Plains Indians in  the late 1700s and early 1800s just before and after Lewis and Clark. Tom was especially enamored with the beaded Indian regalia and sacred objects.The journey eventually led him all over the Nation studying and researching on the subject of old beads and ultimately their manufacture.

Tom Holland started actually making glass beads full time in 1989 after careers as a potter ,blacksmith and stone mason in stone county Ark, 

Tom and his wife "Sage" create works in glass that reflect their interest in pattern and symbol within smaller forms inspired by the history of glass and the natural surroundings they are rooted in.