Georgia  Van Zyle

Georgia Van Zyle retired from a thirty-seven year career as a special needs teacher. In 2007, she began taking classes at William Holland. Making Lampwork beads is her passion. She assisted in classes and began instructing classes at William Holland in 2016. Her work has been published in Soda Lime Times, an e-magazine for lampworkers and Reactive Twisties + Murrini, an e-book. She is a member of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers.

Class List

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Lampwork Beads II Exploring Electroforming - Georgia Van Zyle
We will explore the process of electroforming on glass beads in this class. While making lampwork beads to electroform you will work on advancing your skills in heat control, working with larger focal beads, and bead shaping. Electroforming a bead takes preparation and many hours in the electroforming bath. Bring a large bead to class with you on Sunday night so that we can prepare it and be ready to begin electroforming it Monday morning. You should bring your own mandrels and tools. Didymium glasses, closed-toe shoes and 100% cotton clothing must be worn. The lab fee covers the materials and use of specialized tools needed to complete class projects.

Lab Fee: $150.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Prerequisites: Lampwork Beads I

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Lampwork Beads II- Florals - Georgia Van Zyle
The focus of this intermediate class is encased and surface floral beads. A kit is provided that includes didymium glasses and basic tools, but you should bring your own mandrels and favorite tools. An Optivisor or clip-on magnification will be helpful. The lab fee includes all materials needed for class projects except for mandrels. Students must wear didymium glasses, closed-toe shoes and 100% cotton clothing.

Lab Fee: $115.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0-+
Prerequisites: Lampwork I or previous lampwork experience.

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Lampwork Beads II Organics - Georgia Van Zyle
Class focus will be on organic focal beads using shards, frit, silver leaf, stringers, and other techniques. A basic tool kit is provided but you should bring mandrels and your favorite tools. Didymium glasses, closed-toe shoes and 100% clothing bust be worn. The lab fee includes all materials necessary to complete class projects except mandrels.

Lab Fee: $115.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Prerequisites: Lampwork I or prior experience

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Lampwork II – Exploring Reactive Silver Glass - Georgia Van Zyle
Students in this intermediate/advanced class will explore working with reactive silver glass. You will learn techniques to work with both reducing and striking glass while working on advancing your skills in heat control, bead shaping and encasing. You should bring your own mandrels and tools. Didymium glasses, closed-toe shoes and 100% cotton clothing must be worn. The lab fee includes all materials necessary to complete class projects except for mandrels.

Lab Fee: $150.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Prerequisites: Lampwork Beads I and 100 hours of torch time outside of class.

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