Judy  Kelly

Judy has been lampworking for over ten years. She has studied with Corina Tettinger, Kim Field, Sally Sara LaGrande, Rocio Bearer, Beth Olson, Andrea Guarino-Slemmons, Lance Mc Rorie, Maureen Buckely Mc Rorie and many others, including instructors at William Holland. Every year she takes additional classes to get exposure to new and different techniques. Ms. Kelly actively tries to include her background in clay sculpting into her glasswork. She is bringing new techniques from her classes with a desire to teach a greater understanding of where to work your design in the flame. Her husband co-teaches with her and keeps the students in an understanding of how to cold work their lampwork to get the best possible results. He is also known for keeping students on the torch while supplying mandrels ready for use (including the specialty mandrels). He is always ready to help them finish their creations into useable, wearable art. Additionally, Ms. Kelly teaches Kumihimo at William Holland that includes the use of her Lampwork, Daggers and other works of art she considers worthy of putting to their Kumihimo projects. She is pursuing being recognized as a certified Kumihimo Teaching Instructor. This is a new certification that is currently being developed. As an added bonus to her Kumihimo Class, she offers time to teach the students Bead Crochet. Ms. Kelly spends her winters taking classes around the globe in Kumihimo and Lampwork. If there is something she wants to learn, she will find who can share the knowledge.

Class List

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Kumihimo and Bead Crochet – Level 1 - Judy Kelly
This class focuses on teaching Kumihimo for use in multimedia projects, with the option to learn bead crochet if desired. Those choosing to focus on Kumihimo will have time to tackle additional high-level projects. Bead crochet or Kumihimo may be used as either a major or a minor element of your unique designs. You will learn how to load your thread with combinations of patterns that flow together within a single project, and how to incorporate your visions within these designs. Some, more difficult, designs will incorporate different bead sizes, as well. Most students will complete four to five unique projects. Lab fee covers all materials required to complete in class up to five projects which includes lampwork and other unique elements that we incorporate into these lovely media projects. All lampwork focal pieces are created by Judy. You will leave with a firm understanding of how to create your own, unique works of art. NOTE: This class is a prerequisite for Judy’s Kumihimo Level II Class. Students may take Level I and Level II in immediate succession. These two classes are taught in two consecutive weeks.

Lab Fee: $125.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: None

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Lampwork I - Judy Kelly
Students will learn both the hot and cold sides of making lampwork beads. The cold side includes preparing beads for incorporation into jewelry designs, torch maintenance and setting up a studio with focus on safety practices needed at the torch. Safety information will be covered Sunday night so we can start Monday morning with a hot side demo and have students ready to begin practicing immediately. Each student will be given individual attention to learn heat control and the magic of making lampwork beads. We will focus on proper form and shapes appropriate for surface decorations including use of stringers, twisties, dots and murrini cane. Students will learn the use of different types of mandrels including Popper, Pandora and disc styles, as well as which colors work well together and many of the relationships and reactions between colors. Kits that contain didymium glasses and basic tools are available for loan to students. Lab fee includes basic tools that you will continue to use for many years. Clip-on magnifiers or an Opti-VISOR are recommended. Students must wear 100% cotton clothing and closed-toe shoes. Teachers highly recommend a leather apron. Many books, presses and special tools will be available for student use. The teachers will encourage their students to incorporate their beads into jewelry. This will help students sell their creations so they can buy more glass to create finer works of art. Class fee includes the use of specialty mandrels and equipment plus 25 Rods of standard glass. Murrini Canes, Silver Leaf/Foil, dicro, Aventurine Ribbon and Stringers, Etc. Special glasses will be used in unique projects.

Lab Fee: $125.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Consumables Fee: $15.00
Prerequisites: None

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Lampwork II - Judy Kelly
It is a duo team that will be teaching the finer points of high level lampwork. This includes both the hot and cold sides of these projects. The instructions will include special cabochon works, high level poppers, silver glass specialty beads, hollows, ovals and mega cabs. The Instructor will assess the class level and include the appropriate level of sculpting. Special standard mandrel discs will also be taught. The endeavor of this class will be to assess each student and work with them to further their advancement toward their goals. This is a fast-moving high-level class. Teachers are hoping for many return students ready for amazing new projects. We are looking for students with an understanding of heat control or a willingness to work within a control flame. In a lampwork II class, we want students to learn to design finished pieces before going to the torch to make their vision happen. Class fee includes 25 Rods of Standard Glass, many projects with specialty glasses and manufactured special equipment.

Lab Fee: $125.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Consumables Fee: $15.00
Prerequisites: Lampwork Beads I at William Holland

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