Glass Beadmaking: Creating your own Jewelry

May 31 - June 2, 2024

Glass Beadmaking: Creating your own Jewelry


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $540
Material Fee: $100

Designing your jewelry is an incredibly rewarding experience. Glass bead-making is the perfect way to create truly unique pieces. With the basics of glass bead-making or Lampworking, you can create beads that perfectly match your style and preferences. You have complete control over the size, shape, and colors of the beads that will adorn your necklace, bracelet, or earrings. The class will introduce you to the equipment and safety procedures necessary to start your journey toward creating beautiful,  glass beads and handmade jewelry. You will learn the art of manipulating glass by heating it in a torch flame, wrapping the molten glass onto a mandrel, and using heat and gravity to shape the bead. This workshop will equip you with the skills needed to work on the torch and the techniques to make basic beads, which can be decorated with different colors and textures. By exploring color and form, you’ll gain an understanding of how pattern and texture can transform your designs. This introduction into glass beads will provide a strong foundation to hone your skills and create stunning beads and by the end of the class, you’ll have the confidence and knowledge to create beautiful glass beads that reflect your unique style and personality. Get ready to embark on a journey of creativity and self-expression and discover the joy of creating your own handmade jewelry!

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
Lunch is included for all participants

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult



Ghislaine Sabiti

Ghislaine Sabiti is a French/American Congolese-born multidisciplinary artist, painter, glass artist, ceramist sculptor, and costume designer. She grew up on the outskirts of Paris, France, and is now based in New York. Ghislaine studied fine art at Atelier Chantier du Coq and L’académie de la Grande Chaumière and graduated with honors in fashion design from Atelier Chardon Savard in Paris, France. She further developed her skills by studying glass lamp-work, glass blowing, and photo decals at Urban Glass and ceramics at the ceramic Artshack. Ghislaine’s work highlights the technical form used in both African and European arts, focusing on form and color. Ghislaine has completed several prestigious fellowships, including the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute Cycle VIII of the Spring ICA, and Digital Evolution Artists Retention DEAR Cohort III, New York Foundation of the Arts Immigrant Artist Program. She has also been a resident artist at Peter Valley School of Craft, ArtYard with CoLabart, Pilchuck Better Together, Urban Glass, Glass Roots, Calabar Gallery and coLABArts, Jamaica Center, and Jamaica Center for Art and Learning. Chashama has nominated Ghislaine for an artist residency at the Marcel Breuer House at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund’s The Pocantico Center and Commission for the Lexington Hotel, New York, Salon du Prêt-à-Porter. Additionally, Ghislaine was an award winner for the Dupont De Nemours hosiery design competition for DIM Company. Ghislaine’s work has been exhibited and commissioned nationally and internationally in France and the U.S. at numerous group exhibitions and solo shows, including Calabar Gallery, Hamptons Art Fair, Zimmerly Art Museum, El Teatro del Museo Del Barrio with Boys and Girls Harbor, Galabar Gallery, Artshack, Occupy Museum Debt Fair at the Whitney Biennial, MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center, Atelier Rosal, Westfield State University Arno Maris Gallery, Rio Gallery, Harlem School of the Arts, Brooklyn Film and Art Festival, Small Space Fest, and Poe Park Visitor Center.

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