An ancient artform in a modern day studio
The Flame Studio
Opened in 2006, our Flameworking studio is the perfect place to create beads and small sculptures in a collaborative work environment! Glass enthusiasts of all skill levels are welcome to take classes, watch live demonstrations, and rent time to produce original artwork at competitive rental rates. Experienced flameworking artists may also have the opportunity to learn from nationally recognized artists during a master class.
FLAME STUDIO FEATURES
Large Stainless Steel Work Table
10 Nortel minor torhes
3 annealers (2 toolbox, 1 Paragon)
State of the art ventilation system
Rentable lockers for storage
Soft Glass torch: $5/hr
Boro torch (supplied by the artist): $8/hr
Rental rates include a reserved torch, propane and oxygen, set of basic tools, 24 hour use of annealers.
Colored glass rods, mandrels, bead release and more are available for sale.Contact Us for Studio Rental
Path to Independence
Our coursework will guide you from novice to Independent Artist in as little as 4 months! Get hands-on on Day 1 to learn the tools and techniques of making your own glass art!UPCOMING CLASSES
Starting at $200/session
Personalized instruction suited to your schedule! Call or email for pricing and availability. Instructors follow our Path to Independence curriculum.Private Instruction Info
Want to just try your hand at flameworking? You can make an item in the Flame Studio! Our Experiences are great for making something you can show off to your friends and family! Drop in for Open Studios, schedule a group Private Experience, or try it out at our Third Friday open house!More About Third Friday
Libby Leuchtman - Flame Studio Director
As a jewelry designer, Libby sold her pieces to galleries locally and nationally before deciding to learn how to make her own beads. After a class with Tom and Sage Holland, two of the founders of the U.S. flameworking movement, she discovered her new passion. In 2001 she and sister Becky Scott founded Sorella Beads, the only joint bead shop & flame studio in the Midwest. She invited well-known artists to teach workshops at Sorella and it became the place to learn flamworking in the region.
In 1991 Libby co-founded/served as first president of the St. Louis Lampworkers’ Society. In 2001 she founded the St. Louis Bead Society. A member of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers, her beads have been collected for the Kobe Glass Art Museum in Kobe, Japan; she shows internationally at glass galleries, and teaches on national level.
To focus on her art/teaching, Leuchtman closed Sorella in 2007 to join Third Degree, where she currently brings nationally recognized artists as Flameworking Director. Leuchtman’s ever-evolving body of work combines her many influences, including architecture, nature, and the culture of glass refining through the process of coldworking and other techniques.