Bonus Workshops

After a full day of learning on the torch, what's better than more learning off the torch?

The ABLAZE Bonus Workshops happen on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening, 7:30-9:00 pm.

In each 90 minute session you will watch guest experts demo new skills and techniques and answer your questions. (These workshops are not hands-on.)

Bonus workshops are included in your ABLAZE Full Registration or ABLAZE Bonus Workshops Registration.

After you register, contact us at or 604-253-2667 to select your Bonus Workshops.

Thursday Aug. 23, 7:30-9:00 pm

Your choice of:

Viking Knit, with Elisabeth Owre
Learn how to weave strands of fine wire into a strong and beautiful necklace or bracelet cord. Elisabeth will show you the basics as well as some variations on the theme.

Seed Bead Bezels, with Diane Bowman
Bezels don't have to be metal! Watch Diane turn tiny seed beads into a colourful and secure bezel for your cabochon beads. Diane is known for her wearable seed bead works of art.

Friday Aug. 24, 7:30-9:00 pm

Your choice of:

Borocurious? with Maria Keating
Explore the borosilicate glass beadmaking process, in which you use a palette of reactive, transparent and crayon colours! Watch Maria develop sculptural shapes and learn to manipulate this harder glass in a hotter flame.

Glass Tech Talk, with Melanie Graham
If you've ever wondered why a soft glass colour behaves the way it does, this is the workshop for you. Melanie will demystify colour combinations, striking and reducing effects to help you get the look you want.

Saturday Aug. 25, 7:30-9:00 pm

Your choice of:

Make a Ring, with Walt Pinder
Get introduced to metalwork as Walt goes through the steps of making a simple silver ring. Then make one yourself! ($5 materials fee; bring cash please).

Using Rayzist, with Hope Forstenzer
Hope uses Rayzist film extensively in her glassblowing work, and she will demonstrate how to apply it to beads. Use this material to apply detailed patterns or images to beads via etching or sandblasting.