"Zelda’s 1st Party" is displayed at Feat of Clay during the recycled art show at the Aztec gallery in April 2013.
"Zelda's 1st Party" is displayed at Feat of Clay during the recycled art show at the Aztec gallery in April 2013. (Daily Times file photo)

FARMINGTON After a successful opening night for her show at Feat of Clay Gallery, Betty Reed is ready to show people how she creates her art.

Reed is teaching a class through Three Rivers Art Center on lampworking. The class is from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at her studio in Kirtland.

Lampworking is a form of glass work that uses torches to melt the glass. Once the glass is melted, it is formed into objects, like beads, by blowing and shaping with tools and hand movements.

Each year, the center offers about a dozen classes in various mediums. While some artists teach classes annually, this class is Reed's first.

"I'm going to teach the basics of the equipment needed and the way to make glass beads," Reed explained.

Reed started making the beads around five years ago when her husband bought her a soldering gun.

"You just find you can melt anything," she said.

She originally used the beads she created to decorate her quilts, but has since started using them in other forms of art, such as jewelry.

She said depending on how the class goes on Sunday, she may offer more classes on lampworking.

"People really enjoy seeing it done," she said.

Sue Johnson, a member of Three Rivers Art Center, described Reed's work as one-of-a-kind.

"I think she's one of the very few lampwork artists in the area and she's completely self-taught," Johnson said.

She said she thinks Reed is brave to learn lampworking on her own because the art requires the use of torches.

While some of the classes at the center aren't as popular, others fill up quickly. As of Saturday, Reed's small lampworking class was already more than half full.

Johnson learned lampworking from Reed when the artist showed the Four Corners Weaver's Guild how she creates her glass beads. Johnson said it is a challenging art form.

"You have to be able to work both hands doing different things at the same time," she said.


What: Lampworking with glass artist, Betty Reed

When: 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, April 6

Where: Betty Reed's home studio in Kirtland

Cost: $25

Register: Three Rivers Art Center, 109 N. Allen Ave. in Farmington

More info: 505-716-7660

Hannah Grover covers news, arts and religion for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 and hgrover@daily-times.com. Follow her @hmgrover on Twitter.