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Sheila & Michael Ernst
Michael Ernst has been working with lampworked glass for more than 30 years.  He began his formal training with 2 1/2 years Ceramics and 2 1/2 years furnace glass blowing at Palomar College followed by 6 months apprenticing lampworked glass with Victor Meyer. He has been focusing on lampworked glass since 1975. Received a finalist award from the 2000 Niche awards.

Sheila Ernst began her artist journey by working for several years doing serigraph at Workshop, ie. in Santa Monica, CA then took courses in drawing, life drawing, water color and painting. She has done lampworked glass and design for glass since 1987 and incorporates all aspects of her art training into her work.

Hot Button Our glasswork is created by the lampworking or flameworking technique, by remelting glass rod and tubing using torches of the surface mix type (propane & oxygen).

We produce both solid glass and blown glass combining the methods of traditional flameworkers and techniques acquired from traditional glass blowing.
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Dragon Bead We employ the free hand method; no molds or machinery are used in the forming process. The majority of our work is made with borosilicate glass (Pyrex ®), and the remainder with various types of soft glass.

We prefer borosilicate glass because of its greater strength and durability.
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