Classes. Glass. Metal.
My name is Renee Mathies
I fell in love with glass about eight years ago. While doing a craft show another vendor was selling handmade glass beads. She showed me a video of the process and I was intrigued! What followed would be an amazing journey. I went from beginner lampworker to teaching my craft! Playing with fire became my passion.
Since then, I have added metalsmithing to my skill set. Melting glass and combining sterling silver, copper & brass to make one of a kind jewelry pieces. My style is always evolving and my inspiration comes from different experiences in my life.
Teaching lampworking, especially to beginners, has become a passion of mine. I love to see the excitement on the faces of my students when they light the torch for the first time. Many of my students have become amazing lampworkers and friends.
This year my goal is to ramp up my teaching. To venture out of my local area to other communties and share the glass love!
I am a member of the International Society of Glass Bead Maker, Arts & Culture Alliance of Knoxville, Certified Lampwork Instructor.