Pieces of copper, steel and other metals come together with the use of heat to create works of art at Creative Side Metalworks, the complementary studio of Creative Side Jewelry Academy of Austin.
Courtney Gray, owner of both studios, said the metalwork studio, located in the Thornton Road Studios at 2311 Thornton Road, Ste. Q, opened in February, and the first classes began in the summer.
“There’s a creative magnet underneath Austin that makes people want to dive in and make things with their own hands,” Gray said.
Metalwork students can weld metal together to create yard art, wall art, candleholders, coat racks, trellises, small sculptures and other home decor, Gray said.
Instructors teach students how to properly hold an oxy-fuel torch along with other tools and techniques, Gray said.
“Absolute beginners are welcome to come in and try the courses,” Gray said. “Sometimes people fear learning new tools, especially a torch. But the hesitation dissolves the first day of class. ”
Creative Side Metalworks also offers Young Metalsmiths jewelry fabrication classes for students ages 10-15, though the classes are held at Creative Side Jewelry Academy, located at 321 W. Ben White Blvd, Ste. 204.