1. Making some simple copper/textured bronze objects
2. Basic techniques for melting the brazing rods onto copper with a torch
3. Essential safety rules and practices
4. Beginner, intermediate and advanced classes are planned
Classes and workshops have been offered at the
Tryon Arts and Crafts School in Tryon, NC since September, 2019.
Workshops in 2023 for beginning students will be on
Friday afternoon from 1 pm to 5 pm and Saturday 9 am to 1 pm on
February 17-18, March 17-18, April 14-15, June 16-17,
August July 21-22, October 20-21 and November 17-18.
These workshops will also be suitable for intermediate and advanced students.
Intermediate and advanced students will have freedom to work on their own projects.
Instructor - Joe Cooper
Joe began making art and craft using copper and textured bronze in 1983 under the guidance of master copper artist Lee Robertson.
Since then he has completed many commissions for custom copper and textured bronze lighting fixtures for
special hospitality and residential projects all over the country.
After graduating from Georgia Institute of Technology in Industrial Engineering he also took graduate courses in
Anthropology at Tulane University with an emphasis on the art and artifacts of different cultures.
Joe worked in commercial welding and as a certified pipe welder on many industrial projects before focusing on metal art and craft.
He is included in the Georgia Tech Living History Program and is a member of the
American Craft Council and the Southern Highlands Craft Guild.
He currently works for The Heirloom Companies on custom copper and textured bronze lighting fixtures.
Joe enjoys learning and teaching people who like to weld.
Contact Joe Cooper at
to arrange in person instruction.
Plans are in process for online lessons in the latter part of 2023.