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                          1. Making some simple copper/textured bronze objects such as a tray  
                              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 2024 for beginning students will be on
Friday afternoon from 1 pm to 5 pm and Saturday 9 am to 3 pm on
February 16-15, March 15-16, April 19-20, June 21-22,
July 19-20, August 16-17, September 20-21, October 18-19, November 15-16 and December 20-21.

These workshops will also be suitable for intermediate and advanced students
Intermediate and advanced students will have freedom to work on their own projects.
Registration is through Tryon Arts and Crafts School, 828-859-8323.


    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.

In Person
Contact Joe Cooper at
to arrange in person instruction.

   Online Courses

Plans are in process for online lessons in the latter part of 2024.

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