1. Making some simple copper/textured bronze objects
2. Basic techniques for melting the brazing rods 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 Septenber, 2019.
The next workshop for beginning students will be on Friday afternoons
from 1 pm to 5 pm and Saturday 9 am to 1 pm in the fall of 2021
when safety from Covid19 is assured.
These workshops will also be suitable for intermediate and advanced students.
All of the work involves using a hand held torch to melt the metal so
students must be able to do this safely.
For more information on classes and registration contact the School at
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 2021.