Beginning Copper Coloring (early spring)

Begin to build the skills needed to create the best colors on copper pieces with a torch.  Watch the colors appear right on top of the metal. Learn to use clear coats to protect the colors. This class will unleash the copper colorist within each student by teaching the basic rules of creating patterns and colors with the torch.  During the course,students will complete several projects of flame colored copper. They will leave with a procedures manual and equipment list as well as the fundamentals necessary to begin to create patterns and colors on copper.  For interested students, a second advanced class will be offered at a later date.

Skip and Racheal Mathews are studio artists in Mountain View, AR.  They demonstrate their art form and sell their artwork at the Ozark Folk Center’s Craft Village in Mountain View.  Their products are also for sale at The Branson Mill Craft Village, Pete Engler’s Designs in the Grand Village in Branson, MO, and the gift shop at Mount Magazine State Park in AR.  In addition, they travel the country doing art shows.  Skip began developing this art form 33 years ago and he has been called the father of flame painting.  He and Racheal create their patterns of colors on copper jewelry, leaves, wall décor, and vases. Skip studied pottery, sculpture, raku, jewelry and metal working at the University of Arizona in Tucson (1966-72). His work has been accepted into the Phoenix Art Museum and the El Paso Museum of Fine Arts. Articles about his work have been published in Sunshine Artists Magazine, RCI Magazine, and Rural Missouri. Two of his Christmas ornaments are on permanent display in the Governor’s Mansion in Jefferson City, Missouri. They are juried members of The Arkansas Craft Guild, and for three years their work has been juried into the prestigious “Celebrating Creativity” at William Woods College in Fulton, Missouri. Visit their website at

  • Date: May 19 – 21, 2014
  • Instructor: Skip and Racheal Mathews
  • Location: Arkansas Craft School
  • Tuition: $330.00
  • Materials fee (due at check-in): $35
  • Skill Level pre-requisite: Students should have basic soldering skills using a torch and not have any eye problems. Contact Skip or Racheal to find out how you may be able to gain those soldering skills needed for the class.
  • Supplies needed: Ball-peen hammer, vice grips, and small jeweler’s size diagonal wire cutters, and long nose pliers.