Ozark Folk Center State ParkMountain View, AR, United States

Hands On Copper Flame Painting

By Ozark Folk Center State Park (other events)

2 Dates Through Nov 02, 2023

Total cost of class - $518   Registration Fee - $43 due when you sign up here; Class Fee $450 and materials fee $25 - Instructor approval is required to take this class. Email Rachel at [email protected] for approval

Taught by Skip and Racheal Mathews

Prerequisites – Instructor approval is required to take this class. Email Rachel at [email protected] for approval. 

During this workshop each student will learn the basic techniques and procedures for creating shapes, patterns and colors on copper with a torch. You’ll also learn the best ways to get seal and keep the best colors. Students will learn to develop skills in controlling the shape of the flame and the amount of heat of the flame in order to draw your shapes and patterns on the copper pieces you’ve created. Then you will begin learning to anticipate the color order and layer the colors into the shapes you drew.

During the course you will complete several flame colored projects. You can purchase the procedures manual before class. It includes an equipment list that will enable you to find the items you need to set up your own home studio. This class will give you a good start on the skills you need to get the results you want in this wonderful medium.

This process is exciting to learn. All the colors are harmonious and quite beautiful, but this is not an easy art form to control. It usually takes about one year of practice to begin getting consistent patterns and the colors. Practice will determine your reaching the desired effect. Skip and Rachel are happy to consult with students as they continue on learning the art of copper flame painting.

Total cost of class - $518   Registration Fee - $43 due when you sign up here; Class Fee $450 and materials fee $25 - Due directly to Skip and Racheal at the beginning of class


Want to learn to Flame Paint Copper from Skip and Racheal Mathews, but can't come to class at this time? They are happy to arrange classes throughout the year. Email Racheal at [email protected] to find a date that works for you.


Looking for a place to stay while you learn? The Cabins at Dry Creek offer comfortable lodging just down the hill from your workshop. They offer discounts for Ozark Folk School students who book for three or more nights.Call 870-269-3871 to book your room.

Meet your instructors


Both Skip and Racheal have been gifted with a passion for art and the faith to TRUST God with it. Their medium of choice is flame painting copper. They recognize that only God could have knit them together to create such a unique combination of artistry with copper. Skip and Racheal studied fine arts at the University of Arizona in the 60’s and 70’s, and yet they never met there. Racheal’s focus was drawing and painting on canvas while Skip’s major was pottery and sculpture in metal. But Skip’s love for copper started in high school where his teacher praised his ability to hammer and raise a nice copper bowl. Out of college, he began working copper as a business making copper clad candles. After the oil shortage in the mid 70’s raised the cost of paraffin out of reach, he moved on to copper sculptures, fountains, lamps and fusion jewelry, some of which were shown in prestigious museums in the West.

It was in 1981 that Skip began developing his unique method of flame painting. During his first 15 years as a coppersmith, he had watched the colors form around his solder marks and that led to his decision to discipline himself for 10 years to do nothing but butterflies for the wall. He made over 15,000 of them in a row. Now, rather than merely having happy accidents, he became the first to learn how to separate the natural colors one gets when heating copper into 14 distinct colors with intentional patterns. It was then that he went from being a coppersmith who colored copper with a flame, to being referred to as a “flame painter”. In 1996, Skip married his new best friend and fellow artist, Racheal.

Two articles have been written about them, one in RCI Magazine in June of 2007 and another in Rural Missouri Magazine in April of 2007.   They were juried members of Best of Missouri Hands for 10 years (2002-2012) and had work juried in for 3 years in a row at William Woods’ prestigious “Celebrating Creativity” exhibit in Fulton, Missouri.  Additionally, Skip has 2 of his flame painted Christmas ornaments on permanent display at the Governor’s Mansion in Jefferson City, Missouri. Now that they are living in Arkansas, they have become juried members of the Arkansas Craft Guild.
They are now in their 70’s and this duo has settled in Mountain View, Arkansas to open a shop at the Ozark Folk Center’s Craft Village. Alongside 33 other crafters and wonderful folk musicians, they enjoy interpreting for past coppersmiths while demonstrating their own unique method of flame painting copper. Together, Skip and Racheal make a wide variety of pins, jewelry, wall décor and free standing vases, plates and bowls. Skip displays an exciting flare for the abstract and innovative 3D effects while Racheal creates intense color combinations with a particular gift for symmetry. Skip and Racheal are committed to being faithful with their gifts and always send their blessings with their products.

Check out some of the beautiful things that they make on their Copper Colorists website