Home Metal Arts Fire It Up! Art Welding with David Kadlec & Connie B Burkhart – G24070402

Fire It Up! Art Welding with David Kadlec & Connie B Burkhart – G24070402

Jul 21 – 27 2024

Join our “welding-in-the-round” community and experience the thrill of metal art welding surrounded by the incredible beauty of Ghost Ranch. Learn the basics of oxygen acetylene welding and brazing, MIG & stick welding, plasma cutting and other metal cutting and forming techniques to make functional pieces and metal sculpture. Create your pieces using scrap metal from ferrous (iron) and non-ferrous materials that are in our ‘treasure’ pile. All materials are provided, but you will want to bring your own snug fitting leather gloves for comfort and dexterity.  Please read the welcome letter for more class details and daily studio schedule info. The Ghost Ranch legacy of ‘Wretched Welders’ is honored to be offered for over 45 years, come be a part of the family! Open to all levels of experience age 15 plus.



  • Connie B Burkhart

    Connie Burkhart is a true Renaissance woman who has sculpted her life to include all the passions of her heart and soul. She is a metal design artist, singer-songwriter, musician, southwest wilderness guide, worship leader, Airbnb host and ‘The Dinosaur Lady’, an educator in geology and paleontology. For over two decades she has taught various seminars at Ghost Ranch. She cherishes the gifts around her-she loves prospecting for fossils in the high desert earth, exploring a junkyard for treasures to rescue for metal designs, or listening to the ‘music’ of a rushing river.

  • David Kadlec

    David Kadlec is a photographer, designer and fabricator from Columbus, Indiana where he lives with his spouse, GR silversmith/lapidary teacher Susie Sawin and two spectacular doggos.

    He is has been a professional artist for over 50 years with studios in Minneapolis, Indianapolis and Columbus, Indiana. He exhibited his work Minneapolis at M C Anderson and in Indianapolis at Ruschman Art. He was owner and curator of EyeBlink Gallery in Indianapolis and Jacksson Contemporary Art in Columbus.

    He is a returning Ghost Ranch instructor in photography, metal arts and fly fishing and maintains a design, art and fabrication studio outside of Columbus where he also makes impossibly delicious pure maple syrup.