about MMW


Molten Metal Works provides welding instruction and metal shop access to the community of Los Angeles.  We do not certify welders or teach how to weld I-beams.  Instead, we focus on what most people need: how to fix a fence, build their own furniture, and how to make sculpture, chandeliers, or custom motorcycle parts.  We’ve got 4,000 square feet full of tools, the expertise to match, and a lot more patience than your seventh grade shop teacher.

Classes are offered 7 days a week, with a bunch of one and two day classes in specific techniques and a bunch of 6 week project based classes.  Private lessons are available for individuals or for groups, especially good for job training (non-certified welding especially).  We are also available for project consulting.


about the instructors


Matt Jones (me) founded the shop in 2009, starting with classes in the back of Machine Project and in 2010 he got his own shop and has filled it up with classes since.  He’s been welding since 2000, learning in sculpture classes in college and has continued with stints building furniture, sets for museums and amusement parks (Harry Potter at Universal Orlando and Carsland at Disneyland), and custom fabrication for artists and organizations. He has taught welding for about seven years and his enthusiasm has only grown, seeing the devilish grin on students’ faces as they too, learn to “build things for real” (student quote).  He’s also a pretty good artist, working in wood and metal, usually motorized, and sometimes interactive.  More work is on his art website (www.ojdingo.com).  Dartmouth College, BA Psych and Studio Art double major; Stanford University, MFA Art Practice; and Central New Mexico Community College, coursework in welding and electronics.

Eric Wech came up through the MMW classes, learning welding as a way to break away from his NPO accounting job.  Since joining MMW, he’s proven valuable on both the accounting and welding side, developing classes to complement his interests in BBQ grill making, tube bending (with Jeep Wrangler rock sliders in mind), and advanced New Orleans Saints Appreciation.  He’s also pretty damn patient, having been trained to deal with government phone operators.  He’s also really funny, trained as a stand up comedian.  Be sure to ask him about that. Tulane University, BSM Finance.

Zach Walter is a Marine Corp veteran, graduate of the Air Force Academy, and used to command a platoon of 90 Marines in Northern Iraq.  During the day, he teaches high school civics and phys ed.  At night, he comes to MMW to make fun of your wimpy push up form.  Actually, he’s a really nice guy that would never make fun of your push ups (even if you use your knees).  He’s really at MMW because he believes in community building and wants to get really good at working with his hands.

Julia Montgomery  OTIS BFA ’10, is a Los Angeles artist and educator.  Julia’s work has been shown from New York to Los Angeles.  Her studio practice consists of oil and watercolor paintings while focusing on abstract, representational, and narrative work.  As a sculptor she creates works with mixed materials and welded metal. Julia currently resides in Venice Beach and has an art studio in the DTLA Brewery Arts Colony.  Julia is an educator at Otis College of Art & Design, Brentwood Art Center and Molten Metal Works.

Imerio Palumbo, Thea Ulrich, and Steve Campos all need to send me their bios.