Matt Jones started Molten Metal Works LLC as a part-time job, teaching basic welding classes in the back lot of Machine Project in 2009. Classes kept selling out and the business kept growing until it turned into a full-time business in 2012 and is still expanding. All told, MMW has taught close to 350 people how to weld (as of Jan 2013). The business has grown from teaching only introductory MIG classes to offering several six-week courses in MIG, Oxyacetylene, and TIG. MMW continues to look to expand into new course offerings and welcomes your suggestions on new classes to offer.
about the instructor
Matt Jones (me) was hooked on welding since he first saw it demonstrated it in a sculpture class. He’s been welding since, with stints building furniture, sets for museums and amusement parks (Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando and Carsland at Disney California Adventures), and custom fabrication for artists and organizations (Machine Project for the Hammer Museum). He has taught welding for about three or four 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). And he‘s pretty patient, unlike your 7th grade shop teacher.
He’s also a pretty good artist, working in wood and metal, usually motorized, and sometimes interactive. He has an education in neuroscience and art (double major BA, psychology and studio art, Dartmouth College, 2002) and Stanford University (MFA, 2008). In general his work compares the belief systems of science and religion, focusing on the point at which common sense and life experience are overruled by faith. More work is on his art website (www.ojdingo.com).