A weekend course in glass engraving, designed for those who have had a little experience and would like to learn more or for those who wish to attend a more in-depth course in the technique.
The course looks at the exciting ways to make marks on glass, through sandblasting and traditional hand engraving. An in depth look at using the tools and equipment involved including drill and wheel alongside using our sandblasting machinery.
This is an exciting course which develops new skills for artists in glass of all styles and at all levels. Add a new dimension to your work in stained and fused glass, and explore the ways in which your glass can be enhanced and unique. You will be free to follow your own creative path throughout the class, with guidance from Chris Ainslie, our resident expert in glass engraving. There will also be opportunity to experiment with engraving onto painted glass.
This is a LEVEL TWO course - some prior experience necessary. If you are unsure about whether this is the right course for you, one of our knowledgeable staff would be happy to advise you on 0117 958 8820.
This course is run by Chris Ainslie:
"Prior to my formal art training, I spent two years in the studio of the late French tapestry designer, Dom Robert. This was to prove a strong influence for me with its decorative emphasis of pattern, texture and linear design.
I spent three years at Wimbledon College of Art in the early 1960's eventually specializing in stained glass, wood engraving and lettering in which I took my diploma. My grounding in calligraphy and hand made letter forms was to stand me in good stead when I came to glass engraving later on. Three years in a stained glass studio preceded seven years teaching art in the private school sector. It was later on that the fortunes of chance brought me to the delights of glass engraving.
I became a craft member of the Guild of Glass Engravers in 1978, and ten years later I was elected an Associate Fellow. In 1997 I was made a Fellow, and I am also a member of the Contemporary Glass Society.
Whilst having the experience of many years of lettering on glass, it is in the last few years that I have been able to concentrate on my free design work, now that I no longer carry out lettering work for Bristol Blue Glass. Most of my creative work is for commissions or exhibitions. I like to explore the humour, ambiguities and interaction of the human situation - presented in a decorative design format."
Places are limited to six students to ensure individual attention. Runs from 10am to 4pm with a break for lunch.
On completion of the course you will receive a Guild Membership card which entitles you to 10% off your next course as well as other benefits.
What do I need to bring?
Just yourself and a pair of sturdy closed-toed shoes. All of your glass, materials, tools and lunch will be provided.
We will provide a delicious cold lunch from Pret a Manger as well as light refreshments throughout the day. Please let us know in advance if you have any special dietary requirements. We will do our best to cater to everyone but this cannot always be guaranteed.
What are the course times?
The course starts at 10am and runs until approximately 4:00pm. There is a chance that it may overrun depending on progress.
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We will try to make our courses accessible to all however if you have any disabilities or physical limitations of any kind we ask that you discuss it with us before booking. This course is on the ground floor of our premises.
For cancellations made 4 weeks in advance we offer a full refund or one free date change. For cancellations made 3 weeks in advance we offer a 75% refund or one free date change. For cancellations made 2 weeks in advance we can only offer a 50% refund. If we receive less than 2 weeks’ notice we are unable to offer a refund or date change on course places. If a date change has been requested we cannot offer a refund on a subsequent cancellation.