Book now to start in September 2018! The course will run one Sunday a month September - July with the exception of December. There will be 10 full days in total, 10am - 4pm with and hour lunch break. Please see the full list of dates below.
By paying this 50% deposit a place is allocated to you on this course. The total course fee is £545. The remaining fee of £272.50 will need to be paid by 1st August 2018 to confirm your place on this course.
This course offers complete beginners (and those with a little experience) opportunities to learn a range of beginner and intermediate fusing techniques. You will produce a range of fused glass artworks of your own design from scatch, as you build your confidence in the core skills neccessary to realise your designs. You will be supported through your creative adventure by your tutor Catherine, who will also be in touch between each session to share inspiration and advice, to help you prepare to get the most out of each session in the studio. The aim of this practical course is to offer students a fun and creative learning experience and an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Glass fusing is the art of melting glass in a kiln, and on this course you will get to grips with how the kiln works, why we heat and cool glass in specific ways and the science of what happens to glass in the kiln. You will work through a series of projects, starting with a basic light catcher project and progressing on to jewellery making, basic mould-making, creating bowls and other slumped projects, fusing with reactive glasses, colour theory and stack fusing.
This course is a great all-round introduction to kiln-formed glass, you will leave with the understanding and confidence to continue with glass fusing and most likely a thirst to continue learning!
The projects are:
Make a Suncatcher - This is the introductory project, where you will learn about the different types of glass available to use for fusing, how to cut glass and use other basic hand tools. You will discuss design, create a template and produce a transparent suncatcher in colourful glass.
Kiln-Carving - This is a basic mould making project and a way of creating a textured, sculptural effect in glass. Carve out your design with a scalpel and then melt your glass on top.
Large fused/slumped project - Once you've grasped the basics of fusing, the natural progression is to learn about slumping (manipulating the shape of a fused piece). Choose a mould from our extensive studio supply and design a piece to shape, then use the kiln to produce your finished piece.
Metal and organic inclusions - Discover ways of adding embellishments to your work, from copper and brass to organic materials such as leaves and flowers.
Colour theory and reactive glasses - Let's get some science involved! How can you use the metals and minerals in glass to create design effects, and how does colour effect design?
Fun with frit- Frit is powdered glass, and you can use it to add detail to designs that you can't acheive with sheet glass alone. Play with frit migration, stencilling, scraffito and plaster carving.
Jewellery - Embrace the challenge of designing on a tiny scale ot make a range of fused glass jewellery, and experiment with different findings and fixings to finish your pieces.
Stack Fusing - A fanastic project to get you thinking about depth and design. Produce a fused glass, stand up block depicting an image of your own design. A real challenge in design and construction.
A date-by-date plan will be confirmed and released a month prior to the start of the course.
There will be a maximum of 10 students to ensure individual attention.
If you'd like more information about this course, please give us a call on 0117 958 8820.
Upon paying your deposit, you will receive a confirmation email of your booking. Your tutor will be in touch a month prior to the start of the course to let you know what you can prepare for the first day on the course. We will also be in touch to remind you when you need to pay the remaining course fee.
Course price includes the use of tools and kilns. Materials are not included but some practice glass will be provided. Our shop is adjacent to the studios and you will be able to buy your glass as you go along and enjoy a 10% shop discount while on the course. You will likely need to spend between £10 - £30 on glass and other materials per session on the course.
Lunch is by your own arrangement. Light refreshments will be provided and there is a fridge and microwave for student use.
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.
By paying this 50% deposit a place is allocated to you on this course. The total course fee is £545. The remaining fee of £227.50 will need to be paid by 1st August 2018 to confirm your place on this course. Deposit is transferrable but not refundable after 30th June 2018. Cancellations made after the 30th June will not be applicable for a refund.