Discover this delicate glass-working technique with Australian glass artist Estelle Dean. Estelle is affiliated with Spectrum and her Pâte de Verre fortune cookies are featured in the System 96 catalogue.
What does the course cover?
Pâte de Verre is a Roman process of frit-casting. You will design and create moulds for three pieces and build them from layers of frit. Learn how to use the kiln to manipulate the frit, utilising its texture and fragility, while also ensuring that your pieces are going to be strong and durable.
Try your hand at making open-back plaster moulds and explore the possibilities and restrictions to think about when you design and create your frit-cast works. Look at different grades of frit grits and the importance of releasing agents. Create frit wafers which will be slumped. You will also look in detail at the firing programs for Pâte de Verre pieces.
All pieces pictured are by Estelle Dean and represent the sorts of pieces that you can expect to make.
This is a LEVEL ONE course - Suitable for beginners.
What do I need to bring?
Nothing but yourself and a sturdy pair of closed-toed shoes. All of your glass, materials and tools 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 4pm. There is a chance that it may overrun depending on progress.
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.
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.