Five Weeks of Flow - Advanced Fusing with Simon Alderson
New 2020 dates added!
This five week course (one day per week) will give experienced fusers the opportunity to explore advanced fusing techniques. Observe how glass flows within the kiln and experiment with a range of techniques to manipulate glass in exciting new ways to make one-of-a-kind fused artwork.
Students will create slabs of glass and play with pattern bar and flow bar techniques which will then be cut and cold-worked using our brand new linishers and saws - then re-fused into new and interesting patterns.
The possibilities are endless!
Materials are not included in the course price. Some practice materials will be provided, but you will be required to buy your own materials as you go along. The Creative Glass Guild shop is adjacent to our teaching studios and you will receive a 10% discount in the shop while on the course (excludes power tools, kilns, sale items and books). You will also find opportunities to use up your scrap fusing glass on this course.
Lunch is by your own arrangement. We have a kitchen with microwave for student use and we are a short walk from a cafe and corner shop.
Students must be at least 16 years old.
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.
What are the course dates?
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.
Full payment must be made to confirm a place on this course - there is no deposit option.
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.
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Superb exploration of how to "go with the flow"By Margaret Saunders
If you get the chance to book onto this course of 5 weekly sessions with Simon Alderson, go for it. I have just finished the Feb-Mar 2018 course and can honestly say that it has been one of the best and most enjoyable fusing courses I have attended. Simon is a brilliant tutor who clearly knows his subject inside out and demonstrates his passion for warm glass with both humour and (lots of) patience. He took the time to explain each technique in detail but encouraged each student to bring their own ideas to life, with some gentle guidance when neessary. No question was left unanswered and he was happy to clarify anything that we weren't sure about - several times if necessary. The group was an ideal size with each of us able to get the time we needed to address our queries but also able to discuss ideas amongst ourselves and to encourage each other.
It was fascinating to explore in further detail what can be done with warm glass - I had never realised quite how many different things could be done starting from one basic pattern bar. Simon was even brave enough to let us rake our glass at temperatures in excess of 900 C - not something I expected to have the chance to try (shh - don't tell Debbie!). It was great to be able to have a look each week at the pieces we had each been able to create in the earlier sessions and to see the progress everyone was making. I particularly enjoyed the highlight of being able to watch our "drop-outs" as they slowly moved closer and closer to the bottom of the kiln - never quite sure which one was going to reach it first.
So - if you want to find out more about the magic of warm glass and to explore some exciting new techniques and extend your fusing skills, this is definitely the course for you
P.S. Simon's cooking skills are almost as legendary as his glass skills; he makes a beautifully tangy lemon polenta cake.