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Glass Fusing – Five Projects in Glass
Course Dates: Wednesday 2nd August 2017 to Thursday 3rd August 2017
Category: Glass & Stone
Price: £160

Summary

This course is an introduction to the skills and techniques involved in glass fusing and slumping. We will make five items during the two days – glass jewellery fused in a microwave and two kiln-fired pieces (a bowl/platter and either coasters, a mirror frame or a wind chime). You will have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of ideas and glass materials.

Further Detail

For project 1 we will be using a microwave to make fused glass jewellery pieces. You will be able to observe the transformation of glass and glass cutting techniques will be demonstrated. You will have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of glass materials including frits, confetti, glass powders and even melting stringers over a flame. 

In project 2 you can create either a small wall hanging, coasters, a mirror frame or a wind chime. 

In project 3 you will learn techniques to design your own sheet of art glass. This will then be used to form a slumped bowl or platter. Suitable moulds will be discussed and prepared for this process as the technique will include two firings. 

In projects 4 and 5 we will work on Textures and Inclusions

Projects will be taken away for firing in a kiln and will be returned to the school for you to collect after the course.

Skills/Techniques Covered

  • melting of glass in a microwave
  • glass cutting techniques
  • fusing techniques
  • flame melting stringers 
  • preparation of moulds for slumping

Level

This course is designed for a range of abilities, including beginners.

Materials

Materials are not included in your course fee. All materials will be provided by the tutor - depending on how much you use the approximate cost of these will be £55-£65, which includes all firing costs. This is payable to the tutor during the course.

The tutor can only take cash or cheque for materials

Please bring with you:

  • a sketchbook/notebook and pen 
  • a dust mask, if you have one
  • an apron
  • an old but clean dishcloth is useful
  • wear closed-toe shoes

Tutor Profile

Shirley Eccles holds qualifications in Fine Art and Ceramics & Glass. As a qualified teacher she has a wealth of experience including running her own teaching studio in South Africa. Her glass art has been selected on many occasions for the British Glass Biennale and she has won scholarships to both Pilchuck in Seattle, USA and North Lands Glass, Lybster Scotland. She is a member of Just Glass and CGS (Contemporary Glass Society). She has given lectures on glass and her work has been included in many exhibitions and publications. Shirley loves teaching and experimenting with new ideas; she is passionate about glass and works to create informative and exciting courses.

Timings & Refreshments

Please aim to arrive between 9.30 and 9.45am to allow for a 10am start. Fresh ground coffee and a range of teas are provided all day, along with homemade cookies in the morning, a complimentary sandwich lunch and cake in the afternoon. SPECIAL DIETS: As peoples' allergies, intolerances, special diets and preferences are so many and varied, we are not able to cater for these. However, we will be able to cater for a gluten free diet so please tell us on arrival if you need a gluten free option