Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th July
Tutor: Shirley Eccles
10:30 - 4:30
This course is going to be very exciting and adventurous and I am looking forward running it. You will be able to extend your skills and techniques involved in Glass Fusing and Slumping. We will make four items over the two days and you will have the option of attending either one or both days. This course is project based and will give you the opportunity to experiment with a variety of fusing ideas and glass materials. Materials are not included in your course fee. All materials will be provided by the tutor. The approximate cost of these will be £35-£45 per day for two projects (depending on size).If you do both days it will be more. This is payable to the tutor during the course. This fee does include both firings and use of moulds.
Project 1: Op Art. Inspired by the art style of the 1960s you will learn how to create optical illusions in your glass. We will create an illusion of movement like swelling or warping within the glass. Different colour combinations and patterns can be considered to create a very unique piece of glass art.
Project 2: Colour Saturation: You will learn techniques to design your own sheet of art glass using the technique of colour saturation. This will then be used to form a slumped bowl or platter. Suitable moulds will be discussed and prepared for this process. During this project you will also be able to develop your glass cutting skills.
Project 3: Glass Fused Mosaic. Design a picture by inlaying small pieces of glass and then grouting it with glass powders to create an intricate and colourful glass ‘painting’. Your glass mosaic will be fused together. You can either create a small wall hanging or a shallow slumped platter which will involve a second firing.
Project 4: Patchwork and Decals. This project will familiarise you with the use of Decal transfers in your glass art to include printed effect. We will work with a variety of sheet glass as well as printed designs to create intricate patch work patterns. This technique will include two firings, both Fusing and Slumping and you will have a choice of moulds to select from.
Projects might be subject to change depending on suitability, available material and new inspiration the tutor might have, but they will be exciting!
· Design techniques and special effects
· Fusing processes
· Glass Cutting Techniques
· Melting glass stringers over a flame.
· Preparation of moulds for slumping
· Health and Safety when working with glass materials
What to bring:
· a sketchbook/notebook and pen
· photos, patterns and pictures to use as inspiration
· a dust mask
· an apron
· an old but clean dishcloth is useful
· wear closed-toe shoes
Collection of Work:
All projects will be taken away for firing in a kiln and will be returned to Micklems Farm for collection.
Included on the day:
Any other materials not specified for the students to bring
1 to 1 guidance
A selection of tea, freshly brewed coffee, biscuits and delicious cakes
And of course you take your wonderful creations from the day. If you share any photographs of your day here and/or your finished work, we’d love to see them so please tag us @micklemsfarmcreativeworkshops or use the hashtag #micklemsfarmcreativeworkshops.
Terms - Fee is payable on booking. If, having booked, you cancel your booking, we are unable to offer a refund. However, you may nominate someone else to attend the workshop or class in your place by notifying us using the contact page on the Micklems Farm website. We reserve the right to cancel a workshop up to 48 hours prior to the workshop date. We will only cancel due to insufficient places sold and you will be refunded the full amount paid.
Level: Beginners and up
Number of students: 10