Introduction to Glass Fusing

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14/09/2020 16:00 - 16:00
Micklems Farm
Phone:07973 325451
Address: Micklems Farm, Knowl Hill Common, Knowl Hill, Berkshire RG10 9YD

Introduction to Glass Fusing

This course is an introduction to the skills and techniques involved in Glass Fusing and Slumping. We will make three items during the day – glass jewellery and two kiln-fired pieces (a bowl/platter and either a coaster, window hanging or a wind chime). You will have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of ideas and glass materials.

Project 1: You will create fused glass jewellery pieces and cabochons to use as pendants, earrings, fridge magnets and keyring holders.  This will give you the opportunity to familiarise yourself with a variety of glass materials including frits, confetti and glass stringers etc. and see how they react once fired.

Project 2: During this project you will be able to develop your glass cutting skills using both a strip cutter or cutting freehand. You can create either a small wall hanging, coasters, or a wind chime. You will also be able to experiment melting stringers over a flame to add to your design ideas.

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. This technique will include two firings, both Fusing and Slumping.

Skills/Techniques Covered: 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.

Level: This course is designed as an introduction to Glass Fusing and Slumping but can be adapted to suit a range of abilities.

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 (depending on size), payable to the tutor during the course.  Findings for jewellery, keyrings and magnets are optional extras; these along with silver chains, can be purchased from the tutor.

Includes: All equipment, both firings and use of moulds. Tea, coffee and biscuits.

Items to bring: a sketchbook/notebook and pen, a dust mask and safety glasses, surgical gloves, an apron, an old but clean dishcloth, wear closed-toe shoes.

Collection of Work: Projects will be taken away for firing in a kiln and will be returned to Micklems Farm for collection.

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.

Number of students: 10