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