Fused glass weekend workshop

£255.00

An in-depth and informative introduction to the diversity and creative possibilities of fused glass explored during 3 days of practical sessions and demonstrations. Perfect for those who are looking to explore this fascinating art form or glass artists wanting to hone their skills and learn some new ones.

Friday 8th – Sunday 10th February

Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd June

Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th August

Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd November

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Description

An in-depth and informative introduction to the diversity and creative possibilities of fused glass explored during 3 days of practical sessions and demonstrations. Perfect for those who are looking to explore this fascinating art form or glass artists wanting to hone their skills and learn some new ones. Rachel is an experienced and enthusiastic tutor and the small group size (maximum of 6 participants) ensures everyone gets expert guidance and support when they need it.

Friday evening: (7-9pm)

An introduction to fused glass with lots of examples to inspire and inform. Learn how to make frit balls, frit wafers and art glass to make a batch of samples in a variety of glass types.The emphasis of this session is to have fun- you don’t know till you try!

Saturday morning: (10-1pm)

Over fresh brewed coffee and biscuits we will look at how to cut and shape glass safely and accurately. Rachel will explain how to cut straight lines, curves, deep curves and circles with confidence- if you have cut glass before this is a brilliant opportunity to asses your technique and get advice from an experienced professional on improving your skills. Explore nuances of colour to make a set of 4 square dishes in opal, transparent and tinted glass.

Lunch: A delicious lunch of soup and sandwiches will be available at the Cateran Cafe which serves a fantastic range of handmade, locally sourced food and is a short walk from the studio.

Saturday afternoon: (2-5pm)

A chance to unload the kiln, review the results and see what grabs your attention for future work. We will look at using powdered glass and layering work to create depth and subtlety of tone and how to add decorative detail to glass to create an elegant candle arch and 2 tealight holders. Rachel will discuss your work and project ideas individually with you.

At the end of the session learn how to load the kiln, trouble shoot problems, understand a typical firing schedule and how to customise your own.

 

Sunday morning: (10-1pm)

An introduction to the amazing potential of reactive, dichroic and iridescent glass, mica powders and pens- where chemistry, sparkle and colour collide! Use stencils, sifters and brushes to create a set of 4 votive candle dishes.

Lunch: A delicious lunch of soup and sandwiches will be available at the Cateran Cafe which serves a fantastic range of handmade, locally sourced food and is a short walk from the studio.

Sunday afternoon: (2-5pm)

The kiln will be opened, and work admired. We will look at multiple firings to give a textured surface and can add details to pieces from Saturday before re-firing to a lower temperature.

The afternoon is a chance to really get stuck in to glorious glass and make a stylish square platter showcasing the skills you have learned over the weekend. There will also be a demonstration of a microwave kiln make your own glass cabouchon Learn how to drill glass safely, use glass adhesives and fit jewellery findings to make your own pendant or keyring.

The day will finish with your own folder of tech notes to take away, any fired pieces from the weekend and a satisfied grin. Finished work will be fired and posted back to you in about a fortnight via Royal Mail.

 

  • Health and Safety in the studio.
  • Learn about a variety of accessory glass products and how to use them.
  • How to use fibre products and the basics of kiln carving.
  • Using frit, stringers and inclusions for added detail.
  • Using powdered glass and stencils.
  • Making frit wafers and customising stringers.
  • Using refractory plaster, slump and drape moulds to create 3D forms and texture.
  • Kiln preparation and firing schedules- using kiln temperature to give different effects.
  • Using iridescent, dichroic, reactive and textured glass.
  • Using a microwave kiln to fire glass at home.
  • Technical notes on the workshop to take home.

 

No previous experience required, all tuition, tools and safety equipment will be provided, please wear closed toed shoes.

Course information

No previous experience required, all tuition, tools and safety equipment will be provided, please wear closed toed shoes.

After the workshop your pieces will be fired and available for collection from the studio by appointment. Work can be posted out- additional charges will apply.

Information on your workshop will be emailed to you one week before the workshop date.

Class size – minimum 4, maximum 6 people.

 

Cancellations and refunds

Classes have a minimum size of 4 people and a maximum of 6. Where the minimum class size is not achieved Rachel Bower reserves the right to cancel the class. 24 hours notice will be given by email. In this event an alternative class will be offered or a full refund.

In the event that you need to cancel a booking the following charges will apply:

for cancellations up to 4 weeks before the course a 90% refund will be offered.
between 4 weeks and 1 week before the start of the course a 50% refund will be offered.
less than 1 week before the course no refund will be available.

In the event of unforeseen circumstances preventing the advertised class from running Rachel Bower reserves the right to offer a full refund, or an alternative course, venue or date. All reasonable steps will be taken to communicate the information to course participants.

 

Location

This class takes place at:

  • Nest, 30 Reform Street, Blairgowrie PH10 6BD
  • Parking is available on a Sunday in the carpark opposite the library on Croft Street, PH10 6AN. From the car park head up Leslie Street to the junction with Reform Street and turn right. ‘Nest’ is the second building on the right.
  • The venue is about 1.5 hours drive from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen.

Additional information

Date

Friday 8th – Sunday 10th February, Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd June, Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th August, Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd November

Venue

Nest, 30 Reform Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6BD

Lunch

A lunch of soup, sandwiches, a range of home baking and fresh coffee will be available at the Cateran Café (www.caterancafe.co.uk) which serves a fantastic range of handmade, locally sourced food and is a short walk from the studio. Gluten free and vegetarian options are available, please inform Rachel at time of booking.

Time

Friday 7 – 9pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm

Skill level

Suitable for beginners

Maximum class size

6

Minimum age

16 years

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