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Full Day Introduction to Glass Fusing Workshop

Duration: One day 9.30am to 4.30pm

Price: £125

Run by: Amanda Foster
at Pink House Glass

West Street
EX23 9QW

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About the Course

Come and enjoy a one day Introduction to Glass Fusing in the lovely North Cornish village of Kilkhamton, 5 miles from Bude. The fused glass workshops are run in our lovely and spacious studio.

The methods you will learn include kiln carving- using fibre paper to create a design for a clear glass cheese/food plate for your first project, then exploring the use of frit (ground pieces of coloured glass- think caster, granulated and "posh" coffee sugar sizes!) stringers ( thin strands of glass) and the gorgeous range of coloured fusing glass for your second project.

You will be taught how to cut glass, with plenty of practice ready for the afternoon’s project where you can make a seaside, abstract or countryside scene. Your glass piece will undergo two firings, one to fuse it, then a further firing to slump it onto an “S” shaped curved mould to allow it to free stand on completion. All your creations will be ready for collection in a few days or they can be posted to you if you are unable to collect.

I am a self taught glass artist and share Tregarth Studio with Georgina who holds a BA in Architectural Glass. We also sell our creations through our Open Studio days and to several galleries.

We welcome the naturally creative and those who might need a bit more inspiration-we have designs and ideas aplenty! You just need to bring your enthusiasm, closed in shoes and be prepared for a glassy adventure!

Please click on the "View website" button at the top left hand side of this page to link to our website and see our available dates under our "Workshop Diary" link.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

On arrival you will be welcomed with delicious homemade biscuits and refreshments, and later a delightful locally sourced two course lunch made by our resident cordon bleu chef! Some people said 'it was worth coming for the lunch alone!'

As well as the lunch and days experience all materials, kiln firings, safety equipment and course booklet are included in the price.

After your days experience you will have made;
A kilncarved hanging/cheese or food platter.
A free standing fused glass artwork.

If you can't find a listed date that suits you, please get in touch as we may be able to run another workshop on a more convenient date for you.

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What an amazing course! Amanda's studio is bright and airy with everything you need.
We were welcomed with coffee and home made biscuits (delicious!), before Amanda set about telling us the origins of her glass and the different techniques which could be used. At this early stage my mind went totally blank and, not being very creative (or so I thought), I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to make. However, with Amanda's guidance, patience and enthusiasm I created two amazing pieces which I'm absolutely thrilled with. My husband and sister-in-law also attended the course with me and had brilliant results.
The lunch was delicious and I discovered that I do like creme brûlée after all - but only Amanda's!
We're looking forward to attending more classes very soon!!

- - #21869

I had a wonderful day at Pink House Glass. This was an amazing course and through Amanda's excellent tuition and guidance I came away with two beautiful pieces of glass art which I enjoy every day. I wish I could have stayed in her studio creating fused glass art all weekend.
I'm looking forward to an intermediate course with Amanda to further develop the skills learnt with her on this day - and those delicious lunches will always be an added bonus!
I can't recommend this course highly enough.

- - #21726

I went on this course with my sister as part of her birthday present. What an amazingly lovely day we had. Amanda, who runs the course is simply lovely. We came away with lots of knowledge, 2 amazing pieces each, very full tummies (as Amanda also happens to be an amazing cook!) and a huge desire to do more and more glass work. Thank you very much. Highly recommended and great value😊

- - #21687

A really good value course taught in a relaxed way. Great lunch and hospitality from Amanda. I really liked having two very different items to take away - the board/plate is really useful as well being beautiful. Really enjoyed the whole experience and would happily do the course again.

- - #19900

My second time on this course and I enjoyed it just as much as the first time!
Great tuition, resources, advice and, of course, lunch!
I can thoroughly recommend this course.

- - #19888

Brilliant day and learnt so much, from basic health and safety to cutting glass and learning 2 different ways of creating a piece of artwork. In my case I created 2 wall hangings, but the options are varied. Amanda is a fantastic, teacher and explains everything as you go along and there is plenty of time to put what you learn into action. I was really pleased with the 2 pieces I took home

Lunch was great and all dietary requirements are catered for.

The workshop makes a great day out with friends or is ideal as a gift voucher and I will certainly return again early next year, to learn more.

- - #18404

An excellent day out for 4 good friends looking for something new exciting and different, with very little or no experience or expectations beforehand.
We each have very different artistic viewpoints and this was reflected in the variety of work we produced - all very different an interesting. Amanda was an excellent tutor who took us carefully through each of 2 processes we learnt and gave us plenty of ideas and inspiration into what to attempt. She showed many examples of what was possible and of past student's work. (perhaps a little too much choice here - it is possibly best to go with a few ideas).
Good attention to health and safety, and very tasty homemade refreshments and lunch.
Looking forward to an intermediate course please Amanda

- - #17670

Amanda is a very patient and encouraging tutor who takes you carefully through the techniques required to produce two beautiful pieces of glass using two different techniques. A lack of artistic flare is no barrier to working in this medium and confidence comes easily. I would highly recommend this course and this tutor. Lunch being provided (homemade and delicious) make this a course to really remember and an ideal gift for a special birthday.

- - #17299

This was an amazing course. I went with no ideas about what it would be like, or what I wanted to make or how my lack of creativity would impact on the finished product. Amanda was amazing, very welcoming, friendly and encouraging. I cam away having made two beautiful pieces that I shall treasure, but the memories from the day will always stay with me.

- - #15655

I cannot recommend this course highly enough! Amanda is a fantastic teacher and gets the perfect balance between allowing your own creativity (with plenty of sources of inspiration and resources for those who feel they are 'not artistic') and providing expert support for realising your ideas in glass. She also takes safety seriously, but this is done in a gentle way which does not inhibit the process.
The food provided is also stunning (in a previous career she was a chef, it turns out!) and I really enjoyed the company of fellow students (and watching their own creations being made) and Amanda, who clearly had an infectious knowledge and enthusiasm for her art.
Have no hesitation in booking on this course - you will be delighted with the day and the outcome of your efforts! I am already looking forwards to planning my next course there.

- - #14782

What an amazing day we had at the Pink Glass House Studio !
Amanda was a delight to have as our teacher, her enthusiasm for her craft is infectious.
She immediately put us all at ease as complete novices and explained how the day would pan out whilst keeping us safe to boot!
We had great fun creating from scratch our Cheese boards and working through the process.
We then stopped for what can only be described as amazing lunch, Amanda is a truly fantastic cook with lovely sweet treats to tempt us.
We then began our coloured creations scoring and cutting as we went, mixing all manner of coloured glass. This has been a truly wonderful day and I am absolutely delighted with my creations I never expected to come a way with two such lovely pieces.
Thankyou Amanda for the experience I look forward to returning very soon.

- - #14739

What an amazing day I had with Amanda and a few novices like myself. Within minutes of arriving, I felt like I had known Amanda for years, she explained everything from techniques and ideas to the safety aspect of working with glass. After a full mornings worth of designing and finishing my cheeseboard, I was served the most amazing lunch ever... I still think of that lunch 8 months on! I had my delights posted to me and they have pride and place in my kitchen where I look at them everyday reminding me of the wonderful day that I had with Amanda. Thank you so much Amanda...keep up your amazing talent both in glass and lunches!

- - #14445

This is a wonderful workshop.
Amanda puts you at ease immediately with her warm welcome and delicious goodies.
She exudes a passion and enthusiasm for her craft which is infectious.
Her joyfully mischievous sense of humour generates a lovely atmosphere.
Through her thoughtful well planned teaching methods she enables you to be well informed, safe and creative; resulting in the accomplishment of finished pieces. I was happily amazed. On top of this you have a scrumptious lunch. All of which makes you want to return asap!

- - #14065

My husband and I had a wonderful day. We both had different previous experience of glass fusing and ideas of what we wanted to create - Amanda was able to tailor the experience for each of us so that we could produce beautiful creations to take away.

Amanda is an outstanding host and teacher, providing fantastic home cooked food and refreshments. She takes time to understand how we learn to be able to get the most out of the day.

Thank you!

- - #14011

Fabulous Day!
Amanda is an amazing teacher instilling confidence and creativity.
Beautiful pieces of glass produced to take home.
Unbelievable and delightful experience.
Laughter throughout the day.
Overwhelmed with what I managed to achieve with Amanda's guidance.
Unquestionably a marvellous workshop which I highly recommend.
Superb and delicious homemade biscuits and lunch.

- - #13888

Smashing , super, inspiring,
What more can I say.
Oh educational, infomative, productive,
A fantastic day.
Lots of fun a warm welcome
Thank you for helping me to produce two lovely pieces of work
I can’t wait to see you again.

- - #13777

Excellent well thought out course from start to finish!
There is a warm welcome as you step foot into the studio with coffee and biscuits and immerse yourself in glass fusion world for the day!
Learnt so much about glass health and safety along with a variety of techniques through Amanda’s tuition.
Amanda is able to translate your own ideas or able to give helpful suggestions for the glass pieces you make.
All in all you go home having been well fed through the day, have the satisfaction of beginning to master new skills and two beautiful creations!
Thoroughly recommend.

- - #13776

A fantastic day learning to fuse glass. Amanda is a great teacher and we were well looked after all day. I was amazed at the pieces of art we all managed to create under her guidance.

- - #13342

I came to do this course for my friends 60th birthday treat. It was fantastic !!!
Coffee and cake on arrival, and a fantastic homemade lunch.
Amanda was very welcoming,had a brilliant sense of humour and was a fantastic teacher, everything was explained very clearly and the written accompanying notes were very comprehensive.
I have just seen my two pieces that I made for the first time today after firing and am VERY pleased.
The course was very good value for money so much so that lorraine and I each have some friends that are planning to do this course after our recommendation!!!
Thankyou Amanda for a fantastic day !!!

- - #13028

What a great way to spend a wet Saturday in February! Amanda's craft room is inspirational. Expert tuition from a very encouraging teacher. I really felt I'd learnt a lot in just one day.
Wonderful homemade lunch, too! I'd fully recommend this workshop to all ages & abilities...Amanda makes everyone feel very special.
Hopefully, I'll be able to return to learn more.

- - #12734

My wife and I had a lovely day with Amanda, the course, the food and the conversation were all quite wonderful. My 2 end products exceeded my limited artistic capability's expectations and the production process was both a great learning experience as well as good fun. We were recommended to the course by our son and his fiancé who had thoroughly enjoyed the same course just recently. As such we knew what to expect content-wise so were able to have had some creative thoughts before arrival. Amanda was very supportive in helping us translate these ideas into our finished pieces, and a pretty good match they were too. Great day all round, would absolutely recommend to anyone, no matter whether they think they are artistic or not.

- - #12209

Had a fantastic day and made two very different glass creations which have been admired by all who see them. It was a long day but the whole experence took place in a very relaxed atmosphere. Amanda was very helpful and gave excellent advise and had a selection of examples to help the creative juives flow. Lunch was delicious and added a welcome chance to refuel and chat. I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone who wants to have a go at glass fusing as you will have a great day and create something unique and beautiful.

- - #12205

Thoroughly enjoyable and completely absorbing day. Can't wait to do more. Amanda was very welcoming and guided us clearly and competently at the same time as being stimulating and entertaining company. Great range of materials and possibilities. Thoughtful attention to detail and presentation, from the studio right through the delicious lunch and finally to the packaging of the finished work.

- - #11387

I had a wonderful day at Pink House Glass for this workshop. Amanda is an excellent teacher. She is enthusiastic, inspirational and encouraging and also provides very clear instruction. She is also a great cook. I have yet to see the results of my first efforts, but however it turns out, I feel I will have learned quite a lot. Thank you Amanda.

- - #11254

Wow, what a truly wonderful day. Amanda could not have been more welcoming, knowledgable and fun. I learnt so much and this was because of Amanda's relaxed and helpful manner and the inspirational surroundings. I attended the course with my husband and eleven year old son and we all thoroughly enjoyed it, it was a lovely day to spend as a family.
We are very proud of our glass creations and delighted with what we achieved.
The food was AMAZING too!!
I simply can not recommend this course highly enough.

- - #10619

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- - #10430

An absolutely fantastic day! Amanda was knowlegeable, excited, friendly and hilarious! She welcomed us into her lovely studio and shared her expertise and enthusiasm! I attended the workshop with my mum who ( having no prior experience in the techniques used) is now looking into taking up the craft at home! In a group of three (all at different levels of confidence and experience) Amanda balanced her time and energy beautifully to ensure we all achieved our desired designs, leaving all of us feeling very proud of what we achieved! And to top all of the wonderful artistic endevours, she is a top notch chef! Serving the most wonderful hot lunch with dessert, and greeting us with tea and homebaked biscuits! What more could you want! A truly wonderful day and experience, leaving us not only with wonderful memories but beautiful souvenirs that we can boast we made ourselves!! If I could I woukd give 6 stars!!!

- - #10403

Our beautiful pieces of fused glass arrived today following our really enjoyable day in the glass workshop, it was like Christmas unwrapping them.
My 15 year old daughter and I made very different pieces that reflect our personalities; we were privileged to be the only students that day so we had Amanda's undivided knowledge. The workshop really lived up to the reviews (lunch included) and was well worth the 3 hour round trip to Cornwall. Thank you for such an enjoyable day.

- - #10335

This course is awesome! I had the most amazing day. Amanda is a fantastic teacher and is really good at giving you the confidence to have a go. I am so inspired by all the things that I learnt. The lunch was delicious as well. Can't recommend this enough!!

- - #9841

I was given a Craft Courses voucher for Christmas and chose this course immediately even though I had to wait until the summer for time to go on it. I am so glad that I did because it is absolutely brilliant! Not only is Amanda a delight to know but she is also generous with her expertise which enabled a complete novice to make two fabulous items.....a glass platter with boxing hares as the pattern and a landscape of Luskentyre on Harris in the Outer Hebrides. Amanda taught me how to cut the glass, use a water cooled grinder to refine rough edges, lots of design advice and knowledge of the annealing process and kilns.
The finished articles are stunning and I can't recommend this course enough. Add to that a wonderful lunch and you have the perfect way to spend a day!

- - #9766

I really enjoyed my day at Tregarth with Amanda and the other ladies in my class, Amanda is a really interesting lady and very patient with all us beginners. I am really pleased with my cheese platter and and stand up glass piece, lunch was delicious and the whole day was fun, it was also very interesting to learn all about the different methods of cutting the glass, ( I was not very good at this) but Amanda was very helpful and I can't wait to go for another session of making glass pictures or whatever Amanda thinks up for a second round of glass fusion (my family all want cheese platters now). I highly recommend this course.

- - #9712

My husband bought this day course for my birthday present and it was brilliant. I don't have an artistic bone in my body nor any imagination on creating, I always use patterns or copy other works. Amanda proved to me that I can be creative and gave me the confidence to produce unique and beautifully Cornish scenescapes that were all my own work! The studios is well equipped and Amanda takes time to explain how everything works, safety is also paramount. Lunch was fabulous and conversation continuous! The course was great value for money and I brought away two beautiful pieces of glass ware that were all my own work, with masses of help from Amanda!!

- - #8478

I had the best time on this course and would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to try glass fusing! I bought the workshop as a gift for my mum and we had such a laugh. I researched glass courses in Cornwall around the Bude area and this looked like the best one, the studio was massive and the lunch was amazing with the YUMMIEST chocolate brownies! Amanda made us feel at home right away, and she allowed you to feel confident and stepped in whenever we needed help. When we received our glass makes in the post, all beautifully wrapped, we were amazed at how professional our work looked. Im so proud of my cheese platter! Now Im thinking of coming for my Hen Party next year! ..Thank you Amanda!

- - #8464

A very enjoyable day where I learned some good basics from being an absolute beginner, and also quickly ascertained where my interests and strengths and weaknesses would lie (very important IMO). Amanda is friendly and encouraging, the venue is really neat and lunch excellent. I was delighted and more impressed than I was expecting with the finished product that was sent on to me extremely quickly. Would definitely recommend to anyone wanting to dip their toe in the waters of the glass-fusing world.

- - #7125

A wonderful start to 2016, being creative and attending a day course in Amanda workshop. We created some beautiful things, and learnt much about her particular style of glass creating. It was like being in Aladdin's cave, with so many beautiful materials to choose from to make something very individual. As well as being helpful and supportive, Amanda also makes it fun and very convivial. And the lunch....... wow. Thanks for a great day.

- - #3912

This was a brilliant course. Amanda was so friendly and welcoming and put me at my ease immediately. The background information that she gave us about the different types of glass was really interesting and the course information was very comprehensive. She has a super garden studio and everything was provided for us to "have a go". She was a very patient and encouraging tutor. It was exciting to collect my pieces a couple of weeks later. The coffee and cookies at the start of the course and the 2 course lunch were delicious too. I would thoroughly recommend this course and am looking forward to the Christmas decoration one.

- - #3241

Spent the day with the lovely Amanda. I learned so much in such a short space of time. Excellent explanations, demos and comprehensive notes. I couldn't believe the range of glass available and plenty of inspiration from the glorious creations provided by Amanda. I have already recommended the course to friends.

- - #3036

A thoroughly enjoyable course with Amanda. Great explanation and demos of techniques, lovely studio, lots of examples of work to get your creative juices flowing. Amanda is patient and encouraging and accommodating and with fabulous homemade cookies, cakes and lunch included !!! I was so excited to pick up my glass pieces, beautifully wrapped and presented. Love my cheese board. Will be back for future courses. Thanks Amanda.

- - #3031

Fabulous day! Amanda is a brilliant tutor and I must have been her least artistic student ever. Despite this I have made three wonderful pieces. The workshop at the bottom of the garden is delightful and the lunch provided was excellent. Would highly recommend!

- - #3014

I had a really brilliant day on this course. Amanda was a great teacher and lovely, putting everyone at ease. I am a complete novice at glass but I learnt so much and am very proud of the pieces I made; Amanda's guidance and tuition was so good I was genuinely surprised at how well my pieces turned out - I never thought I'd be able to make something so professional looking in just one day! There is also a really comprehensive hand-out to take home. Lunch was the icing on the cake (there was actual cake with icing too!), way above and beyond anything I've had at any craft course before.

- - #2780

I had the best day with Amanda and now proudly display my little tray, my door hanging and my coaster for all to see. I learnt a huge amount from Amanda and really enjoyed trying out the new skills she taught me. The two other ladies on the course were fantastic and the ice breaker coffee before we started, together with the delicious lunch, put us all very much at ease with each other. Amanda was a brilliant teacher. I had no idea at all what to expect and was thrilled to bits with the items I collected from the kiln a few days later. Highly recommend the day!

- - #2776

This course was fantastic! I learnt so much! Amanda is a great teacher and also a fab chef, the lunch was amazing. The course ran at a good pace allowing you to take time over your glass design and there was a great amount of variety and choice of coloured glass to use. When I collected my fused glass I was so thrilled with it and have been making good use of the cheese board! I am now addicted to glass!!!

- - #2775

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