Course Start Dates
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.
Enjoy a workshop creating beautiful glass where the emphasis is on fun, creativity and relaxation. Along the way you learn the principles of glass fusing. You will make a lovely glass art work.
Expert tuition is given by master glassmaker, Joy Greenhalgh. "I have been a full time professional glassmaker for 30 years, but I am also a fully qualified craft and design teacher. I love sharing my experience : showing people how to use the beauty of glass to bring even the simplest design ideas alive. Everyone is an artist and it is a true pleasure to bring this out in people. I provide ideas to spark you on your way, or please feel free to use your own designs. "
It all takes place in the wonderful Greenhalgh Glass Gallery surrounded by glass artworks. The gallery is on a river island adjoining an historic water powered mill nestling in the hills of the Derbyshire Peak District.
You will work with coloured glass grains, chips, powders, confetti and stringers. The finished artwork will be fired in a specialist kiln and be ready for collection a few days later.
There is no glass cutting involved in this workshop - not everyone likes glass cutting!
No previous experience is required. If you have already attended one of our courses, just let us know when booking and we can devise a new project for you. The processes you learn can easily be replicated at home should you wish to buy your own kiln.
Workshops run all year round, but in November and December we run some special workshops making Christmas decorations! These workshops book up very fast. Hope you can join us as we make our way into the festive spirit. Lots of mince pies as winter fuel.
Join in on one of our pre planned workshop dates as listed on the website, or get together a group of four or more to arrange a time to suit you. Discounts for larger groups available.
What's included in the price?
All materials are included, as well as firing in our specialist kiln.
Tea, coffee and lots of biscuits freely available to fuel your creativity
For those on special diets, let us know requirements.
If you would like your glass artwork posting on to you there is an extra fee to cover postage.
We made to feel welcome the moment we arrived. The method to fuse glass is very interesting; and it was very easy to get totally absorbed making the pieces, even for those like myself who are not very creative! Go with a few friends as a group for a good natter and some friendly competitiveness!
So good I did it twice!
Really good and you get an attractive piece of art you have created at the end of it. Christmas decoration making was great. I hope to return and do a half day course.
I had a very good day at Joy's workshop making fused glass decorations. Great chance to experience the technical and creative sides of it. Ended up going back for another day a few weeks later to make more pieces!
I went with a group of friends and spend a great morning making Christmas decorations (and eating biscuits). Lots of fun, and even though I'm not particularly crafty we managed to make some excellent decorations for the tree.
I did a Christmas themed course and absolutely loved it. Joy is very knowledgeable and really helps you get the best out of the materials. I was really pleased with what I made, and it was a lovely relaxed atmosphere with tea and biscuits to fuel creativity!
The fused glass workshop I attended recently was a fascinating and totally absorbing experience. Joy's teaching was excellent and the atmosphere very relaxed, with plenty of encouragement and technical guidance. I now know that fused glass is a lovely material to work with and I will certainly be returning and recommending the course to others.
I went to Joy's "taster" workshop recently, and found it a very rewarding experience. Cauldwell Mills, and Joy's studio are very interesting, and worth a visit. Her work is simply stunning and gives you an insight into the depth of her knowledge. The morning session began with coffee and an informal chat. Joy then explained everything clearly and gave us the confidence to start our project. We made a plaque using a superb selection of coloured glass particles. She carefully explained how each colour may work on our plaque but also made us feel confident, and keen to have a go. She was constantly available while giving us the opportunity to enjoy experimenting.
I would certainly recommend this course to anyone wanting to try out a new skill and learn more about the art of making beautiful artifacts in glass.
Joy certainly lives up to her name!
I went to a "taster" workshop session at Greenhalgh Glass studio at Caudwell Mills. The Mill is tucked away in beautiful countryside in Rowsley village in a complex of art and craft businesses all worth a visit. The session was introduced by Joy Greenhalgh who is simply a brilliant teacher combining a profound knowledge of her subject with the ability to present the essentials to novices like me with a light touch and gentle good humour. After a short introduction a group of us set to work creating a design of our own choosing on a piece of glass. You can either work from a template or freestyle. Joy gave advice as required and was supportive and encouraging throughout the session. The coffee and chat flowed and at the end of it I finished up with something that I can hang on my wall. A very happy and rewarding experience. I shall be going back.