Come and join us for a day of creativity in the inspiring surroundings of Bonds at Dodwell.
You will use a range of techniques to create several different fused glass items including pendants & earrings, candle holders, coasters, sun catchers and decorations. This workshop is suitable for beginners and no prior experience is necessary. You will be guided on how to safely cut and layer glass. You could use coarse and fine frit, stringers & ribbons and experiment with encasing foils, mica and oxide powders between layers of glass. You could also create delicately subtle designs using a technique called kiln carving.
Items will be fired in the kiln within 7 days ( some items require at least two firings and each firing takes 12 hours) any jewellery findings or ribbons will then be added and your fused glass will be packaged and either dropped off back to the venue or posted to you.
With over 20 years teaching experience you will be guided/supported by Helen whilst you create you’re unique glass pieces. Please avoid wearing open-toed footwear in the interest of health and safety. You will be provided with an apron, safety goggles and mask to wear when handling /cutting the glass. Each student will have their own pack of equipment/materials - thus removing the need to share tools etc.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
All tuition, materials, use of tools, up to three firings and postage and packing. There is an in-house cafe where you can purchase refreshments and a delicious meal ( we take a break at 12.30 for a maximum of one hour)
1 day (10:00am to 3:30pm)
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1 day (10:00am to 3:30pm)
This is an absolutely brilliant day! Helen is so friendly, patient and knowledgeable. I was surprised at how many items I was able to make on the day and how much fun it was. The day flew by. Would definitely go back again and have no hesitation recommending this to anyone.
Response from Butterfly Effect Studio:Hello Shirley, thank you so much for this positive review, I appreciate you taking the time to submit it. It was lovely to meet you at the workshop, I always enjoy spending time with like-minded people. You were an enthusiastic student and the pieces you created were amazing , thanks for sending a photo of them displayed in your home once they were fired & finished, they look perfect.
I attended a fused glass workshop without knowing what to expect.
Helen was excellent at explaining what we needed to do and answered all our questions clearly and simply.
She was very patient and attentive and really good at guiding us with helpful suggestions if needed.
She is very kind and thoughtful and I had a great time.
She put in a great deal of work into our pieces afterwards which meant that they were finished to a very high standard so she clearly puts in a lot of time and effort in behind the scenes.
When we finally received our finished pieces they were beautifully packaged.
The whole experience was very uplifting and I felt very cared for.
I have already gifted a workshop to a family member as an experience I feel deserves to be shared.
Response from Butterfly Effect Studio:Good morning Yvonne, thank you for such a positive review, I’m very touched. I was so pleased you enjoyed the day and receipt of your stunning finished glass creations once fired. You embraced everything that was demonstrated and then gave it a unique twist- your beautifully delicate soap dish was a triumph! It was fascinating chatting with you and I now look forward to meeting your family member next week. Thanks again.
I booked this course for my niece’s belated 21st birthday present. Helen was so helpful right from the beginning with regards to dates and choice of venue. We chose Halford and what a beautiful place - perfect for us!
We all thoroughly enjoyed our day and nothing was too much trouble for Helen. She was there to help us when we required assistance.
I received the goods in the post and OMG they are so beautiful. I wouldn’t hesitate to book another course that Helen hosts in the future. Thanks Helen!!!
Response from Butterfly Effect Studio:Hi Daksha, thank you for taking the time to review my fused glass course, I really appreciate it . I’m thrilled you all enjoyed your day and I was lucky to have such good company. The pieces you created were really beautiful and I imagine they are real talking points in your home. What a thoughtful gift for your niece and I’m sure a happy memory for you all to cherish. I hope to see you all again.Thanks, Helen.
We had a very enjoyable day, Helen was very knowledgeable and helpful, put us all at ease and helped us make some lovely items.
Would recommend to anyone who wants to have a go at making glass items..
Response from Butterfly Effect Studio:Hi Paula & Kyle, great to meet you both and so pleased you enjoyed the day. Some items are already out of the kiln and look fabulous ( your stunningly lush landscape panel is currently in the kiln as I’m typing this so fingers crossed) You both made some amazing pieces and I hope you’ll be delighted with the finished items. Thank you so much for taking the time to submit a lovely review, I appreciate it. I’ll send the info about kilns and suppliers etc as it sounds like you’re ‘hooked’ !
I have attended several of Helen's craft days and always have a wonderful time. Being creative in such a supportive environment is so relaxing and to learn a new craft/skill is always exciting too. I have made a wide selection of items from earrings and pendants, suncatchers, soap dishes and candle holders. Helen is an excellent host and is a font of knowledge with all things arty. I never leave disappointed and am looking forward to attending more craft days soon.
Response from Butterfly Effect Studio:Hi Amanda, thanks for taking the time to leave such a positive review. I’m delighted you enjoy the workshops, it’s always a joy to have your company ( and your keen sense of humour) you have created several really stunning pieces and always tackle each new project/challenge with enthusiasm an eye for detail and a creative spirit. I look forward to seeing you at another crafty day soon.