Hello and welcome to smARTsy and our incredible new location!
The Lakeside Retreat at Tallington is a beautiful lodge with far reaching views on the edge of a huge lake only 20 minutes from Peterborough and Oakham.
Already established as a holiday rental, we are delighted to announce that we now offer ‘Daycation’ glass fusion classes for groups of 4-6 people out of season from September.
The cost is £80 plus materials (our materials costs are excellent) to include drinks and cake; please bring your own lunch.
With such small numbers, you will have plenty of support as you learn about this beautiful art form.
After a brief introduction you will learn to how to recognise and use a huge array of glass forms, all available in different colours, and begin to learn the language of glass: stringers, frit, sheet, confetti, millifiori, dichroic, iridescent, transparent, opaque!
I will give demonstration about cutting techniques and you will have a go with your own set of tools.
When ready, you will choose what you would like to make and then the fun will really start!
This is your chance to faff about with your designs until you're ready to glue.
Many people find this a therapeutic and relaxing activity - add the amazing lake view and what else could you possibly need? Cake? Yes, we have that too!
At the end of the session we will discuss postage (costs apply) or collection.
Back at base in Ratby, your works of art will be fused and gently cooled, washed, then I drill and add wire for hanging, attach coaster bumpons etc. Locally made hardwood stands are also available to purchase for display.
These one day workshops are 'stand alone' and are equally suited to beginners and more experienced customers. Warning: it's rather addictive!
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
*5 hours of tuition with break for lunch
*all firing and associated costs
*free hot and cold drinks throughout the day
*delicious cake in the afternoon break!
please bring a packed lunch if required.
You will be able to choose from a wide range of items, starting at £6 including coasters, suncatchers, trinket dishes, spoon rests, hangers, birds....plenty of choice!
To book, click 'See available dates' link above and find a date to suit.
5 hours (flexible times to suit)
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5 hours (flexible times to suit)
Having done several classes and open sessions with Ali, I can say that glass fusion is wonderful and a lot of fun! Really relaxing environment and you can create lots of lovely different things!
Would highly recommend!
A few hours spent glass fusing with Ali cannot be beaten in my opinion. Ali’s skills and knowledge of her craft know no bounds and she is more than willing to share that knowledge . Lose yourself in this beautiful craft and have a forever piece of glass to remember it . Give it a whirl - it’s super
Warning this craft is addictive 😂 I cannot praise SmARTsy sessions enough. Ali has the teaching skills to ensure everyone creates their very personal piece of fused glass. I am running out of windowsills, I have now been creating pieces for my garden. This is my ‘happy’ place, I have met some lovely people and having been very poorly, feel that my sessions have undoubtedly helped my wellbeing.
This session gives you an excellent chance to create your glass project, with Ali on hand every step of the way. The choice of glass and extras is vast. Whether you are a complete beginner or experienced, you'll love it.... And it gets addictive!
Fabulous course choice of glass materials is excellent and Ali
Offers guidance and support whenever required but allowing you to use your own artistic ideas. Totally absorbing and relaxing
I started with a two hour evening workshop and enjoyed it so much I booked straight away for a day - as others have said, it's a wonderful setting for the workshop and Ali is a great teacher. Totally calm and absorbing and the results at the end are just beautiful. Definitely an addiction worth having!
Ali is a great teacher and has so much patience in how she explains how to cut and select the various bits of glass you can use to create your own individual art pieces. The time goes so quickly and is such good fun. Highly recommended and great value.
Absolutely Brilliant! Loved it so much I booked again before I left. Beautiful surroundings, great tutorial and amazing results! You don't need any skill to create something to be proud of. Thoroughly recommend it!!!
I had a lovely time trying out something new. After seeing some of the pieces made with Ali friends have booked on courses and been excited with the results.
The experience is relaxing and enjoyable. Ali is a fantastic teacher that guides you through the process. With a little bit of guidance you will soon be making beautiful pieces of glass fusion art. You'll be surprised how easy it is.