We offer a weekend course covering all the basics in glass fusing and slumping, ideal for those who want to start a new hobby using kiln fusing techniques. You will learn accurate technical information, and will complete projects including a fused and slumped glass bowl which you will make from scratch. You will also learn the skills necessary to begin jewellery making and tile making. There will be a lot to remember, so a handbook will be provided detailing the processes you have learnt as well as the different compatibilities of System 96 and Bullseye Glass. There will be a maximum of ten students to ensure individual attention.
This course is run regularly throughout the year. Please see our website for specific dates.
What does the course cover?
You will begin with a lesson in basic glass cutting. For those who are beginners, don't worry, we will have you cutting sheets of glass with confidence in minutes. For those who have cut glass before, we may show you a new trick or two!
We aim to give students a thorough taste of glass fusing, and you will try a variety of techniques and make a number of pieces. We start by looking at making simple moulds from fibre paper and firing under float glass to add texture and detail, a really useful technique for any kiln glass artist. We then go on to make a bowl. Working with fusing glass we fuse a blank and slump our bowl the following day. We also cover tack fusing and other exciting projects for you to explore in a creative and relaxed environment.
Every piece you make will be fired in our excellent Kilncare Glass kilns and sent out to you at no extra cost.
***Image depicts a bowl designed and made by our staff member Jozie Chura Grimshaw, which was made using techniques taught on the course. Actual course pieces will vary.***
What do I need to bring?
Nothing but yourself and a sturdy pair of closed-toed shoes. All of your glass, materials and tools provided.
We will provide a delicious cold lunch from Pret a Manger as well as light refreshments throughout the day. Please let us know in advance if you have any special dietary requirements. We will do our best to cater to everyone but this cannot always be guaranteed.
What are the course times?
The course starts at 10am and runs until approximately 4:30pm. There is a chance that it may overrun depending on progress.
We will try to make our courses accessible to all however if you have any disabilities or physical limitations of any kind we ask that you discuss it with us before booking.
For cancellations made 4 weeks in advance we offer a full refund or one free date change. For cancellations made 3 weeks in advance we offer a 75% refund or one free date change. For cancellations made 2 weeks in advance we can only offer a 50% refund. If we receive less than 2 weeks’ notice we are unable to offer a refund or date change on course places. If a date change has been requested we cannot offer a refund on a subsequent cancellation.
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
Everything is included in the course price. Materials, tools, lunch, refreshments and postage of completed work.
Helen at Creative Glass Guild
Unit 4, St. Philips Central Albert Road St. Philips Bristol BS2 0XJ