Newsflash: Courses restarting in July, Covid-19 permitting.
Discover the wonderful world of fused glass in the beautiful medieval village of Chilham, in the heart of the Kent Downs area of outstanding natural beauty. Each full day of tuition costs only £95 and takes place in our spacious, purpose built teaching studio. (Some of the photos show our previous, smaller studio right next door.)
To allow plenty of room for social distancing, we'll be limiting class sizes to 4 people for the forseeable future. (If you'd like to book a course for your own household / bubble, we can take a class of six people.)
Courses generally start at 10am and continue until 5pm, though we are flexible. You'll be given as much help as you need; our small class sizes mean that you won't have to queue for advice.
Learn to cut glass, building your confidence with float (window) glass before moving on to colourful Bullseye fusing glass.
Discover how to create textured pieces through tack fusing, using confetti, stringers, frit and sheet glass, or make smooth full-fused pieces.
You can expect to make a suncatcher, a decorative panel, a bowl or candle holder, coasters & / or some jewellery depending on your previous level of glass cutting experience.
People who've done some glass cutting and / or fusing before might alternatively like to make more adventurous bowls, candle holders, light shades or soap dishes. The options are as endless as your imagination.
Your creations will be fused within a few days of your class (this takes around 24 hours not including any slumping). We can let you know when they're ready for collection or can post them to you at cost.
Details of the course dates can be found on the "booking" page of our website via the 'View course organiser's website' link above.
This will give you a calendar view where you can see everything that's planned for the studio (all of the courses, anyway!)
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?
The course cost includes all materials for two medium sized pieces* (if you're speedy or particularly ambitious, you're welcome to purchase more from us), loan of tools, kiln use, refreshments and a light lunch.
If you book two places on the same course, ask us for a 10% off voucher for a future booking. Please mention Craftcourses.com when requesting your voucher.
*If you'd like to use the deluxe dichroic glass there's a slight supplement for this, so that people who don't want to use it don't have to pay for it.
Mattt Wilson at Creative Retreats and Holidays
Tollgate Cottage Maidstone Road Chilham, Canterbury Kent CT4 8DD
Superb day spent with very hospitable and knowledgeable host. Matt took great care to ensure that I had a safe and enjoyable experience building up my skills and knowledge to produce 2 pieces of glass work anyone would be proud of.
The glass studio is superb (I want one!), really well equipped and resourced, plus comfortable rec space for "time out" and refreshments; which were greatly appreciated including home baked breads and jam. Very good value for money introduction to a fascinating craft, couldn't recommend more highly.
Creative Retreats and Holidays:
Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review.
It was a pleasure to welcome you to the studio. Your glass has been fused and looks fantastic; I'll be posting it to you this afternoon.
This was my Christmas present from my husband, done in September! a busy schedule plus an injured ankle prolonged the time before I could take advantage of a free day and go along! What a superb day! Matt is so clearly delighted to impart her skills, and her careful explanations and the way she answered all our questions, (there were two of us on the day's course,) proved her patience and knowledge. I am so glad that I did remember how to cut glass, and pleased that I was allowed to follow my own ideas, and not held back at all! M5y glass pieces arrived today, and I am thrilled with them! Thank you so much, Matt.
What a wonderful way to spend a day. A warm welcome, relaxed environment and guidance from the very knowledgeable Mattt.
I felt like a child in a sweet shop choosing from all the materials to create my fused glass pieces.
p.s. make sure you try the homemade bread!
Absolutely loved it! I went with my sister to do a glass fusing day. There was just the two of us which meant that we got Matts full attention. We both learnt so much and I cant wait to get my bits. Matt was professional but very friendly. My sister and I both teach so I think we are qualified to say that Matt is a really good teacher, patient, engaging and a super host. I will be doing this course often.
A friend and I really enjoyed our day with Mattt learning about and practicing glass fusion. Mattt's very welcoming and patient, and good at explaining things and answering lots of questions, as well as stepping in to give practical help if required. We learnt how to cut glass, how different materials react in the kiln, and how to create two pieces of work. If you're not religious - we definitely aren't - don't let that element of Mattt's website put you off. It was a great, practical day and I want to go back for more.
I did a six week course and we had a detailed timetable as soon as we arrived but were told it was flexible. The first week looked a bit boring but NO we learnt how the kiln worked and when we had a pile of greenhouse glass that we have been cutting to learn how to use the cutter and to cut various shapes not just straight lines we made them into designs that were then fused. The result was wonderful. Who would have thought greenhouse glass could be so beautiful. Then tack-fusing which was like gluing glass together so that we kept the texture. Again with good explanations of the changes in kiln settings needed. We were then let loose with full fusing. Flat pieces to begin with and then bowls and dishes. An inspiring six weeks.
This has been a most enjoyable 6 weeks. I have learned about the science of glass fusion which is fascinating and explains the process and why things happen - such as air bubbles! Mattt has explained working with glass–the safety aspects as well as how to use the cutters and has always been there with encouragement and design ideas. We (it has been a class of two) have had the run of her wide range of materials and I have been delighted with the pieces I have produced. It has been the bright spot of the week.