Glass fusing and slumping (warm glass) in the beautiful Kent Downs near Canterbury


Duration: One day

Price: £95

Run by: Mattt Wilson
at Creative Retreats and Holidays

01227 730598

Tollgate Cottage
Maidstone Road
Chilham
Canterbury
Kent
CT4 8DD

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About the Course

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.

Courses generally start at 10am and continue until 5pm, though we're 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. (Materials for two medium sized pieces are included in the cost of the class; if you're speedy or particularly ambitious, you're welcome to purchase more from us.) 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.

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE'RE CURRENTLY HAVING A WHIZZY NEW WEBSITE BUILT! IN THE MEANTIME, PLEASE E-MAIL OR PHONE FOR DATES OF COURSES & TO BOOK. APOLOGIES FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

The course cost includes all materials*, loan of tools, kiln use, refreshments and a light lunch. Time with the chickens is entirely optional :-) If you don't like them, just let us know and we'll keep them out of sight.

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, gold purple or cranberry pink 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.



Want to review this course?

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.

- - #10384

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!

- - #9946

Fantastic course! Really recommend it. Mattt is a great teacher - we had a great day - and learned a huge amount. Have just signed up for a 6 week course -really inspiring!

- - #9655

Thankyou Mattt
really enjoyed my taster day glass fusing, looking forward to seeing the thing I made,excellent teacher, learnt a lot in a day.
Thanks again Mattt Peter.

- - #6994

Very good couple of days. Feel confident to continue on my own having been shown all the techniques I need. Lovely location, good facilities, good food and good teacher, would highly recommend.

- - #6474

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.

- - #6038

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.

- - #5667

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.

- - #4228

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.

- - #4201

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