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Glass Fusing Course


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This one day glass fusing course introduces you to lots of techniques which can then be applied to various shaped bowls, coasters and wall pieces. There is a generous amount of glass used compared to other courses and each student can make several things on the day.

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This Glass Fusing course is usually held on a Saturday once a month. In this class you can produce a number of objects such as glass bowls of various shapes, coasters, wall hangings, jewellery – almost anything within the area of kiln space provided (50cm x 50cm).

There is a limit of 7 people per workshop enabling faster learning.

The advantage of a small class is that you can experiment with many different effects and have an experienced adviser on hand at each stage.

Lessons are taught by Richard Paton with over 20 years experience.

Areas covered include design, glass cutting, fused glass compatibility, firing cycles, many decorative techniques.

The fusing and slumping in the kiln will take place after the workshop and the results can be collected or posted at Post Office rates.

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?

All materials are included.


Richard Paton at Rainbow Glass Studios
Unit 6
172 Stoke Newington Church Street
N16 0JL
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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Suitable for beginners

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1 day (10:00am to 4:30pm)

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- - #28274

I absolutely loved this course - Eleanor is a fantastic teacher, and the scope of what we covered was just right. The workshop is a treasure trove of lots of different types of glass art, and it was lovely to be in a really creative working environment. No technique or tool seemed to be unavailable to us and the amount of glass we could use, and the specific styles and types of project we could undertake were limited by our imaginations only.
I would thoroughly recommend Rainbow Glass Studios for the glass fusing course, and if I only lived nearer I would definitely make it a regular haunt of mine!

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- - #1423

I attended the beginners glass fusing course a few weeks ago and enjoyed the most wonderful day. It was educational, interesting, fun and thoroughly addictive. Richard structures the day to give the right balance of teaching and doing, in fact you are giving a huge amount of license and materials to create your own projects. Richard guides you along the way and gently nudges you if your ideas are a little too ambitious..... as mine were! Although not the main point, it is worth saying that in my opinion the course is also great value for money, in addition to all the knowledge I acquired, I ended up with 4 thoroughly satisfying pieces of fused glass. All in all a 5 star day.

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- - #1398

I attend a glass fusing one day course just before last Christmas and managed to make 6 candle bridges as presents. Richard gives good clear instructions in a relaxed atmosphere, lots of help and guidance even looking up ideas on the internet for inspiration. I would recommend this course to anyone - even if , like me, you have no artistic ability, you can produce something beautiful that you can be proud of. Would be a great idea as a gift for that hard-to-buy-for person.

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- - #1319

This was a brilliant way to spend a weekend! I did the painting on glass course and am now really keen to try the others (fusing, leading etc). Really inspirational: makes one want to run off and starting fitting out kilns in the kitchen.

The workshop was thorough, well-structured and well-paced. Richard is patient and knowledgable and very liberal with his resources. The small number of people makes it cosy and sociable.

I came away with two roundels and one panel, all of which I love!

Keep up the good work, Richard!

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- - #1249

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- - #1232

Having learnt to make windows, initially, from a wonderful glass artist (Paddy Robinson) in Australia, I looked for a long time to find a suitable replacement after moving to UK. When I eventually found Richard at Rainbow Glass Studios, he was very patient in helping me finish a leaded, sand-blasted and painted window and so I returned to learn fusing, slumping and more painting and then joined the evening workshops. Richard attracts a very comfortable group of 'students', runs very relaxed evening workshops, is extremely helpful and knowledgeable - and all that with the best music collection I have ever experienced in such classes.

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- - #1203

Richard is a brilliant tutor with a seemingly endless wealth of expertise. I've attended both the one-day and evening sessions and have always left Rainbow Studios with a brain full-to-bursting, tired but creatively charged-up, and chuffed to bits with what I've made.
Richard guides with a gentle hand when needed, allowing you to follow your own path but making sure you always come away with a piece of glass you're proud of, no matter what your level!
The studio itself is well-stocked and hung with many pieces of glass providing inspiration and reference points.
I'd highly recommend taking a course at Rainbow Studios - you'll also hear some brilliant music from Richard's vast iPod collection - Radio Paton.

In-person course
- - #1198

Richard and Eleanor are superb teachers. They inspire and instruct in a way that always leaving you wanting to sign up to more courses. I have attended this course and now have my own small kiln and make small fused glass objects. The fused glass jewellery course was fantastic. I do not count myself as particularly good at design but Richard helps you gently along. I travel from West Sussex to attend these amazing courses - it is worth the travel just to learn more and watch mastery in action. Thank You. I will be back for more!

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- - #1191

I've done a weekend and an evening course. The teachers - Richard and Eleanor - were very supportive with excellent knowledge. I liked the workshop place itself. It's inspiring to create in a place where you see beautifull works on the walls. There was also a possibility to drop in for one evening paying only for that class if there was a place. I liked this flexibility and I'm sure I'll use this possibility in the future. I would reccomend to anyone these courses.

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- - #1182

a very good class - small enough for individual attention, well equipped studio, exposure to the various techniques used in fusing glass, a patient, professional teacher, good music on the ipod, copious quantities of tea / coffee and biscuits, welcoming atmosphere and even if you have never worked in glass before, the course will inspire you to sign up for other classes.

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- - #1179

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- - #1177

Have attended several of Richard's one day workshops. Stained glass - a present from my husband, I made an amazing stained glass panel. I booked myself and a friend in for her 50th to make her own jewellery (as a birthday present). We had a fabulous day and the end results were fantastic. Then (my favourite of all) two separate days of fusing glass - one with my daughter for a present. We had a great day and the bowls, plates and coasters were fabulous - even if I say so myself. Richard is an expert with endless patience - groups are small so that you get individual help if needed. A wonderful present for all ages (adults!) with excellent end results - needless to say I will be booking again! Thank you :)

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- - #1176

This one-day workshop surpassed my expectations - lots of learning, great fun and very satisfying results.
Richard is a knowledgeable and patient teacher who provided useful instruction, plentiful materials and a pleasant workspace. He was able to work with each of us at our levels of skill/experience - advanced, tried it once and back for me, and novices.
I am already thinking about taking this workshop again when I can.

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