Glass fusing for Beginners - Garden Mushrooms - half-day workshop
"The course was really interesting and would recommend to others ." - Sue Make a pair of colourful fused glass mushrooms on this fun afternoon workshop! On this workshop you'll create two fused glass garden mushrooms like the ones we sell in the gallery. You'll also gain an insight in to some of the basics of glass fusing - a gentle introduction to a craft many of our students have gone on to enjoy developing in their own home. You'll learn how to cut circles in glass, which you'll then decorate with coloured crushed glass (known as frit) before placing in the kiln. Each mushroom will need two firings - the first to fuse together two layers, melting your coloured frit inside, and the second drape over a mould to create the mushroom shape. We'll then use the 'frit slurry' method to decorate these mushrooms - a fun and loose way to add colour to fused glass. And you'll have the option to manipulate your frits a little like tie-dyeing for a very groovy, loose effect! When your mushrooms (which Jenny prefers to call 'toadstools'!) have been fired twice we'll attach the copper pipe to the inside; the weatherproof resin we use can take a few days to set fully so your mushrooms will be ready to collect around 7-10 days after the class. Once finished your toadstools or mushrooms can be planted outside - but it's probably a good idea to bring them in during the coldest parts of the year.
What's included in the price?
The course cost includes: Enough clear glass to cut 4 circles for two mushrooms Clear and coloured fusible glass frit to make your frit slurry, copper pipe fittings to complete Use of all tools and apron Refreshments during the workshop Maximum class size 5 people for individual attention Both kiln firings All your work to keep, after all firings are complete Afternoon session runs from 14.00 to 17.30 (approx) Classes run at our Northants studio near Towcester
Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts
- Wheelchair users
- Limited mobility
- Suitable for beginners
- Public transport
- Parking provided
Sadly not - due to the nature of the materials our classes are for adults only.
With all one-day and longer stained glass classes we include an info pack with details of the tools you've used and suppliers plus reminders of techniques used. This isn't included in half-day classes.
We'll be delighted to help you decided what's needed.
For fusing classes we're happy to advise on tools, materials and kilns on request.
Materials are included in all beginners classes - fusing and stained glass.
Please bring reading glasses if you use them, and sturdy fully enclosed shoes (no sandals).
Aprons, googles and gloves are provided where needed.
Because you will be using lead and solder containing lead on stained glass classes.
Lead is known to pose a higher risk to babies than to adults.
We welcome participating friends or partners.
Sadly there isn't room at most classes for non-participating friends or partners.
Fused glass will need to be collected after firing - we will contact you when ready.
This depends on which class you're planning to book.
For stained glass classes - it will be difficult to complete the class if you have severe arthritis or similar.
For fused glass classes - we suggest you choose a class which doesn't involve glass cutting - feel free to contact us to discuss.
If the class you're planning to book is described as 'for beginners' then yes!
Some of our classes are for improvers - these are described as such in the listing.
We have GF and Vegan biscuits in stock normally.
We will bring in non-dairy milk if advised in advance.
Lunches, where included, are provided by the Bell Cafe nearby which caters for intolerances, vegetarians and vegans.
Yes - plenty!
Yes, with level access via a ramp and accessible toilet.