Glass fusing garden mushrooms - half-day workshop

A pair of fused glass mushrooms on their copper pipes
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Description

"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.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

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

Maker

Mike Caddy or Jenny Timms at Vitreus Art

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Venue

Vitreus Art at Bell Plantation
Watling Street
Towcester
Northamptonshire
NN12 6GX

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Wheelchair users

Duration

3 hours (2:01pm to 5:01pm)

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