Glass Fusing Intensive Evening Course - 6 sessions

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Learn a variety of fused glass techniques in 6 evenings - suitable for beginners and up. "A really well planned and researched class, a great learning experience!" - Cate Our 6-session evening course is a great introduction to a whole range of glass fusing techniques, with time to make a number of projects. The course will give you essential technical skills and an understanding of the materials used in fusing, plus some knowledge of kiln operation and firing schedules. If you've already done some fusing, you'll find a wealth of more advanced techniques on offer too! This course introduces you to the key glass fusing concepts, allow you scope to design your own projects, and results in a number of finished pieces you'll be proud of! With a maximum of 5 students and two tutors you can be sure of plenty of attention and guidance throughout the class. 6 evenings - Glass Fusing Intensive evening course for up to 5 people The course structure dedicates the first three evenings to each of several important initial types of glass fusing. The following 3 sessions can be used to develop your own projects, building on the methods and materials learned at the start. This is a fully tutored course, with course notes and kiln schedules provided. Session 1 - Make some simple fused glass pieces using frits, inclusions and enamels; learn the basics of firing and compatibility. Session 2 - Make one or more tack-fused art pieces; learn how to cut glass and use this skill to make a fused piece with cut glass shapes as well as the materials used in week 1. We'll give you some glass cutting exercises to complete once we've taught you the basics and then you'll cut the glass for your project. Learn more about firing schedules. Session 3 - You'll use moulds to learn about slumping or draping, learning about 3d fused forms and more about how glass behaves when fired at different temperatures. During the first 3 sessions we'll help you decide what you'd like to make on the next 3 sessions. Sessions 4, 5, 6 - Over these 3 weeks you'll have a choice of what to create, using the methods learnt over the proceeding 3 weeks. We'll help you decide, and plan your project(s), and identify the materials you'll need. There will be a small additional charge for materials for your projects. This should be no more than £30 - £40, depending on the size and complexity of your projects. Some ideas of projects you could consider for weeks 4-6: Fused Flowers - learn how to create petal designs which can be fused in to a flower shape, and about slumping and moulds Bendy Glass - learn about slumping and moulds Pictures - let your arty side come out, and include a wide range of potential materials and techniques A Pebble or textured bowl - learn about using broken and crushed glass to fuse in to a mould Pebble Art - learn about inclusions, making pebbles, and advanced tack fusing Wish Stick window hangings - experiment with a huge range of frits, powders, bubble paints, metals, micas, enamels and noodles A Clock - learn how to incorporate cut coloured sections and tack-fused components in to a functional clock; learn how to drill holes in glass Dammed tack fused shapes - learn how to use dam moulds with crushed glass to control your fused shapes. We have created this course structure to allow for flexibility because we all work at different rates. Throughout the course we'll add in more background about fusing and the craft of glass work for your interest. Our aim is for you to enjoy the course, learn more about making fused glass art than our 1-day classes can include and take home a number of beautiful pieces of fused glass of your own design!

What's included in the price?

The course cost includes: - All materials for the first 3 weeks - Cost of additional materials for your own projects on weeks 4-6 not likely to be more than £30-50 for larger projects, less for smaller projects - Full tuition throughout - Use of tools and protective gear - Refreshments during the evenings - 2 tutors, maximum class size 5 people - Info pack to keep with information on glass and tools used, kiln schedules used, plus reminders on techniques - emailed as PDF - All your work to take home after firing - Eligibility for our Project Day Programme with preferential prices for project firings - Class runs from 6-45pm to 9pm at our Northants studio (earlier or later by arrangement)

Duration

6 evenings

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts

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Vitreus Art

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Suitable for

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

Sadly not - due to the nature of the materials our classes are for adults only.

Yes.
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.

Of course!
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.

Venue

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