Glass fusing taster lesson
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I am running taster classes in glass fusing for up to 3/4 people at a time. Bring a friend - it is great fun to have fellow learners to bounce ideas off. The one-off taster lesson is suitable for people who want to learn the basic techniques of a new craft which might lead to a new hobby. It is a great gift idea for someone who enjoys trying new things! I can also come out to your workplace or home to run the taster class for a larger group of people - a great way to reward staff or have a team-building session!
Glass fusing is where layers of coloured glass are cut, put into a kiln and fused together to make jewellery, coasters or decorative window hangings (sun-catchers) etc.
My husband, Chris Greening, is a potter and also offers courses.
Here is the detail:
• 1-1 or 1-2 or 1-3 tuition can be arranged at a time to suit you throughout the year. (Age 12+)
• A 2 hour taster lesson costs £45 for an individual (or £80 for 2 people together or £115 for 3 people together) and will include the glass materials and metal inclusions, jewellery fixings and the firing of 1 small piece of jewellery and either a sun-catcher or coaster which will be ready to collect in 1-2 weeks. (Postage can be arranged at cost if preferred.)
• Glass fusing is a very broad subject and it can sometimes be difficult to know where to start, but if you just want to “have a go” then you can learn the basic techniques and make either a simple sun-catcher or a coaster and a small piece of jewellery in 1 session.
• The studio is equipped with a large range of coloured glass in different sizes and formats, various metal inclusions, kiln fibre, appropriate tools and safety equipment, a microwave kiln and an electric kiln.
• All you have to bring is an idea of what you might like to have a go at making - Pinterest is really useful for ideas. If you have a particular project you want to try out (e.g. sun-catcher or coaster) then we will discuss how you can achieve that in the time available.
· We can investigate how layering, texture and colour combinations can achieve different effects.
· Exploring the use of metal (and other materials) for inclusions, including the use of kiln fibre.
· Creating individual pieces as gifts for friends and family.
So why not get in touch? Book now for a friend or, better still, book for yourself and a friend and then you can arrange a date and time to suit you both. A craft lesson makes a great unusual gift for a fun creative activity to do together. You can get in contact to arrange a date and time that would suit. I am fairly flexible for evenings or some daytime slots. I also have some small group class dates set for the summer and will offer more in the autumn - 17th July 6-8pm, 14th Aug 10-12am, 13th Sept 6-8pm.
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.
I booked a 2 hour Taster Lesson on a one to one basis with Sarah on the spur of the moment. Sarah was so welcoming and put me at ease immediately. I was apprehensive about glass cutting, but I need not have worried, I actually only cut glass twice during the lesson and that was only to see if I could! There are so many different forms of glass not to mention colours to use I was spoilt for choice!
Sarah explained the process extremely well and I made my first pendant which went in the microwave kiln! Brilliant as you get to see the results before leaving the two hour lesson, although it does need to continue cooling and Sarah attaches a bale to complete the pendant for your collection or packaging and posting to you.
I became quite creative! I had plenty of time to make two suncatchers and two pendants in my taster. I would recommend the lesson to anyone who is either not sure if they will enjoy it or perhaps is unsure of being able to do it. Sarah is very knowledgeable and a very good communicator which results in a very enjoyable and creative atmosphere.
I cannot wait to collect my pieces and have another go! Watch out...it is addictive! I'm thinking of getting a kiln now!
TRACEY LOTT - - #16278
Sarah's course was like the alchemy of her glasswork; simple, brilliant and fun! Her attention to detail, kindness and generosity with her time and knowledge made the course such a wonderful experience. With Sarah's guidance it seems I'm quite creative. Who knew!! Cannot wait to see how everything else turns out and look forward to the next course in August! Thank you very much. Nicki x
Nicki - - #15752
Really enjoyed my starter lesson, which was a gift from the husband. Sarah was very friendly and welcoming, and the studio was lovely to work in. Lots of different materials to use, and Sarah described everything really well. I'd more than happily go back again and have another go, to try out different ideas. Looking forward to seeing my finished pieces!
Leila - - #14465
A fairly heavy layer of overnight snow tried to dampen (and chill) our spirits, but we were greeted with a steaming hot cup of tea/coffee and a warm workshop, so we were not deterred.
Sarah was great at making us feel welcome and we were soon busy learning how to cut glass. Before we knew it we had made a simple pendant, and were even able to see it being fired in a mini-microwave kiln. It was good to be encouraged to take before and after photos (so do have your camera ready) as it is lovely to see the transformation from fairly rough cut glass to a smooth, finished piece.
We then set about making a sun-catcher. There were plenty of different resources to use, not just glass, so we had a good range of colours and items to be able to blend into our pieces. The atmosphere was relaxed and encouraging. Sarah was good at guiding whilst encouraging us to do what we wanted - not what she thought we should do. This must be a fine balance and I think she did this well. The two hours flew by.
Within a couple of days we were able to pick up our pieces at a time convenient to us.
I would thoroughly recommend this course to those who are novices to those who have dabbled a little too. Thank you Sarah
Rachel - - #13983
The 'Glass Fusing' Course was a surprise birthday gift and what a wonderful surprise it was too! The two hours seemed to go quickly. I have never experienced glass fusing yet I found the course both interesting and enjoyable, different to other experiences I have had such as sewing and painting. The instructor was very knowledgeable, amenable and helpful, her explanations were clear.
A very creative course: I had a great feeling of achievement by making a coaster, a pendant and for extra fun - a cocktail twirler!!
Lovely items on display to inspire and give you ideas to further boost your creativity.
I would recommend this course.
Patricia Blurton - - #13689
Sarah is a great teacher, allowing free reign of her amazing workshop to use a wide range of materials to make a number of glass items.
The two hours went really quickly and I came away with creations that I can put on show.
Brilliant value and highly recommended
Alison Massey - - #13675
I was bought this taster session by my brother and sister in law for Christmas . What a great idea. Never done anything like this before . I went with my bestie and we had Sarah's undivided attention as she taught us how to make our own jewellery and glass items. She explained about all the different types of glass and how to use them. Thoroughly enjoyed it , its quite tricky at first but very creative. The pieces came out really well . I made a pendant, a bracelet and a beach scene to hang in the window. Hayley made a ring, a pendant and glass to hang up in the window. Great fun and would definitely recommend her class. A fun way to try something different.
Keely - - #13000
I went along with a friend to the taster lesson. This was my first experience of glass fusing and has been a fun start.
Sarah began the session with an introduction to the basic glass cutting tools and techniques. Then she demonstrated layering to make a simple piece of jewelry. Whey my pendant was being fired in the microwave kiln, she explained different fusing materials and their unique effects.
I'm pleased with what I could achieve in 2 hour. Meanwhile I'm fascinated by the broad subject of glass fusing. I've managed to use 2 fusing materials for my sun catcher; I'd love to see my friend's which used materials different from mine. Since the course, I try to learn about from a couple of websites and I'm considering of taking more sessions to try out different fusing materials.
Bertha - - #11199
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