What will I learn? Steve is one of only a few professional glass artists choosing to work with solely enamel powders to colour the glass (as opposed to using pre-coloured glass such as Bullseye). He has developed his own techniques for working with these enamels, creating unique patterns and effects. Steve will share these techniques with you, and take you step- by-step through the glass-fusing process so that you can create your own unique piece of fused glass art.
Whats the plan? On day one, as well as glass cutting and mould making, you will be able to make several sample pieces whilst you practise your enamel application techniques. These samples will serve as ‘drafts’ for the main piece that you will be making on the following day. They will be fired in the kiln on the first night so that you can see how they have turned out on the morning of day two.
On day two you will be able to focus all day on making your main piece which can be up to 60cm x 30cm in size. This course is all about design progression, and learning from your first attempts with the samples – assessing what has worked, and what maybe didn’t come out quite as you expected – so that you can make appropriate adjustments in your finished design.
Who else will be there? Places will be strictly limited to only FOUR people per course to allow everyone plenty of access to Steve’s expertise and ample social distancing.
What can I take home with me? You will be making your own unique glass wall-hanging, to a maximum size of 30cm x 60cm. You can create any design that you wish, perhaps taking inspiration from our coastal surroundings or you can bring some ideas with you. You will be making samples on the first day, which you will also be able to take home. Your final pieces will be ready for you to collect by early afternoon on the Sunday (or we can send it to you via courier for an additional charge if you are not able to collect in person).
Where is it? At Steve’s fully equipped studio just outside Totnes in the picturesque South Hams area of South Devon.
Where can I stay? We will be pleased to do all we can to help you make the most of your visit to Devon. Please just ask if you would like details of recommended accommodation in or around Totnes.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
The all-inclusive cost covers your tuition, all materials that you will be using, protective mask and apron, all refreshments including a lovely lunch at a local pub on both days, all the pieces you will make and fixings to hang your main panel.
2 days (9:00am to 5:00pm)
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Definitely one of the best courses I’ve done. Steve is very cheerful, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Both days went so quickly (including two very enjoyable pub lunches) and I came away with so many pieces of glass art. Highly recommended!
My second two day course proved as wonderful as the first - probably better.
The reason is the host Steve Robinson who is enthusiastic, humorous, patient and incredibly generous with his knowledge. He wants you to have fun and enjoy the experiences so shares not only his ideas but his enamels and Glass to enable lots of work and all helped by numerous cups of tea or coffee. I want to go again as I had such a good time and came away with a plethora of glass items. On the Sunday, the big reveal is very exciting as he opens the kiln to show the results of the second day’s work. A wonderful experience heartily recommended!
Steve is wonderfully energetic and inspiring, full of useful suggestions and ideas to help create your own personal masterpiece. The two day course is relaxed with tasty pub lunches and coffee and biscuits always available. Steve spends his time with each student and is very kind, encouraging and helpful. I will definitely consider returning to Devon for another course.
It's hard to add anything further to the glowing accounts from previous course attenders. We had a great time, Steve and Hannah made us so welcome and the technical assistance from Steve was first class. He is such a talent and generous in sharing his skill and artistry. Would love to do more!
I had been looking forward to this course for months since booking last year. The course not only lived up to my expectations but exceeded them. Steve Robinson apart from being a brilliant glass artist is generous with his knowledge and experience and can make comparative beginners feel as if they have achieved something amazing , which of course we did. Mistakes notwithstanding, I was very pleased with my glass pieces, which certainly would not have been achieved without Steve's help, advice and enthusiasm to keep going when mistakes were made - he has a wonderful vacuum nozzle which can transform an error into something of which to be proud. I would advise anyone to try his courses and when one realises the cost of materials, the course costs can be very acceptable. I loved it enough to consider going again
I'd previously taken two one-day glass fusing courses with Steve at St David's and have just returned from a two-day course at his new studio near Totnes. There's definitely a huge advantage in the two-day course because you get to see the test pieces you made on the first day before you start to make the main piece / pieces on the second day. This enables you to make technical and design changes and gives you a better chance of making something much nearer the surprisingly-good than the mother-in-law-Christmas-present end of the spectrum. The courses cost money - although given Steve's expertise (is there anybody better at fused glass in UK?) and the cost of the materials they're also very good value - so it's a good idea to go with one or two ideas as to what you want to make that you've thought through quite carefully and then to follow Steve's advice. He knows how to strike just the right balance between encouraging you to follow your inclination and guiding you away from anything unrealistic or impractical. He's also endlessly kind and patient and has the knack of creating a really enabling and friendly working atmosphere. There's also a wider choice of pubs and restaurants in Totnes than in St David's and it's a fun place in the evening. And, unlike St David's, there's a railway station, although the train timetables last weekend were largely advisory. Would I go again? A week would be ideal of course, but the one-day course, or even two days if you have the time and can afford the cost, are both great learning experiences. Wonderful, in fact!
It was such a privilege to spend two days with Steve in his wonderful and spacious workshop. My experience exceeded all my expectations as Steve's encouragement, willingness to share his wealth of experience and ability to coax me beyond my boundaries took me way beyond what I believed I could achieve and even stirred a few tears when the kiln was opened! I have brought home a beautiful glass panel that I am both delighted and proud to have installed as a splashback in my new kitchen! Thank you so much, Steve for all that you shared.
Having done a 1-day course with Steve in Sept ’16, I couldn’t wait for the 2-day course and it was fantastic. As always, he is incredibly patient and helpful while at the same time, allowing you to create your own little [or not so little] piece of beauty.
The 2-day course gives the opportunity to learn new techniques as well as being able to practice on the first day so that you can see what works and what doesn’t, still giving plenty of time to create something wondrous.
I cannot wait to book another course!
St Davids is a wonderful location and the landscape gives plenty of ideas and inspiration for your work of art.
yet again with Steve's excellent support and knowledge of glass I have produced a piece that I am extremely proud to display at home. Many thanks
I have just had the best Easter weekend at Steve Robinson's glass studio. The two day course allows you to experiment with colours and techniques, on day one, and then see your results on day two, in order to complete your masterpiece by the end! The kiln opening is excessively exciting, and beyond believable that everything comes out looking so beautiful. I can't wait to have another go....
Wow! This two day course exceeded my expectations , it was my third course with Steve and it didn't disappoint. We were introduced to new techniques which allowed us to experiment with our creativity and stretch our abilities. The joy of two days gives you the opportunity to do "test" designs as we got to fire Friday's work and see the colours that then informed what we could do on Saturday.
Steve as ever was a great teacher, helping us all to expand our thinking and skills.
I would thoroughly recommend this course I have learnt so much and created so many pieces of unique art work. Thanks to all the team.