What is glass fusing?
Glass fusing is a process where glass pieces and decorative elements fused together at high temperatures in a kiln. Depending on the process you choose you can make many different projects from light benders to waves, lanterns, jewellery to tea lights.
What will I learn?
• Cutting glass
• Designing a simple fused glass piece
• Assembling a fused glass piece for firing
• A variety of glass fusing techniques depending on your design
What can I make?
We are not prescriptive in what you can make. So long as it fits in our kiln, and can be made in the time allowed you are good to go!
In a 1 day workshop, we have a little more time to be a touch more ambitious with our designs. You may wish to create a jewellery set in the morning and a tea-light or light catcher in the afternoon. However, if you have a specific idea in mind let us know and we will advise if we can make it in the time allowed. The sessions are very flexible and we will try and cater for what you want to make, or offer suggestions if you feel there is just too much choice!
For example, you can choose from 2 of the following items to make on your workshop:
• 2 x 10cm square coasters
• 2 x small light catchers (approx. 10cm x 5cm)
• 1 curved tea-light catcher
• 1 waved tea-light catcher
• 1 small dish / bowl (approx. 15cm x 15cm)
• Christmas decorations
• Jewellery set
All the items that you make will be yours to keep. Once the item/s has been fired we will notify you it is ready. We can arrange postage of the item/s, or if it's more convenient, you can come and collect it. Most items are ready within 2 weeks, however, this can often be sooner.
We have some dates for these courses planned, however, we can run them as and when required. We can do midweek, weekends, so we are very flexible on availability. Many of our customers book a 'crafty day-off work' with the added benefit of feeling they are enjoying it more because they are not at work or eating into their weekend time.
How many people will be on the course?
We keep the number of delegates small, between 1 to 6. We do not mix people who do not know each other. When you book if you are booking for yourself or a group of friends/relatives, those people will be the only ones on your session. Small groups give you maximum tutor time and a relaxed atmosphere in which to be creative.
Jill and John are your tutors. They both hold industry recognised professional training qualifications. This means not only do they know their subject but more importantly how to share it with others in a form that is easy to pick up and in a fun and enjoyable way.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
• Use of all tools and equipment in the glass studio
• All the materials required to complete your piece
• Up to 2 firings in the glass kiln (typically we will tack fuse or fully fuse your piece on one firing, then fire again if you wish to ‘slump’ the piece into a shape on a former)
• Hot and cold beverages, biscuits and often cake will be available throughout the day. Plus a light lunch
• Please let us know when booking if you have any allergies / dietary requirements so we can cater for you. (we are a 5-star food hygiene rated catering venue too!)
1 day (10:00am to 4:00pm)
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My sisters and I attended for the day and it was excellent from start to finish. We cannot recommend it enough
Response from Fired Glass:Thank you Sarah we enjoyed hosting you all for the day. You all made some wonderful items and some great memories too. Kind regards John and Jill.
Amazing day, home from home, so welcoming and hospitable. I loved the studio in the garden, so well equipped and John and Jill so generous with their time and resources. The food is delicious and I felt so looked after with the constant offers of drinks and home baking. A very very enjoyable and memorable day. Thank you Jill and John
Response from Fired Glass:Bless you Heather that's great to hear you enjoyed your time with us so much. A home from home is exactly what we try to achieve, we are delighted you felt that way. Kind regards John and Jill.
Really enjoyable workshop with tons of materials to choose from, Jill is a very generous tutor and John made us a fantastic vegetarian lunch. I’ve had a wonderful day out and am looking forward to seeing my finished pieces once they’ve been fired. Would thoroughly recommend ( and am planning on going back again later in the year )
Many thanks x
Response from Fired Glass:Thank you Abi we would love to see you again the future. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us today. Thank you for your speedy review too! Kind regards John and Jill
If you are wondering wether this course is right for you, don’t! Jill and John are wonderful hosts and Jill is a great teacher.
I have enjoyed an absolutely relaxing and creative day learning so much about glass fusing from Jill and am absolutely thrilled with the pieces of glass art waiting to be picked up.
Thank you so much Jill and John x
Response from Fired Glass:Thank you Nadin for your kind words and we are pleased that you felt that way as that is our ultimate aim. Your glass does look fabulous, it is always admired. Kind regards John and Jill
Such a great experience- both creative and relaxing!
Thank you for sharing your expertise, Jill.
I really enjoyed discovering that I could produce a range of attractive glassware!
I can thoroughly recommend this excellent course.
Response from Fired Glass:Glad to hear you felt your session was creative and relaxing, that is what we try to achieve. Kind regards John and Jill
Really had a fabulous day with Jill, I knew nothing about fused glass and by the end of the day I have taken on board all the skills I have been shown, it’s been such a great experience and so absorbing and relaxing. I simply can not wait for my glass to be baked in the kiln to see the end results. Will definitely do another workshop in the near future
Thanks you so much Jill for you time and sharing your knowledge I have really loved the day
Response from Fired Glass:Thanks Viv, so glad you enjoyed your day and took away new skills and experiences. As you say the excitement is waiting to see the end result after the kiln firing.
I had the Best day with John and Jill. Both J & J are lovley people, and run their course with great care making every effort to make your day with them as enjoyable as possible. They patiently take you through all your options for glass fusing/slumping projects, and their knowledge and Skill in the glass arts is awesome!! Jill took lots of time to answer our questions, and was always there to reasure at each step. Their hand made Chocolates, excellant Barista coffee, home made cake, and the cooked lunch was a wonderful suprise. They are not only smashing hosts, their whole approach to life and following a different path post retirement, is frankly inspiring. I want to return and learn more. I do a bit of stainglass work, and Jill has had a possitive effect on my glass cutting technique. I learnt so much. Overall a day with these guys is A++ Book with them, you will not regret it.
Response from Fired Glass:Thank you Amanda for your glowing review of your time with us. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the day and would like to return - we like to hear that. Kind regards John and Jill.
I can't recommend this course enough. Not only the chance to try a new craft or build on existing skills but also because Jill and John are so very welcoming and look after everything to make your day extra special. The high quality coffees and hand crafted cakes and chocs really help to put the gold ribbon on things. Whether this is your first time being creative with glass or your 101st time Jill can give you all the support - both practical and artistic - you need. They are both very easy to spend the day with and cook up a 'proper' hot lunch for you. Don't hesitate to book up.
Response from Fired Glass:Thank you Charlotte for your glowing review. You have encapsulated what we aim to do with all our customers, thank you. Regards John and Jill
Fantastic course very friendly welcome never done glassmaking before. I loved it Jill and John explained everything nothing was too much trouble, every technique was explained and given the chance to do, very patient teacher. Would highly recommend a lovely day.
Response from Fired Glass:Thank you Julia, Jill and I are so pleased you enjoyed your time with us and found the whole experience a good one. Regards John and Jill
I absolutely loved the course and now have some glass pieces that I genuinely can't believe I made myself. Jill was incredibly patient and helped turn a vague idea of something I thought I might like in to reality. Delicious cake and lunch too :)
I'm hoping to come back with my daughters sometime, they loved seeing the before and after pictures.
Response from Fired Glass:Thank you for your review Catherine. We are so pleased you love your pieces and we would love to see you again with your daughters too. We will make more cake especially! John and Jill.
My daughter and I have just done a days course with Jill. It was brilliant! We made a number of different items and Jill guided us and helped us to bring our ideas to life. We would recommend this days course to everyone, whether they have done glass fusing before or are complete novices.
Response from Fired Glass:Thank you Fiona for your review. Jill and I are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your time with us and Jill helped to bring your ideas to life. Kind regards John and Jill.
I had a great day working with Gill in her garden workshop. I had never worked with glass before but was reassured by the excellent teaching and support I was given and thoroughly enjoyed working on a couple of projects - one a stand alone piece and the other a lantern requiring 4 panels. Gill gave me ideas and helped me achieve a better standard than otherwise possible. Lunch was tasty and gave me the energy needed to see me through the afternoon session I would definitely recommend this course to anyone interested in trying glass working. Thank you both so much.
Response from Fired Glass:Thank you Debby for your positive review. Our aim is to get everyone a positive experience be they new or experienced with fused glass. Regards John and Jill
I just had a brill day - I came with zero expectations - just knew I was not at work - The day flew in. Jill and John are so kind and wait till I tell you about the chocolate cake.... boom best ever. Jill made me feel I could acheive what I wanted to - I dont dream too big but what I made looked flipping fantastic or so I thought - I made a big effort to get there from Belfast and it was worth it. A wonderful memory day . Thank you xx Janet
Response from Fired Glass:Thank you Janet for your review and thoughts about your time with us. We both thank you for your warmhearted review and are so pleased that you enjoyed your time with us, especially as you both had such a long trip to get to us.
What a wonderful experience! I'd never tried working with glass before, but I couldn't have had a better teacher than Jill. She was so patient and really listened to what I wanted to achieve, and helped me to find a simple and effective approach suitable to my skillset that allowed me to create the projects I wanted to make. I achieved so much more than I thought I could! It was also so inspiring to see the fantastic art that she and other students have created and gave me all sorts of ideas for what I might do on a second excursion (because I have a feeling there will be one!)
She and John are also spectacular cooks and hosts. We stayed for 2 nights very reasonable B&B. The accommodation was so comfortable and the food was incredibly tasty - no surprise when Jill also runs some great chocolate courses!
I'm sure not every CraftCourse is this good, so I feel quite privileged to have had the chance to learn from Jill and spend a day in her company creating beautiful, pretty things. Definitely worth trying!
Response from Fired Glass:Thank you Marion for your glowing review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time with us. We would love to see you again in the future if you decide to return. Kind regards John and Jill.
A thoroughly enjoyable day.
Jill and John were welcoming, friendly and accommodating.
The facilities were excellent as was their hospitality.
Glass fusion work was something that I had been wanting to do for some time and Jill guided me through the processes with clear instructions and lots of patience.
I’m definitely inspired to try more glass fusion projects!
Response from Fired Glass:Thank you Christine for your kind words. We are pleased that you enjoyed your time with us and that you have ticked an item off your to-do list. Kind regards John and Jill
I knew nothing about working with glass prior to one day course but Jill provides just the right amount of instruction and guidance. She really listens to what you want to achieve and encourages you to be creative. It is well worth thinking about what to make in advance as options are varied and flexible. The day course provides plenty of time for the experience to feel relaxed and therapeutic and the home-cooked food was high quality and delicious.
Response from Fired Glass:Thank you Tracey for your review and thoughts on your day. We are encouraged by your comments and feedback, that's great to hear how you felt about your day with us. Thank you. Kind regards John and Jill.
Treated myself to the one day course as I have always been interested in glass, I absolutely loved it, I completed several pieces and I was thrilled with the results. Jill was fabulous and include in the course was a lovely lunch and even home made cake in the afternoon. Would thoroughly recommend.
Response from Fired Glass:Thank you for your glowing review Theresa. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your day with us and you were happy with the pieces you made. Thanks for your custom. Kind regards John and Jill.
We had a fantastically enjoyable day.
Jill is incredibly generous with her knowledge and enthusiasm and really encourages you to get creative. We were able to explore different materials and techniques, so the day just flew by and we left still brimming with energy and ideas. We can’t wait to see our finished pieces once they are fired!
Response from Fired Glass:Thank you Annie, Jill and I are delighted to hear you enjoyed your time with us and felt creative and enthused. That makes us very happy to hear.
Me and a friend had a fabulous day with Jill, glass fusing. Very good for our mental well-being, we were immersed in our projects under the kind guidance of Jill. We are both thrilled with the results.
Thanks to John for refreshments and a lovely lunch.
Highly recommend, we will be back for another workshop!
Response from Fired Glass:We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your time with us so much. Mental well-being is so important to us all. We look forward to seeing you again in the future.
A fun day with a light touch of technical guidance and a heavy dollop of creative stimulation.
Nice people, good location and some nice pieces to take away as a memory of the day.
Response from Fired Glass:Thank you Peter, Jill and I are pleased you hear you all enjoyed your day with us. I'm sure your pieces will give you joy for many years to come.
What a fabulous day, it started with a wonderful welcome and continued from there. Jill was an excellent teacher and I learnt so much, making two pieces. They had prepared delicious lunch and were incredible hosts.
I had a great day, totally recommend it.
Response from Fired Glass:Thank you Lisa, we are so pleased that you enjoyed your day with us and you felt looked after. Your pieces looked fabulous too. Regards John and Jill.
I had a fantastic day with Jill. Learnt alot about various different styles and Jill demonstrated quickly and comprehensively so that i could create my own style. Jill and john were very welcoming and provided lunch, cake and drinks througout the day. I went away with a smile on my face, looking foward to seeing the results after my peices of art after being in the kiln.
Response from Fired Glass:Thank you Julia, we are delighted you enjoyed your day with us and you felt we looked after you.
I enjoyed a lovely day with Jill at the fired glass workshop.
Jill's studio is very well equipped and her knowledge of glass is encyclopedic. I was interested to see how glass behaves in a workshop and Jill was very kind and patient as I fumbled around trying to fit a minute bee's head onto its body!
I was given a lovely lunch in a convivial atmosphere.
I would thoroughly recommend the day.
Response from Fired Glass:Thank you Gill for your review, we are delighted that you enjoyed your day with us.
I went on the 1 day glass fusion course.
Jill and John are great hosts, Jill is very patient and explained the process very well and helped you achieve what I wanted out of the day.
I recommend the course
Response from Fired Glass:Thank you Tara, so pleased you enjoyed your day with us and that you achieved what you wanted from your time with us. That makes us so happy.
I had an absolutely brilliant day with Jill - what a talented lady and such a great teacher. I didn't know there was so much to learn about glass fusing - thanks to Jill I have come away inspired and informed - ready to have a go at home. Lunch was delicious and refreshments abundant. I will definitely go back for another day to consolidate.
My only negative comment 'the day went by far to quickly' - I would highly recommend Jill's glass fusing - a fantastic gift for family and friends - But, make sure you go yourself.
Thank you Jill and John for a wonderful day - can't wait to get my pieces.
Response from Fired Glass:Thank you Victoria we are so pleased you enjoyed your day with us and found it so useful and informative.
First class workshop for a totally chilled craft experience. A fabulous welcome from Jill and John, great facilities and amazing refreshments. A lovely way of spending a day switching off from the stresses of today’s busy world and more tools and materials that you could ever need with excellent tuition. Highly recommended day😊
Response from Fired Glass:Thank you Diane, so pleased you enjoyed your time with us. As you say, a splendid way to spend a day relaxing and being creative.
100% recommend this class. It's fantastic, relaxing, fun, creative, I could go on and on. Jill and John are very friendly. Their studio is a little piece of heaven, full of glass "candy" to create your own masterpiece.
Jill is an amazing teacher, with a passion for her crafts. Thoroughly enjoyed and hope to come back again.
Response from Fired Glass:Thank you Carolyn for your positive review. We are so pleased you enjoyed the session and we made you feel welcome and relaxed. We would love to see you again in the future. Regards John and Jill
I've been wanting to do a fused glass course for years but somehow never got around to it. Sandra, Jill and I went on a day's course, all of us pretty unsure of what we could achieve during the day. We need not have worried as we were immediately put at ease by Jill and John plus tea, cake and yummy chocolates. Jill gave us advice and tips on our intended designs and we soon entered 'the zone'. Making the first piece of artwork was so relaxing, and we had access to all the lovely glass frits, powders, stringers and wires. I was in heaven, like a kid in a sweetie shop. After a very tasty lunch we enjoyed the afternoon making our second pieces. I would thoroughly recommend this course, Jill and John are friendly and make you feel relaxed from the moment you arrive. Jill is great at teaching, I learnt a lot about glass work and I'm keen to learn more, so will be signing up for another day's course soon. Brill day!
Response from Fired Glass:Thank you for your review Mabs and we're so pleased that you enjoyed your session and we helped to put you at ease, that's great to hear. You all created some super pieces when you were with us. We look forward to seeing you again in the future. Kind regards John and Jill.
The two of us went for a day session, very unsure of what to expect. Jill was quick to destroy all nervousness with her warming friendly personality. She gave alot of useful information, tips and tricks whilst we were busy creating our pieces. After a lovely lunch (perfectly catered to our dietary needs!) we were amazed and thrilled to of completed several pieces. Within a few days of eagerly waiting to see the finished product, Jill had done an amazing job adding finishing touches such as shaping jewellery, finishing edges. We had an amazing day, thoroughly recommend having a go!
Response from Fired Glass:Thank you Jonathan for your review of your day with us. We are so pleased that you and Alison enjoyed your day and it met, if not exceeded, your expectations. You made some beautiful pieces between you, plus you have the honour of making the studio's first dinosaur inspired piece!
What an amazing day! I really enjoyed learning about glass fusion. I created a picture of my dogs, a pendant, cuff links, a bowl and a light catcher. Jill was very patient and kind and made us a lovely lunch. I would thoroughly recommend a day course and will definitely be doing it again.
Response from Fired Glass:Hi Hayley, thank you for your review of your day. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your day and you created a wonderful array of items during your day. I'm sure you will treasure them all and the memories from the day for a long time to come. We would be delighted to see you again in the future.
Loved the whole day. Perfect workspace. Loved the open choice and able to make anything we wanted.
My mum and I cannot wait to go back and collect our pieces to see the final result.
Response from Fired Glass:Thank you Alex for your review. We're pleased that our workshop format and approach met your needs and you both enjoyed the day. Your items will soon be available for you to collect.
Great workshop, I had a fantastic time! Jill is very nice and patient. I can recommend it to everyone.
Response from Fired Glass:Hi Justyna
I had a fantastic time during one of the courses. Jill helped me a lot to create what I wanted. I hope the result will be as nice as the time I spent there.
Response from Fired Glass:Hi Violetta
Jill and John are very lovely and helpful. I am not creative at all and was a bit stressed however they both make you feel calm and relaxed. I highly recommend. Also, thank you for the cake and a cup of tea xxx
Response from Fired Glass:Hi Marlena
Thank you for a lovely day. I really enjoyed the workshop I have done and looking forward for the results
Response from Fired Glass:Hi Ewa
Brilliant day. I have recently attented one of the courses with my friend and family. We all had a fantastic time. Both, Jill and John are very friendly and made us feel very comfortable. Thank you
Response from Fired Glass:Hi Marta
It turns out I am resistant to learning, but Jill was marvellous. She is a patient teacher (I really tested this aspect of her) and a very kind person (I tested this too). It really is a peaceful studio. I ended up with more than I bargained for so although I originally thought that the workshop was on the expensive side (glass workshops are if you look around), in fact I was wrong. It was very,very good value. Glass is such a lovely medium. Lunch was included and the food was absolutely delicious - and they sent me the recipes. More than I bargained for again. I would definitely go again.
Response from Fired Glass:Hi Jayne, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are thrilled you enjoyed your day and you felt it was good value for your money. We find it difficult to put down in our course description what you will be getting, you have voiced this very eloquently so thank you for that. We hope to see you again in the future. Regards John and Jill.
Attended one of Jill’s courses a while ago. I was worried as I am not very artistic, but Jill guided me through clearly and patiently what I needed to do. Made to feel very welcome. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and looking forward to another in the near future.
Response from Fired Glass:Thank you Shaaron, so pleased you enjoyed the day. We hope to see you again soon.
Attended a fantastic workshop in March, where I learned new skills for making beautiful dichroic glass jewellery. Jill is a fantastic tutor; her workshop is a tardis of tools and materials and she spared none to help me design and create a beautiful pendant that I am constantly asked when I wear it: "where did you get that from?".
I was made instantly at home in Jill's beautiful studio; it's a lovely space to work in and you'll see plenty of examples of this talented lady's artwork.
The thing I liked most about the workshop was Jill's ability to facilitate and help me materialise the ideas I had in my head, using her detailed knowledge. I came away with not only a beautiful piece of art that I can wear and am proud of but also the feeling that a lot of knowledge was imparted and I felt I had really learned something by doing. And I must add, it's incredibly therapeutic to do an activity like this for a few hours.
I'm definitely booking in for another workshop (when they become available, as Jill is very popular!) Thanks, Jill and hope you'll be running more workshops soon!
Response from Fired Glass:Hi Sabrina, thank you so much for your positive review and I'm pleased you are wearing your handmade jewellery with pride. We look forward to seeing you again in the future for more creativity. Kind regards
I had brilliant day with Jill Tisbury on her FiredGlass 1 day workshop.
Jill and John make you feel very relaxed and comfortable from the moment you arrive. Her studio is amazing and gives you an instant feeling of calm. Jill's knowledge and understanding of glass is incredible and her art skills are out of this world. Jill helps to inspire you and give you the confidence to create your own pieces of magic. I can't wait to see my work once it all fired. I've already cleared spaces in my sitting room to display it. Drinks were available all day with a lovely lunch and stunning dessert.
I highly recommend her course.
Response from Fired Glass:Hi Ros