Glass Artist's Studio Experience Day - Fusing (Open)



Genuine working artist studio experience. This is not a classroom setting, you will spend the day in Dawn's own workshop, amongst all the tools and equipment she uses daily. Create your own unique and unusual gifts, jewellery, and decorations as you explore the world of kiln-fired glass art. During our one-day workshops, you will learn how to cut and layer glass, working with both clear and coloured glass and accessories, as well as variety of decorative techniques such as inclusions and bas-relief. Throughout the day, Dawn will demonstrate as well as help you design and make your own glasswork, which can be used to make pendants, earrings, sun catchers, coasters, a bowl and much more. At the end of the course, you will finish up with a variety of pieces that will be fired in the studio for collection at a later date. **PLEASE NOTE THIS COURSE REQUIRES AT LEAST THREE PEOPLE TO GO AHEAD, THEREFORE I CANNOT GUARANTEE IT WILL RUN UNTIL BOOKINGS ARE CONFIRMED - I WILL GIVE AT LEAST ONE WEEK NOTICE**

What's included in the price?

All basic materials and equipment are provided as well as materials to make several small pieces throughout the day.


6 hours

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts



Dawn Turner Designs

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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Spooky
  • Weekends
  • Easter
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Overseas Holiday
  • Intermediate level
  • UK Holiday
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Fairs, festivals & exhibitions
  • Father's Day
  • Christmas
  • Hen dos
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Stag dos
  • Mother's Day
  • Romantic
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Evenings
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Pet lovers
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Everything that you make on the session is yours to keep - however the glass has to be fired which can take several hours, and some designs make take two or three firings, so you won’t be able to take your lovely creations away with you on the day.

Depending on studio workload, other classes, time commitments, your work may take a week or two to fire - we’ll get back in touch with you to arrange collection when it’s all ready.

Work can be posted out for an additional fee to cover the postage and packing

There is a car park at the rear of the studio buildings, however as it is shared with local residents, we cannot always guarantee a space. There are two bays on the main road at the top of our alleyway, there is normally space on either of these

If you’re coming on a taster session, then no - you’ll be provided with pre-cut glass shapes, so you can focus on designing and decorating

If you’re doing the full experience day, then yes, we will show you how to score and break glass as part of the day’s experience. If, later on in the day, when we move onto using coloured art glass, you can carry on cutting your own glass, or Dawn is happy to do this for you, so that you can focus on creating a beautiful design.

We usually start around 10.30am, there’s normally a natural break time around 12.30 to 1pm, and we usually finish around 4.30 to 5pm.

Sorry, the course doesn’t include lunch, although we may have some snacks, and standard tea and coffee is provided all day.

We do have a fridge and a combination microwave, and a small kitchen area, so you can bring something with you if you wish.

We are also within five minutes walking distance of Aldi, and Tesco (which has a cafe) as well as several food outlets, both takeaway and and eat in, including chains as well as independent cafes. Your options are more restricted on a Sunday, as most of the cafes are closed, but the supermarkets are open, as are McDonalds, KFC, George’s Chippy, Dominoes pizza and some of the smaller takeaways. .

I do send an information sheet out for all workshop participants, but I suggest the following

- don’t wear your Sunday best! You’re coming to a working studio, shared with other makers, so it’s not a pristine, gallery environment. It can be dusty.
- wear layers, The studio is based in an old Victorian warehouse building, which lacks insulation with a high roof space…so if it’s cold outside, it can be cold inside too, likewise, in warm weather it can get quite hot too
- footwear - wear something comfortable and sensible. I can’t guarantee there is no broken glass anywhere on the floor, so whilst you don’t need to wear steel toe cap boots, please do wear covered shoes, no open toed sandals or flip flips, etc.

I know it’s not easy to turn up at a specific time especially if you’re new to the location or depending on traffic, and I don’t want you to be hanging around outside if it’s cold and wet, but I do ask that you don’t turn up any more than around 15 minutes before the start time of your course - I may still be setting up the studio and not be ready for you yet.


Shed 2 Studios, 10a Heanor Road, ILKESTON, Derbyshire, DE7 8DX