Introduction to fused glass (1 day) in Sheffield, South Yorkshire



Tutor: Martin McAssey.

Martin is a professionally qualified teacher with many year’s experience of teaching fused glass classes.

This is a one day fused glass workshop based in Martin's studio in the learning centre at Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet, Sheffield. This workshop is for beginners as well as the more advanced student; and is run with a maximum of ten students ensuring that each student receives individual attention. Each student has use of a workbench with all the tools and equipment they will need while taking part in the workshop. All patterns and materials are supplied by Martin at no extra cost.

What will I make on the workshop?
You will have the opportunity to make a couple of window hangings, a set of four coasters and a small bowl. All pieces made on the day will be fired and available for pickup two weeks after the workshop, if you are unable to pick up your work it will be posted to you (please note a £10 postage and packing fee will apply).

What will I learn on the workshop?
You will learn all the basic skills needed to make a couple of window hangings, a set of four coasters and a small bowl. Such as:

• Scoring and breaking glass.
• Types of glass used.
• Materials that can be used such as frits, powders, stringers, confetti, papers & metals.
• Techniques for different effects.
• Use of mould's.
• How to put it all together.

Please note:
• It is recommended that you bring reading glasses for close work.
• It is recommended that you wear sensible shoes (no open toed shoes) when attending the workshop.
• It is also recommended that you wear old clothes.

For more information about this workshop please contact Martin via the 'Ask a question' above.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All materials such as glass are provided by Martin at no extra cost.

Lunch is not available in Martin's studio, it is recommended that you bring your own lunch. Please note that the learning centre cafe is closed on Friday, teas and coffees are available through the day and a selection of cakes will be served at lunchtime.


Martin McAssey at Martin McAssey Glass
The Learning Centre, Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet
Abbeydale Road South
South Yorkshire
S7 2QW

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users
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Kelly Bacon - - #30589

Would highly recommend this workshop. I attended yesterday and had a fantastic day. Never done glass work before but the instructions and help from Martin were excellent!!

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Gill Winks - - #30049

Martin made us all welcome and showed us lots of techniques with plenty of chance to practise them. Really enjoyed the day.
Covid precautions worked well and would certainly be interested in returning.
Good value for money, I made a bowl, 4 coasters and about 8 light- catchers. Martin is a nice guy!

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Judy - - #27755

Great day, good fun and scope to be creative. Martin is an excellent tutor. I highly recommend this and all his other courses

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Helen - - #27469

Having never worked with glass before I didn't really know what to expect. The workshop was excellent, Martin was a great tutor and the day exceeded my expectations. I was amazed by how much we made during the day. I will be booking again.

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Catherine - - #27441

The course was well organised & Martin is a good tutor. I have never worked with glass before and I was amazed how many pieces I produced. I loved it.

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Kay Duckmanton - - #27435

My husband bought this 1 day fused glass class for Christmas for my daughter Becky and myself. Both of us had a brilliant time and I would recommend it to anyone interested in trying something new as a hobby. We both had no past experience and were a little nervous to begin with. Martin put us both at ease. He had a brilliant way of teaching whilst at the same time allowing us to find our own individual style. The class sizes were just right and before we knew it we were chatting with others and enjoying sharing our ideas and achievements. The time flew by. Becky couldn’t wait to ask what we were going to try next. Thank you Martin. I will be in touch soon to arrange another visit.

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Margaret Everley - - #27421

This was my second fused glass workshop as I was hoping to build on the experiences gained in the first one and it didn't disappoint. A completely absorbing day, Martin is an excellent tutor and always sensitive to each individual's needs. The atmosphere was always relaxed and nonthreatening and everyone was encouraged to develop their ideas and Martin was quick to give further explanations and help when necessary.

I would thoroughly recommend this workshop to anyone whether they are familiar with glass work or not.

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Jane walsh - - #27419

This is another of Martin's courses that my husband and myself have attended and yet again it has been amazing. We will be booking on other courses with Martin. We’ve already done two x 12 week courses and a Christmas fused glass course and we just can’t get enough of them.
Fabulous hobby to do together.

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Lesley O'Neill - - #26578

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Yvonne - - #22494

Great course, excellent teacher - what more can I say? I'll be back!

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Alison - - #20292

Really enjoyable day. Clear concise instruction, help when needed but never intrusive. I got so much done in the time and immediately booked a second day (which was just as enjoyable). Very happy with the results and would highly recommend it to anyone of any artistic level.

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Helen - - #20235

Got bought a gift voucher to go on the one day fused glass course and I loved it! All the equipment was organised and available, Martin was patient and knowledgeable and created a relaxed atmosphere to get creative right from the start. Would recommend to anyone!

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Elinor Lunn - - #19007

I attended Martins fused glass course with my mum, we both really enjoyed ourselves and can not wait to see the finished pieces once they have been fired.
Martin is an excellent glass worker and teacher. We have both learned new skills on this course.
I would highly recommend the course, I know I will be attending other glass courses run by Martin.

In-person course
Alan Caunt - - #19005

Exactly as advertised A fun day providing an introduction to the techniques involved in the creation of fused glass pieces. Martin is an excellent teacher and also makes a good cup of tea!! I look forward to seeing the coasters, bowl and sun catcher in due course.

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Pauline - - #19004

My first experience of working with such a variety of fused glass materials. A well formulated course, no pressures, excellent tuition and so interesting. After doing stained glass in Martins’s excellent courses previously, I was amazed at the results over a one day course. So many different materials. I can’t wait to see the fired results. Would thoroughly recommend this Day course, no previous experience necessary.

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Karen Wallace - - #18418

I attended an introduction to fused glass workshop run by Martin. Not having attended a workshop before I was a bit unsure of what to expect but I needn't have worried. The workshop is held in a beautiful location and the facilities in the room were fantastic. Each person has an individual work-bench with all the tools required in the glass fusing process so no having to share and wait for people to finish. Martin has a huge amount of experience in working with glass and was an excellent tutor - clear instructions and on hand to help. There was no pressure to complete a certain amount so everyone could go at their own pace. Overall I absolutely loved it and will definitely be booking another workshop.

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Naomi - - #18125

A really great day. Bought this for my Mum's birthday and we both thoroughly enjoyed the day. No prior knowledge or skills needed. We made a number of fused glass pieces - suncatchers, coasters and a bowl. I use the coasters everyday and I still think they look fab!

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Kay - - #16744

Really good course conducted in a friendly and encouraging environment. There are plenty of books and examples of completed projects available for inspiration. All materials and tools are provided in a designated workshop with plenty of adjacent parking. Refreshments and toilet facilities available next door throughout the day in a nice clean cafe and drinks available in the workshop.
Course started with instruction on how to cut glass shapes and layer pieces to make a sun catcher, then progresses to cutting and encapsulating foil and paper designs,, using glass powders and glass shapes to make coasters and a bowl.
Martin is an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and patient teacher who encourages participants to develop their own creative ideas. By the end of the class everyone had produced several pieces with an amazing variety of styles and techniques. We all enjoyed the course and were left wanting more. Highly recommended.

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Debbie/Shirley/Sam - - #15495

Fantastic course - such fun, thoroughly recommend it to others!!!

Martin is so knowledgeable, and the course was well resourced and structured to introduce us to many different techniques you can use in fused glass artwork - each new skill building on the previous one. It was challenging and satisfying all rolled into one

We all came away with multiple glass sun catchers, glass coasters, encapsulated fused glass and a glass bowl which was great value for money.

Thank you Martin - we are all now addicted!

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Gilly Skeemer - - #15462

Attended this course with my husband hoping to get him to explore and get involved in my love of all glass crafts and especially the art of fusing glass. My objectives were met. We both thoroughly enjoyed the day, learned a lot and had fun doing so. The only downside was that the day flew. Well done Martin for presenting this opportunity and creating a brilliant course. The atmosphere was relaxed and we came away very happy. The pieces we made all turned out well. We are using the coasters already.

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