Introduction to glass fusing at the Cheshire School of Glass

Introduction to glass fusing at the Cheshire School of Glass


If you’ve never worked with glass before and want to start from the very basics, then this is the course for you. We’ll show you the primary techniques involved in cutting, shaping and assembling glass, use of inclusions, how the kiln is programmed and also take a look at slumping.

You’ll be creating your own designs, and we’ll make time for looking at our rich resource of glass books and enjoy a fabulous lunch.

Experience: None required

What you’ll need: A sturdy pair of shoes (nothing open-toed)

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Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Use of our fully equipped glass studio
A maximum of four students
All the tools and materials you need
Access to our extensive glass art and design library
Refreshments throughout and lunch too
Course notes to take away
Kiln firing of your work


Jennifer Barker at Cheshire School of Glass

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Bradley Farm
Bradley Lane

Suitable for

  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


1 day (10:00am to 4:30pm)

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This craft course provider has been awarded Platinum status for receiving 50 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.

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Sue Allsopp - - #37539

Spent a fantastic day with Jen. Such a knowledgeable teacher, so enthusiastic and friendly. Although we had some basic awareness of glass cutting the whole day was a revelation and we enjoyed part. Thank you Jen.

Charlotte Jeffery - - #34078

After a busy period at work, I decided to take a day off to attend a glass fusing class. It was the perfect antidote. Her studio is a creative haven and Jen is a generous and enthusiastic teacher. She helped me settle on a design and gave clear guidance on how that idea could be translated into glass. I created two panels that I am immensely happy with and I left with an enormous smile on my face. An absolutely brilliant day.

Response from Cheshire School of Glass:

Thank you so much. Great spending the day with you. x

Jenny Bishop - - #24272

I have done many creative courses over the last 10 years. Jenny is the most generous teacher I have ever been to. She is one of the UK's leading authorities in glass fusing and makes it hugely easy and enjoyable, effortlessly passing on huge amounts of knowledge and oodles of inspiration. The glass workshop is warm and instantly you feel at home. Jen let us all use our creative freedom but cleverly guided us without us even knowing. A wonderful experience. No wonder so many people rave about her.

Holly - - #20576

This is a wonderful course with an equally wonderful teacher.
If you are thinking of doing it - book now!
Jen is a delight and knows EVERYTHING about glass/ kilns the lot. She is also completely lovely.
Fun, informative and crafty. What's not to like?

Sarah Barnes - - #19582

This was the best crafts course I have been on and I've been on quite a few over the years. Jenny has a lovely studio on a farm with great facilities. We were all welcomed ( there were 4 of us ) , with coffee and cake and given a really good introduction talk that explained the process of glass fusing. The day went far too quickly, it was a wonderful mix of creativity, good company and learning new many skills.
I collected my pieces the next day and couldn't believe how wonderful everything was that came out. Everyone made 3 big wall panels - you can have them framed by Jenny in the week - which I did order, for my favourite piece and it looked really good!

Kathryn Hoather - - #19089

I recently did a one day fused glass for beginners and it was a brilliant experience. There were 4 of us on the course and we had an introductory talk and then on to the practical part of the day. Jen was a fantastic teacher, sharing her wisdom and experience yet allowing us to be creative. I was apprehensive beforehand being a complete beginner but Jen has an easy going manner which put everyone at ease. I was delighted with the whole day and would thoroughly recommend it.

Maria Winspear - - #18973

We have just completed a two day fused glass course and i can highly recommend Jennie and her teaching skills,she is so generous with her time and patience we had a great time and learned so much. We left with some beautiful pieces and we will be back . My love is painting and to do landscapes in glass was a real thrill thank you Jennie you rock x

sara lewis jones - - #18647

The best creative course I have ever been on. It was well structured , inspiring and totally absorbing. I have never learned so much in such a short space of time. Jenny is an excellent teacher with a well deserved reputation for being the best glass fusing teacher in North England.

Liz Morris - - #18644

This course is brilliant. I had the most incredible day. I thought we were going to make pretty coasters and little wall hangings! How wrong could I be! Jenny is an excellent teacher. She taught all of us so much in one day and we made big works of art! Three in total. When we finished , myself and the other delegates were a bit dazed and amazed at what we had achieved and learnt in one day. We all loved every minute. I would recommend this course to everyone who likes to immerse themselves in creativity and absorb all the exciting things Jenny has to offer in her beautiful studio.

Gill Rotter - - #18461

A fabulous day with a highly skilled and technically brilliant teacher. Jenny is really generous and patient. A lovely warm welcoming atmosphere. I didn't want to leave at the end of the day! I came home with my head bursting with ideas. The only problem is, you want to go back and do more. Going to Jenny's studio is so relaxing and creative. Anyone creative would really enjoy this course. I considered the price when I booked it to be a little on the steep side. However, with what everyone makes, the technical knowledge acquired and the generosity of materials I would say this is amazing value for money.

margret Stower - - #18186

I would recommend this course to anyone interested in starting to work with glass. Jenny is encouraging , kind and a very knowledgeable teacher. She makes the process clear and fun to learn. Cheshire School of Glass is set in a barn conversion on a very pretty farm. The space is light and airy with a great creative atmosphere.

Helen Haze - - #18096

Thank you Jenny and Steph for the best course I have ever been on. You have made me believe I can do something well! The pieces that I made came out of the kiln really well. Even my family think they are fabulous. I have brought this course for my husband, daughter and myself (again ) to do together - in hope that my husband and daughter will see buying a kiln is a good idea. Cheshire school of glass is an excellent centre for all things glass .

Edna - - #17213

An amazing experience. A good mixture of theory and practice. From start to finish Jenny and
Steph gave their all to ensure we not only gained sufficient knowledge but had an enjoyable day. I can't recommend this course more highly. Will definitely be returning to learn more

Helen Higgins - Lewis - - #17045

This was the best course I've been on. Good value for money. Jenny explained everything so clearly. I have been worried about firing the kiln I have bought and she made it all so easy. She is a very generous spirited teacher who knows the answer to all your questions. Jenny gave me lots of firing curves, for all the different glasses and catered to everyone's individual needs. A lady called Steph assisted Jenny who was equally as helpful and generous with knowledge. I will go back again with the discount I get for doing a further course. Very good atmosphere.

Karen Turnball - - #16491

I have done this course. It was really good. I've got a10% off voucher for the next course, so I am doing the same one again as I just want to do more of the same.

Jenny Lambert - - #16236

My 2 teenage sons & I had a brilliant time. We are beginner's and Jen is so enthusiastic and helpful we really enjoyed it, and are so pleased with our finished pieces. Thank you.

Gaynor Martin - - #16110

I have just collected my fired glass from Cheshire School of Glass. I am so pleased with the results. We had the best time. Jenny is so welcoming and inspiring. I will be going to more courses there.

Rachel Stanaway - - #16100

This is the creme de la creme of glass courses. Jenny has an excellent reputation as a Glass Artist and Tutor. She is so personable and has such an easy manner that she makes everyone feel at ease and creates self -belief in her students. Everyone created beautiful work that I think they didnt know they were capable of. I am definitely going to do another course with Cheshire School of Glass. Rachel Stanaway

Tina wheeler - - #16080

I am so excited to see the results tomorrow. Ive had a great day and feel like a kid again. Jenny was so inspiring and helpful. Jodie thank you for your kindness and input as well. I will definitely be coming back. My family will be getting lots of Glass presents from now on, unless I like them too much to give away.

Anne Marie and Gary ledger - - #16078

This has been a really brilliant experience. Jenny was so generous in every way. Please keep us on your books for other courses. I'm particularly interested if you do a pate de verre course as we discussed.

Julie Edwards - - #16060

I have never worked with glass before. I loved it! Jen taught us to cut glass and how to create stencils. We learnt about compatibility and what to use and what not to use! Jen gave us loads of notes on firing the kiln too; I don't have a kiln yet, but I think I will get a small one after doing a few more courses with Cheshire School of Glass. We were given a discount voucher for another course which I intend on booking now. Thank you for a great day.

Stacey O'Brien - - #16039

Jenny what can I say... Wow!! A brilliant fun packed day. I'm totally pooped and it was worth every penny. I have learnt so much from you. I will sleep well tonight, after a long journey back to Malborough.
All the best, Stacey.

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