Working within a theme of ‘Landscapes’ we will be experimenting with Reactive Glass to create some very interesting colours and effects. When certain bullseye glasses are fired in contact with one another, their chemistries interact where the glasses touch and this is referred to as reactive glass.
Bullseye coloured glass is made up from a variety of basic chemicals; some are copper based others are sulphur or lead based. When some of the glasses are combined with one another, or with certain metal foils, the chemicals interact to create interesting results and colours and it is these reactive results that we will be exploring in this workshop to create original designs and landscapes. You will learn more about the basic chemistry behind these reactive effects and how to use them to enhance your work.
Day 1: We will experiment, create and record a series of samples of reactions between different “coloured” glass. This will be fired overnight to enable us to share the outcome the next day
Day 2. The samples can be used as jewellery pieces, developed into coasters or incorporated into larger compositions or landscapes in glass. We will also develop this experience further to also create a larger landscape in glass.
Level: Basic understanding of fused glass and cutting skills achieved at the Introduction course is beneficial, but not essential, to this course and can be adapted to suit a range of abilities.
Basic Chemistry behind reactive glass
Design and composition
Cutting and fusing techniques
Melting glass stringers over a flame
Familiarising yourself with a variety of glass materials
Health and Safety
Please note that materials are not included in your course fee.
All materials will be provided by the tutor. The approximate cost for this two-day course will be £55-£65 (depending on the size), payable to the tutor during the course. All Kiln firings are included in the fees.
Findings for jewellery, keyrings and magnets are optional extras. These, along with silver chains, can be purchased from the tutor on the day.
Please bring with you:
A packed lunch
A sketchbook/notebook and pencil
Resources, photos and pictures of landscapes (realistic or abstract) and/or designs
Dust mask (safety glasses will be provided)
An old but clean dishcloth
Please wear closed-toe shoes
Collection of Work:
All projects will be taken away for firing in a kiln and will be returned to Micklems Farm for collection.
Refunds are not available on this booking. Start dates may be amended on request.
Any other materials not specified for the students to bring
1 to 1 guidance
A selection of tea, freshly brewed coffee, biscuits and delicious cakes
And of course you take your wonderful creations from the day. If you would like to share any photographs of your day here and/or your finished work, we’d love to see them, so you can share this on social media and tag us.
Terms - Fee is payable on booking. If, having booked, you cancel your booking, we are unable to offer a refund. However, you may nominate someone else to attend the workshop or class in your place by notifying us. We reserve the right to cancel a workshop up to 48 hours prior to the workshop date. We will only cancel due to insufficient places sold and you will be refunded the full amount paid.
Level: Beginners and up
Number of students: 10
1 day (10:30am to 4:30pm)
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