Working within a theme of ‘Landscapes’ we will be experimenting with Reactive Glass to create some very interesting colours and effects. 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 glass 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 in Day 2. The samples can be used as jewellery pieces, developed into coasters or incorporated into larger compositions or landscapes in glass. We will use this experience further to create a larger landscape in glass during Day 2.
Skills/techniques covered: 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.
Materials are not included in your course fee. All materials will be provided by the tutor. The approximate material 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.
Items to bring: A sketchbook/notebook and pencil, resources, photos and pictures of landscapes (realistic or abstract) and/or designs, a dust mask and safety glasses, surgical gloves, an apron, an old but clean dishcloth, please wear closed-toe shoes.
Your Projects will be taken away for firing in a kiln and will be returned to Micklems Farm for collection.
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
- Any other materials not specified for the students to bring
- Expert tuition
- 1 to 1 guidance
- Detailed demonstrations
- A selection of tea, freshly brewed coffee, biscuits and delicious cakes
And of course you take your wonderful creations from the day. If you share any photographs of your day here and/or your finished work, we’d love to see them so please tag us @micklemsfarmcreativeworkshops or use the hashtag #micklemsfarmcreativeworkshops.
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