Sandcast glass with wire inclusions
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About the Course
Create your own sandcast artworks with metal inclusions - 1 Day Workshop run by Jenny Ayrton.
Location: Teign Valley Glass (The Old Pottery, Pottery Rd, Bovey Tracey, Devon, TQ13 9DS).
Course Content: We will begin by planning your individual designs; this will include making at least 2 wire models. We will then take your models into the hot glass studio, where I will introduce you to the sandcasting process. There is a risk that not all pieces will survive the annealing process, however by casting two or three you should have at least one good’un, and if you’re lucky you may even get three (I work at about a 90% success rate, unfortunately this is one of the risks of working with glass)! The pieces will all go into the lehr to anneal (cool at a controlled rate). I will return to the studio the following week to collect our creations, and grind the bases. I will then post them to you to arrive about a fortnight after the course dates.
Clothing: Please wear sensible shoes (toes covered, no heels). I would also recommend wearing multiple thin layers as hot would be an understatement when casting with molten glass! It’s best to keep skin covered, and to avoid wearing anything particularly flammable (so no shorts, mini-skirts, or shell-suits. Tie long hair back and steer clear of the hair spray that day!). I usually wear a long sleeved poly-cotton top and jeans, with a jumper and coat to hand as the snack area at the hot glass studio is outside. The casting sand can stain clothes, so I would recommend wearing older items.
Refreshments: I will arrange for a tasty lunch, plus hot drinks and cake for snack breaks on each day. Please let me know when booking if you have any dietary requirements/dislikes.
Disability/Accessibility: please let me know prior to booking if you have any specific requirements so that I can ensure that the venues are suitably prepared.
Preparation: Your designs can be as unique as you wish, they do not need to create a scene. As with my sandcast work each piece will be composed of detail in the background (drawn/placed onto the sand), and a single-layer wire inclusion between the two layers of glass. If you have particular imagery in mind then please bring photos/doodles/sketches etc to reference. Mobile signal is very patchy in Bovey Tracey, so it’s best to print inspirational images rather than depending on looking online on the day! There is the possibility that we may be able to cast a third piece (depending on size and complexity of the pieces) so bring along any ideas, and we’ll see how far we get!
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What's included in the price?
All materials and tools provided.
I will arrange for a tasty lunch, plus hot drinks and cake for snack breaks. Please let me know when booking if you have any dietary requirements/dislikes.