About the Course
Create your own sandcast artworks with metal inclusions - 2 Day Workshop run by glass artist Jenny Ayrton.
Day 1 : Jenny Ayrton's studio, 56 Stone Barton Rd, Plympton, Devon, PL7 4LS.
Day 2 : Teign Valley Glass, Pottery Rd, Bovey Tracey, Devon, TQ13 9DS.
Day 1 - I will introduce you to the process, then plan your individual designs and work together to create your wire models.
Day 2 - We will take your models into the hot glass studio, where I will show you the sandcasting process, and then you get to cast three of your very own blocks!
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: I would recommend wearing multiple thin layers as hot would be an understatement when casting with molten glass! Please wear sensible shoes (toes covered, no heels). 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!
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
All materials and tools provided.
I will arrange for tasty lunches, plus hot drinks and homemade cake for snack breaks (all included in the course price). Please let me know when booking if you have any dietary requirements/dislikes.
This course is simply great! It may seem a little pricey at first glance, but it does include food for two days (which is all delicious) and you come away with not one, but three, pieces (unless they crack). There is a limit on the size of the class and it also includes the assistance of the local glass-blowing expert and his kilns.
Jenny is an extremely gifted, calm and patient teacher and I echo the sentiment of another reviewer that she is generous and open to share her experience and knowledge. You can't fail to learn and the outcome is amazing.
One of our group was returning for the second time and I am tempted to do Christmas scenes later in the year! I am going to look up her etching course anyway.
Despite being able to do the process now (with all the help!) she does wonderful commissions too. Good luck Jenny, you're a star :)
Gilly - - #19155
Response from Jenny Ayrton:Thank you Gilly! All intact so far!
Super course. I'm not naturally very creative and was definitely a novice but with Jenny's help and patience I made some pieces I am really proud of. The glass works was an amazing place to be, we were made to feel very welcome. Cannot recommend highly enough.
Meredith - - #18281
Absolutely brilliant 2 days, I loved every minute and can’t recommend the course highly enough.
Jenny is generous and open in sharing her techniques and experience with the glass and makes wonderful tea & cakes to keep you going.
Karen - - #18257
Response from Jenny Ayrton:Thank you Karen, I really enjoyed the weekend too!
This was one of the best workshops I have been on and it was so lovely to come away with 3 "pieces of art!". The first day was very informal and involved making the small models. We were provided with a lovely lunch and lots of cake. The group was small and intimate. The next day we went to Bovey Tracy and had a wonderful time doing our mould and then having them cast. We were all actively involved in the whole process. WE also had a fab lunch and more cake. All in all a great workshop and worth the expense.
mel fine - - #12240
Jenny was amazing to work with and I would highly recommend this.
I started with a glass etching class which was brilliant and progressed onto the 2 day workshop.
With Jenny’s expertise I was able to bring my design to life.
This would make a perfect gift!!
Sarah - - #12236
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