in Chilham, Canterbury Maker & location details
Two day glass fusing experience in Kent, for beginners and improvers
What better way to spend a couple of days than on our two-day glass fusing experience, in the tranquil village of Chilham, Kent. The bluebells will be up, the wild rabbits hopping and songbirds nesting all around. What’s involved? If you’re a beginner, you’ll learn to cut glass first. If you’ve got prior experience, you might like to dive straight in to creating your designs for fusing. Then you’ll make your first panel or perhaps some hanging decorations out of float (window) glass. When you’ve got your confidence (or brushed off your glass cutting cobwebs if it’s been a while), you’ll move on to working with your choice of Bullseye fusing glass. This includes frit, stringers, funky frit balls, confetti, glass enamels and more! You’ll be able to make decorations, giftable things such as candle holders, trinket dishes, wall plaques, a fruit bowl, suncatchers…the choice is yours. You’ll get to experience the different effects that you can achieve by fusing your glass at higher or lower temperatures in the kiln. (Don’t worry it’ll be at room temperature when you put your glass in, & we won’t open it again until it’s cooled back down.) You might like to make a number of small creations. On the other hand, you might choose to spend the whole two days working on a single masterpiece, especially if you’ve done fusing before and have something particular in mind. Do get in touch if you’ve done fusing before and would like to try some new techniques. Can I take my pieces home with me? Yes, but not on the same day. Fusing takes around 24 hours, as it’s important to cool the glass sloooooowly. Your creations will be fused (and if desired, slumped into moulds) after your course and will normally be ready for collection or posting a few days later. Post and packaging are charged at cost and depend how much you make. If it’s under 2kg when packaged, it’ll cost £8, to include plenty of padding. We want your glass to arrive in the same number of pieces as when it came out of the kiln, after all!
What's included in the price?
As well as lunches, refreshments and onsite parking, the cost of the course includes fusing and slumping your glass. We also include a generous amount of clear float glass for your first project(s), and then enough Bullseye glass to make a couple of things approximately 20 x 20cm in size, or more smaller things. If you work particularly quickly and would like extra glass, we can simply charge you for the extra.
2 days (10:00am to 5:00pm)
Strict - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts
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with Craft Courses since 2015Message the tutor
I'd been working with glass for over 30 years before starting to teach glass art in 2014. I've exhibited with the Contemporary Glass Society and at the International Festival of Glass as well as taking part in masterclasses in glass fusing and glass casting. There are few things I love more than sharing my passion for glass art with other people, whether complete beginners or people with years of experience under their belts. Come, try a course and see if you love it as much as I do! If you'd like to book more places than are shown on the site, please get in touch. Not all availability is shown on here, as I also take bookings through my own website. So there might be room for a larger group. Mattt
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