Our most popular course! We run this course as an introduction to float glass. It’s suitable for complete beginners as well as those with a little knowledge. We also do an intermediate float course as well as a fused glass jewellery course, the latter also being suitable for complete beginners or, as above, those with a little knowledge.
Your day with us runs from about 10.00 until 16.00 and starts just before 10.00 with coffee and some introductions, followed by some brief but essential health and safety.
We’ll then give you some basic theory to get you going and then we’ll experiment with inclusions of metals, crushed coloured glass and many other materials between layers of plain glass. As the day progresses we’ll have short teaching sessions and more raw materials to use. Later we’ll fire your work in our kilns at 820C. This is lots of fun and often produces some quite unexpected results – the process is not without some alchemy! During the day we will be on hand to give as much help as you need. For our float glass and jewellery courses there is a possibility for you each to put a small piece into our test kiln which we will fire on a short cycle during the day to help you to envisage the results possible from kiln firing. We believe this to be a unique opportunity not usually available on glass fusing courses. By the end of the day you will have made some small glass panels, hangings, and bowls ready for firing and normally available within a week.
Our studio facilities are excellent and our teaching environment is relaxed, friendly and informal – as well as benefiting from beautiful views over ancient meadow land!
Our course fee includes
- A wide range of materials
- All students have use of their own set of tools for the day
- Tutoring by glass artist Sue Weinstock BA and assistant
- Teaching ratio typically 1:3
- Detailed course notes as well as a downloads section on this website with extra material for course participants.
- Sending on service available if you are unable to collect in person, we charge a modest £15 per person to have your items carefully packed and despatched via recorded delivery to an address of your choice.
We have a blog with pictures and comments on all our recent courses so you don’t have to take our word for it, click here for a look. Meanwhile we hope you can join us on on one of our courses soon, any questions feel free to contact us – we’re very friendly!
The days course is priced at just £75 and includes a reasonable amount of materials and refreshments. Secure payment by PayPal (and hence credit/debit cards) or cheque and fees are payable in advance please.