Make a fused glass panel with Martin Cheek


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About this course

Discover the exciting possibilities of utilising fusing techniques to form glass in the kiln. You will make your own original handmade glass panel.

Course Description

This one course day introduces beginners to the exciting possibilities of warm glass, using fusing techniques to form glass in the kiln.

The course will be lots of hands on work, practical demonstrations, slide-show presentations, and individual instruction, all of which are aimed to ensure that you will learn the art of creating your own glass and learn more about your own creative, personal style.

You will bring along your own image design or inspirational reference. During the course you will make your own original handmade glass panel. The suggested size is A5: 148 mm x 210 mm.

At the end of the course, you will have learnt how to cut glass, shaping techniques and understood what happens to the glass during the firing cycle, glass compatibility and completed your original handmade glass panel.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • The course fee includes the cost of all glass and the firing.

What students need to bring

  • Apron
  • Enclosed toe footwear (essential)
  • Please bring two identical A5 copies of your design. They should be the same size as your finished work. One copy is to cut out and use as templates and the other copy is for your reference.
  • Please bring any of the items below if you have them.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Craft knife, scissors, art brushes, tracing paper, ruler, card, super glue, eraser, notebook, paper, rubber, tweezers, fine tip marker pen (Sharpie), coloured pens or pencils.
  • The Craft Shop opens daily from 8.30am–2pm, for any materials you need to purchase.
Please note – As the kiln firing of final pieces of work will need to be done at the end of the course, any work left will be ready to collect from the day following your course by mid-afternoon and will be kept for you for six months. If you are unable to arrange collection within this time, you may wish to consider booking an additional night’s accommodation to enable you to collect your work the following day, when the kiln has cooled. Panels can be packed and posted to you by the tutor – please arrange this on the day along with payment of the postage and packing cost. Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toed shoes or sandals.


Martin Cheek

Martin Cheek has been making mosaics for over 30 years and is the author of seven best selling books on the subject. He hand makes every piece of fused glass for his mosaics, each batch sometimes requiring several firings in the kiln to get it right. There is always some mystery in what the glass will do in the metamorphic process of heat.

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