This course will involve lots of hands on work, practical demonstrations, slide-show presentations, and individual instruction from the tutor. The structure of the course is designed to ensure that you learn the art of creating your own glass and learn more about your own creative personal style.
Glass cutting, shaping techniques and design elements and fusing techniques will be covered.
The tutor recommends that you bring your own image design or inspirational reference; this will inspire your own original handmade glass panel. The suggested size is A5: 148 mm x 210 mm
Over the two days, the big kiln will be fired twice, at the end of the first day and at the end of the second day. Your tutor Martin will stay on to unload the kiln for the second and final time. The panels can then be picked up from the college to take home.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
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.