Dichroic glass jewellery with Claire Hall

Glass Jewellery

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About this course

Create colourful glass jewellery with depth, pattern and controlled design using a variety of techniques from dichroic glass. You will learn how to cut, drill, etch and layer to complete several sets of jewellery.

Course Description

Create beautiful glass jewellery with depth, pattern and controlled design, incorporating a variety of unique techniques to make your work stand out from the rest in this fantastic introduction to the art of glass fusing on a small scale, using amazing Dichroic glass.

You will learn how to fuse small glass pieces accurately, design original jewellery and create sets of pendants and earrings, experiment with new techniques and finish work to a high standard.

Discover different methods of cutting glass, making circles, drilling holes and etching Dichroic glass to create your own unique patterns. You will learn how to build a mini mosaic pendant from small pieces of Dichroic glass, layer with Bullseye glass, grout with glass powders and fire to a full fuse in the kiln. Other techniques, using different firing schedules, will be taught to create a variety of jewellery pieces, including Dichroic layering for tack fusing shaped, layered pendants and earrings.

You will also learn how to finish your jewellery to a high standard, using cold working techniques, fire polishing in the kiln and how to apply sterling silver bails, settings and earwires.

At the end of this course, you will leave with at least three sets of original jewellery made from Dichroic and Bullseye glass. You will have gained valuable knowledge in all aspects of glass fusing and jewellery making and your tutor will share many tips, tricks and firing schedules that she has developed during her career as a glass artist.

Timetable

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.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

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)

Course Materials

Included

  • All glass and a selection of findings for your jewellery
  • Please note, sterling silver findings will be available to purchase from your tutor.

What students need to bring

  • Please feel free to bring any glass tools with you, if you have some.
  • Please wear old clothes (essential) and bring an apron if you have one.
  • Enclosed toe footwear (essential)

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • For any materials you need to purchase from the shop, we suggest you do so during the first morning of your course, after having discussed with your tutor.
  • Available from tutor:
  • Sterling silver findings
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear, i.e. no open-toes or sandals, and safety boots, if specified. Please note: finished work will be fired overnight and the final pieces will be held until they can be collected by you. Pieces from the last firing can be posted (if they are not too heavy) or can be collected later the following afternoon. Your work will be kept for collection for six months. If you wish to have your work posted please pay the postage cost before you leave.

Tutors

Claire Hall

Glass artist Claire Hall originally trained as a sculptor with a BA Hons in Fine Art and a PGCE in Art and Technology. She has been teaching her distinct style of glass fusing for the last ten years as a regular teacher at Warm Glass UK and in glass studios across Europe.

Accommodation

Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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