Explore the dynamics of flame worked glass for fusing. This process crossover broadens design possibilities by manipulating glass in the flame creating unique elements to fuse. Fluid lines and special canes add intriguing patterns floating inside giving depth and dimension.
Using compatible Bullseye glasses we will melt glass rods in the torch to a molten state, pulling out with tweezers creating different thicknesses of glass stringers – thin glass threads. In the candle we can then manipulate them to create fluid drawn lines by bending, curving and stretching.
The torch will allow us to sculpt simple leaf and petal formed shapes. Hot fusing together elements will create repeated or larger decorative pattern.
Lampworking more complex elements of twisted, murinni, millifori and ribbon canes will add intriguing depth of patterns, which when fused in the kiln displays depth and dimension floating in the glass.
A selection of glass elements made will be arranged onto a sheet glass base to your design and be fused in the kiln. Adding cut glass shapes from sheet glass to complement your design and for finer details and texture we can add powder and frit glass.
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)
Katrina Beattie graduated from University for Creative Arts in Farnham in 1995. She currently runs a studio in Somerset specializing in Blown, Lamp & Kiln Formed glass and has been teaching since 2002. Is a member of The Sussex Guild of Craftsmen, The Contemporary Glass Society and Glass Beadmakers UK.