Flame and fused glass – torch and kiln crossover with Katrina Beattie

Ref: SLW10748


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About this course

Explore manipulating glass in the flame to create unique elements to fuse. Fluid lines and special canes add intriguing patterns.

Course Description

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.

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, 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


  • All glass – Bullseye glass: Lampworking rods, stringers, clear and coloured sheet glass, selection of glass powders and frits, dichroic glass, fusing glue.

What students need to bring

  • Glass cleaner and rags
  • Cocktail sticks
  • Apron
  • Nightlight candle
  • Enclosed toe footwear (essential)

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Craft knife, scissors
  • Art brushes
  • Tracing paper, paper, card
  • Ruler,eraser, rubber
  • Fine tip marker pen, coloured pens or pencils
  • Super glue, PVA glue
  • Notebook
  • Tweezers
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 from 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 accommodation, to enable you to collect your work the following day when the kiln has cooled. The tutor will be given your email address in advance of the course. If you would prefer the tutor not to contact you, please let the Bookings office know.


Katrina Beattie

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.


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

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