Explore the dynamics of flame worked glass for fusing. This process crossover using both torch and kiln techniques will broadens your design possibilities by manipulating glass in the flame creating unique elements to fuse. You can create fluid lines and special canes which will add intriguing patterns floating inside, giving depth and dimension.
Working with compatible Bullseye glasses, you 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, you can then manipulate the stringers to create fluid drawn lines by bending, curving and stretching.
The torch will allow you to sculpt simple leaf and petal formed shapes. Through hot fusing of elements together, you will be able to create repeated or larger decorative patterns.
Through lampworking you will be able to create more complex elements of twisted, murinni, millifori and ribbon canes. This adds intriguing depth of patterns which, when fused in the kiln, displays depth and dimension floating in the glass.
A selection of the glass elements you make will then be arranged onto a sheet glass base to your design, and fused in the kiln. You willthen add cut glass shapes from sheet glass to complement your design and for finer details and texture you can add powder and frit glass.
By the end of the course, you will have learnt how to manipulate glass in the flame, and created unique elements to fuse in a variety ways.
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 until 9pm, 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.
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