Glass fusion techniques for beginners with Katrina Beattie

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About this course

Using beautiful Bullseye glass you will learn how to cut and assemble glass to form a tile or coaster and a glass panel. Explore how to decorate glass with texture and pattern using frits, powders, and stringers.

Course Description

Fusing and slumping come under the umbrella of ‘warm glass’, which essentially means glass melted in a kiln. Fusing is when sheet glass is cut, assembled and joined together by melting it in a kiln. Slumping is the second process where the fused glass is placed over a mould, and slumped to take on the bowl shape.

Using beautiful Bullseye glass, you will learn how to cut and assemble glass to form bowls, a glass panel and a set of coasters. We will explore various ways in which the glass can be decorated with texture and pattern, using frits, powders confetti, stringers and metal inclusions.

You should become proficient at cutting glass using Float glass, and gain information on kiln and mould preparation, kiln firing programmes, compatibility devitrification and annealing.

Everyone will follow the same projects, but you will create your own designs.


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


  • Glass

What students need to bring

  • Please bring colour and pattern inspiration.
  • 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 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. If you wish to have your work posted, please pay the postage cost before you leave.


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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