Create two glass spoons or a salad serving set using fusing and slumping techniques.
On the first evening,using a selection of powdered glass techniques including stencils. We will make a bespoke decorative patterned sheet of glass that will be used to decorate the handles of your spoons.
On the first day after looking at spoon samples and imagery for inspiration, we will design a template for the shape of your spoons. We will practice cutting curves that emulate the spoon shape in waste float glass first to gain confidence. This will enable us to cut out the spoon shape in one piece of coloured glass. The decorate sheet of glass will form the handle. When complete we will load the kiln and fuse the spoon blanks overnight.
On the second day there will be a live demo of ‘slumping’ where we will watch the glass sag under heat. This will give an insight into what happens to glass as it melts and starts to move. Next, we will start on the progress of making a mould to slump the spoon bowl shape. We will carve a model former of the spoon shape in Styro foam board. This former will then shape the dry plaster mould ready for slumping. We will carefully place the glass spoon over the plaster mould and load into the kiln.
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.