Glass spoons with Katrina Beattie

Glass

Ref: SWE12148

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About this course

Create two bespoke glass spoons or a salad serving set using fusing and slumping kiln formed techniques. Stencilled glass powders will create a unique patterned element to the handle of your colourful spoons.

Course Description

Create two glass spoons or a salad serving set, using fusing and slumping techniques.

On the first evening, you will use a selection of powdered glass techniques, including stencils. You 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, you will design a template for the shape of your spoons. You will practise cutting curves that emulate the spoon shape in waste float glass first to gain confidence. This will enable you to cut out the spoon shape in one piece of coloured glass. The decorated sheet of glass will form the handle. When complete the kiln will be loaded to fuse the spoon blanks overnight.

On the second day, there will be a live demonstration of ‘slumping’ where you 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, you will start on the process of making a mould to slump the spoon bowl shape. You will carve a model former of the spoon shape in Styrofoam board. This former will then shape the dry plaster mould, ready for slumping. You will carefully place the glass spoon over the plaster mould and load it into the kiln.

Timetable

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 until 9pm, 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

Included

  • All glass, Styrofoam, dry plaster and oven trays

What students need to bring

  • Glass cleaner and rags, cocktail sticks
  • An apron
  • Craft knife, scissors, art brushes, notebook
  • Tracing paper, paper and card
  • Ruler, eraser
  • Fine tip marker pen, coloured pens and pencils
  • Super glue, tweezers

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • General art and craft materials including paper, coloured pencils and pens, brushes, glue etc

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 after your course 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’s accommodation to enable you to collect your work the following day when the kiln has cooled.

Tutors

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.

Accommodation

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

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