This technique-based, two day course follows on from the introductory level, looking at more complex materials and processes of working with warm glass. A must for anyone who wants to go beyond the basics and expand their knowledge of more advanced techniques.
The first day covers the mould making processes necessary to create three- dimensional shapes and slabs in glass. We will work with moulds to create sculptural pieces in 10mm thick glass, learning about different methods of incorporating texture. We will talk about how to use these techniques to cast glass using frits and how it relates to the Patte de Verre technique. In addition we will cover various ways to include texture and relief in your work using ceraboard, plaster and fibre blanket.
The second day will give an opportunity to develop the work of day one further, with an introduction to sandblasting. We will incorporate this into the design of the textured pieces from day one and in addition make a set of coasters. The afternoon will give an opportunity to experiment with glass fusing. With a choice of using frits, powders, enamels, copper and silver leaf and copper oxide to create colours, metallic effects and bubbles, delegates can expand their techniques in a variety of directions according to their personal preference.You will receive in-depth tuition on the firing cycles for fusing and slumping different types of glass.
This course is run by the enthusiastic Cait Walker, whose work includes large scale commissions, sculptural pieces and site-specific installations using a variety of complex processes.
It is held at our fully equipped studio at 32 Wellington Park, Dunes Way, Liverpool L5 9RJ.
This course has a maximum of only 4 delegates, giving plenty of opportunity to ask questions whilst looking to other delegates for inspiration & ideas.
You will need to bring a sturdy pair of shoes. All materials, glass, tools and safety equipment are provided, however you may prefer to bring your own basic tools if you are more comfortable with them. (I.e glass cutter, scalpel, scissors, clay modelling tools). An apron is recommended for day one! We also supply refreshments on site and lunch is included at a nearby café.
Students must have completed the basic fusing course before signing up for this course, or have prior glass cutting and fusing experience. Unfortunately, the packed schedule does not allow for a recap of the basics.’