Regular Workshops

coloured glass pictures being madeglass before fusing

Cutting & Fusing with glass is not nearly as scary as it sounds, come and try it out for yourself.

I regularly run creative glass workshops from my well equipped, cosy studio in Shropshire and supply absolutely everything you need (equipment & materials – and lunch if you stay all day) to make your own beautiful fused glass; just bring yourself (in comfy shoes).
Class sizes are small and depend on the workshop, usually 3 or 4. However I can take 5 for a group of close friends.
Unleash your inner creative, try something new and, above all, enjoy yourself!

I can be very flexible so if you and a friend or two would like to spend a some time ‘playing’ with glass, enjoying being creative together, just contact me! I can often arrange a workshop at really short notice. Normally I need 3 minimum for a half day and 2 minimum for a full day.

Click the links below to quickly access the information you want:

Fusing Taster (Beginner’s Workshops) (half day)
Beginners Fusing Workshop (full day)
Christmas Workshop (variable)
Special Occasion Workshops (variable)
Further Fusing Workshop (half or full day)
Longer Workshops (2 – 5 days)
What to wear and other information
Cancellation Policy – please read before booking
Studio Location – all workshops, unless specified, take place at my studio.
Course Tutor – about me
Contact details


Fusing Taster (half day)
£64.00 
Book here

Glass before fusingA gentle introduction to glass fusing design techniques, specifically for complete beginners.
Approximately 3 hours during which you will learn:

♦ Safety in the glass studio.
◊ What is glass fusing? And other terms we use.
♦ Introduction to art glass; types & compatibility and tools.
◊ Learn to cut and handle glass with confidence – yes you can!
♦ Various design techniques

You will make approximately 4 coaster/ tile sized projects (10cm square). Two of these can be slumped into trinket dishes if you wish. Each project can be different, or you could make a set (e.g. coasters). We will discuss various techniques and I will demonstrate, guide and advise you to create your own designs.

All materials; art glass sheet, accessory glass and equipment (including safety equipment) will be supplied.
Refreshments are provided. Max class size 4 (unless by arrangement).

Firing; fusing & slumping (shaping), are overnight processes and will take place during the following 2 weeks. Your lovely fused glass can be collected after that. If you can’t collect I can courier via DPD at a standard fee.

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Beginners fusing workshop (full day)
£120.00 
Book here

Suitable for beginners. Full day approx 7 hours (10am – 5pm) including a break for a light sandwich lunch, which is included in the price.

The morning is structured similar to the taster session above and by lunchtime you will be ready to ‘go large’.

After a light sandwich lunch you’ll create your larger project which might be a large plate, a free standing curve or wave, or a shallow dish. You will be able to choose. Alternatively you can, of course, continue making small pieces.
You might continue with a theme you used in the morning – or try something different.

Max class size 3 (unless by arrangement).
Refreshments, including light lunch provided.

Firing; fusing & slumping (shaping), are overnight processes and will take place during the following 2 weeks. Your lovely fused glass can be collected after that.  If you can’t collect I can courier via DPD at a flat rate..

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Christmas Workshops

£55 Book Here
Evening and weekends from 20th November through to a ‘last minute’ workshop on 18th December. 

Two and a half hours.  Suitable for beginners and intermediates.Rudolf and Santa 2016

Following a brief introduction you can let your imagination go and create a gorgeous candle shield/light catcher or two giftable trinket dishes/T-Light holders and at least 2 hanging decorations.
We have glitters and shimmers to add that true festive sparkle.

Everything you need (including safety equipment) will be supplied.
Refreshments provided. Max class size 4.

Firing; fusing & slumping (shaping), are overnight processes and will take place during the following 2 weeks. Your lovely fused glass can be collected after that. If you can’t collect I can courier via DPD at a flat rate.
The 18th December workshop will be ready to collect before Christmas!

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Special Occasion Workshops
Variable prices depending on workshop duration and the number of people.

♥Valentine’s Day♥ February 2020 available to book in the new year

Share a glass fusing experience with your Valentine.
A rather special and unique way to say “I love you”.

The Workshop is exclusively for two and can be tailored for beginners or intermediates!

Dates on and around St Valentine’s Day.

Firing; fusing & slumping, are overnight processes and will take place during the following 2 weeks. Your lovely fused glass can be collected after that.  If you can’t collect I can courier via DPD.

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♦Mother’s Day♦ March 2020 available to book early next year.

flowers mothers dayShow your Mum just how much she means to you.
An exclusive family workshop for Mum and up to 3 others.
Suitable for beginners or intermediates, it will be tailored to suit your group.

Usually runs on Mother’s Day and the preceding Saturday.

Firing; fusing & slumping, are overnight processes and will take place during the following 2 weeks. Your lovely fused glass can be collected after that.  If you can’t collect I can courier via DPD.

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Further Fusing Workshops
Half day (3 hours)  £69.00   Book here
Full day (7 hours including lunch)  £130.00  Book here

working togetherChoose a full or half day creating larger project(s). Aimed at those  who have already done some fusing with me or elsewhere. You can choose what you make using a variety of techniques, for example:

♦ Frits and Powders
◊ Reactive Glass
♦ Inclusions
◊ Kiln Carving
♦ Tac fusing and texture

In this workshop you can develop your skills further, or learn new, and you will be working with larger sheets of glass.

With small classes I can structure your workshop for you; so, before you come we can discuss what techniques you would like to use. Call first if you would like to talk through the options before booking.

N.B. You may need to call to check the half day availability.

You will make:
In a half day – typically one large; 25cm x 25cm or several smaller projects (you will need to be able to cut your glass).
In a full day – typically two large or large & smaller projects, though you may like to spend the whole day on one detailed piece.

All materials; art glass sheet, accessory glass and equipment (including safety equipment) will be supplied. Fusing & slumping your project(s) is included.
Refreshments, including light lunch for a full day, are provided. Max class size 3.

Firing; fusing & slumping, are overnight processes and will take place during the following 2 weeks. Your lovely fused glass can be collected after that.  If you can’t collect I can courier via DPD at a flat rate.

Bespoke
For group bookings I can tailor the time & cost just for you, for example a group spent 4.5 hours creating beautiful 30cm hemispherical bowls, with a yummy cream tea break included.
Another group spent 3 hours making free standing 2D pictures.

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Longer Workshops
2 days £240 per person
3 days £355 per person
4 days £470 per person
5 days £585
per person

Would you like to spend 2 or more days ‘immersed’ in glass?
I offer bespoke workshops for 2 or 3 people, beginners or intermediates.

Working through specific techniques in more detail making small and large projects as we go and using the opportunity to create test/sample pieces (small tiles/coasters) before committing your ideas to a larger work. Depending on the course length you can also try out some cold working techniques, including drilling, grinding & polishing and sandblasting.

All materials; art glass sheet, accessory glass and equipment (including safety equipment) will be supplied. Fusing & slumping your project(s) is included.
Refreshments, including light lunch, also included. Max class size 3 (2 for longer courses). Jewellery findings can purchased as required.

Firing; fusing & slumping, are overnight processes and your final piece(s) of work may require further firing (depending on the workshop duration) which will take place during the following 2 weeks. Your lovely fused glass can be collected or couriered via DPD after that.

A 5 day workshop could include:Warps & Wefts

  • Powders/frits & stringers
  • Experimenting with reactions or lattice work.
  • Inclusions
  • Kiln carving or weaving
  • Texture
  • Dichroic & irridescent glass – jewellery
  • Coldworking: Grinding & polishing, sandblasting.
  • Finishing – jewellery etc.
  • And, new for Autumn 2019, drop-out vessels.

A Weekend or 2 day workshop could include:

  •  Reactions
  • Inclusions
  • Kiln carving or Sandblasting

“As these workshops are entirely bespoke please call me to explore your course outline and discuss dates & options. And, if you are local, it may be possible to do one day a week for 2 or more weeks to complete. Let’s have a chat?”  Contact me

Perfect as the basis for a holiday in Shropshire: If you are visiting from further afield there are places to stay nearby from local Bed & Breakfast right here in the village, to country inns and self catering lodges a few miles away.

You could choose to  tour the area, shop Ludlow, eat out in Shrewsbury or take another art or craft workshop in between days at the Fusing Ideas Glass studio.
Or just chill, take a walk and enjoy our beautiful countryside.

About Shropshire
Shropshire has a wide variety of interesting things to do from visiting the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage site, exploring the wild Shropshire Hills area of outstanding natural beauty and our own lake district in the north – the Meres.
It is steeped in history from its strategic importance in medieval times (Ludlow, Shrewsbury and Oswestry are border towns), timber framed architecture abounds and Shrewsbury is the birthplace of Charles Darwin.
Not to mention being surrounded by other beautiful and interesting places – Chester, Mid Wales & Snowdonia, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and the Potteries – all in all, our little area of middle Britain has a lot to offer.

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What to wear and other information:

You must wear closed, comfy shoes – definitely no sandals or open toes! This is for your safety and is not negotiable.
♦ Comfortable clothing, trousers or jeans – no turn-ups and trousers not tucked into boots – please.
◊ Long hair is best tied back.
♦ All art glass materials and equipment, including safety equipment, is supplied.
◊ Tea, coffee, soft drinks always available.
♦ Worktops are high (think kitchen) and I have high stools, so you can perch or stand. NB: There are no desk height tables or chairs.
◊ Class sizes are small (2-4) which means a good student to teacher ratio.
♦ Minimum age unaccompanied by an adult is 16.
◊ A steady hand is required.
♦ Perfect for small hen party or birthday!

If you have any questions at all, please do call or email first.

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Please Note our Cancellation Policy
A small administration fee, 5%, applies to all cancellations, this is included below:

Cancellations up to 4 weeks before the course 95% refund.
Cancellations up to 1 week before the course 55% refund.
Cancellations within the last week, no refund.

It may be possible to rearrange your workshop at no extra cost, so please call first.

If your workshop is cancelled by me due to unforeseen circumstances I’ll offer you an alternative date or a full, 100%, refund.

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Studio Location

All workshops take place at my Studio in Worthen, on the B4386 Montgomery Road about 12 miles (20-25 minutes) South West of Shrewsbury.
When you book I will send you precises details to find me in the village!

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Course Tutor

Your ‘tutor’ is glass artist Jill Bagnall, who has been running glass workshops in Shropshire for over 3 years now.

Hi,

Looking very serious here but hey, that’s what happens when I concentrate!

I love introducing glass to new students and am delighted when they create such beautiful items, we always enjoy ourselves and the feedback is so positive both ways.

I have a good knowledge of fused glass gained over the last 12 years. I was originally bitten by the glass bug at a short taster workshop about 13 years ago. So don’t say I haven’t warned you – glass is seductive & addictive.

I’m still learning. My ‘self directed’ glass education usually takes the form of attending  masterclasses every year or so, learning new techniques from internationally renowned glass artists, such as Karl Harron, Richard Parrish and Nathan Sandberg, Helga Watkins-Baker and most recently with Frank Van Den Ham.
There are alos many very excellent books available, not to mention all the online resources at our fingertips these days.
There is also lots of experimenting and practice in my studio. All this goes into my aesthetic melting pot to create my individual art work and ultimately into the portfolio of techniques I can pass on to you.

My teaching style is fairly unstructured allowing you to experiment with the techniques you are drawn to, while I’m on hand to advise, suggest and guide as much – or as little – as you, my students, require.

I look forward to sharing with you soon. jill

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