Fusing Tasters & Workshops

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

I regularly run workshops in glass fusing from my well equipped, cosy studio in Shropshire and supply absolutely everything you will 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 – maximum usually 3. However I can take 4 for a group of friends.
Unleash your inner creative, try something new and, above all, enjoy yourself!

Links to dates and booking below; however

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Fusing Taster (half day)
Beginners Fusing Workshop (full day)
Christmas Workshop
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 take place at my studio.
Course Tutor – about me
Contact details


Fusing Taster (half day)
£59.00 
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Glass before fusingA gentle introduction to glass fusing design techniques, specifically for complete beginners.
Approximately 3 hours morning or afternoon during which you will learn:

♦ Safety in the glass studio – it’s all common sense really!
◊ What is glass fusing? And other terms we use.
♦ Introduction to art glass; types & compatibility and the tools you will use.
◊ 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). I will show & explain various techniques, then what you make is entirely up to you.  I will, of course, be there to guide, advise and demonstrate techniques you choose.

All materials; art glass sheet, accessory glass and equipment (including safety equipment) will be supplied.
Refreshments provided. Max class size 3 (unless by arrangement).

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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Beginners fusing workshop (full day)
£110.00 
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Suitable for beginners. Full day approx 7 hours (10am – 5pm) including a break for a light sandwich lunch, which is included in the price.

glass fused & slumped

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

Just before we break for a light sandwich lunch, we’ll discuss options for your larger project 25cm x 25cm (or equivalent smaller ones) and over lunch you can decide what to make.  You might continue with a theme you used in the morning – or try something different.

All materials; art glass sheet, accessory glass and equipment (including safety equipment) will be supplied. Max class size 3 (unless by arrangement).
Refreshments and light lunch included.

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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Christmas Workshops
November/December only ∼ dates not available yet

2 or 3 hours.  Suitable for beginners and intermediates.Rudolf and Santa 2016

Following a brief introduction on safety, glass & design, you will move on to creating your fused glass gifts or decorations for Christmas.

You will mstudents workake either a selection of small hanging decorations or a gorgeous candle shield/light catcher, depending on the workshop you choose.

Everything you need (including safety equipment) will be supplied.
Refreshments provided. Max class size 3 or 4. Refreshments provided.

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)  £64.00   Book here
Full day (7 hours including lunch)  £120.00 
Book here

working together

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

♦ Frits and Powders
◊ Reactive Glass
♦ Inclusions
◊ Kiln Carving
♦ Tac fusing and texture
◊ Cutting to fit
♦ Layering glass to create new colours and tones

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Those who have done my taster workshop will have had a brief introduction to some of these techniques, 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 will discuss what techniques, from the above list, 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; 30cm x 30cm or several smaller projects (you will need to be able to cut your glass).
In a full day – typically two large or many smaller projects, though you may like to spend the whole day on one large 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.

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Longer Workshops – new for 2018
2 days £230 per person
3 days £340 per person
4 days £450 per person
5 days £550
per person

Would you like to spend 2 or more days ‘immersed’ in glass?
From August onwards I can 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 grinding, engraving and, or 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, are provided. 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 & sandblasting
  • • Finishing – jewellery etc.

 

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

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

And you could choose to take a day ‘off’ in between your days in the studio. Tour the area, shop Ludlow, eat out in Shrewsbury or take another crafty workshop.
Or just chill and take a walk locally.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Shropshire
Shropshire has a wide variety of interesting things to do from visiting the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage site, exporing 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 areas – 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:

◊ Wear comfortable clothing, trousers or jeans – no turn-ups and trousers not tucked into boots – please.
♦ Wear closed, comfy shoes – definitely no sandals or open toes!
◊ 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 – most students prefer to work standing most of the time. 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 course 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

“Hi,
Your tutor is yours truly glass artist Jill Bagnall. I’ve been running workshops from my small studio in Shropshire for over 2 years now. I love introducing glass to new students and am delighted they create such beautiful items, we always have a laugh and the feedback is so positive both ways.

I have a good knowledge of fused glass gained over the last 10 years. And I freely admit I was originally bitten by the glass bug at a short taster workshop about 12 years ago. So don’t say I haven’t warned you – glass is seductive & addictive.

I continue my own glass education by attending at least one masterclass each year, learning new techniques from internationally renowned glass artists, as well as 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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