Sculptural Slumping Masterclass

23-24 September 2017

Sat/Sun 23-24 September 2017, 10am to 4.00pm

This is a course for experienced kiln-formed glassmakers exploring a variety of ways to control movement in the kiln. Students will be prompted to investigate their sculptural ideas and why movement is so important in their work. We’ll achieve this through a series of demos, visual presentations (explaining my own processes and other artists work) and two making projects.

Working with both float and Bullseye glass, three kiln forming techniques will be explained: ceramic slip cast moulds (like store bought slumpers but your own design!); hardened fibre blanket moulds; carved refractory moulds. Extensive course notes with firing programs are provided along with mould making materials. You’ll need to bring a 30 x 40cm 4mm sheet of float glass to the first class and for the second session bring glass to produce a Bullseye flat fused piece to slump. These techniques are suitable for both fused and kiln cast work. Students will be given a short homework brief before the course to produce small models exploring movement with other materials.

Cost: £275 per person, includes mould-making materials and firings, students will bring their own glass. We’ll go to the local pub for lunch (if it’s sunny bring a packed lunch and we’ll eat outside). Accommodation information is available on request.
Location: Unit 14, Burrows Lea Farm, Hook Lane, Shere, Surrey GU5 9LL. There is plenty of parking near the studio (and fantastic views!).

Students: Maximum 4–6

Lisa Pettibone