Sculptural Slumping Masterclass with Lisa Pettibone

21-22 October 2017

This is a course for intermediate/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. A short homework brief, using other materials to explore movement, will be sent to students to complete before the course. Also you’ll need to bring a 20 x 30cm 4mm sheet of float glass to the first session and for the second session bring a Bullseye flat fused piece to slump (more instructions for this later). These techniques are suitable for both fused and kiln cast work. Students will be given a short brief before the course to produce small models exploring movement with other materials.

Dates: Sat/Sun 21-22 October 2017, 10am to 4.30pm.

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 or eat a packed lunch outside weather permitting. 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 6

Payment: To book, please request a booking form. Full payment is required to confirm your place (bank transfer preferred). A full refund is given up to 14 days before session or £50 cancelation fee thereafter (if a replacement can’t be found). Please email me ( to confirm your payment. If you have any queries, ring 07714 587 536. You can see my work on

With a BA Hons in 3D Glass Design from UCA Farnham, Lisa Pettibone has been teaching glass-making courses for over ten years from her studio and at private venues such as The Glass Hub in Wiltshire. In 2015 she taught a Slumping Masterclass at the International Festival of Glass in Stourbridge. Exhibiting regularly throughout the UK, and shortlisted for national and international prizes, she also works to commission and completed two projects for the National Trust in 2012-2013.She is currently on the MA Art and Science program at Central Saint Martins London.

Lisa Pettibone