Conquering Kiln Fring

16 February 2019

Saturday 16 February 2019, 10–3.30pm, £145 (max 6 students)
Burrows Lea Farm, Unit 14, Shere, Surrey GU5 9QQ

Are you at the stage where a better technical understanding of the firing process and building programmes would improve your work? Subtle effects can be achieved within only 5 degrees so it is imperative you understand the many factors affecting your firings. Standard firing schedules provided by the kiln manufacturer or glass supplier may not suit your needs as you advance. This workshop takes you step-by-step through each phase of the fusing/slumping/casting processes, technically defining what is happening to the glass. This will help you build a programme to achieve the results you are aiming for based on kiln and glass type (Bullseye, Spectrum, float etc). These principals apply to any controller type and a variety of kilns. Other subjects covered include: kiln preparation (paper, kiln shelf type, positioning) maintenance and a range of programs for fusing and slumping.

Also included is an enjoyable ‘surgery’ where students bring two items to problem solve during a group discussion where students learn from each others mistakes and happy accidents. Many examples of Lisa’s tests will be available (and explained) along with useful hand-outs so you leave feeling more confident trouble shooting and planning your projects. Pre-course homework involving two firings will be set in order to help establish a ‘standard’ for your kiln.
This is an information-packed session for intermediate glassmakers and it’s best if you have access to a kiln on a regular basis. Bring a packed lunch but coffee and tea are provided.

Location: Lisa Pettibone’s studio at Burrows Lea Farm, Unit 14, Shere, Surrey GU5 9QQ

Payment: Full fee payable in advance to confirm your place, check or bank transfer details below. A full refund is given up to 14 days before session or £50 cancellation fee thereafter (if a replacement can’t be found). Please email me ( to confirm your booking. If you have any queries, ring 07714 587 536. You can see my work on

Lisa Pettibone