Sculptural Glass Slumping Masterclass

24-26 September 2020

Covid 19 NOTE: the course is limited to 4 students to allow for social distancing. Attendees are asked to bring their own masks and required to wash their hands as they enter the studio.

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 see how natural movement can be created in their kiln work through props and supports. We’ll achieve this through a series of technique demos, visual presentations (explaining my own processes and other artists work) and two slumping 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 sample firing programs are provided along with all mould-making materials. You’ll need to bring your own glass: 30 x 40cm 4mm sheet of float glass and the same sized piece of Bullseye glass (equivalent in several pieces if preferred). 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 through other materials.

Cost: £375 per person, includes mould-making materials and firings, students will bring their own glass. We’ll go to the local pub or café in Shere for lunch or students can bring a packed lunch. Tea and coffee is provided. Accommodation information is available on request. Full payment confirms a place.

Location: Unit 14, Burrows Lea Farm, Hook Lane, Shere, Surrey GU5 9QQ. There is plenty of parking near the studio.

Please email for more info or a booking form,

Lisa Pettibone