STUDIO SALE-  Sunday 3rd July

STUDIO SALE-  Sunday 3rd July- this will be a selection of new work, older stock and slight seconds. There will be coffee and cake, lots of chats and the garden to look around too. Also a chance to see our new project- Cwt Cen y Coed, our Shepherd’s Hut which will hopefully be ready at the end of the year to rent.https://www.instagram.com/cwtcenycoed/OPEN STUDIOS- 26th, 27th and 28th of August- in collaboration with Ruth Thomas (printmaker), Tara Dean (printmaker) and Kirsti Brown (potter). Tara and Ruth will be open at Ruth’s studio 5 miles east of Denbigh and Kirsti and I at my studio in Eryrys. The studios are 10 miles apart so can be easily visited on one day. My studio for those who haven’t visited is in between Ruthin and Mold- CH4 7BX.www.taradean.co.ukwww.ruththomas.netwww.kirstihannahbrownceramics.co.ukWERNOG WOOD OPEN STUDIOS 9th, 10th and 11th September- just outside Ruthin. I will be amongst very good company at Wernog Wood with a selection of invited makers including tutors who teach there, showing and selling their beautiful work.

 

There are a few places left this term on various courses at The Glass Hub

They are offering a special discount of 10% off selected courses until 31st May (see the full list below).
Simply use the discount code at checkout: MAYSPECIAL10
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1-Day Glassblowing
Sat 21 May
 
1-Day Glassblowing
Sun 5 June
https://theglasshub.com/calendar/
 
Summer School
Mon 13 – Fri 17 June
 
Reactive Fusing
Sat 25 June
 
Glassblowing Taster
Sun 26 June – Morning Session
 
Fossil Vitra
Sun 26 June
 
Glassblowing Taster
Sun 26 June – Afternoon Session
 
One-Day Glassblowing
Friday 1 July
 
1-Day Glass Fusing
Sat 2 July
 
The Glass Hub Summer School Extra
Mon 4 – Fri 8 July 2022
 
Katie Huskie – Textures to Embrace
Wed 13 – Fri 15 July 2022
 
Opal Seabrook – Fusing with the Wow Factor
Wed 7 – Fri 9 September
 
For more information on any of our courses, events or if you are interested in private tuition or studio hire, then please get in touch.

Graal Course from 04.09.-11.09.2022 at the Glass Museum Gernheim.

Wonderful, there is another Graal course from 04.09.-11.09.2022 at the Glass Museum Gernheim.
Korbinian Stöckle, Rejwan Rasit, Heikko Schulze Höing and Wilhelm Vernim are looking forward to interested participants at this wonderful place!!!!
https://www.glasturm.de/english/courses/graal-technique/
Wunderbar, es findet wieder ein Graal-Kurs vom 04.09.-11.09.2022 im Glasmuseum Gernheim statt.
Korbinian Stöckle, Rejwan Rasit, Heikko Schulze Höing und Wilhelm Vernim freuen sich auf interessierte Teilnehmer an diesem wunderbaren Ort!!!!
https://www.glasturm.de/deutsch/kurse/graaltechnik/

 

Sculptural Slumping Masterclass

The world around us is constantly moving but how do we show this in our glasswork? By capturing the energy and pull of gravity on warm glass in the kiln, it is possible to imbue both fused and cast objects with spontaneous, natural movement. The aim of this course is to explore ways to control the fall of glass and extend the range of shapes achievable with an interesting mix of moulds or props. We’ll also probe why movement is important to your work and look at the work of other artists using slumping to create unique and dynamic sculpture. Be ready to think upside down and out of the box!
Processes include slip cast ceramic prop construction (like store bought slumpers but your own design), hardened fibre blanket and refractory mould forms to guide shape. These techniques will be covered step-by-step and will begin to widen your options for making freeform sculptures. Essential kiln programming schedules will be provided and discussed. All materials are supplied but you’ll need to bring your own glass. This is an intermediate course but all levels will be made welcome. An accommodation list is available if you need to stay in the area. Held at my garden studio (max 4 students), we’ll eat on my patio or go to a nearby pub for lunch. Please get in touch if you have any queries. More information is on the website or email me for booking form and course details.

NEW TASTER CLASS: Screen-printed Light catchers with Amanda Mires

6th May 2022 – 10am-12.30pm – (Friday)

Our TASTER classes are designed for people, who wish to create something beautiful in glass or Art Clay whilst also getting an insight into these extraordinary materials and their multiple forms of expression.

The Taster classes will run for approximately 2.5 hours, depending on the project and are suitable for those aged over 18 years. Whether you already have some experience or are a complete novice, you will be encouraged to channel your inner creativity to produce something unique.

The work will be fired after class and can be picked up within a few days, or can be posted out upon request.

Class Description: The imagery on these lightcatchers is made by screen printing directly onto the glass with special high-firing paints. Following a demonstration of the process, you will be able to choose from a variety of pre-made motifs and immerse yourself in the fun of printing on glass to create your very own lightcatcher. You will also have the opportunity to drill holes in your glass pieces ready for hanging.

Project: 4-6 lightcatcher components

Skill Level: No prior experience necessary.

The fee includes all materials as well as beverages.

TASTER CLASS: Fused Glass Dish – Bas Relief with Amanda Mires

11 March 2022 – 10am-12.30pm (Friday)

Our TASTER classes are designed for people, who wish to create something beautiful in glass or Art Clay whilst also getting an insight into these extraordinary materials and their multiple forms of expression.

The Taster classes will run for approximately 2.5 hours, depending on the project and are suitable for those aged over 18 years. Whether you already have some experience or are a complete novice, you will be encouraged to channel your inner creativity to produce something unique.

The work will be fired after class and can be picked up within a few days, or can be posted out upon request.

Class Description: With a wide selection of colourful transparent glass at your disposal, you will learn how to transform a simple piece of glass into an artistic glass bowl with interesting bas relief textures.

Project: 2 platters/dishes, approx. 15×15 cm
The fee includes all materials as well as beverages.

MASTERCLASS: Working with Intent with Jane Bruce

15-19 June 2022 (Wed-Sun, 5 days)

We are excited to present you with a new Masterclass with a fresh approach to kiln-formed glass. Brought to you by Jane Bruce, a maker, teacher, and recipient of numerous awards, you will find her work in many prestigious museum collections across the world.

This 5-day workshop comes to you without a set of limitations to create a specific project, instead, Jane will encourage you to explore a more thoughtful, ideas-based approach to your glasswork and help you to develop an individual style to design and creation.

Commencing with group and one-to-one discussions and presentations, this class offers a more personal interaction, exploring each student’s current work and concerns. Utilizing a myriad of drawing, model making and other creative exercises and covering a wide range of practical glass techniques, the focus will be on finding unique ways for each student to investigate and expand their ideas by experimenting, combining processes and producing tests and prototypes to facilitate the creation of new work, or to help clarify current work.

If you want to explore the artist within, encouraged by Jane’s wealth of knowledge and free and varied teaching style, then this is simply a class which you must not miss!

Skill Level
Prior experience in glass fusing is required.

Thanks to special permission granted by the Contemporary Glass Society we have access to Jane’s recent International Glass Day talk. Anyone interested in getting to know a bit more about Jane and her work ahead of the class should e-mail us via the webshop or by using info@creativeglassshop.co.uk and we will send you the link.

Fusing Discovery Day with Amanda Mires

4 April 2022 (Monday) Duration: 1 day

A compact class to delight and inspire all – from the novice to the artist investigating the set-up of their own kiln-working studio. On this enjoyable one-day workshop you will not only gain a better understanding of glass in general, but also expand your knowledge-base of all the firing processes. It’s the perfect class for those who would like to have a little more insight into what happens to glass behind the closed kiln door and how the firing programme affects the end result. You will explore:

Selecting materials & tools
Combining exciting mixtures of materials
Firing techniques for perfect results
Adapting processes to suit your needs
Expressing yourself through your work

Our aim is to present reliable techniques in a relaxed atmosphere, so that you gain confidence with firings and discover your true creative potential. At the same time more complex issues such as compatibility, viscosity and annealing will also be covered, enabling you to build up a solid foundation for all your future glasswork.

Our resident teacher, Amanda Mires will provide a class which will include demos, lectures, written documentation, plenty of hands-on-work and, last but not least – a lot of fun for everybody involved – book now for a class that really delivers!

Projects
A set of small dishes / candle holders
A selection of Samples exploring different techniques and firing temperatures

Skill Level
No previous experience required
Please note, places for this class are limited to ensure plenty of support can be offered to each attendee.

Lost Wax Casting with Inclusions with Erna Piechna

24th-27th May 2022 (Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri mid afternoon finish on last day, 3.7 days)

Glass casting can be taught methodically and with strict rules, but also in a light and playful manner. In this class we will focus on the creative design, the versatile expression of the glass and the joy of the unforeseen. The theory is communicated in a clear and understandable way by means of demos and presentations.

Wax prototypes will be transformed by hand to result in highly individual models. We will apply some exciting new techniques integrating glass components as well as ‘foreign’ materials. Depending on the combination of materials we may even be able to provoke reactions, which is another wonderful field for personal experimentation.

The theory will include all essential areas of casting, such as mould construction, mould materials, firing and annealing, as well as some cold working and finishing.

Projects
2 vessels & reference samples

Skill Level
Some experience in glass fusing is advantageous.

Art Clay and Glass Riveting – a Sleek Solution with Erna Piechna

22nd-23rd May 2022 (Sun-Mon)

In the first part of this class you will discover how an ordinary piece of glass can be transformed into a sophisticated jewellery element by using high firing enamels, diamond engraving tools, stamps etc.

In the next stage you will design and make an Art Clay component to compliment the glass element, creating a dialogue between the two materials.

The challenging part will be to develop a way to join the glass and Art Clay into a wearable piece of jewellery. You will learn how to drill holes in the glass and how to combine it with the Art Clay part using a fine silver rivet. The rivet not only allows you to join ‘foreign’ materials, but it can also be a relevant element in your jewellery design.

Project
2 glass and fine silver jewellery pieces
Skill Level
Basic experience with glass fusing or Art Clay is advantageous but not totally necessary.