Conquering Kiln Firing

Sunday 24 October 2021, 10–3.30pm, £145 (max 4 students), Surrey GU5 9LL

Are you at the stage where a better understanding of how to build and alter programmes would improve your work? Or maybe you’d like to know more about kilns and firing. Subtle effects can be achieved within only 5 degrees so it is imperative you understand your kiln type, and other 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 aims to take you step-by-step through each phase of the fusing/slumping/casting process, define what is happening and help you build a programme to achieve the results you’ll need, based on your kiln and glass type (Bullseye, Spectrum, float etc). These principals will apply to any controller type and a variety of kilns. Other subjects such as kiln preparation (paper, kiln shelves, positioning) maintenance and a range of program types for fusing and slumping will be covered.
The session will also include a fuser’s ‘surgery’ where students bring two items to problem solve in a group discussion where we’ll learn from mistakes and happy accidents. Many examples of Lisa’s tests will be available (and explained) along with hand-outs and a visual presentation will be delivered so you leave feeling more confident trouble shooting and designing your own programs. Pre-course homework, involving two firings, will be set in order to help establish a standard for your kiln. This is an intermediate course so it is best if you own or have access to a kiln on a regular basis. Bring a packed lunch but coffee and tea are provided.
Location: Lisa Pettibone’s garden studio at The Laurels, Goose Green, Gomshall, Surrey GU5 9LL
Payment: Full fee payable in advance to confirm your place, 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

Morley College is Running Exciting Glass Courses From September 2021:

Morley College is Running Exciting Glass Courses From September 2021:

Thinking of doing a year course learning new glass techniques and exploring glass. Morley College runs accredited courses approved by awarding official bodies.
The fees are very accessible with loan attached and some are free with concessions.

U.A.L. Level 2 Diploma, Art & Design- Glass

B.Tec. Level 3 Certificate, Art & Design- Glass

We also offer other short glass courses from glass painting and mixed media to printed, Patte de Verre Master class, to warm and cold working glass.

Follow these links for more information about the courses and contact Maria Zulueta (Head Of Glass) for more information, Email:

Throughout the years, glass students have been winning competitions, awards, scholarships and progress to H.E. courses:

Progressing to B.A. (Hons.) and M.A. course at University for The Creative Arts – Farnham and the Royal College Of Art. (2019).






Glass engraving – small treasures

Glass engraving – small treasures
12 to 15 November 2021
with Nancy Sutcliffe
Ref: SLW11222

Suitable for all

About this course
Be inspired by the fascinating craft of glass engraving. Learn how to draw with a drill on glass and create your own beautiful paperweight.

Sculptural Slumping Masterclass

Sculptural Slumping Masterclass with Lisa Pettibone
10-12 September, 10am to 4.30 (Fri/Sat), 10-3 (Sun)
£395 (max 4 students)

This course is meant for experienced kiln-formed glassmakers but other students will gain insights into novel glass forming processes. 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: £395 per person, includes mould-making materials and firings but students will bring their own glass. We’ll eat on my patio or go to the Gomshall Mill Pub next door for lunch (students can also bring a packed lunch). Accommodation information is available on request. Full payment confirms a place.

Location: The Laurels, Goose Green, Gomshall, Surrey GU5 9LL. There is plenty of parking on the green near my garden studio. I’ll send directions nearer to the time. Also, I can collect students from Clandon or Gomshall Stations if necessary.

Please email for more info or a booking form,

Lava Glass Is First Carbonzero Certified Glassblowing Studio in the World!

We have some exciting news!
Taupo (Waikato): Master glass artists Lynden Over and Christine Robb are thrilled to announce that their glassblowing studio Lava Glass has achieved carbon neutral status and is the first glassblowing studio in the world to have done so! ‘I wasn’t prepared to continue as a glass artist if I couldn’t do it in a sustainable way. It has been a rewarding journey to convert the studio to carbon zero status and know that I am able to look after the planet while following my passion’, says Lynden Over. Environmental mindfulness in art is something which these two glass artists have been focusing on for the past two years. Glass has not conventionally been associated with “Environmental art”. In fact, the act of turning sand into glass takes an incredible amount of heat. A furnace containing molten glass roars 24 hours a day in a glass artist’s studio, and then a second furnace is fired up to keep the molten glass moving. However, sustainability is incredibly important to Lynden and Christine and creating beautiful everlasting objects of art with zero carbon was their new challenge. Because Lynden’s work is inspired by the rugged New Zealand landscapes, it seemed necessary to be mindful of that environment. Relentlessly Lynden and Christine have worked to reduce their carbon footprint and to sequester some of the carbon released in the making of their artworks. First, they converted their gas hungry furnace to an electric furnace and used the clean green electricity which is available in New Zealand to run it. They have also converted to electric cars. For the carbon sequestration programme, they have planted 100 ha of pine trees and 25 ha of New Zealand native trees. The native tree planting is part of an environmental benefit programme which links pathways of native bush creating wildlife corridors. Waste reduction has also been a focus and in 2021 they diverted 67% of Lava Glass waste away from landfill. Lynden’s and Christine’s efforts prove that it is absolutely possible to reduce the carbon footprint of an energy-intensive artform like glass blowing. Lava Glass has measured its carbon emissions via independent auditing by Toitū Envirocare. This year they had to offset 90.14 tonnes of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent). Now it is all about drastically reducing these carbon emissions. Together with Toitū Envirocare, Lava Glass developed a Greenhouse Gas emissions management plan and reduction targets for the coming years. Lynden and Christine believe in going the extra mile for sustainability and see their Toitū Carbonzero Certification (an internationally recognized assessment) as an effective way to reduce their environmental impact. They strive to be at the forefront of environmentally aware art-making in their Lava Glass studio.Lava Glass is comprised of a glass art gallery, glassblowing studio, glass sculpture garden and café. Founded in 2002 by husband and wife team, Lynden Over and Christine Robb, the complex offers unique New Zealand inspired glass art and a fascinating window into the world of glassmaking. Over the years Lynden has created an original range of collectable glassware and many award-winning works.
Contact details: Christine Robb Ph: +64 (0)7 374 8400 Email:
Address: 165 SH 5, RD4, Taupo 3384

Glasswork inspired by Atlantis

Take your time to explore an array of glass techniques with 2 of our specialist tutors. You will use the course title ‘Atlantis’ to inspire each project you work on whether a small bowl, mobile or textured sample.

Time: 10am-12noon
Cost: £150 (full), £90 (concessionary)
Location: Granville Park Centre, 100 Granville Park, Lewisham, SE13 7DU

Screen printing onto glass

Get back to basics with table top screen printing onto glass on tiles. A skill that can easily be transferred to working from your kitchen table top. Learn how to mix enamels and print accurately onto a smooth shiny surface.

Time: 7-9.30pm
Cost: £150 (full fee), £90 (concessionary fee)
Location: Granville Park Centre, 100 Granville Park, Lewisham, SE13 7DU

Stained glass for your home

This course will give you all the skills to design and build your own stained glass panel, which you can take home at the end of the course. It maybe for a small window or to hang in a bigger window as a decoration. You will learn about cutting glass accurately, leading up and soldering and finishing your panel. If desired, learners can embellish their design with simple painting and fusing.

Time: Friday’s 10am-12noon
Cost: £120 (full) £72 (concessionary)
Location: Granville Park Centre, 100 Granville Park, Lewisham, SE13 7DU

Glasswork for beginners

Have you ever wanted to try working with glass? If yes, then this course is the one for you. With the support of a specialist tutor/artist, you will learn how to cut glass safely into neat shapes, design and make a sampler of your choice (stained glass or copper foil sample), and understand the difference between lead light and copper foil.

Whilst working on your main project you will be given the opportunity to build up your sample portfolio by doing small samples using basic fusing techniques.

Time: 7.30-9.30pm
Cost: £150 (full) £90 (concessionary)

Fusing – inspired by the Victoria and Albert museum collection

Fusing inspired by the Victoria and Albert Museum Collection. You can visit the museum online, learn about the various collections and select a piece or pieces to base your main design on.

You will learn how to cut glass using a variety of methods and use a variety of glass fusing and slumping techniques. You will use a range of glass fusing accessories to explore colour, texture, form and create samples of these techniques to keep as reference for future glass projects.

For beginners we would suggest that you concentrate on creating a simple design for a fused bowl, for experienced learners this is a chance for you to explore and extend your skills concentrating on design and quality maybe preparing a piece for exhibition.

Time: 1-3pm
Cost: £120 (full fee), £72 (concessionary fee)
Location: Granville Park Centre, 100 Granville Park, Lewisham, SE13 7DU