Courses

Explore our range of programmes by clicking on the links below

Every course includes:

Use of our fully equipped glass studio

A maximum of four students

All the tools and materials you need

Access to our extensive glass art and design library

Refreshments and lunch

Course notes to take away

Kiln firing of your work

 

Introduction to fusing

1-day course

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Saturday 25th May 2019

Friday 7th June

Saturday 27th July

Wednesday 14th August

If you can’t make the above dates we are flexible to run some courses on demand, just contact us for availability

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If you’ve never worked with glass before and want to start from the very basics, then this is the course for you. We’ll show you the primary techniques involved in cutting, shaping and assembling glass, use of inclusions, how the kiln is programmed and also take a look at slumping.

You’ll be creating your own designs, and we’ll make time for looking at our rich resource of glass books and enjoy a fabulous lunch.

Experience: None required

What you’ll need: A sturdy pair of shoes (nothing open-toed)

Cant’ make the dates above? We’re pretty flexible and may be able to create a date that works for you. Just email us or call Jen on 07950 004452

Cost: £155

Intermediate fusing

2-day course

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 Thurs/Fri August 1st/2nd 2019

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The two-day intermediate course is an intensive programme for those who have completed the basic fusing course and are in search of more in depth knowledge of fusing. This includes working with precious metals, using different types of glass and looking at what can be achieved with them and a greater understanding of the kiln firing process.

This course will also show you how to make moulds for casting glass and also working with mould-making refractory materials for slumping into various shapes. Through exploring these techniques, you will have the opportunity to make a mirror with a glass frame surround, as well as a wall hanging or a bowl.

Experience: Basic fusing knowledge

What you’ll need: A sturdy pair of shoes (nothing open-toed)

Cant’ make the dates above? We’re pretty flexible and may be able to create a date that works for you. Just email us or call Jen on 07950 004452

Cost: £280

Stained glass

2-day course

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Sat 22nd/Sun 23rd Jun 2019

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Led by Steph Brown, this traditional course will enable you to design and make your own stained glass panel. By covering the different glass cutting techniques and then guiding you through the leading process to construct your panel, the course will culminate in the soldering of the lead to complete your piece.

A fantastic two-day course that is suitable for both beginners and those with some experience.

Experience: None required

What you’ll need: A sturdy pair of shoes (nothing open-toed)

Cant’ make the dates above? We’re pretty flexible and may be able to create a date that works for you. Just email us or call Jen on 07950 004452

Cost: £260

Intermediate Stained Glass

2-day course

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Sat/Sun 8th/9th June 2019

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This course is the next stage along from our introduction to stained glass course designed for anyone who can create lead-light but is keen to learn more techniques and extend their skill set. 

On this course students will explore more techniques to further their ability to create bespoke lead-lights. This course is led by Steph Brown who will guide you through the design process and then teach you to create imagery on the glass using sandblast techniques, silver-staining, vitreous enamel painting and sgraffito using the kiln. On day two you will lead up your decorated surface imagery on glass to create your finished panel. A rewarding and insightful course led by an enthusiastic expert in her field.

Experience: Basic skills and some experience in stained glass

What you’ll need: A sturdy pair of shoes (nothing open-toed)

Cant’ make the dates above? We’re pretty flexible and may be able to create a date that works for you. Just email us or call Jen on 07950 004452

Cost: £260

Copper Foiling

1-day course

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Sun 16th June 2019

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Copper-foiling is used as an alternative to lead came, giving a similar effect often for more delicate and detailed indoor projects such as mirror surrounds, wall hangings, smaller panels and light catchers of any shape.
In this course you will learn to cut and grind glass in to accurate shapes, before choosing your glass from our large and varied range of glass colours. You will be taught the art of copper-foiling and soldering in joining the glass together to create gifts and projects for the home. This is a popular course because once the skill is learnt, you can easily continue this hobby at home without too much costly material, equipment and mess! The course is led by our lovely resident tutor and stained glass specialist Steph Brown.

Experience: None required

What you’ll need: A sturdy pair of shoes (nothing open-toed)

Cant’ make the dates above? We’re pretty flexible and may be able to create a date that works for you. Just email us or call Jen on 07950 004452

Cost: £130

Landscapes & seascapes

1-day course

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Sat 15th June 2019

Sat 17th August 2019

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This course will show you how to use enamels, glass powders and other decorative glass elements to create a landscape or seascape design that incorporates depth of field, perspective and a certain luminosity that is not achievable when working with paint on canvas.

No previous experience of glass is necessary and you don’t even need to have a good level of artistry; you will be amazed of the end results. Bring your own image to recreate or use one from our substantial resource library.

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Cost: £140

Metal inclusions

1-day course

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Course dates are flexible and we will run on demand, please contact us if you are interested.

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When metal leaf, shim, wire and mesh along with fibres and enamels are encased within two pieces of glass and then subsequently fired at a high temperature, the oxidisation produces some beautiful rich tones and interesting textures.

This course will teach you all you need to know about combining metal and glass and the various effects that are achievable. You’ll also learn about the kiln-firing process, the basics of cutting and shaping glass and to be able to recognise which is the tin side of float glass.

No experience is required for this fascinating process, and you’ll produce your own wall hanging and set of coasters.

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Cost: £125

Jewellery making

1-day course

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 Sunday 26th May 2019

Friday 26th July 2019

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Working with a range of decorative fusible glass types, you will develop an understanding of glass fusing which enable you to make stunning jewellery.

You will experiment with colour, shape, bubble pens and other decorative items to create pendants, earrings and cuff links. You will be taught to use dichroic glass which adds a bit of magic dazzle to fused jewellery.

Everything you need to make your finished pieces is included in the course, including the jewellery findings.

Cant’ make the dates above? We’re pretty flexible and may be able to create a date that works for you. Just email us or call Jen on 07950 004452

Cost: £145

NEW! Animals in Glass

1-day course

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 Fri 31st May 2019

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We Brits love our animals – whether it be farmyard animals, fish, wildlife or domestic furry friends.

We will help you capture the spirit of your chosen animal in fused glass. Led by renowned glass artist Jennifer Barker, you will be guided in bringing the animals almost to life by creating a sense of movement or stance that evoke the animals character. Feel free to bring images of your own pet or any imagery that appeals to you personally and we will teach you the basic principles of glass fusing, and then give you the opportunity to make your own glass art panel using glass paints, frit and coloured glass.

Current available dates: Please call us on 07950 004452 for availability

Cost: £155

Glass for the garden

1-day course

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Sat 1st  June 2019

Fri 14th June 2019

Sat 29th June 2019

Sat 13th July 2019

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There are many applications for glass art but given it’s ability to change with the light and produce beautiful colours and shadows, nowhere is more relevant than outside and the garden is an ideal location. It is no surprise that glass sculptures are a prominent part of Kew Gardens and prestigious garden shows such as Chelsea Flower Show.

You will learn to cut and shape glass and produce your own original fused glass piece that can be mounted into a specially fabricated frame that is included within your course fee!

Cant’ make the dates above? We’re pretty flexible and may be able to create a date that works for you. Just email us or call Jen on 07950 004452

Cost: £165

1-to-1 tailored course

1 to 5 days

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Course dates are flexible and we will run on demand, please contact us if you are interested.

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If you prefer the benefits that come with more personal and concentrated tuition, then we can tailor a one-to-one programme to the particular area of glass you wish to gain further skills in.

Whether you’re a complete beginner, or someone already with a degree of experience, we can design a course which focuses purely on your specified areas; whether it be the very basics of glass fusing or more advanced kiln-carving techniques. Choose the length of course that suits you, we can accommodate anything from 1-5 days to guarantee you an invaluable learning experience.

Experience: Beginner to experienced

Current available dates: Please call us on 07950 004452 for availability

Cost: £275 per day

Mosaic applique

2-day course

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Fri/Sat 19th/20th July 2019

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Through this course you will learn all of the skills required to create your own mosaic panel. You will learn to select and cut the right pieces for your project and then combine them using traditional mosaic techniques.

You will become proficient at cutting glass, using mosaic cutters, grinding the glass and grouting. All before the day is through. This is a fun but messy process so pack an old shirt or apron.

Please feel free to bring an image if you have a particular theme in mind, but don’t worry as we have a vast collection of books and images you can use as a source for inspiration.

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Cost: £250

Open kiln casting

1-day course

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Course dates are flexible and we will run on demand, please contact us if you are interested.

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Glass casting is the process in which glass objects are cast by directing molten glass into a mould where it solidifies. The technique has been used since the Egyptian period, and here we’ll teach you the modern form of casting by utilising crushed glass heated in a mould in an electric kiln.

You’ll learn the principles of mould creation, making shapes from plaster and clay in order to produce an interesting ‘former’ for you crushed glass to shape into. You’re going to get a bit messy working with clay, so bring an apron or an old shirt with you.

Current available dates: Please call us on 07950 004452 for availability

Cost: £140

Christmas decorations

1-day course

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Sat Oct 12th 2019

Fri Oct 18th 2019

Fri Nov 1st 2019

Sat Nov 9th 2019

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No previous experience is needed!  This is all about getting into the Christmas spirit and as this course is always in such high demand we are putting on dates for October, November and December 2018.

Our studio looks, smells and sounds of all things Christmas, guaranteeing you a wonderful day of festive fun, laughter and creativity. You’ll be designing your own beautiful bespoke decorations, learning to cut glass and experiment with sparkle and colour using decorative inclusions.

You will make unique decorations that can be personalised with names as gifts, or just made for your own tree. During the day you will make around 7 decorations, variations on a theme of one, or a set of completely different ones; it’s entirely up to you.

The decorations are fired overnight in the kiln and can be collected the following day (or packed and dispatched to you at cost) The course includes all you need to make, finish and hang your decorations.

PS. mince pies and spiced biscuits will be in plentiful supply!

Cant’ make the dates above? We’re pretty flexible and may be able to create a date that works for you. Just email us or call Jen on 07950 004452

Cost: £125

Surface Techniques in Glass

2-day course

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Course dates are flexible and we will run on demand, please contact us if you are interested.

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Using imagery ranging from hand-drawn artwork to images found on the internet or in books as inspiration, you will learn to create artworks using painting techniques, coloured vitreous powders, use of fine line enamels and decorative inclusions.

You will also learn how to use stencilling techniques to create a design that can be sandblasted into the glass surface. We’ll cover the ancient technique of silver staining and use of high-temperature pigment enamels in the design and production of your very own bowl and a series of wall panels!

This course is both intensive and rewarding with wonderful results. It gives you the knowledge and ability to make unique artwork using this amazing medium.

Cant’ make the dates above? We’re pretty flexible and may be able to create a date that works for you. Just email us or call Jen on 07950 004452

Cost: £280

Some feedback from our students

Jenny… What can I say? Wow! Two brilliant fun packed days, I’m exhausted! It was worth every penny though as I have learnt so much from you. I will sleep well, after a long journey back to Marlborough tonight. Thanks again

-Stacey O'Brien, Wiltshire

I thoroughly enjoyed my course with you, I would love to try the fusing next! I’m really pleased with my Mosaic. I think I may have been a little adventurous for a beginner…but  I’ve learnt to cut glass really well. Thank you for all you help and expertise.

-Jane Evans

I’ve really enjoyed the course today. The location, group and teaching were all great. Very knowledgeable tutors and a wealth of materials to use. I’d like to do a Stained Glass course with you when you have some more dates, so please email me with your future courses!

-Andrew Cooke

I am so excited to see the results from our day. I’ve had a fantastic time and feel like a kid again, you have all been so inspiring and helpful, I will definitely be coming back. My family will be getting lots of glass presents from now on!

-Tina Wheeler

This has been a really brilliant experience, and you were so generous with your knowledge. Please keep us on your books for other courses, I’m particularly interested if you do the Pate De Verre course again.

-Annemarie and Gary Ledger

A well organised and really enjoyable course, I have learnt so much in a day that went way too fast. A beautiful studio setting too, well worth the course fee and some.

-Carolyn Piper, London

Thanks for a memorable day, had so much fun and learned a few new skills too!

-Rachel Evans

Thanks to Jen and her team for a brilliant day, I had no prior expectations but was hugely impressed by her ability to teach a complete beginner like me. Will definitely return for another course

-Elizabeth McDonnell

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Cheshire School of Glass

Bradley Farm, Bradley Lane, Frodsham, Cheshire WA6 7EP, United Kingdom

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