This glass course will explore a wide range of traditional and contemporary glass techniques, including stained glass and kiln formed glass processes. Beginners will learn the skills to design and make 2D and 3D projects using foil, mosaic, fusing and decorative surface processes. More experienced students can continue to develop personal projects and be supported to extend and use new glass techniques.
What topics are covered?
Session/Week 1-2: There will be a short introduction to the history of glass and examples shown of the techniques and processes that will be covered in the course. The tutor will demonstrate the specialist tools, how to use them safely and introduce best studio practice. Students will then make a simple mosaic panel, and on completion of this project will be able to cut and handle glass confidently, use specialist tools in a safe environment and make a mosaic panel to an individual design. Session/Week 2-4: These sessions are planned to give you more accurate cutting skills, by making a copper foiled 2D or 3D project. On completion you will be able to cut glass accurately to a pattern that has been developed from a personal design idea and understand copper foil techniques and how to use a soldering iron. Session/Week 5-10: Now that you have competent core skills, you will be able to choose the techniques and processes you want to explore. You will be able to make a traditional stained glass panel, or a complex 3D artefact, practise kiln formed glass techniques or find out about surface decoration, such as painting, enamelling and sandblasting to include in your projects. All relevant Health & Safety issues are discussed and explained throughout the course.
Who is the course aimed at?
Suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners
How will I learn?
The focus is always on learning through making, at every stage your tutor will provide an introduction, demonstration and on-going practical guidance. The teaching is a combination of presentation to the group and predominately one to one working alongside individual students. It is fully appreciated that each student will establish their own style and pace of learning. Exploring new skills, developing designs, making samples and prototypes is very much part of the process.
Are there any additional costs?
All tools, specialist equipment, sandblasting and kiln costs will be provided throughout the course. Materials for the first mosaic project will also be provided. Glass, foil and solder will be given for the foiled project at a minimum cost. Glass, lead, solder and specialist fusing glass for more advanced projects can be bought from the college shop or advice given as to the best local suppliers to purchase a wider range of materials. A reasonable amount to allow for a 40x40cms panel or a 30x30cms fused bowl would be £8-£12.
Which department is this course in?Department of Creative Arts and Enterprise
Where will I need to go on my first day?On your first day, please report to the Reception in the Roper Building at City Centre Campus.
What else do I need to know?To avoid disappointment, please make sure you enrol on your chosen course early. Decisions regarding running or cancelling a course are made one week prior to the start of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will be informed and your course fees refunded in full. Please see Terms and Conditions of Enrolment.
The course will not run on bank holidays or during half term. Please check the term dates.
Where can I find out more information?If you need help or answers to specific questions, please contact the Student Advice Centre on 01225 312191 ext 720 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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