An introduction to glassmaking

I hold regular classes throughout the year from my purpose built studios in beautiful rural Leicestershire. I turn on my oxygen and propane tanks and adjust the pressure, and then I turn on my kiln.

Trina is clearly extremely knowledgeable, patient and an excellent instructor. She is a terrific instructor.

I have a feeling I will be taking every class they have to offer! I feel like I know more about glass than I ever would. Trina was a great teacher and she was super patient with her students.

Introduction to Flameworking

After this class I feel confident I can program my kiln and get better results. It presented thorough information about glass fusing process and materials with an emphasis on why and how materials work the way they do.

Katerina and David are great teachers who make an intimidating-looking medium safe and accessible. Joe made the class fun. These allow you to see the glass in the flame. Will be back for other classes. These beads will never come off the mandrel, however, they do make lovely plant pokes.

If the propane tank were to leak inside, it would pool on the floor, and be a potential combustion hazard. I loved that this class was taught over a 3 day period in the same weekend. Joe was extremely patient and was able to describe how to do things many different ways until it is understandable.

Introduction to Flameworking March 3, I can hands down say this is the best glass studio I have been to. If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. But, if you applied hot glass to them directly, the glass would stick and never come off.

The 3 projects helped to understand the dynamics of glass fusing. Many cultures have used, worn and traded glass beads, and they are still prized for their ornamental and collectible value today. On the top of the torch, as well as under it and the black paddle to the right are all made of graphite.

The soft door conforms around the ends of the mandrels, allowing them to stick out, and me not to have to put my hand all the way in the kiln with a bead. My glass rods are lined up in the rod rest, cleaned and ready to be melted. I look forward to taking the advanced class, and any other class Joe will teaches!!!

Cancellation Policy There are no refunds; all sales are final. Please bring a packed lunch, or you can buy freshly made sandwiches, fruit, or hot soup from our village shop 10 metres from the studio.

I love the fact that there was no such thing as a "dumb" question, because I had a boatload of them.

Introduction to Plate Making No.300

The class presented a lot of practical information in a short period of time. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking. Understanding why we are doing something really helped me remember details and feel able to predict results in my future work.

Introduction to Making Leaded Stained Glass

The art of making glass beads is a complicated, but highly satisfying, and terribly addictive pastime. They really knew what they were doing and made you feel extremely comfortable. However, you may reschedule if notice of cancellation is provided at least 72 hours in advance.

Fortunately having now read the information several times, and having fused several projects of which I am very proud, I feel confident enough to invest in my own kiln which was my goal all along.

I found the atmosphere to be chill and laid back and working with the glass felt so therapeutic. Introduction to Flameworking November 25, I had the absolute pleasure of attending the "Intro to Flameworking" class this weekend and it was more than amazing.

Joe is so knowledgeable and explains the underlying concepts so you know what you are to do and why. Both girls are just dolls. Around the studio you can see their hand-crafted goblets, vases, and figurines.

No fears, just fun! After the beads are finished annealing in the kiln, the whole mandrel is put in a tub of water to soak, which loosens the sludge, and the bead can be removed from the mandrel, leaving a nice even hole. I made them just for you!Introduction to glass Glass is the name given to all amorphous bodies that are obtained by lowering the temperature of a melt independently of its chemical composition and the temperature range of solidification, which as a result of the gradual increase of viscosity adopts.

Here's my oxygen tank. The torch I use is called a minor burner, and it uses propane as the fuel, and oxygen as the accelerant, to make the flame hot enough to melt and work the glass efficiently.

Description. This two day intensive class will introduce basic methods of working glass over a torch in the context of glass bead making.

Various techniques of manipulating design and color will be explored. Introduction to Plate Making No A "Fuse" ion of Art & Science 23/05/ By Sharon Dinges This class is a wonderful introduction to "warm glass" and taught by Joe Ring, who has been working with warm glass since the s.

Introduction to Flameworking March 3, I can hands down say this is the best glass studio I have been to. I took the an introductory flameworking class where we made glass hearts.

I have signed up for two more sessions because my experience was that wonderful/5(7). Glass makers use a slightly different process depending on the type of glass they want to make.

Usually, other chemicals are added to change the appearance or properties of the finished glass.

Introduction to glass

For example, iron and chromium based chemicals are added to the molten sand to make green-tinted glass.

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