classes calendar

Here you will find a number of different glass courses in the classes calendar.  The most popular courses are the Stained Glass and Fused Glass Making but there is also Jewellery Making and Glass Painting Classes as well as the Summer Course which covers a number of techniques rarely taught anywhere in Britain. The easiest way to view the classes is in the classes and workshop availability page or set this page to “Agenda” and then filter the classes by using “Categories” and “Tags”.  The number of spaces are always kept up to date and if you enroll onto a class you will then be directed via the secure Paypal system.

Jun
30
Sat
Introduction to Cloisonné Enamel- 30th June & 1st July 2018 @ Rainbow Glass Studios
Jun 30 – Jul 1 all-day

A new and exciting weekend course exploring the beautiful technique of cloisonné and enamel on copper and silver.

Together we’ll learn the basic skills required, working on copper with opaque and transparent enamels. On day two we’ll progress to making your own simple design on a fine silver pendant with transparent enamels. This course will add a new decorative technique to your enameling bow!

As we explore more advanced enameling skills we will also learn how to use pliers to shape cloisonné wires, as well as covering wet-laying techniques.

Please note, some previous experience of kiln enameling is essential, so if you haven’t done any before, please book onto the “Enameling on copper for beginners” course first, and then you can progress to this one.

On this weekend course, you will learn to:

Prepare copper and silver prior to enameling
Make test pieces using opaque and transparent enamels with cloisonné wires, silver foils and other media
Cover health and safety and the kiln firing process
Develop simple designs for cloisonné and understand the principles of this technique
Learn to manipulate wire to form copper / silver cloisonné’s
Explore the use of transparent enamels and how to grind, wash and prepare them ready for use
Make a finished small enameled plaque to hang on the wall (to your own design) using cloisonné techniques and opaque enamels by the end of the first day
Design a simple small fine silver pendant with cloisonné wires by the end of the second day.
Receive peer and tutor feedback on your creativity!
A supply of silver-plated jewellery findings will be available on which to mount your sample pieces.

There is a limit of 6 people per workshop enabling faster learning.

Please note: The course takes place in a working glass studio and not a classroom setting, so participants need to be able to stand to prepare enamelled pieces, and to work standing at benches. (Stools are available in between times).

Price = £240 for the weekend, materials included (10:00am – 4:30pm)

CLICK ON IMAGE TO GET A CLOSER LOOK AT THE KIND OF JEWELLERY YOU CAN EXPECT TO MAKE

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Jul
7
Sat
Terrarium making Class for Beginners – 7th July 2018 @ Rainbow Glass Studios
Jul 7 all-day

A day-course making your own terrarium using traditional copper-foiling techniques at Rainbow Glass Studios.

Cost: £140.00 including materials, up to three small cacti / succulent plants. Plenteous tea, coffee and biscuits is also provided.

Tutor: Eleanor Watson

An exciting new day course, making your own terrarium in which to grow cacti or succulent plants, ideal for anyone with green-fingered aspirations for tiny garden landscapes!

We will learn to cut and copper-foil glass, building this into a 3D shape, soldering it, adding patina and populating it with small cacti or succulent plants.

What will I make by the end of the day?

A hand-built copper foiled terrarium planted up with a choice of small cacti or succulents.

What will I learn?

• To safely / accurately cut sheet glass to a terrarium pattern

• To “copper foil” to the glass you have cut

• To assemble your copper foiled glass into a 3D desktop terrarium

• To safely use a soldering iron to solder the joins

• To apply a patina to your terrarium

• To create a miniature garden, with soil, sand, gravel and plants

• Information on sourcing other terrarium patterns and materials should you wish to continue your new hobby

Lunch: You are welcome to frequent one of the many lovely cafes on Church Street,  or alternatively please bring your own packed lunch.

Who can come to the course? Is any previous experience needed?

This course is for adults over the age of 16 only due to the use of very hot soldering irons in making copper-foiled glass. No previous experience is needed as you will be taught step by step covering each process involved.

How could I progress my skills after this course?

You could try making more complex shaped terrariums, or learn to make fused glass to incorporate into them. Or you could explore making 2D or 3D shapes using traditional copper foiling techniques such as Tiffany style lamps, mirrors, candle holders or terrarium gardens to hang on the wall.

for more course detail : http://rainbowglassstudios.co.uk/terrarium-making-class/



 

Jul
21
Sat
Enamelling on Copper Jewellery Class – 21st July 2018 @ Rainbow Glass Studios
Jul 21 all-day

This exciting day course explores the skills and techniques of kiln enameling led by Eleanor Watson. We will be exploring the exciting process of fusing finely powdered glass onto the surface of copper. These beautiful techniques were used by the ancient Chinese, Greeks, Celts and Egyptians to decorate metal and add colour to metal jewellery.

If you love working with colour you will enjoy this enameling workshop; the combinations are limitless and the results swift and exciting to see as they emerge from the kiln. We will experiment with a range of simple decorative techniques to create your very own one-off pieces to make into unique jewellery.

On this day course you will learn to:

  • Prepare copper for enameling
  • Make several sample pieces using a range of techniques
  • Explore the use of opaque and transparent enamels
  • Use decorative inclusions (e.g. frit, glass threads, millefiore and silver leaf)
  • Cover health and safety and the kiln firing process
  • Explore colour, and surface designs with stencils, printing and drawing
  • Design a final piece to finish and mount on jewellery findings by the end of the day

A supply of silver-plated jewellery findings will be available on which to mount your sample pieces and information will be provided on suppliers of enameling equipment and jewellery findings should you decide you want to do more!

Plenty of tea and coffee and biscuits will also be provided, enameling is thirsty work!

There is a limit of 7 people per workshop enabling faster learning.

Price = £135 for the day, materials included (10:00am – 4:30pm)

CLICK ON IMAGE TO GET A CLOSER LOOK AT THE KIND OF JEWELLERY YOU CAN EXPECT TO MAKE

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Aug
18
Sat
Glass Jewellery 18th August 2018 @ Rainbow Glass Studios
Aug 18 all-day

In this exciting Glass Jewellery Class we will develop skills in fused glass by exploring a variety of decorative techniques to make our own totally individual pieces ready to be made into jewellery.

We will use a selection of inclusions in the glass including silver foil, copper, mica, bubbles, dichoic glass (the beautiful jewel-like glass with reflective and refractive qualities) and experiment with reactive glass combinations to achieve special effects.  We will explore the use of decals on the surface of the glass and fusing at a variety of temperatures, including tack fusing.

If you love working with colour you will enjoy making and designing your own pieces, it isn’t difficult and the combinations are limitless. Come and surprise yourself at your own creativity!

Towards the end of the day, we will plan and design jewellery findings on which to mount your pieces when fired. Jewellery findings will be provided. We look forward to your company!

There is a limit of 6 people per workshop enabling faster learning.

all glass, materials and jewellery findings included (10:00am – 4:30pm) and plenty of cups of tea or coffee too.

CLICK ON IMAGE TO GET A CLOSER LOOK AT THE KIND OF JEWELLERY YOU CAN EXPECT TO MAKE

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Oct
13
Sat
Fusing Glass Class for Beginners – 13th October 2018 @ Rainbow Glass Studios
Oct 13 all-day
Fusing Glass Class for Beginners - 13th October 2018 @ Rainbow Glass Studios | England | United Kingdom

Sorry, this class is now full, new dates will be posted for next year, in due course

One Day Introductory Fusing Glass Class for beginners is usually held on a Saturday once a month. In this class you can produce a number of objects such as bowls of various shapes, coasters, wall hangings, jewellery – almost anything within the area of kiln space provided. We are generous with the materials we allow you to use in comparison with other classes. This is also the only day course in London if not the whole country to get through the same amount and often more than others manage in an entire weekend or over a series of evening classes.

Areas covered: design, glass cutting, glass compatibility, firing cycles, many decorative techniques.

 

Oct
20
Sat
Glass Jewellery 20th October 2018 @ Rainbow Glass Studios
Oct 20 all-day

In this exciting Glass Jewellery Class we will develop skills in fused glass by exploring a variety of decorative techniques to make our own totally individual pieces ready to be made into jewellery.

We will use a selection of inclusions in the glass including silver foil, copper, mica, bubbles, dichoic glass (the beautiful jewel-like glass with reflective and refractive qualities) and experiment with reactive glass combinations to achieve special effects.  We will explore the use of decals on the surface of the glass and fusing at a variety of temperatures, including tack fusing.

If you love working with colour you will enjoy making and designing your own pieces, it isn’t difficult and the combinations are limitless. Come and surprise yourself at your own creativity!

Towards the end of the day, we will plan and design jewellery findings on which to mount your pieces when fired. Jewellery findings will be provided. We look forward to your company!

There is a limit of 6 people per workshop enabling faster learning.

all glass, materials and jewellery findings included (10:00am – 4:30pm) and plenty of cups of tea or coffee too.

CLICK ON IMAGE TO GET A CLOSER LOOK AT THE KIND OF JEWELLERY YOU CAN EXPECT TO MAKE

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Nov
3
Sat
Stained Glass Class for Beginners – 3rd November 2018 @ Rainbow Glass Studios
Nov 3 all-day
Stained Glass Class for Beginners - 3rd November 2018 @ Rainbow Glass Studios | England | United Kingdom

On this Stained Glass Class for Beginners each student will leave the day having made a stained glass panel to their own design to be hung in a window at home. After the course you will be able to set up at home and practice your new hobby. A few students have even started their own businesses as a result of doing this course!

Areas covered: design, glass cutting, leading, soldering

for more course detail : http://rainbowglassstudios.co.uk/stained-glass-beginners-class/

Nov
10
Sat
Fusing Glass Class for Beginners – 10th November 2018 @ Rainbow Glass Studios
Nov 10 all-day
Fusing Glass Class for Beginners - 10th November 2018 @ Rainbow Glass Studios | England | United Kingdom

One Day Introductory Fusing Glass Class for beginners is usually held on a Saturday once a month. In this class you can produce a number of objects such as bowls of various shapes, coasters, wall hangings, jewellery – almost anything within the area of kiln space provided. We are generous with the materials we allow you to use in comparison with other classes. This is also the only day course in London if not the whole country to get through the same amount and often more than others manage in an entire weekend or over a series of evening classes.

Areas covered: design, glass cutting, glass compatibility, firing cycles, many decorative techniques.

 

Nov
17
Sat
Fused Glass Christmas Decorations – 17th November 2018 @ Rainbow Glass Studios
Nov 17 all-day

Fused Glass Christmas Decorations

Come along and make your own fused glass Christmas Decorations!  A seasonal fusing day course where you will learn to safely cut and shape glass and combine it into a range of festive shapes for full fusing or tack fusing, ready to hang on your tree or in your windows!

Working with fused glass is an adventure in colour, no previous experience is needed, just a willingness to play! In this exciting day course we will develop our skills in fused glass exploring decorative techniques to make decorations for your tree or perhaps candle holders.

We’ll use inclusions in the glass including copper, mica, bubbles, dichroic glass (the jewel-like glass with reflective and refractive qualities). We’ll provide information on where to buy supplies of tools and glass for the future. There is a limit of 6 people per workshop for faster learning and 1:1 attention.

If you love working with colour you will enjoy making and designing your own decorations it isn’t difficult and the combinations are limitless. Come and surprise yourself and rediscover your creativity!

The decorations your make will be fused overnight and you can either collect them from the studio by mutual arrangement (or we can post them out to you after the course if you prefer).

A great day out making gifts and beautiful festive decorations for your home! Happy Christmas!

There is a limit of 6 people per workshop enabling faster learning.

all glass, materials and jewellery findings included (10:00am – 4:30pm) and plenty of cups of tea or coffee too.

CLICK ON IMAGE TO GET A CLOSER LOOK AT THE KIND OF THING YOU CAN EXPECT TO MAKE

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Dec
1
Sat
Stained Glass Class for Beginners – 1st December 2018 @ Rainbow Glass Studios
Dec 1 all-day
Stained Glass Class for Beginners - 1st December 2018 @ Rainbow Glass Studios | England | United Kingdom

On this Stained Glass Class for Beginners each student will leave the day having made a stained glass panel to their own design to be hung in a window at home. After the course you will be able to set up at home and practice your new hobby. A few students have even started their own businesses as a result of doing this course!

Areas covered: design, glass cutting, leading, soldering

for more course detail : http://rainbowglassstudios.co.uk/stained-glass-beginners-class/