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.

Jan
20
Sat
Introduction to Cloisonné Enamel- 20th & 21st January 2018 @ Rainbow Glass Studios
Jan 20 – Jan 21 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)

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Apr
14
Sat
Enamelling on Copper Jewellery Class – 14th April 2018 @ Rainbow Glass Studios
Apr 14 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 = £130 for the day, materials included (10:00am – 4:30pm)

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