Fused Glass for beginners – make some jewellery!
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Fused glass for beginners is our first glass workshop, run by Collectivist Irina Stancheva of 523 Glass Studio.
What is fused glass?
Fused or kiln-formed glass is a versatile technique where cut pieces of glass are exposed to high temperature in a kiln so that they melt and fuse together to form a desired object. Although it may sound complicated, fusing glass is easy and fun when the right tools are at hand. The effect of transforming coloured bits of glass into something entirely different is magical. Once you try, you will be hooked.
What is the history of fused glass?
While the precise origins of glass fusing techniques are not known with certainty, there is archaeological evidence that the Egyptians were familiar with techniques around 2000 BC. Although this date is generally accepted by researchers, some historians argue that the earliest fusing techniques were first developed by the Romans, who were much more prolific glass workers. Fusing was the primary method of making small glass objects for approximately 2,000 years, until the development of the glass blowpipe. Glassblowing largely supplanted fusing due to its greater efficiency and utility.
While glass working in general enjoyed a revival during the Renaissance, fusing was largely ignored during this period. Fusing began to regain popularity in the early part of the 20th century, particularly in the U.S. during the 1960s. Modern glass fusing is gaining popularity both as a hobby and a technique in the world of fine art.
In this workshop, you will learn the basics of glass fusing, practice glass cutting and assembly, and make some colourful glass jewellery in a mini-kiln: a pendant (or two) and a pair of earrings, either of your own design or following a pre-designed project. You will learn how to attach jewellery findings and at the end of the workshop you can take home your finished pieces. Tools and materials are provided.
What to bring: please bring an apron and a sandwich for lunch if you prefer not to buy it in the café next door. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.
The workshop is limited to four participants to ensure sufficient kiln space for all.
Suitable for children above 14 if accompanied by a parent.