Monday, February 20, 2006

Glass Workshops – 2006 Falmouth

Workshop 1 (20 March 2006): Beginners Glass Fusing
Glass fusing involves cutting, assembling and heating sheet glass in a kiln to the point where the glass softens and begins, but does not completely melt. The pieces of glass will naturally adhere to each other at the points where they touch. During the workshop you will have the opportunity to experiment with both 2D and 3D glass constructions besides looking at surface applications. An introduction to some of the specialist glass equipment and machinery will be included.

Workshop 2 (21-22 March 2006) Pate de Verre

Pate de verre is a kiln-formed glass technique utilising finely crushed glass frit, sugar-like in consistency, mixed with water and a binding agent, to form a paste which is applied to the surface of a refractory mould. Layers of paste are built up to form a hollow shell. This process offers controlled placement of colour, intricate patterning and detail.

During this two day workshop you will have the opportunity to produce a clay model from which you can take a mould. You will then work directly with the crushed glass to line the inside of your mould preparing it for firing in the kiln.

Workshop 3 (27 March 2006): An introduction to Mould Making for Slumping and Open Casting

This workshop will introduce you to basic mould making recipes so that simple, yet versatile moulds can be produced for two differing Kiln-formed glass processes. It depends what type of glass you place into/over a mould and the temperature to which the kiln is fired as to what the end result will be: Sheet glass can either be slumped into or over a mould in the kiln to create a new form and texture. Gentle, controlled heating of the surface of the sheet glass causes it to soften and deform in the kiln. Alternatively, glass cullet (chunks of broken glass) can be placed into a mould and heated until the glass melts to take on a solid shape (open casting). You will have the opportunity to make models out of a variety of materials, and working on a small scale, be able to begin to explore both processes. It would be beneficial if you had some experience of glass cutting in order to take full advantage of the time available.

Workshop 4 (28-29 March 2006): Lost wax casting

Wax model making opens up a wide range of options for glass casting. If required, the model can be intricate in form and detail, undercut and delicate. Moulds will be taken from wax models, the wax is then steamed out of the mould. The cavity in the mould is filled with glass and fired in a kiln so that the glass melts and takes on the form and detail of the original wax model.

During this workshop you will have the opportunity to translate your ideas or existing models into this versatile material through a series of model and mould making exercises. Moulds can also be taken from ready made objects. The workshop will be introducing you to flexible rubber mould making as well as refractory mould making. There will also be talks on kiln firing programmes.

No previous glass experience is necessary though some understanding of basic model making would be beneficial.
Venue: Glass Studio, Design Centre, Tremough, Penryn, Cornwall
Cost: Workshop1 - £80.00

Workshop 2 - £150.00 (2 day)

Workshop 3 - £80.00

Workshop 4 - £140.00

Costs include the cost of basic materials and include VAT.
Lunches are not included, but Tremough Refectory will be serving throughout the day.

Contact: Vic Machon, Design Centre Bureau Service Co-ordinator, University College Falmouth, Design Centre, Tremough, Penryn, TR10 9EZ. Tel: 01326 370756. E-mail:

Support the Leach Pottery

Marion Whybrow is organising a fundraising pottery sale to support the Leach Pottery, in St Ives 22nd -23rd July this year in the Guildhall, St Ives. The show will run from 10.30am each day and there will be a daily fee (to be confirmed). There are about 15 places, on a first come first served basis. For more details contact
Marion Whybrow
01736 795939

Fauna Cottage
Norway PLace
St Ives
TR26 1NB

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Making the most of Marketing

Just to avoid any confusion the 'Making the most of Marketing' is one of Creative Kernow's Crafts at Work Roadshows which they have developed in partnership with Creative Skills and CCA. Julie has used the Creative Skills website simply to promote the event. You don't have to be a member of either Creative Kernow or Creative Skills to attend. If you are a member of CCA you get a discount off the booking fee.
The roadshows last year were very good events and this one looks really good too - loads of good speakers running small group workshops including designers, journalists and photographers.
Hope this helps to clarify things.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

new members Ed & Sue Dawes

Our current work is centred on capturing the colour and light of land, sky and seascapes. Forms are released from their original function, becoming timeless earthscapes. In recreating an accelerated geological process, selected elements are fused at high temperature in an atmosphere that provides both reduction and oxidization simultaneously, so displaying every surface colour imaginable.

New Member Malcolm Sutcliffe

Malcolm Sutcliffe has been blowing glass since leaving Birmingham Polytechnic back in 1977. He moved to Penryn, Cornwall in 2001 and converted an old bake house into his glassmaking studio and the bakers shop became the Malcolm Sutcliffe Glass Gallery. Malcolm's distinctive work is sold throughout the UK and worldwide and is also represented in various art galleries and museum collections.
The gallery is open Wed to Fri 11-5, Sat 10-1 and he also holds "open studio" days when visitors can watch the glassmaking, see his website for more details.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

If you are really gluttons for punishment and want 2 trips to Tremough on weekend 4th - 5th March , in addition to the CC&GG event there is 'Making the most of Marketing' from Creative Skills - organised by Julie Davies, on Sat 4th . It costs £15 and details can be found on You have to sign in for membership, but if you haven't looked at what Creative skills put on before, its worth signing in.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Ceramic Art London 2006

Paul Jackson will be showing at Ceramic Art London 2006, at the Royal College of Art galleries,stand 58 on 3rd - 5th March 2006
He is also supporting at Beside the Wave, 3rd March 2006 featuring a new collection of Sea Vessels.