I have started to teach fused glass workshops in the basement of the shop. I can’t wait to show other people why glass is so much fun! Glass is a fascinating medium. I discovered it on a weekend workshop and it soon became a favourite hobby of mine, and, later, my main source of income.
After an introductory workshop, I was hooked. I rented a workspace in the Open Studios on Brighton Seafront and started to teach myself. Fused glass is made up of layers of sheet glass, decorated with other forms such as crushed ‘frit’ that adds sparkle, depth and texture. It is arranged almost like a collage and essentially ‘cooked’ in the kiln so that it melts, or ‘fuses’ together.
That is when it changes occur – it is like alchemy! Colours deepen, or alter altogether, sharp edges soften and round off. It loses its brittleness.
And it is almost always a surprise!
We hope to see you soon!