Glass Making
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About this course

We will be exploring the unique wonders of working with glass in many different ways on this new exciting course.
We will start by first learning how to cut glass using specialist glass cutter, braking pliers and tile cutters. Next we will move onto making mosaics with glass and mirror tiles - and then we will experiment with glass painting using fired-on glass enamels, iron oxide and silver stain. Following that, we will explore kiln-formed glass, moving from basic fused glass using coloured glass frit and metal inclusions, to embossing and slumping. Finally the course will culminate with glass etching and engraving.

The projects will include a mosaic coaster, hanging or hotplate, a glass-painted panel, a fused coaster, wall-hanging, dish and piece of jewellery and finally an etched drinking glass, mirror or photo frame.

Something for everyone – from beginners to improvers – just come along, have fun, be creative, learn new skills and best of all, take home some beautiful creations of your own.

What will I learn?

The aim of the course is to enable you to explore this creative medium and to provide you with the opportunity to develop your skills using a variety of methods to produce several finished pieces of work.

On completion, you should be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the various glass making and decorating techniques
  • demonstrate an understanding of the health & safety involved in working with glass
  • successfully complete a range of samples in a variety of glass making and decorating techniques

The following topics will be covered during the course:

  • Glass cutting
  • Basic mosaic techniques
  • Basic glass painting techniques
  • Basic glass fusing; sandwich and collage techniques
  • Fuse glass embossing
  • Fused glass slumping and draping
  • Basic glass etching and engraving techniques
Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements associated with this course, it is suitable both for complete beginners and those with more experience in glass making.


Study, assessment and qualifications

Assessment is informal, based on your personal targets and the learning outcomes and will be undertaken regularly with you by the course tutor.

Additional costs and information

There will be an additional charge of £35 per term for the specialist materials you will be using in order to produce a sample piece in each technique - which is payable to the tutor at the beginning of the course.  If you wish to produce larger items (or more in number) than the material fee allows your course tutor will discuss your project with you and assess the likely extra materials costs.

You should bring with you

  • Small sketchbook/notebook
  • Basic design/notetaking kit: pencil, pen, rubber, sharpener etc
  • An apron suitable for getting messy (or old clothes)
  • Payment for materials (either cash or cheque payable to your tutor please)

The specialist tools and equipment needed for the course will be provided on a shared basis and at the course tutor’s discretion, however students may wish to bring/purchase their own personal set of specialist tools, such as a set of glass cutter and breaking pliers, a good pair of scissors and a scalpel or precision craft knife - the course tutor will advise you what you need at the beginning of the course and throughout as appropriate

NB: Students must also provide their own set of PPE - Personal Protection Equipment - if needed; i.e. breathing mask and latex gloves (or equivalent) if history of breathing problems and/or problems with sensitive skin – these will not be provided by your tutor or the college. 

This course takes place at the tutor's workshop at 54 Fisherton Street, Salisbury.

What could I do next?

You can enrol on any other courses offered in the leisure programme, full details of which can be found in the College's directory of Part Time Courses.