A variety of skills and techniques are taught during the 10 week (30 hours) course.
Beginners are introduced to the relevant tools and given instructions on glass cutting with plenty of practice time. Each student then works on a project of their own choice – e.g. a small window, mirror or sun-catcher. Help will be given with design development, selection of appropriate glass and during all the technical stages required for the completion of the project, including advice on installation.
- Leadlighting involves the use of lead to connect the individual glass pieces, soldering of the lead joints followed by puttying, to form a rigid and waterproof panel that is suitable for doors and windows.
- Tiffany work includes all projects that use copper foil as the joining metal. It requires different soldering and finishing techniques and is suitable for three dimensional structures, such as lampshades, boxes, delicate sun-catchers and jewellery.
- Glass mosaic allows for spontaneous design work. Small pieces of glass are shaped, then laminated (glued) to a transparent or solid base and grouted. This is a versatile technique for wall panels, table tops, mirrors, stepping stones, sculptures and much more.
- Glass slumping and fusing involves the controlled melting of glass in a kiln to create bowls, platters, sun-catchers or interesting pieces for inclusion into leadlights or mosaics.
- Etching and engraving provides additional design opportunities to add texture, images, lettering etc. to any glass surface.
Of course, all these techniques can be combined in a project – you are only limited by your imagination! Continuing students are encouraged to tackle more challenging projects.
Tuesday 9.30 am – 12.30 pm
Monday & Wednesday 6.30 – 9.30 pm
Term times for 2015
Classes run in four 10-week terms throughout the year
Term 1: 26 January – 2 April
Term 2: 20 April – 26 June
Term 3: 13 July – 18 September
Term 4: 6 October – 11 December
Cost: $260 tuition fee per term
Payable at first session, this includes the use of all tools, equipment & chemicals during classes, but does not include glass and metals. Glass, lead and other supplies can be purchased during class times.
A discounted term fee of $240 is available for self-sufficient students, who bring the following tools and supplies to each session:
Glass cutter, soldering iron, crozing pliers, running pliers, wire cutters, lead knife,
horse shoe nails, small hammer, lathekin or butter knife, Baker’s fluid , oleic acid,
black patina, lead polish, car polish, permanent markers, pencil, cotton buds,
Band aids, small rags, towel, Bluetack, masking tape.
Introduction to Glass Bead making
This single 4-hour session introduces students to the equipment, tools and raw materials used in bead making. A number of simple techniques will be demonstrated and practiced:
- Winding a simple bead
- Applying dots, frit and stringers
- Shaping the bead
- Making stringers
- Raking and poking
- Annealing and cleaning of beads
Includes all materials, students will make between 10 and 20 beads during this class
Dates on demand