The experience starts with a discussion on safety and how glass works. Participants select a mold/shape of an item they wish to make. They prepare the mold so the glass does not stick to it, as the mold will shape the glass while in the kiln. Once these initial preparations are complete, we can start learning how to cut glass. Once this is mastered. We cut the appropriate shape that we have selected and smooth the edges with a grinding machine. After a short snack break we are ready to allow the creative juices to flow. Using all forms of inspiration and samples we prepare the designs that are within our hearts, waiting to be expressed through the paint brush. I happily share painting techniques that I have learnt. I have many examples in my workshop of completed items to help display the finished look of glass painting....as it is different, say from pottery painting or even painting on paper. The program for the kiln is discussed and the kiln started. This runs for approximately 24 hours. This includes the heating process and the slow cooling process. These experiences are conducted holding safety first, in a peaceful environment with music, snacks and beverages.
I am a creative being, who is over joyed to be recycling broken windows, converting them into beautiful, painted, unique glassware. I am self taught and have been recycling bottles and broken windows for about 10 years now. I love that this art form helps the environment by up cycling waste. Once prepared the glass is painted and then melted in a glass kiln at high temperatures. Glass is a living entity and is a wonderful medium to work with. It truly has is own identity (and Mind :-) ) and it's always a surprise to see what's unfolded during the high temperatures of the oven.
Everything needed to create a bowl/plate will be provided for this experience, including safety glasses, aprons and snacks.
I have converted my double garage at home into a workshop, it is ideal for this experience, with everything at close range. The workshop leads off my home so toilets, glass washing facilities and refreshments are close at hand.
Preferably closed shoes for safety precautions.
Safety precautions will be discussed at the beginning. Items that have been created will need to be 'Fired' in the glass kiln and this takes from 24hrs-48hrs max
Create Your Own Recycled Glassware