An Introduction to Glass as an Artists Medium



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This course is also available as a Summer School Short Course. Please see the courses you may be interested in below.

Introduction to Glass as an Artists Medium (Summer School) – 15-19 July 2024

Glass Sculpture: an Introduction to Pâte-de-Verre (Summer School) – 1-5 July 2024

Day: Wednesdays

Dates: 24 January – 20 March 2024 (1 x week break for Half Term – Wednesday 14 February)

Time: 18:00 – 20:00

Level: Beginners

Tutor: Pippa Beveridge

Location: 124 Kennington Park Road, London, SE11 4DJ


This course covers a variety of techniques ranging from basic glass-cutting skills to kiln forming, simple mould making, sand-blasting and options for cold working.

Firing schedules and the use of different type of glass will also be discussed. No prior experience in glass is necessary.


The course will seek to foster an imaginative approach to glass as an artist’s medium, touching on a wide variety of techniques and giving the student a basis from which further, more specialized investigation into the medium can be carried out.

Students will begin with a series of short, hands-on workshops demonstrating a variety of glass techniques ranging from glass-cutting skills, tack and full fusing, slumping over fibre, mould-making and open-face casting. We will experiment with inclusions in glass as well as the decoration of glass with etching cream and sandblasting using different resists. Firing schedules and the use and preparation of different types of glass will also be discussed. Participants will become familiar with the essential properties of glass and its subsequent applications and, over the eight-week period, will gain enough working knowledge of the medium to allow them to create works of a more individual nature.

The course will be complemented with slide lectures.

What is included: All teaching, most tools and materials, dust masks and safety glasses

What is not included: Aprons or protective clothing, so please wear suitable clothing and footwear i.e., closed toe shoes.

15% discount available for City & Guilds of London Art School students, alumni and staff. Contact to receive the discount code.

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