NEW for Winter 2017, I will be offering murrine making lessons for fusers wanting to expand their glassworking skills and make hot glass components for their fused work. Lessons take place in my home studio (fully insured) and are one-on-one only at this time.
Lessons are £150 for a 6 hour single-day lesson, split into two 3-hour sessions. Price includes all materials, and you take home all the embellishments, twisties, murrine and components I make in demonstration, all those you make, and if we fuse any test chips I will send these to you for your reference after the lesson.
I have been working hard on a curriculum to teach the fundamentals of how to make good murrine at the torch; I have significant expertise in getting the best out of fusing glass in the flame, which colours work well and which are best left for the kiln, and how to make designs ‘pop’. The lesson will include technical considerations as well as design considerations for working with hot glass.
Murrine making is definitely challenging, but so much fun! Even if you are a complete flamework beginner, you will go home with items you can use in your fused work.
We will begin by making small flameworked elements that will teach you the basics of how glass moves when it is hot. We will then move on to the technical aspects of pulling molten glass, and you will pull variegated stringers to use in your fused pieces. Finally we will spend the last three hours on the fundamentals of murrine making.
Safety is of paramount importance and all lessons include protective equipment and glasses, as well as a safety briefing. Lampworking is dangerous! click here for a real-life lampwork injury…
I am based in Helensburgh in Scotland. It’s a 40 minute train journey from Glasgow Queen Street. There are plenty of B&Bs locally which I can recommend, and it is a great opportunity to spend a weekend in the highlands, as it’s only 15 minutes by car from Loch Lomond. One day learning to make murrine and another enjoying the beautiful scenery!
I recommend a day that begins at 9:30 with the 6 hours of lessons starting at 10am and finishing at 4:30. This allows us time to get acquainted, and go through the safety information before beginning at the torch, to finish at 4:30pm. Tea and coffee and cake are provided, but please bring your own lunch.
I provide you with a heavy apron but please wear cotton or natural fibre clothes, preferably layers as it can get quite warm in the studio.