Ceramic Formers For Glass

This short course provides students with an
opportunity to design and make ceramic slumping
moulds to form glass, and shallow open cast moulds
to create textured surfaces on glass when taken to
a full fuse.

Who is this course for

Suitable for all levels although a basic knowledge of ceramic processes and/or glass fusion techniques would allow the student to experiment further.

What does this course cover

This short course provides students with an opportunity to design and make ceramic slumping moulds to form glass, and shallow open cast moulds to create textured surfaces on glass when taken to a full fuse.
We will cover mould preparation and try to help students realise their own ideas offering technical support and guidance. In the first session the focus will be on creating ceramic moulds, in the second we will work with glass to create blanks that will be formed in session 3.

*Please note that due to kiln size, the maximum that we can work to is 20cms x 20cms x 8cms.

What will it be like

The course consists of demonstrations, discussions of work, one to one support and group tutorials.
Assessment is continual and based on progress towards the students initial aims and tutor observations.
One-to-one support will be given to identify goals and set targets.
Assessment will be through group feedback sessions.

What else do you need to buy or do

We charge a small amount for clay, glass and firing beyond an allotted amount. Most basic materials and equipment are supplied. Some students, however, may wish to purchase special clays. It is also recommended that you begin to build up your own collection of modelling and other hand tools. Advice on selecting materials and building up a tool kit and purchasing, will be given by the tutor. Costs in the region of five pounds to twenty five pounds.

Students should wear stout shoes and bring an apron or old shirt, sculpture can be messy, and dusty.

It is helpful to visit galleries and museums outside of class time to develop an awareness of contemporary art and particularly of ceramic sculpture being exhibited. This knowledge can be shared with the group. A willingness to gather resource materials and develop ideas will enrich your work.

What this course could lead to

Other art courses at Mary Ward Centre including Pre-Foundation in Applied or Fine Art courses, Foundation into Art and Design.
Students can develop their skills further by progressing on to other Mary Ward Centre courses in Glass.
Courses including fused glass 'Designing and Making in Glass,' 'Stained Glass', 'Mosaic Art and Ceramic Processes for Sculpture.

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