Venue - Tuffnell Glass Studios, Rudston , East Yorkshire, YO25 4UD
Date -22nd & 23rd February 2020
Time - 10am -5pm
Class level - Intermediate
11 students per class - 2 spaces available
Tea & coffee are provided free of charge throughout the day, there will be a 30 minute lunch break, please bring a packed lunch.
Please bring your own eye protection, all glass , tools , mandrels and torches are provided. If you need a creation station or any other special tools please let us know before the class so we can arrange these items for you .
Helen first discovered lampworking in 2008 and was instantly hooked, mesmerised by the gentle flow of the glass and the challenge of taming gravity. Precision, symmetry and working small had always been dominant attributes to her artwork, whatever medium I worked in and I found this to be a look I could apply to lampworking and be true to my inherent style. I love to create depth and a 3d effect within my beads, making a piece you can really look into and I achieve this by adding several layers of crystal clear glass between coloured layers to create the designs.
Lampworking has also awakened a hidden love for colour within me and I find working with it infections. The colours themselves give me inspiration and im often making "sets" of beads where the design in each one may be different, but the colours form the link betwee them. The challenge being to create as many diffrerent designs in that combiation as possible.
Colour, Distortion encasing & Petal Beads
We will have a brief discussion on the use of colour and how to utilise the colour wheel.
You will learn how I achieve consistent sizes and well place dots together with various designs relying on the technique of using the encasing layer to distort the dots underneath. You will learn how to consistently use those pesky ends to bring the encasing layer neatly down the bead hole.
I will show you how I make my style of petal beads and get perfect petals every time.
Carousel Beads, Ideas for alternatives
Day 2 will focus on putting together what you have learned in day 1 and how to make my Carousel beads. I Will show you how I achieve their shape without the need for tools and how to avoid common mistakes.
We will talk through, and time permitting, have a go at alternative techniques to help you "think outside the box" when it comes to taking the designs we will have learned and developing a different look.