Masterclass – Breaking the Mould with Karl Harron

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It is easy to fall into a groove when following our own creative paths with glass. Occasionally it feels good to be introduced to new techniques and practices that can open-up alternative creative pathways. Karl Harron’s masterclass encouraged us all to re-think and re-address the properties of glass and how we think it all works.

The workshop began with a discussion of the properties of glass: c.o.e; viscosity and flow; surface value; reactivity, followed by a flurry of questions from students as we were all introduced to new concepts and ideas about forming glass.

We all chose a theme to work on throughout the week, and the diversity of human creativity was illustrated as we talked though our chosen subject.

Students spent the first day preparing glass samples for the kiln, working with two colours to explore reactivity and viscosity. Vessel pieces were also prepared for their first shallow (and easiest!) slump in the kiln. Minds were buzzing as we finished the day with more questions than answers.

Day two began with the preparation of the vessels and moulds for slumping and an explanation of the principles of manipulating glass in the kiln for a deeper slump. What transpired to be the longest day of the week (we didn’t finish until 9pm!) ended with everyone successfully controlling the slumping process to get even vessel forms with some considerable depth. Our lovely samples came out of the kiln and everyone began to get excited about how effective the combination of using simply two glass colours with a lead/sulphur reaction, was. At the end of a long, hot day we all retired with thoughts of the third deeper slump to come.

Day three saw the already beautiful glass pieces returned to the kiln for their final journey in heat transformation, all of us feeling like we had a handle on opening-up kilns repeatedly for hours on end. Great teamwork and hard work enabled all participants to see their vessels through to the end, as the glass stretched its way down to near the bottom of the third mould.

More concept tiles and thoughts of creative themes were laid up by students in the following days to reflect new discoveries and thoughts. The deep-slumped forms were given some cold-finishing treatments to reveal their full beauty. We were all excited about the possibilities that this complex and technical approach to kiln-working glass can bring, and students left with much food for thought. A big thank you to Karl for bringing his expertise and inspirational glass making to us here at the Glass Hub; to Amy Casto for all her great assistance; to Karen Warner for general amazingness, and to all the students for their wonderful ideas contributions …and resilience!

Helga Watkins-Baker

Karl Harron slumped glass vesselAbout Karl Harron

Working in a centuries-old continuum of metallurgy and craftsmanship inherited from his Irish past, glass artist Karl Harron combines lead and sulphur-bearing glasses with fine silver to create elegant kiln-formed vessels whose etched and light resonating surfaces have an elemental essence. In sculpting his glass Karl Harron moves from traditional vessels to exciting expressions of “form and material” conveying ideas and visual poetry, while still retaining vestiges of their original function. These vessels are both functional and enveloping. They embody the preservation of materials and the containment of things precious to us, symbolising fragments of history, reflecting the every day, and conversely the revered. They narrate a story, from where they came, and their reason for being.


KARL HARRON MASTERCLASS – 2017

We are planning a second instalment of Karl during the Autumn of 2017 if you are interested in participating then please register you interest by adding your name and email to our list. We do not share information with any third parties.

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Lisa Pettibone is Shaping up this November

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We will soon be welcoming the talented master glass artist Lisa Pettibone back to The Glass Hub. Lisa returns this November to share her extensive knowledge of sculptural glass slumping.

After years of slumping glass, both kiln cast and fused pieces, she has discovered new ways to express form and volume that has occupied her artistic and technical thoughts for ten years or more. This involves careful temperature control and planning, allowing glass to fall into, onto and through objects in the kiln as well as making props and moulds. Letting shapes fall naturally with props can achieve a range of shapes, but we may extend this and actually go inside the kiln to manipulate hot glass too.

Lisa is unique in her approach to glass. Gravity, energy and tension are at the core of her work, and the results are beautiful, stretching glass, techniques and the imagination. We have a couple of places left on this brilliant 3-day workshop if you want to join Lisa and take your glassmaking to the next level.

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Summer School Extra Fun

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What a blast! We have just come to the end of another brilliant Summer School here at The Glass Hub …our seventh in fact. On Monday we welcomed in our lovely group of eight students, five of whom are back for the second, third and even fourth time and on Friday we waved goodbye to eight lovely friends. The week really did fly by with not a moment wasted. this was our Summer School Extra for students who have some experience so we tried lots of interesting techniques. At the Glass Hub we run a hot glass studio alongside our warm glass studio so we are uniquely placed to practice techniques involving both hot and warm glass.

Among other glass explorations we made murrine by stacking sheet glass and tack fusing it. Then we took the fused glass into the hot shop and pulled into murine canes, and chopped up with our murine chopper into small slices. These elements were then re-incorporated back into fused work, with unique and striking results – – a fascinating insight into an ancient technique.

Students and glass alike were put through their paces and stretched, moulded and tweaked in so many ways. We also practiced glassblowing, reactive fusing, sandcasting, drop outs, kiln casting and much more. After so much work the glass gang managed some time to chill together …in the pub for a drink and a meal; at the campsite next to the river and at the Manor with a delicious cream tea. On Thursday evening while watching the talented James Devereux and Katie Huskie’s master demonstration we enjoyed a proper feast of a barbecue cooked up by the marvellous and invaluable Karen, with amazing puddings from our foundation student Sarah. Thank you everyone so much for making it such fantastic and exhausting fun. Have a look at some of the photos…

New Opportunity at The Glass Hub!

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We are currently looking to recruit an intern that can train with us for up to ten months. This is a great opportunity for somebody looking to gain experience in glassmaking and glass education, alongside developing their own work in a well-equipped glass studio.

The Glass School Internship is an educational work placement opportunity. The successful applicant will experience a variety of roles that will include ‘glass technician’ and ‘glass teaching assistant’. They will be trained in the proper operation and maintenance of glassmaking equipment as well as undertake real-world experience in the operation of a busy glass school. The applicant will be given ample studio time to practice and develop their own work. They will also have health and safety training and the opportunity to attend specialist glassmaking courses for personal creative development throughout their internship.

This internship may be suited to students who have completed their undergraduate study in glass (BA) and are looking to gain professional studio experience and develop their own work.

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Image above courtesy of Lucien West.

The Glass Hub Internship

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Vacancy Title:  Glass School Intern

Description:

The Glass School Internship is an educational work placement opportunity suitable for individuals looking to gain experience in glassmaking and glass education, alongside developing their own work in a well-equipped glass studio.
The successful applicant will experience a variety of roles that will include ‘glass technician’ and ‘glass teaching assistant’. They will be trained in the proper operation and maintenance of glassmaking equipment as well as undertake real-world experience in the operation of a busy glass school.

The applicant will be given studio time to practice and develop their own work (negotiable depending on hours in training). They will also have health and safety training and the opportunity to attend specialist glassmaking courses for personal creative development throughout their internship.

As part of their training, interns can expect to handle many day-to-day responsibilities such as equipment maintenance and cleaning. They will be dealing with the general public and are therefore expected to be enthusiastic about engaging with people.

Applicants should have a strong work ethic and are expected to be self-motivated both on and off the clock. Interns are encouraged to participate in classes either as teachers, teaching assistants or students depending on their interests and abilities.

This internship may be suited to students who have completed their undergraduate study in glass (BA) and are looking to gain professional studio experience while developing their own work.

 

Location:

The Glass Hub
Stowford Manor Farm, Wingfield, Wilshire BA14 9LH
Website: www.theglasshub.co.uk
Email: info@theglasshub.co.uk

Duration of Internship: 10 months from September 2016 – July 2017

Hours: Hours will vary week to week but interns could work up to a maximum of 30 hours in a week when we are running 5-day schools, and some weekends (especially weekends when courses are running) alongside their personal studio time. The number of hours will vary according to age and experience.

Remuneration:

Interns will receive £200 per calendar month, plus use of the glass studio and studio equipment for personal use (negotiable studio hours).

Accommodation:

Accommodation is not included; however assistance in finding suitable accommodation will be given if required.

Requirements:

  • Glassmaking experience or a qualification in glassmaking (or related craft/Art) discipline.
  • No formal qualifications are required but an interest in learning new skills and a passion for glass essential
  • Fluent English speaking
  • Be able to lift up to 25kg
  • A full driving license and own car is essential as the school is in a rural location.

Applicants should:

  • Be able to work in both a hot glass and kiln room environment
  • Be reliable and punctual
  • Be able to work as part of a team
  • Have a positive attitude and strong work ethic
  • Enjoy working with their hands
  • Take instruction well
  • Have good communication skills
  • Be able to work in a public facing environment

Future Prospects:

  • Potential for further employment as glass technician/tutor for the right candidate
  • Exit interview and feedback from the employer to build on apprentice’s CV

 

How to Apply:

Applications by email.

Please send your CV, Artist Statement and up to 8 images of your work by email to Kim Wood info@theglasshub.co.uk You will receive a confirmation of your application or a request for further details within 72 hours.

Closing Date for Applications: June 30th 2016 for interviews in mid-July. More information and enquiries by email info@theglasshub.co.uk

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Image above courtesy of Lucien West.

Angela Jarman Masterclass

Angela-Jarman-Masterclass-Day-2 (9)We launched into our Summer term here at The Glass Hub with a fantastic and completely sold-out kiln-glass masterclass with Angela Jarman. Always a great joy to have around she led nine students through a world of moulding and casting with a focus on surface texture and pattern.

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Angela is a unique artist, her sensitive and imaginative work is powerful and dynamic, yet intricate and feminine. This exciting masterclass began with an introduction to the processes, an explanation of the techniques students would be exploring, and then everyone busying themselves making waxes from textured objects, and duplicates of small items they had brought. The emphasis was on the quickness and simplicity with which multiple items can be reproduced in wax using alginate and silicon master moulds, to produce new and intriguing forms.

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Angela Jarman and a World of Texture

Angela-Jarman-Masterclass-Day-2 (4)We launched into our Summer term here at The Glass Hub with a fantastic and completely sold-out kiln-glass masterclass with Angela Jarman. Always a great joy to have around she led nine students through a world of moulding and casting with a focus on surface texture and pattern.

Angela is a unique artist, her sensitive and imaginative work is powerful and dynamic, yet intricate and feminine. The first day of this exciting masterclass began with an introduction to the processes, an explanation of the techniques students would be exploring, and then everyone busying themselves making waxes from textured objects, and duplicates of small items they had brought. The emphasis was on the quickness and simplicity with which multiple items can be reproduced in wax using alginate and silicon master moulds, to produce new and intriguing forms.

Day 2 began with students taking the waxes from the former day, with explanations of further processes, modelling techniques, ways of building up components whilst keeping the sense of the “whole piece”. Angela gave a fascinating talk about her work and its development, describing where she has come from in her thought and physical /creative processes, to where she is now.   Students left that day exhausted but full of inspiration from this……it sometimes takes meeting and learning and being around someone who has turned hard work and talent into a success to remember what can be achieved if we try hard enough!

Day 3, as ever, was predictably the busiest and most frantic in the kiln room, with everyone with a massive refractory bucket list, all by 4 pm!!! Armed with cottling, boards, plaster, finishing off last minute details and picking the last bits of Angela’s well worked brain, students dipped, carved, boarded up, weighed out glass and eventually managed to get all moulds finished and into the kilns. A fantastic course, big thanks to Angela and of course the awesome TA Holly Hatt, who helps us out endlessly on more and more kiln courses.

A Date with Joseph Harrington

Joseph-Harrington-masterclass-students-2016Joseph Harrington and ‘The Freedom of the One-Off’ – 13th – 15th March 2016

We were so pleased to finally welcome Joseph Harrington through our doors at The Glass Hub. His work has always been so iconic for us, the rugged forms, natural tones and essence of landscape has always been a favourite, as well as his lovely nature to boot.

This kiln casting masterclass at The Glass Hub was long awaited by ourselves and students alike and we were not disappointed. Joe arrived to a studio packed with everything (and more) that a kiln caster could desire. We had everything from salt, sand, a freezer full of ice blocks and even lard! …yes lard was on the shopping list.

Students began on Friday morning armed with clay on boards, sand and wax, ready to make an impression.

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