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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Joseph Harrington and The Freedom of the One-Off

Joseph-Harrington-masterclass-students-2016We 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.

Using his direct approach with the modelling material the spirit lives on within the work. He seems to capture a sense of time and movement within a solid object, expressing an evolution of forms and a reaction of materials and energies acting upon each other. He has developed a unique working method using ice as a modelling medium. The ice is eroded and sculpted with salt then cast in glass, capturing a moment in time as the ice is melting. This thawing of ice provides a physical time frame to work within, heightening the importance of artistic judgment and decision-making.

Check out his stuff, www.josephharrington.co.uk

Joe has had a lot of experience in his relatively short career, working with the best in Britain, getting his Master’s degree and even running a class at Bullseye glass in Oregon, USA. This class 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. Then followed a flurry of clay modelling …texture making using a whole variety of tools and materials including scrunched up papers and gritty sands. Our open casting moulds were being poured by the afternoon.

Saturday morning began with pulling the clay from the open cast moulds, followed an introduction to Joseph’s signature dish of lost ice sculpture – carving a block of ice, using salt, a blow torch and tools.

On our final day, students reviewed the results from Friday’s moulds and continued making ice sculptures and adding texture and form with bit of cold working. Joe led this class to a satisfying end leaving us all inspired and full of ideas. Something tells me it won’t just be food in the freezers at home soon. Check out some of the photos from his class in the album below.

Thanks once again Joe, and to Holly and Mylene for all their hard work and assistance.

Till the next time.

Come and explore something new!

kiln-carving-glass-iridescentCome and explore an exciting new way of working with glass and create stunning effects from simple techniques!

Kiln carving is a simple kiln forming process which adds texture and relief to glass. It refers to the “carving” effect given to the glass which takes place in the kiln during firing. We will look at the materials and techniques required to create these effects along with instruction on kiln firings and precise temperature control.

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About the Tutor: Helga Watkins-Baker has an MA in glass and undertook postgraduate studies in kiln techniques for glass at Central St. Martin’s. She has worked in glass education for a number of years, and in 2010 published ‘Kiln Forming Glass’ an in-depth guide to kiln processes for glass. She is co-director of The Glass Hub.

We still have space on next weeks ‘kiln carving’ class   …Book your place now!
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SPRING GLASS COURSES

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Joseph Harringtion – The Freedom of the One-Off

Our Spring courses schedule is up and running from January to April 2016. A special addition for 2016 is our new weekly Glass Foundation Course that will run every Wednesday for 10 weeks from April 13th. Participants will undertake an in-depth foundation study into the principle glassmaking techniques, in both the hot shop and the kiln room. more info…

We are delighted to welcome back master kiln glass artist Jo Harrington who will be taking a 3-day course ‘The Freedom of the One-Off’ in February. Other new courses include: ‘Pattern Bar Perfection’; ‘Three Day Glassblowing’; ‘Goblet Making’ and our fantastic value ‘Techniques into Tumblers’ with our own KT Yun. Alongside new courses will be our One Day Glassblowing and One Day Fusing classes that are excellent introductions to the craft and perfect gifts. Our 5 Day Spring and Summer School dates our confirmed too …Check out our course schedule.

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Come and make some tumblers!

Communicating with Glass

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This was a course that we had dreamed, planned and prepared for, for over a year …and it was finally here. Mixing up art and craft, concept and material, artists with makers, and seeing what happened.  The content of the course was based on what we had learned from Luke Jerram during his residency with us at the Hub, and what he in turn had learned from us, about glass.  We discovered there was no hierarchy of concept over materiality, of art over craft. There is no right or wrong way to practice as an artist and maker …and with glassmaking at least – ideas can inform outcomes as much as glassmaking techniques can inspire ideas.

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Luke Jerram – Communicating with Glass

Notes on the Masterclass:

Luke Jerram – Communicating with Glass
with Luke Jerram, Louis Thompson and Max Jacquard
Friday 5th – Monday 8th June 2015

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This was a course that we had dreamed, planned and prepared for, for over a year …and it was finally here. Mixing up art and craft, concept and material, artists with makers, and seeing what happened.  The content of the course was based on what we had learned from Luke Jerram during his residency with us at the Hub, and what he in turn had learned from us, about glass.  We discovered there was no hierarchy of concept over materiality, of art over craft. There is no right or wrong way to practice as an artist and maker …and with glassmaking at least – ideas can inform outcomes as much as glassmaking techniques can inspire ideas. Continue reading

Great time at the IFG!

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We were delighted to take part in this year’s International Festival of Glass following an invitation from Simon Eccles at Wolverhampton University. He had asked us if we would like to find a leader and organise a masterclass to run at the Uni. Neil Wilkin had been on our mind to run a session at the Hub, so we asked him, and were very happy when he said yes. As ever the talented glassblower James Devereux was encouraging and supportive and offered to assist.  We are incredibly lucky to have Devereux & Huskie Glassworks as our neighbours.  James Devereux is one of the best makers in the country, and is continually enthusiastic and encouraging in all that we do here.

Our course was set to explore some of the glass-making techniques and qualities that make Neil’s career and working style so unique and especially on the potential to create better work through team effort. Neil is one of those makers who very much works with the glass, somehow getting it to move and behave in a tranquil, almost effortless manner. Expertise combined with a deep knowledge of the material and a simple belief in his abilities make Neil a maker like no other.  Teamed with James it would be a super-fuelled glass-making experience.

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Great time at the IFG!

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We were delighted to take part in this year’s International Festival of Glass following an invitation from Simon Eccles at Wolverhampton University. He had asked us if we would like to find a leader and organise a masterclass to run at the Uni. Neil Wilkin had been on our mind to run a session at the Hub, so we asked him, and were very happy when he said yes. As ever the talented glassblower James Devereux was encouraging and supportive and offered to assist. We are incredibly lucky to have Devereux & Huskie Glassworks as our neighbours. James Devereux is one of the best makers in the country, and is continually enthusiastic and encouraging in all that we do here.

In brief, the course would explore some of the glass-making techniques and qualities that make Neil’s career and working style so unique and especially on the potential to create better work through team effort. Neil is one of those makers who very much works with the glass, somehow getting it to move and behave in a tranquil, almost effortless manner. Expertise combined with a deep knowledge of the material and a simple belief in his abilities make Neil a maker like no other. Teamed with James it would be a super-fuelled glass-making experience.

We arrived in Stourbridge on Sunday to a lovely welcome dinner. Continue reading

Luke Jerram Day 10

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The Luke Jerram Residency began with a chance meeting in an airport, the Glass Hub and Luke all travelling back to Bristol from a CGS conference in Newcastle.  We had admired Luke’s work as he spoke, and when conversations began about residencies, and the hassle of flying to Pilchuck in the States, where he had been invited, it made sense to all three of us that using the Glass Hub as a place to reside, explore and experiment with glass, near Luke’s hometown of Bristol, made much more sense…… Continue reading