In this issue – new workshops, our Open Studios Weekend, new art from Val & Graham, two great student projects to share and more!
In this issue – new workshops, our Open Studios Weekend, new art from Val & Graham, two great student projects to share and more!
Here at Vitreus Art we offer many different types of glass fusing workshops and we know it can be a little daunting to know where to start your glass fusing journey, but we are here to advise.
Primarily we use the same materials in each workshop, the difference comes on how you layer up your glass and then fire it in the kiln.
Although, we are happy to teach all our workshops to beginners, the one that we believe is the best starting place, is our ‘Glass Fusing for Beginners’ (formally known at Vitreus Art as Fusion/Inclusion).
On this one-day workshop you will learn not only how to create some lovely pieces of glass art; but we will also teach you the basics of how the glass behaves in the kiln, and more importantly what glass fuses with what glass – you may be surprised to learn that not all glass is the same!
A question we get asked a lot is, ‘Is it just glass that you can fuse together?’, the simple answer is ‘no’, but there are things you do need to know, you can’t just put any old thing into your glass!!
Take a look here to see everything that is included in our ‘Glass Fusing for Beginners’: Vitreus Art Glass Fusing with Vitreus Art (vitreus-art.co.uk).
If you fancy adding texture to your glass art (JT’s favourite), then you might like to try our ‘Tack Relief’ workshop. We work with the same materials as on our ‘Glass Fusing for Beginners’, but this time we only work with one layer of base glass. In addition, we will also work with coloured sheet glass, so you will add glass-cutting to your skill set – always a helpful thing to know when working with glass. It’s not as scary as it looks once you have been taught how.
More information on our ‘Tack Relief’ workshop can be found here: Vitreus Art Glass Fusing Tack Relief (vitreus-art.co.uk)
‘Glass Slumping’ is like our ‘Tack Relief’ workshop, but we then add a 3d dimension to our work. The starting point for this is a 30x30cm sheet of fusible glass, and you can decide if you want to make one large piece, a large bowl or platter, or we can cut the glass into smaller sections and you could make several pieces, the choice is yours.
Click on the link to find out more Vitreus Art Slumped Glass Fusing Workshops (vitreus-art.co.uk)
If you are looking to make something that is a functional piece of glassware rather than a piece of artwork, then look no further than these classes: –
Fused Glass Lantern – Vitreus Art Fused Glass Beginners Classes – Make a Lantern (vitreus-art.co.uk) this one is similar to the ‘Tack Fusing’ workshop with lots of lovely texture, but you get to make something that will give lovely light in your room and/or garden.
Tealight holders & Pocket Vases – If you fancy having a go at glass fusing and don’t have the time to devote a whole day then these two might be up your street.
These two workshops are run as a morning or afternoon session, so if time is tight these will be a perfect fit for you. Or if you want to try your hand at glass fusing, but not quite sure, these will give you a little taster.
Fused Glass Jewellery workshop where you create pieces of glass art that are wearable – Vitreus Art Fused Glass Jewellery Making with Jenny Timms (vitreus-art.co.uk) this is similar to our ‘Fusing for Beginners’, just on a much smaller scale.
Pebble Bowl – (For me, JT) a pebble bowl is more a piece of art than a useable item, but if you wish to use yours than it would work perfectly as a fruit bowl or similar, not great for holding your soup though!!
This workshop is run over a course of 3 sessions of 2.5 hours, the first session you create your glass sheets of colour, 2nd session your can let go of all your inner tension and have a smashing time with the hammer and your glass. All the smashed glass goes back into the kiln to make your ‘pebbles’. On the final session you will take the time to carefully place your pebbles in the mould, to create you bowl!
These bowls are things of beauty – not sure I’d be putting anything in mine (just saying).
A new workshop to Vitreus Art for 2022 is our ‘Screen Printing on glass’, here we get to use glass powders and stencils to create 2 or 3 dimensional images on to sheet glass. Most of the work for this class is in the preparation in creating your own stencils Screen Printing with Fused Glass workshop with Vitreus Art (vitreus-art.co.uk)
Mike is also venturing into the glass fusing arena – he has now expanded his glass range to include a different type of glass to that used in many of our fusing workshops.
Using ‘Float’ glass Mike is now offering Glass Fusing workshops in:
Ocean Wave – Fused Glass Ocean Wave Making workshop with Vitreus Art (vitreus-art.co.uk) we have a feeling this is our most popular fusing class currently!
And Christmas Decorations too –
Mike and I are very lucky to know some very talented glass artists, and we have invited one of them, Roger Loxton, to come and teach the fused glass ‘Sunflower’ workshop here at Vitreus Art.
Roger has been creating these sunflowers for some years now and they are always a hit in the gallery. So, we thought we would give those of you who wish to try making your own the opportunity Fused Glass Sunflower workshop for Beginners with Vitreus Art (vitreus-art.co.uk)
You will learn how to cut glass (if you don’t already know), one the first day you will make the centre of the sunflower, and this will be fired overnight and will be ready for the next day. On day 2 you will cut our all your petals and assemble your sunflower ready to go into the kiln.
For those of you who would like to jump in the deep end, we run a 6-week evening course. The first 3 weeks are spent learning several different techniques in glass fusing and the final 3 weeks are spent creating your own glass fused project using the skills you will have learnt in the first 3. Vitreus Art Glass Fusing Intensive Evening Course for Beginners (vitreus-art.co.uk)
Finally, for those of you who have done some glass fusing before, whether it be at Vitreus Art or elsewhere we are running our ‘Turning up the heat’, two-day intensive workshop.
If you are possibly thinking about purchasing your own kiln, but not sure where to start, or find it a bit daunting when you have looked then this course might be the one you need before making that large purchase. Or if you have purchased your kiln, but it’s just sitting in the corner of your studio as you are too scared to plug it in, or not quite sure how to programme it!!
This workshop is taught by both Mike and Jenny (me). Mike will give you a good grounding in all things technical from the kilns to how and why glass behaves at different temperatures, whilst Jenny will run you through the pretty stuff along with the how’s are wherefores of how to prepare your kiln before firing it up. We will work on small projects making notes of what we are doing and why, and what part the kiln plays in the process.
We hope this has helped you decide on which course would be best for you, but if you do still have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Are you inspired by the amazing art being created all around and want to get started yourself?
Want to brush up your skills, gain confidence, try new paints, new styles, even new media?
These Art classes at Vitreus Art near Towcester are created just for you!
All our art classes are suitable for beginners, improvers and the ambitious keen to expand their skills.
Coming up soon and available to book online or at Vitreus Art studio:
A one day mixed media art workshop with Clare Tebboth, for beginners and up
A one day workshop painting flowers and plants in watercolours.
Suitable for beginners and beyond.
A one day course, suitable for absolute beginners and those with some experience in painting in other mediums.
Learn the ‘alla prima’ or wet-on-wet technique for modern oil-painting.
A one day course, ideal for painters with some experience (but not essential) – learn to paint like the great master!
A one day workshop for beginners with Clare Tebboth covering 5 home-friendly printmaking techniques culminating in linoprint.
A fun and productive day for artists at all levels.
Printing Without a Press – learn 5 home-friendly printing techniques including linoprint
All our one-day classes and longer art and craft courses can be found here:
Well it’s February and we are heading for longer and warmer days, and with the longer days hopefully that will inspire you to get creative, if you haven’t been already!
We have some great workshops coming up, and bookings are coming in thick and fast, so if you fancy trying to get creative this month, or anytime during the year don’t dilly dally!!
But more on that later.
Firstly, we wanted to let you know about all the wonderful new artwork that has recently arrived in the gallery.
Some arrived and then left very quickly, like this lovely little fox, but we do still have some lovely pieces from ceramics sculptor Hilary Audus.
Painters Louise Thomas and Niki Thomas (not related) have delivered some amazing, colourful paintings.
We are loving the heavy and moody skies in Lou’s new Greenland paintings (more on our website) and this very evocative painting by Niki, another moody painting with loads of movement given by big, bold brush strokes.
There are 5 more new paintings in the gallery and will be on our website soon.
Unsurprisingly, Anne Gilbert has certainly become a very popular artist at Vitreus Art in the short time she has been exhibiting with us; her paintings of wildlife are full of character with each creature bringing its own personality to each painting.
We have a good selection of Anne’s prints in the gallery ready for framing, and we also have a couple already framed and ready to hang directly on your wall.
And painter Clare Tebboth has delivered some distinctive heart-shaped prints of the originals shown here – and there’s just time to arrange for these to be framed in time for Valentine’s Day – if you’re quick!
And there’re more new pieces from Clare on our website too…
Have you ever thought of commissioning a piece of artwork for your home?
Well, these lovely people did, and we are pleased to report that both couples were delighted with their pieces.
We certainly get a buzz when teaching our skills to all our lovely students and sharing our years of knowledge.
But, the buzz you get when someone commissions a piece of work for their home and are more than happy with it, when you eventually get to show it to them – well that’s a feeling we just can’t put into words, it’s AMAZING (totally inadequate word for how we feel), and we ‘thank’ each and every one who has commissioned work from us, be it recently or sometime ago – thank you.
Quote from the clients:
Internal window – ‘Hello Jenny, well!! Momentous day today – the window went in!!!! It’s going to be boarded over for protection as there is still plastering and painting to do but i got a quick pic of the sun coming through…. Isn’t it just stunning??’.
Pen y Fan – ‘First things first, what an amazing picture – you’ve done a fantastic job, thank you so much.
You’ve managed to capture everything so well – truly a very skilful artist!
I think we’ll definitely be keeping it here at home, to remind us of Wales when we’re not there.’
We recently entertained a lovely lady who travelled from Devon for a 3 Day intensive glass fusing workshop.
Her requirements for the course were, ‘I want to learn it all’!!
Well, for a 3-day course that’s a pretty big ask, but we certainly gave her a good grounding to take away so she can start her glass fusing journey.
We did a lot of talking about kilns and how to prepare them, along with moulds used, and we touched on full-fusing, kiln carving, draping and tack fusing with pieces being created in all of these techniques – what a whirl-wind of glass fusing it was, but we all had fun.
‘I can’t tell you guys how much I enjoyed last week.
You are really superb teachers – so engaging, encouraging, fun, honest and approachable.
I learnt so much last week – which fills me with excitement. I have to tell you, I was exhausted having put my brain into learning gear after all these years! I thought that I had a base knowledge, having done a couple of glass fusing classes – I giggle at myself now, having learnt so much with you two over three days, I realise, I didn’t have a clue!
I feel equipped to start my own journey of glass fusing now, with confidence, thanks to you two.
Your professionalism and depth of knowledge really is second to none.
I have ordered my kiln – with confidence and sorted out my cabin space. I have also ordered everything else I think I will need.
Thank you again for your kindness and patience – you are such lovely people, with a real warmth to you both.’
Here are just two of the pieces made during the workshop.
Workshops – well what do you fancy trying?
The Fused Glass Sunflower workshop, the first set of dates we announced sold out within a few days of putting it on the website.
We have now added some new dates, so if you want to make a beautiful fused glass sunflower for your home don’t miss your chance this time.
Just two places on the May dates remain and 4 for the August dates.
Everyone loves a wave!
Last time we announced the dates for the Fused Glass Ocean Wave workshop we sold out fast.
So we have added 3 more dates for the year, don’t take too long to think about it, or you might just miss you chance!
We know that not everyone can commit to a whole day for our workshops, or you might like try before booking a full day so for the Precious Metal Clay (PMC) workshop we have come up with a half day taster session.
You will get to use 5gms of clay to make a pair of drop-earrings to take away with you on the day.
There will be a little waiting time, between the drying and firing but that will give us a little time for tea and biscuits!
Classes will run from 10am to 12.30, price is £45 per person.
Dates for this are Tuesday 1st March and Thursday 21st April – and of course if there is a lot of interest we will add further dates for later in the year.
This one is yet to hit the website, so if you are interested please let us know by replying and we can pop you in the diary.
And don’t forget we aren’t all about glass and jewellery, we have two very talented artists teaching their skills with a paintbrush, palette knife, and all things 2D!
Emily Brady starts her ‘Painting for Beginners’ evening course on Tuesday 1st March, running each Tuesday evening 7-9pm for 6 weeks.
Emily will take you from an introduction to pencils and simple mark making through to a simple still life looking at shadows and light, then on to colour theory with paints and moving on to simple landscape and finishing with a portrait.
You really don’t need to have done any artwork previously, all you need is the want to learn.
There are now just 4 places available on this course, so don’t miss your chance, follow the link and get your place booked.
Clare Tebboth runs our ever so popular painting and drawing course on Thursdays during the day, but these are always fully booked. But if you should fancy learning with Clare the next workshop she will be running is her ‘Expressive Watercolour Flowers’, on Friday 25th March.
If you want to know more, hit the link and you will find a little video of Clare explaining what you will learn.
As with all the one day workshops at Vitreus Art everything you need for the day is included, as is your lunch and refreshments during the course of the day.
If you’d like to give a gift of a workshop for Valentine’s Day (or on any other occasion!) – we can provide vouchers for a sum of money, for a particular workhop on a specified date, or a workshop voucher for a date to be agreed in the future.
Hit this website page to arrange, or get in touch and we’ll sort everything out!
As you know Mike and I love all things Stained Glass and one of our favourite places is Ely Cathedral.
The cathedral itself is beautiful, but there is of course the added bonus of the Stained Glass Museum – if you like glass you may find it an interesting place to visit. But don’t go when it’s foggy!
Home – Ely Cathedral / Visiting the Stained Glass Museum Ely The Stained Glass Museum, Ely
Well, we do hope you have enjoyed your read this week, and you didn’t consume to many biscuits whilst reading our updates!!
Thanks for taking the time to read and we look forward to seeing you soon, either in the Gallery and/or studio or if you can’t get here in person, you can always drop us a line and show us what you have been creating lately.
PS: Don’t forget, if you have been on one of our workshops and/or been a customer in the gallery and you have enjoyed your experience please do leave a little review – just search for Vitreus Art on Google and leave a review there on the right hand side.