Monthly Archives: July 2022

In this issue – new workshops, more info about our Open Studios Weekend, new art from Val and Graham and two great student fusing 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!

Hello, Aloha and bienvenue!

In this issue – new workshops, more info about our Open Studios Weekend, new art from Val and Graham and  two great student fusing projects to share and more!

First off, Jenny and I would like to thank all the folk who voted for us in the Muddy Stilettos award, or left a review on Facebook, Google or Trip Advisor (or in some cases, all of these!) recently – we appreciate the support!

Next up, we’d like to remind you that we’re running a special offer in July – if you pay for a workshop in July, you can bring a friend or significant other for half price on the same workshop (provided there’s spaces on that date).
This can be for any workshop in 2022 apart from our Open Studios mini workshop (come on, it’s only £10 anyway!), as long as it’s paid for this month and we can accommodate both of you on the same date.
To take advantage of this offer, do get in touch first so we can make sure there’s enough spaces on whichever workshop you’d like to join.

And while we’re on the subject of workshops, it’s time to announce Jenny’s new half-day class – Fused Glass ColourBurst Suncatchers!
I was a bit cheeky in suggesting that Jenny could run this as a class if enough people commented on her photo of her first attempt on social media.

Well, it turns out that the idea appeals to plenty of our Facebook followers so here it is – all live on the website and taking bookings from today – just £75 per person including materials and refreshments.

We’ve set up three dates to gauge interest and all the info is here:
Vitreus Art Colour Burst Suncatcher Glass Fusing Workshops (

On this fun half-day morning workshop Jenny will teach you how to cut and shape all the sections of coloured glass you’ll need, and supervise you in creating the two layers you’ll need for your piece.
After firing you’ll have a colourful suncatcher, completely unique and personal to you!

Although there’s some basic glass cutting involved this workshop really is accessible to all levels; we’re accepting a maximum of 5 per class so these sessions could well book up soon!
And remember – you could bring a friend with you for half price – what fun!

Late July Open Studios Weekend 30th &31st July Update…

The lovely Clare Tebboth, painter and raconteur, has confirmed she’ll be painting and demonstrating and chatting all things arty on the second day, from 11 to 3.30.

She’ll be joining the equally lovely Stacey Young (papercutting), Roger Loxton (fused glass), Lesley Passey (portraits and sculpting), Jo Cross (wire-wrapped jewellery) plus Jenny and me – all on hand to explain how the courses we each run work, and answer any questions about courses.

AND – you can have a go too!
If you fancy trying your hand at cutting glass under our expert supervision, come along and discover how it’s done.
No need to book for this!

OR – if you call in and book a place here, you can join one of the four Glass Fusing Micro-Workshops Jenny is running – make your own mini fused glass suncatcher ready to hang in a window when fired, as shown above.

Each session is only £10, booked in the studio in advance. We’re not putting this on the website – this is a special offer for subscribers and social media followers only!

So, all throughout that weekend, from 11am to 3.30pm there’ll be plenty to find out – if you’re contemplating joining one of the workshops run by our talented tutors, this is your chance to interrogate them!
Details are here…

More Studio news…

And for anyone who’d like to work on their own project and develop their existing skills in glass fusing, stained glass or PMC Silver Jewellery – we’re now running Project Days at weekends.
These are booked in advance just like weekday project sessions, and we’ll need some idea of what you’re planning to make to ensure the right tools, materials or facilities are on hand for you. Get in touch!

New at the Gallery….

Thanks to Graham Lester for bringing in replenishments for our collection of his unique upcycled art – he brought in three new wall pictures and 4 new upcycled bowls.

If you haven’t come across Graham’s turned work before, you should know that they’re all made from materials that would go to waste otherwise – including plywood, coloured card, corian, acrylic – even old map books!

And thanks to Val Goldfinch for updating our collection of her super-cute cottages and bird slates – all painted and varnished and all desirable! She also brought two new framed paintings in her trademark pristine collectable watercolour style.

Pop in and take a look!

What have you been Making….?

And now – it’s high time to show some love for two lovely pieces made during the 2nd half of our 6-Week Glass Fusing Evening Course, led by Jenny.

All the pieces made on the course were great, but we happen to have decent photos of these two.
And while you’re admiring what Dee (square) and Wendy (round) made, do send us in a photo of what you’ve been making!

And take a look at these paintings – all created on Clare Tebboth’s Paint Like Monet one-day class – fantastic effort!

The next one day class with Clare is Printing Without a Press – a brilliant and friendly introduction to several ways of making print artwork without the need for expensive equipment.
Have a look here (and remember – our 2nd place half-price offer applies to this session):

Well – that’s quite a lot of info for one email – we hope to see you in the studio sometime, maybe for the Open Studios on the last weekend of July?

Best wishes
Mike & Jenny

P.S. We see that WarmGlass (the supplier we use most often for fusing stuff) is running a number of kiln promotions at present, including £350 off the price of the type of kiln we use.
If you’re contemplating buying a kiln, this would be worth a look. We’ve had great service from WarmGlass over the years!

P.P.S. We now have more stock of metal garden frames; if you made a stained glass garden panel recently and wanted to mount it on a metal stand, get in touch. Stock is finite so first come first served. Cost is £19.