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Glass Fusing – what’s it all about? Fusing Workshops at Vitreus Art….

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.

Glass Fusing for Beginners

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!!

Introduction to glass fusing – Fusion-Inclusion

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).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tack-Relief Glass Fusing for Beginners

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.

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Tack-Relief Fusing – learn to make glass art with relief

More information on our ‘Tack Relief’ workshop can be found here: Vitreus Art Glass Fusing Tack Relief (vitreus-art.co.uk)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fused Glass Slumping for Beginners

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.

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Fused Glass waves – make two of these on our 1-day workshop in Slumping

Click on the link to find out more Vitreus Art Slumped Glass Fusing Workshops (vitreus-art.co.uk)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fused Glass Lanterns, Pocket Vases, Tealight Holders, Fused Glass Jewellery

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 LanternVitreus 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.

Vitreus Art glass fusing workshops - Fused Glass Lantern
Decorate a lovely lantern in one day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Vitreus Art glass fusing workshops - Fused glass Tealights
Fused Glass Tealight holders – make 4 in half a day
Vitreus Art glass fusing workshops - Fused Glass Pocket vases
Pocket Vases – make four sweet water-tight vases in half a day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vitreus Art Tealight Holders Glass Fusing Workshops (vitreus-art.co.uk)

Vitreus Art Pocket Vases Glass Fusing Workshops (vitreus-art.co.uk)

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 Bowls made from Fused Glass

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!!

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Fused Glass Pebble Bowl – made over 3 sessions

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!

Vitreus Art Pebble Bowl Glass Fusing Workshops (vitreus-art.co.uk)

These bowls are things of beauty – not sure I’d be putting anything in mine (just saying).

Screen Printing on Glass

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)

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Screen Printing on glass – a new workshop at Vitreus Art

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New workshops – fusing with Float Glass

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:

Vitreus Art glass fusing workshops - Fused Glass Flowers
Fused glass flowers – make 2 over two evenings ready for planting

Glass FlowersFused Glass Flowers – Vitreus Art Glass FusingCourse for Beginners (vitreus-art.co.uk)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ocean WaveFused Glass Ocean Wave Making workshop with Vitreus Art (vitreus-art.co.uk) we have a feeling this is our most popular fusing class currently!

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Fused glass ocean wave on wooden base – all materials provided, including the base!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And Christmas Decorations too –

 

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Fused glass icicles – make up to 6 in one easy evening session ready for Christmas

Fused Glass Icicle Christmas Decorations Making workshop with Vitreus Art (vitreus-art.co.uk)

Fused Glass Christmas

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Fused Glass wreath made in half a day (or an evening)

Wreath Making workshop with Vitreus Art (vitreus-art.co.uk)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fused Glass Sunflower

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)

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Fused glass sunflower – created from scratch over two days

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Longer courses in glass fusing

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)

Vitreus Art Glass fusing workshops - 6-week Glass fusing evening course
Fused glass bowl made on our intensive fusing evening course

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!!

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Turning Up the Heat – 2-day intensive glass fusing course

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.

 

Learn to paint like Monet - one-day workshop with Clare Tebboth at Vitreus Art

Get painting (or brush up your skills) with Vitreus Art and tutor Clare Tebboth

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:

Textured landscapes – working with acrylics, collage and texture pastes

A one day mixed media art workshop with Clare Tebboth, for beginners and up

Mixed media workshop with Clare Tebboth at Vitreus Art
Textured Landscapes – a mixed media workshop for painters at all levels

Friday 29th April – Textured Landscapes Mixed Media – 4 places remaining

 

Expressive Plants and Flowers in Watercolours with Clare Tebboth

A one day workshop painting flowers and plants in watercolours.
Suitable for beginners and beyond.

Expressive Watercolours workshop with Clare Tebboth at Vitreus Art
Expressive Watercolours – a great way to develop your watercolour skills and learn some new techniques

 Friday 13th May – Expressive Watercolours – 3 places remaining

 

Oil Painting – One Day Introduction with Clare Tebboth

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.

Oil Painting in a day with Clare Tebboth at Vitreus Art
Discover the joys of oil paints in just a day with Clare on this fun workshop

Friday 20th May – Oil Painting in a Day – 3 places remaining

 

Paint Your Own Monet Masterpiece with Clare Tebboth

A one day course, ideal for painters with some experience (but not essential) – learn to paint like the great master!

Learn to paint like Monet - one-day workshop with Clare Tebboth at Vitreus Art
Paint your own ‘Monet Masterpiece’ with Clare Tebboth on this one-day workshop

Wednesday 6th July – Paint Like Monet – 5 places remaining

 

Linocut & More – Printing without a Press

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

Printing Without a Press one day workshop with Clare Tebboth at Vitreus Art
Printing Without a Press – learn 5 home-friendly printing techniques including linoprint

Friday 9th September – Printing without a Press – 4 places remaining

All our one-day classes and longer art and craft courses can be found here:
https://www.vitreus-art.co.uk/classes/

What do you get for the woman or man who already has everything – apart from somewhere to keep it all?!

What do you get for the woman or man who already has everything –  apart from somewhere to keep it all?!

Most of us have wrestled with this question ourselves, or will do at some point.

There’s an understandable resistance nowadays to buying more stuff – many of us of a certain age have the things we want or need – and we may have a finite space to accommodate more.

Certainly my own little country cottage is already pretty full!

What many of us increasingly value is new experiences – and especially ones that stretch our creative minds.

Just a couple of years ago a study by Deloitte announced that spending on what it defined as ‘leisure experiences’ was outstripping retail spending by almost 50%, and was growing at 5% a year in the UK – noticeably faster than any growth in the UK’s overall economy.

And as some wallets get tighter, spending on leisure pursuits remains important to many – defying expectations from some.

One of the growth areas in what might be classed as ‘leisure experiences’ is the creative course or holiday.

Course providers (and this tallies with our own findings at Vitreus Art) are reporting that bookings for creative activities, especially ones with a defined outcome – like a hand-made object, or a series of paintings – are increasing year on year, despite a general gloominess on the high street.

Perhaps this signals that shift away from shopping being a leisure activity in itself and towards a wish for more fulfilling leisure time?

Speaking to students who’ve attended craft courses at Vitreus Art we hear observations like “I’ve never made anything by hand before and I didn’t expect it to feel so good” or “I love being able to switch off my phone and tune out distractions while I’m learning new skills.”

Inhabitants of most large towns and many small ones are well-served with places to discover the satisfaction of an artistic or craft activity – there are craft workshops and art schools in or near all the larger towns in the area, with many smaller independent art schools and course providers.

It doesn’t have to be gentle crafts like card-making or needlework either: we know of glass blowing studios, blacksmiths’ forges and chainsaw sculpting courses in our area too!

At the Vitreus Art craft & art studio, you’ll find stained glass courses including traditional and modern styles and glass fusing classes using a kiln to melt and manipulate glass into unique pieces of art.

You can also discover the remarkable properties of Precious Metal Clay, allowing absolute beginners to create their own pieces of 99% pure silver jewellery.

Students keen to develop their painting and drawing will benefit from our tutor Clare Tebboth’s lively teaching style, producing work to a high standard while having fun!

And there’s always glass work being created and local art on show at the working studio and gallery.

Vitreus Art is located at Bell Plantation, just off the A5 near Towcester, Northants, UK. On site you’ll also find the Bell Café, garden centre, and a number of other independent retailers with plenty of free parking.

So if you’d like to buy a gift for someone who already has everything, or discover the long-lasting satisfaction of making your own piece of art, visit the studio in person or online at www.vitreus-art.co.uk/classes.

Make 2022 the year you exchange buying more ‘stuff’ for an unforgettable creative experience!

A brand new workshop for next year, new art, fun hand-made Christmas decorations – updates from Vitreus Art aka. Jenny & Mike

Since we last posted we’ve been away for a week, got rained on heavily, ate at some great restaurants, hoovered up the sea air and visited some favourite old haunts down in Cornwall.
We’ve come back with heads full of ideas of new workshops and pieces to make so do keeping reading our newsletters – otherwise you might miss something exciting!

To start off with, here’s a completely new workshop for you – Wire Wrapped Jewellery – make contemporary jewellery with your choices of sea glass, polished pebbles and glass cabochons, taught by jewellery maker Jo Cross.
 
Wire-wrapping is a fun way to make stylish pendants out of any interesting stones, pieces of glass or fused glass ‘gems’ you may have at home.

On this workshop Jo Cross will teach you how to make a series of pendants using glass cabochons, sea glass pieces and smooth stones and you’ll leave with at least two pieces of completely unique jewellery.
All materials are provided, but you could also incorporate your own pieces of sea glass (for example).

The workshop is structured to lead you through all the essential techniques and will include student notes to help you carry on at home if you get the bug!

Jo recorded a short video explaining what this new workshop is all about – visit this page on the VA website and learn more!
Vitreus Art Wire Wrapped Jewellery Workshop with Jo Cross (vitreus-art.co.uk)

As with all workshops at VA, class sizes are small, lunch, refreshments and materials are included in the price and our Covid no-quibble policy still applies!
Go here for info, dates, prices and to book!
Vitreus Art Wire Wrapped Jewellery Workshop with Jo Cross (vitreus-art.co.uk)


Vouchers – give the gift that shows you have great taste!

With Christmas fast approaching, it must be time to remind you about our Gift Vouchers!
If you know someone who’d love to get crafty in the new year, or who’d like to choose their own arty present, get in touch to arrange, or visit this page:
Vitreus Art Gift voucher (vitreus-art.co.uk)

You can buy a voucher for a value, or for some of our most-requested workshops.
When you do, we’ll email you when we receive the transaction to ask who the voucher is for and if it’s for a special occasion. We’ll then send you a personalised voucher to print out, with room inside for your own message.
Or if you have something a bit different in mind, just get in touch and we’ll sort it out with you.
We can also print vouchers in the studio while you wait.
Vitreus Art Gift voucher (vitreus-art.co.uk)


New in the gallery….

Meanwhile in the gallery, you’ll see there’s lots of new art for all budgets.
For starters, how about these delightfully mystical paintings by Mark Duffin, all originals, all neatly framed in white and ready to hang. Great value for £250 for genuine originals!

There’s also a selection of limited edition prints for just £45, but be advised – in the first week half of our stock of prints has sold already.

Pop in and have a look, or visit Mark’s page on our website:
Mark Duffin Artist at Vitreus Art – Magical Acrylic Paintings (vitreus-art.co.uk)

And there’re three fabulous pieces from new artist to the gallery – Sally McRae.

Sally devotes a great deal of time to experimenting in fused glass and we love her latest creations!
I haven’t had time to add these to our website this week so you’ll have to pop in or message us if you’d like to buy one of her new pieces!

There’s also several new slate paintings from Val Goldfinch, some painted during last month’s Art Trail and a new series of painted wooden houses.
Check out her cute rainbow cottages (some sold already), or her new bird paintings in operson – or they’ll be on our website later this month.

Jenny’s got her eye on the puffin pair, so you’d better be quick if you fancy these two yourself!

You can see examples of work from almost all of the 50 artists showing with us here:
https://www.vitreus-art.co.uk/wakefield-gallery.html


Also new in the gallery….

And now it must be time to share some of the new Christmas decorations making their first appearance this week!
In addition to last year’s super popular Snow-Persons and Penguins, Ken Flegg has made us a batch of his cheeky Santas – so charming!
We also have some more of his coloured stars and frosty icicles.

And all the way from Devon, there’re new metal decorations from Cuffys – stars, mistletoe, snowflakes and a few mini trees – all in this year’s fashionable hammerite finish.
There’s also a selection of Jenny’s ‘frozen ice’ fused glass snowflakes on our tree, ready to be hung on yours!

We have a finite stock of all of these – when they’re gone they’re gone.
We’re now getting low on Jenny’s tealight holders and fused glass card-decorations too.
This year we probably won’t have time to make all these purchasable online so either call in or message us to order yours.


Workshops coming up…

Or if you fancy getting a bit creative yourself, there are just a few places left on these workshops before Christmas:

Christmas Scented Candles –  26th Nov at 2.30pm – 2 places, with a collection of seasonal fragrances to choose from. We won’t be running this workshop next year so why not snag one of the last places now?

Fused Glass Tealight holders – make 4 funky fused glass tealights – 14th Dec at 10.30am – 2 places – decorate a set of 4 tealight holders to light up your dinner table!

Fused Glass Christmas Decorations 1-day Workshop – make around 8 unique decorations – 18th Dec – 1 place; make a whole collection of decorations including stars, trees, Santas, tealight holders, icicles and more!

Or if you’re looking to learn more and make something more substantial, we’re adding more new dates up until May next year for all our regular workshops.

Well – that’s a lot to digest – thanks for reading this far.
All our best wishes
Mike & Jenny

P.S. look out for details of new upholstery evening course in March- it’s going to be fun!

P.P.S If you’ve been creating recently, or have taken what you’ve learned with us and started working at home, do send photos of what you’ve made – we love seeing them!

Nominate a hero to receive a free glass workshop with Vitreus Art

Well, as 2021 approaches, we’d like to say thanks once again for your support.
We’d also like to say we hope 2021 offers some glimmer of easier times for all of us.

As this is our last email of the year, there are just a few pieces of news, starting with our opening and closing times.

We re-open for visitors on January 7th, subject to any new restrictions from the government. We’re open from 10am to 5pm weekdays and Saturdays, from 11 to 4.30pm on Sundays and closed on Mondays in January.


Nominate a hero to receive a free glass workshop with Vitreus Art

A reminder from last time – we’d like you to nominate just one person you know who you think has gone ‘above and beyond’ during the time of the pandemic who would appreciate a free craft workshop next year.
Please email us at hello@vitreus-art.co.uk telling us what they have done.

The competition will run until close of business Christmas Eve (16.30Hrs); nominations received after this time will not be included (sorry).
Mike and I will make a short list and then the final 2 winners will be chosen by 2 independent judges
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The winners will be offered their choice of any of the beginners glass workshops run here at Vitreus Art for free, with the workshop being taken between February and April 2021.

We will announce the winners in the mid-January newsletter.
So once you have finished reading this one newsletter please get your thinking caps on!



Gift Vouchers – last date for emailing

We’re getting a great response to the new design for our vouchers.
Why not give the gift that shows you have great taste?

Vouchers can be printed here in the gallery right up until we close on Christmas eve at about 4.30pm, or can be emailed as a PDF you can print at home any time.

Vouchers can be purchased for a value, for a specific workshop, or for a special project by arrangement with us.
Workshop vouchers can be purchased directly from the website page for the workshop you’re looking at; or vouchers for values from £25 to £100 can be found here:
https://www.vitreus-art.co.uk/voucher.html


Next, we’d like to celebrate some of the new art just arrived.

You’ll find updated online galleries for Richard BallantyneLesley PasseyTina AshtonMarlene SneePenny GermanGraham LesterJulissimo JewelleryClare TebbothNiki Thomas, and Jane’s Inky Arts on the VA website, and a whole host of new work on show at the gallery.

We’re steadily adding more new work to the website too.

And thanks to Lesley and Richard for being the latest artists to being brand new work in. As you can see, Richard’s quirky style is still in evidence with his Angry Battery Hens and Raku Pig series , and Lesley’s new, contemporary depictions of cities, skies and woodlands are just as captivating as ever.
  


And now, before wrapping up for this last newsletter of the year, here’s a special offer for you if you’re thinking of joining us for a workshop in 2021.
Please note – we haven’t said anything about ‘new year, new me’!

The offer is this:
If you book any of our beginners workshops in stained glass or fused glass, or Precious Metal Clay or Silk Painting, you can bring a friend for half-price!

This offer applies to workshops due to be held between 1st April and 30th June, and the offer closes on 15th January at 6pm.
The way it will work is:

  • Decide which workshop and which day you’d like to attend
  • Check with your potential second attendee
  • Book your own place and then email us at hello@vitreus-art.co.uk to request an invoice for the half-price second place.
  • We’ll confirm your second booking when payment is received.
  • Please note – if it’s necessary to issue a refund or a credit note, this will be for the class fees paid.
  • Our usual cancellation terms apply – these can be found via the link on every workshop web page.
  • As all our full-day classes are limited to 4 attendees, please make sure there are enough places showing as available on our website before booking if you’d like to book for a friend.

 


Finally, many thanks to the many folks who attended our charity glass upcycling workshops this year. We’re just about to send off your donations to Myaware, and there’ll be some more money to send to Macmillan too, thanks to your generosity.

This year we made mini ‘Christmas wreaths’ from offcuts of glass.
Photos chosen purely on the basis of which could be cropped to fit the format of the newsletter – there are more over on our Facebook page!
  
If you have an idea of a mini-workshop you’d like to try next year that we could run for charity, we’d like to know your ideas!

Well – it’s time to say stay safe, and we hope you can enjoy some down time or family time when Christmas finally arrives!
Thank-you for your support this year – Jenny and I really do appreciate it.

Best wishes for 2021,
Mike & Jenny

P.S. Please do keep sending photos of your lockdown / Christmas / arty projects – we love seeing what you’ve been up to, and so do our Facebook followers!

The photo here shows an amazing glass advent calendar Alison made here over a few project days, using glass in layers, with wire work to add details, mounted on a base made by her hubby.

The whole concept was designed to be posted to Alison’s daughter in Dubai, with the base made in two halves, and with bespoke fabric pouches for each of the ‘days’ to allow the secret to be revealed one day at a time. Brilliant!