Make a fused glass panel with Martin Cheek

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About this course

Discover the exciting possibilities of utilising fusing techniques to form glass in the kiln. You will make your own original handmade glass panel.

Course Description

This course introduces beginners to the exciting possibilities of warm glass, using fusing techniques to form glass in the kiln.

The course will involve lots of hands-on work, practical demonstrations, slide-show presentations and individual instruction, all with the aim of ensuring that you learn the art of creating your own glass and learn more about your own creative, personal style.

You will bring along your own image design or inspirational reference. During the course, you will make your own original handmade glass panel. The suggested size is A5: 148 mm x 210 mm.

By the end of the course, you will have learnt how to cut glass and shaping techniques, you will have understood about glass compatibility and what happens to the glass during the firing cycle and you will have completed your own original handmade glass panel.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • The course fee includes the cost of all glass and the firing.

What students need to bring

  • Apron
  • Enclosed toe footwear (essential)
  • Please bring two identical A5 copies of your design. They should be the same size as your finished work. One copy is to cut out and use as a template and the other copy is for your reference.
  • Craft knife, scissors, art brushes, tracing paper, ruler, card, super glue, eraser, notebook, paper, tweezers, fine tip marker pen (Sharpie) and coloured pens or pencils

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A good variety of art and craft materials, including coloured pens and pencils, erasers, paper, tracing paper, card, notebooks, super glue, scissors, rulers, tweezers fine tip marker pens and art brushes

Additional information

Please note: as the kiln firing of final pieces of work will need to be done at the end of the course, any work left will be ready to collect from the early afternoon of the following day, and will be kept for six months. If you are unable to arrange collection within this time, you may wish to consider booking an additional night’s accommodation, to enable you to collect your work the following day when the kiln has cooled. Panels can be packed and posted to you by the tutor – please arrange this on the day, along with payment of the postage and packing cost. Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes). Possible equipment restrictions in tutor absence.


Martin Cheek

Martin Cheek has been making mosaics for over 30 years and is the author of seven best selling books on the subject. He hand makes every piece of fused glass for his mosaics, each batch sometimes requiring several firings in the kiln to get it right. There is always some mystery in what the glass will do in the metamorphic process of heat.

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Further study options

Take the next step in your creative practice, with foundation level to Masters in Fine Art study. 

Depending on your experience, start with an Online Foundation Certificate in Art and Design (one year, part-time), a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design made up of 10 short courses taken over two years (part-time) or advance your learning with our BA (Hons) Art and Contemporary Craft: Materials, Making, and Place (six years part-time). All will help you develop core skills, find direction in your practice and build an impressive portfolio in preparation for artist opportunities or higher-level study. See all degree and diploma courses.