Glass fusing and slumping with Katrina Beattie

Ref: SLW13515

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About this course

Using beautiful Bullseye glass you will learn how to cut and assemble glass to form a glass bowl and a panel plus tiles or coasters. Explore how to decorate glass with an array of fusing techniques.

Course Description

Fusing and slumping come under the umbrella of ‘warm glass’, which essentially means glass melted in a kiln. Fusing is when sheet glass is cut, assembled and joined together by melting in a kiln. Slumping is the second process where fused glass is placed over a mould and slumped to take on the mould shape.

Using beautiful Bullseye glass you will learn how to cut and assemble glass to form bowls, a glass panel and a set of coasters. You will explore various ways in which glass can be decorated with texture and pattern, using glass shapes, frits, powders, confetti, stringers and metal inclusions.

You will make two bowls, a 20cm square panel, coasters or tiles and cabochons. You will become proficient at cutting glass using Float glass and beautiful Bullseye glass. Circle cutting will be learnt. You will gain information on kiln preparation, kiln firing programmes, compatibility devitrification and annealing.

Everyone follows the same projects, but you will create your own designs.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • Glass

What students need to bring

  • Please bring colour and pattern inspiration.
  • Craft knife, scissors, art brushes
  • Tracing paper, paper, card
  • Ruler, eraser, rubber
  • Fine tip marker pen, coloured pens or pencils
  • Super glue, PVA glue, notebook, tweezers
  • Glass cleaner and rags, cocktail sticks
  • Apron, nightlight candle
  • Enclosed toe footwear (essential)

Available to buy

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

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 day following your course from mid afternoon, and will be kept for you 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. If you wish to have your work posted, please pay the postage and packing cost before you leave.


Katrina Beattie

Katrina Beattie graduated from University for Creative Arts in Farnham in 1995. She currently runs a studio in Somerset specializing in Blown, Lamp & Kiln Formed glass and has been teaching since 2002. Is a member of The Sussex Guild of Craftsmen, The Contemporary Glass Society and Glass Beadmakers UK.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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