Kiln-formed Glass

(with bonus Flame-worked Glass sessions)

(Morning Elective)*

Join Merinda Young and try a range of different glass making options using kiln-forming techniques (taking glass and heating it in a kiln). This elective is suitable for absolute beginners as well as those with some experience who’d like to learn new techniques. We’ll learn to cut and shape glass and fire it to 'fuse' different coloured glasses together, then 'slump' the resulting pieces into various forms. We can use sand to create texture and designs to slump glass into; make small, colourful useful dishes; draw or paint your own artwork onto glass; create wearable glass art, like earrings, and brooches. The week will be about exploring colour and design though the medium of glass.

As an added bonus to this elective, participants will also have the opportunity to try Flame-worked Glass through 1 on 1 sessions with Sarah Dingwall. Flame-working offers the chance to spend time exploring hot glass (glass blowing) on a small scale.  Participants will be introduced to basic flame-working techniques and encouraged to play with the material as they get familiar with the feeling of manipulating glass over a flame with a range of tools.

Borosilicate glass is a ‘hard’ type of glass that offers the maker many options from small blown and solid works to wearable pieces.  It’s a very forgiving type of glass and perfect for the beginner. This bonus option will be geared towards small sculptural works rather than beads and students will be encouraged to think about how glass can be used in creative pursuits as such a unique material.  These sessions will be offered during your morning elective time.

*Please note this elective attracts an additional fee of $105 per person to help cover the cost of gas, electricity and specialised tools and materials. When registering online, please make sure to select the add-on Kiln-formed Glass elective fee.

Merinda Young has worked as a glass maker/ designer for over thirty years, with a particular focus on stained glass and kiln formed glass for architectural settings. She has travelled to study with some amazing glass artists from around the work and loves to pass on her skills and knowledge through teaching workshops and mentoring. When not making glass, thinking about glass or chilling with other glassies, Merinda loves nothing better than quiet time with a book or a chat and a cuppa with friends and a walk on the beach with her dog.

 Sarah Dingwall spends her days flame-working pieces at her studio on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. She has long been interested in the properties that are unique to glass - completing her bachelor of Fine Art/Glass at Monash University in 2009. Sarah is constantly inspired by the challenges and opportunities that glass offers, and has most recently enjoyed combining flame-worked glass with found objects from nature. You can see Sarah's work at www.sarahdingwall.com.au

Kiln-formed Glass is offered as a Morning Elective at FATA 2018. Minimum and maximum registration numbers apply to all electives and places are allocated on a first come first served basis. Please ensure that you have indicated a second choice for both Morning and Afternoon Electives when registering online in case your first choice is unavailable.

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