Bring the magic of glass creating jewellery pieces. This course will push you onto a new level using glass and jewellery techniques. From your inspiration, you are encouraged to develop individual design ideas focussing on creating your own highly individual pieces of glass that can be wearable, enabling learners to grasp a good understanding of the subject specific glass skills and specialist materials. You will be introduced to glass as a raw material, from the handling and cutting of glass, together with great understanding on fusing and 3D open casting techniques. You will work with transparent colours, opaque, dichroic and reactive combinations of glass, with the use of inclusions and the use of surface decorations using frit, stringers, and other decorative media. During the course, you will be working with the jewellery lecturer to create bespoke metal fixing for your finished glass pieces. For more information about the course contact the glass lecturer Maria Zulueta: Maria.Zulueta@morleycollege.ac.uk
Teaching takes place in practical workshops with both group demonstrations and discussions and support. All students negotiate personal learning goals and projects with tutors. You will be working on from the design stage, the cutting and adhering of materials, to the final glass finishes. Techniques that you will learn are fusing, modelling and shaping wax casting, create small refractory mould, cold working using grinding, polishing, drilling and bonding techniques. You will be exploring materials, colours, patterns, textures, surface quality and different styles. To ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
The course is suitable for complete beginners, or those who have some previous knowledge but would like further guidance and/or practise working with glass.
The studios are spacious with great light on the 3rd floor of the main building with lift access. Appropriate Health and Safety guidance will be given throughout the course.
Bring your sketchbook/ notebook / inspired images/ pens and a marker pen. After making your initial drawing designs, you will have the advised from the tutor on which techniques to explore to achieve your ideas and designs. Glass and additional materials will be available at cost price in the class. This cost is likely to be around £15 + depending on the size of your work and the type of glass and other materials used.
With these transferable skills you will have the opportunity and ability to work independently, or to further develop your creative potential and expand your learning within new glass studies at Morley; like making a introduction to glass fusing, or a substantial year BTEC L2 glass qualification course. Please speak with your tutor for further advice or information.