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Glass Fusing: Contemporary Bowls

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Art and design


Kings Road,
Reading, RG1 4HJ

New and returning learners:

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Discover how to create stunning glass contemporary bowls using the slumping technique.

Kiln-formed glass can be split into three basic techniques:

  • fusing
  • slumping
  • casting 

Once these simple processes are mastered there is really no limit to the creative potential of this amazing material! 

During this session you will produce a contemporary bowl using the slumping technique: to heat glass sufficiently so that it bends under its own weight, taking the shape of the mould on which it rests.

No Prior knowledge or experience required. Glass will be provided.

To expand your glass skills please have a look at our other Glass courses on offer.

What I'll learn

In this workshop you will achieve a thorough understanding of the principles of the construction of these beautiful bowls, using the slumping technique. We will cover cutting, assembly, inclusions, slumping and kiln firing.


How I'll learn

You will gain a thorough understanding of construction and slumping technique, 
producing a beautiful glass bowl of your own design and creation.

You will learn through a variety of methods, including:

  • formal instruction
  • individual tuition
  • practical demonstration
  • practical experience


Entry Requirements

Please bring a packed lunch and or other refreshments. A one-hour lunch break is included.

Please wear work [studio] clothes and closed toe shoes (this is a safety requirement).

Due to the kiln time required to produce it is not always possible to take work home on the day it is made. Work can be collected at a separate time by arrangement.


How to Apply

You can register for this course online. Click on ENROL NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register your contact details online and verify your account
  • Go to your desired course page and click again on ENROL NOW. Follow the link to pay for your course

Course places are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. We would encourage you to enrol on your chosen course as soon as possible. If you prefer to enrol in person please visit us at one of our college Advice Centres or enrol over the phone via 0800 612 6008.

This course will be run subject to demand. If you wish to enrol within one week of the start date, please call us on 0800 612 6008 first to check the course is running.