Warm Glass Techniques

Course Overview

This course is a wonderful opportunity to work with kiln formed glass if you want learn the basics or simply want to further develop your skills.

The glass workshops will cover safe workshop practice and many different skills such as how to work safely and prepare glass, and how to use different tools and equipment. You will also be shown how to work in a sustainable method.

The techniques that are shown are cutting, fusing and slumping, and you will also create a clay mould that can be used multiple times. Primarily we will be working with float glass, stringers, confetti and frits. Let's start with ancient techniques such as sand casting and finish with more modern processes such as sand blasting. 

Importantly there will be regular workshops on how to program a kiln to promote confidence when deciding what type of firing sequence is needed to use a variety of temperatures to produce a finished artefact.

Added July 2019

Warm Glass Techniques

Entry Requirements

No previous knowledge or experience needed.

Course Delivery

You will have the opportunity to be shown the primary techniques involved in cutting, shaping and assembling glass, and the use of inclusion to design an individual project towards the end of the course.

The facilities not only boast a dedicated glass workshop but also an IT suite and library. This course is designed to offer you the flexibility to focus on your preferred techniques and develop them to a professional outcome. Students will be provided with the necessary tools and basic materials but can purchase speacialist glass materials from warmglass.co.uk and use in the workshops.


  • Be able to produce two finished glass artefacts
  • Be able to apply design techniques using decals, ceramic pigments,sandblasting
  • To be able to pack a kiln and program an appropriate firing sequence
  • To be able to unpack the kiln
  • To be able to create different types of moulds for slumping glass.

Classroom based work will include:

  • Being shown how to be able to work safely with glass when handling and cutting
  • The learner will be gain knowledge on how to make moulds for glass
  • There will be workshops on will how to program a kiln for a variety of firings and know the stages of slumping
  • The learner will experience different sandblasting and masking techniques for surface treatment
  • The learner will be able to use tools, materials and equipment
  • They will be shown how to prepare glass for slumping

    Assessment methods will be practical demonstration and production of an artefact

Assessment criteria:

  • 1.1 Safe workshop practice
  • 1.2 Safely and confidently handle and cut glass
  • 2. Production of a successful mould for slumping
  • 3.1 Outline the stages in the glass slumping process
  • 3.2 Outline the firing programmes in glass slumping
  • 4.1 Be able to mask and prepare an artefact for sandblasting 
  • 4.2 Safely operate the sand blasting equipment 
  • 5. Demonstrate the use of a range of tools, equipments and materials required.
  • 6.1 Prepare glass for slumping
  • 6.2 Produce a piece of slumped glass
  • Assessment Information - 1.1 to include:
  • Electrical equipment
  • Handling glass/ stringers/frits safely 
  • Handling liquids safely 
  • Using hand tools.

    2.1 to include:

  • Kiln
  • Sandblaster
  • Ceramic fibre paper
  • Plaster mix mould
  • Sandmoulds
  • Clay moulds

Progression Opportunities

This course is ideal as an introduction to warm and cold glass techniques. It will give you a strong foundation to help you start up as a glass artist or simply use it to further discover the alluring world of glass and inspire you to progress on your journey working with glass.

Additional Information

The studio fees are £20

If students would like to use other specialist materials then we would recommend the following suppliers
Warm Glass 
Creative Glass Guild 

Students need to wear long sleeves (preferably an overall) and sensible, strong, low heeled covered shoes

Llwyn y Bryn
Course deliverable in Welsh:

Detailed Course Information

Where and when can I study?

Start Date: Thu 31 Mar 2022 | Course Code: VB1836 PLD | Cost: £55

Level 2   Thu   1.30-4.30pm   10 weeks   Tycoch  

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