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Conquering Kiln Firing

TBA February 2020, 10–3.30pm, £155 (max 6 students) 

Are you at the stage where a better technical understanding of the firing process and building programmes would improve your work? Subtle effects can be achieved within only 5 degrees so it is imperative you understand your kiln type, controller and other factors affecting your firings. Standard firing schedules provided by the kiln manufacturer or glass supplier may not suit your needs as you advance. This workshop aims to take you step-by-step through each phase of the fusing or slumping process, define what is happening and help you build a programme to achieve the results you’ll need, based on your kiln and glass type (Bullseye, Spectrum, float). These principals will apply to any controller type thus enabling you to use a variety of kilns. Other subjects such as kiln preparation (paper, kiln shelves, positioning) maintenance and a range of program types for fusing and slumping will be covered. 

The session will also include a fuser’s ‘surgery’ where students bring two items to problem solve in a group discussion where we’ll learn from mistakes and happy accidents. Many examples of Lisa’s tests will be available (and explained) along with handouts and a visual presentation will be delivered so you leave feeling more confident designing your own programs. Pre-course homework involving three firings will be set in order to help establish a standard for your kiln. This is an intermediate course aimed at fusers and slumpers so it is best if you own or have access to a kiln on a regular basis. Bring a packed lunch and hopefully we’ll eat outside with a view of the Surrey Hills! 

Sculptural Slumping Masterclass

Fri – Sun January 17-19, 2020, 10–4.30pm, £375 (max 5 students)

This is a course for experienced students where we will explore a variety of ways to control the natural movement of glass in the kiln. Students will be prompted to investigate their sculptural ideas and why movement is important in their work. We’ll achieve this through a series of demos, visual presentations (explaining my own processes and other artists work) and two making projects.

Working with both float and Bullseye glass, three kiln forming techniques will be explained: ceramic slip cast moulds (like store bought slumpers but your own design!); hardened fibre blanket moulds; carved refractory moulds among others. Extensive course notes with firing programs are provided along with mould making materials. You’ll need to bring a 30 x 40cm 4mm sheet of float glass to the first class and similar sized piece of Bullseye to fuse for the second slump project. These techniques are suitable for both fused and kiln cast work. In a pre-course brief, students will be asked to produce small models before the first session. Details about local accommodation are available on request. For more info please email

Courses are held in the informal surroundings of my workshop on a farm in the beautiful Surrey Hills. This creative setting encourages students to get the most out of their attraction to glass and working in small groups means you have plenty of one-to-one assistance. Excellent quality glass materials are provided and are tailored to your individual projects.

I enjoy teaching people of all ages and abilities and have been a glass instructor since 2004. I have a BA (Hons) in 3D Design in Glass from UCA Farnham (2005) and in 2010 I obtained a PTLLS certificate to tutor adult education students. 

Please email me if you are interested in the course or have questions. I am happy to plan private sessions for groups of three or more.  


Address: Burrows Lea Farm, Unit 14, Hook Lane, Shere, Surrey GU5 9QQ

From the A25, take the exit to Shere and drive through the village and out the other end past the William Bray pub. After about 1/4 mile go left over the railway bridge on to Hook Lane toward Peaslake. After a few minutes you'll come to Burrows Lea Farm on the right (not Burrows Lea Farm House) go through the metal gates and immediately loop back on yourself, right, and follow a drive between two buildings, Lea End Workshop unit 14 is on the right (green door) and you can park on the grass ahead. My mobile is 07714 587 536 if you need it.

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