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Create a design from small bits of glass and we'll fuse them in a kiln overnight. 
  • Glass fusing studio
  • You'll start by creating a design using coloured frit (small pieces of glass), thin glass stringers and larger pieces of glass. Museum staff will provide glass in a variety of colours and shapes for you to arrange in your design. Using non-toxic glue, you'll secure your piece in place and then our professionals will heat the glass in the kiln over overnight. The glass will fuse together to make one piece. 

    Who is it for?

    This make your own glass experience is open to families with children aged 7 and up. 

    How much does it cost?   

    £6.20 per piece

    How long does it take? 

    30-45 minutes

    How do I book? 

    Places must be pre-booked and paid for in advance. Spots fill quickly. Call 01384 812381. 

    Pick up or post your glass:

    All objects made in our fusing studio must go through an overnight annealing (slow cooling) process and therefore will NOT be available on the same day of making. Most pieces will be available within 5 days of your class. If this is not possible, we offer the facility to post to your home (UK only) for a small additional charge. 

  • This make your own glass experience is open to ages 11 and up. 

    You'll start by creating a design on paper, before being shown how to cut and shape glass. Using coloured frit (small pieces of glass), thin glass stringers and larger pieces of glass. Museum staff will provide glass in a variety of colours and shapes for you to arrange in your design. Using non-toxic glue, you'll secure your piece in place and then our professionals will heat the glass in the kiln over overnight. The glass will fuse together to make one piece. 

    How much does it cost?   

    £12.40 per piece

    How long does it take? 

    1.5 hours

    How do I book? 

    Places must be pre-booked and paid for in advance. Spots fill quickly. Call 01384 812381. 

    Pick up or post your glass:

    All objects made in our fusing studio must go through an overnight annealing (slow cooling) process and therefore will NOT be available on the same day of making. Most pieces will be available within 5 days of your class. If this is not possible, we offer the facility to post to your home (UK only) for a small additional charge. 

  • Experience a taste of glass fusing. Learn basic techniques of cutting, nibbling, designing and firing safely in our studio. We supply everything you need (equipment and materials) to make your own piece. 

    Who is it for? 

    Our Taster Sessions are for young and old adults wishing to learn a new craft without the mess and expense of doing it yourself. This is a teaching session where you will be taken through the glass fusing process step by step.

    How much does it cost?

    Beginners Taster Session. £12.40

    How long is the class?

    Beginners Taster Session is 1.5 hours

     

  • In a hands on 'fun with fusing' adventure, you and your group will create colourful fused pieces into a sun-catcher or small wall hanging. 

    We invite your group of 6-10 adults (or children 11 years+) to participate in a hands-on activity. Following an introduction, participants will have sole use of our fusing studio in a session led by an experienced teacher. 

    Who is it for? 

    Fun with fusing is great for all types of groups, including Uniform Groups, family reunions, team building or hen parties. 

    How much does it cost?

    Prices vary in activities chosen. Please contact us for details and availability. 

    We also have a spacious meeting room, The Showcase Gallery, where your group can meet after the hands on activity to complete the experience. You are welcome to bring your own refreshments into the area or pre-book catering with our independent on site Red Cone Coffee House. 

  • What do I wear? 

    We recommend you cover you feet (don't wear open toed sandals!) and tie long hair back. You will be given an apron to wear and goggles should you need them. 

    My child is not 7, but they're really good at art, can they participate?

    No. The studio is small and participants do work with real, sometimes very small pieces of glass. From experience, some visitors were not always been truthful about the age of their child and children as young as 3 came to the class. The studio environment is simply not suitable for this age group. 

    Can I leave my child while I go for a coffee?

    No. Although staff are teachers and DRB checked the site is not registered with Ofsted and therefore we cannot take sole responsibility of any unaccompanied child under the age of 8. If your child is aged 8 or above we have Safeguarding documents that need to be completed prior to the class. 

    Can I eat in the studio? 

    No. You will be handling small pieces of glass and we'd hate for you to eat some by mistake - just think about where it has to come out after being digested!!! You may bring in sealed water bottles or enclosed drink holders. 

    Why do you let school groups or Beavers or Rainbow groups do these sessions when they're not 7 years old yet? 

    These children are always supervised by an adult who they know. We also can guarantee the age of the child; we know that a Year 1 pupil is between 5-6 years old and they are used to being in a classroom and shown what to do.