In this workshop we will explore using vitreous enamels, cold paints and metal leaf on the reverse side of sheet glass to create luminous backgrounds for narrative imagery.

We will play with juxtaposing seemingly unrelated imagery to create surrealistic “dreamscapes” of colour and texture. This is a wonderful way to explore the full potential of the materials being used in a short workshop.

Reverse painting with vitreous enamels allows for building up layers of transparent and opaque colours which create a sense of depth when looking through the clear glass surface. Tracing Black is used to draw and paint lines for imagery which can be refined through scrafito techniques, as well as creating shading and antiquing effects.

Please bring black and white images, or collages of imagery, from which to trace your drawings onto the glass.

Dates: Mon 19 August to Thursday 22 August

Monday 19 August - Registration from 10am to 11am, class starts at 11am

Any Level - no experience necessary

£590 - includes VAT, all materials, lunches and invitation to the British Glass Biennale Awards Ceremony on Thursday evening

Artist Biography

KeKe Cribbs was born 1951 in Colorado Springs, CO, in the backyard of the Colorado College Fine Arts Center, and surrounded by Art and Artists from an early age. Her secondary school years were in Ireland. Later she lived in France and Corsica where her daughter Alicia Lomne (also a glass artist) was born. She is a self taught artist who has been exhibiting and working professionally in glass since 1980. In 1984 KeKe attended Pilchuck Glass School and moved to Whidbey Island where she continues to live and work. She has taught at Pilchuck and Penland, and started a glass program at SMU in New Bedford, MA where she taught for three years.

“As an artist I believe it is important to be able to work and design with many different kinds of materials, to be informed through experimentation, pushing materials in new directions, to be curious and open to discovery. I have things I want to say, but not with words; I want to create a visual language that viewers can interact with on a more personal and instinctual level so that the translation feels strangely familiar, like a dream almost remembered.”

Additional Evening Events

Monday 19 August

Evening Barbecue at Vale Head Farm

Mingle and meet your masterclass colleagues in the tranquil environment of Glasshouse College’s Vale Head Farm, Kinver (5 miles from the Glasshouse). Set in beautiful South Staffordshire scenery you can relax after a busy day in the studio and enjoy good, local, organic bbq with salads and drinks with your new friends.

6.30 – 10pm

Price £20

Tuesday 20 August

Swedish Evening at Red House Glass Cone

To celebrate the arrival of ‘Boda Builders’, an exhibition of contemporary Swedish glass, we invite you to experience a Scandinavian evening in this atmospheric heritage venue. There are many parallels between the Stourbridge Glass Quarter and Sweden’s Kingdom of Crystal with the shift from factory to contemporary glass. Meet Maja Heuer, Director of The Glass Factory in Boda, who is leading this change and enjoy a Swedish inspired supper. This event will only be open to limited numbers, so small and very special. 

6.30 – 9.30pm

Price £25

Wednesday 21 August

Experience the delights of hand crafted real ale on the popular Black Country Beer Bus Tour

This tour takes you around some of the best traditional Black Country Alehouses for an evening of hand crafted real ale and some fine local brews, including Enville Ales, Bathams, Ma Pardoes and the Black Country Ales. The Swan at Netherton is deservedly on CAMRA's National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors. Tuck into a choice of home-cooked traditional fish and chips, faggots & peas or a vegetarian/vegan option. The beer bus also features a bar selling spirits and other drinks.

The tour starts at 7pm and will finish around 11pm.

Price £25

Thursday 22 August, 6pm

British Glass Biennale Awards Ceremony

To celebrate the completion of your masterclass we warmly invite you to join us for the official opening of the British Glass Biennale.

If you have any queries place contact Masterclass Coordinator Jacqueline Cooley on +44 (0)7990 711565 or email [email protected]

Book a place

Ticket Quantity Price

Reverse Glass Painting with KeKe Cribbs

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Barbecue at Vale Head Farm

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Swedish Evening at Red House Glass Cone

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Black Country Real Ale Tour

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International Festival of Glass Programme Guide

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