Glass is a very seductive medium – it can easily demand all our attention, with its colour, sparkle and optical trickery.  This means the model and mould-making stages of the kiln casting process can sometimes be viewed simply as a means to an end.  Especially as the final mould is destroyed to release the all-important glass.

So this masterclass will focus on what happens before casting glass: the model and mould making.  The idea is that models and moulds should be seen as equal to the final piece of glass: without them, the glass wouldn’t exist.  What’s more, they often open up new ways of seeing work, and avenues for future exploration. 

As a first stage, this course will explore the use of collage and paper sculpting techniques to create original relief models – pictorial, patterned or abstract.  The focus will be on exploring the forms and textural qualities which can be achieved,  and discovering how these can be related to your own work and inspirations.  It will then move on to mould-making techniques, using rubbers and finally the investment moulds which hold and shape the glass in the kiln.   Along the way, it will highlight some of the alternative materials and methods for casting.

There will, of course, be some glass casting* – but this won’t be the primary focus, and casts will be kept relatively small.  The aim is to fall in love with the process behind casting, and discover how it can feed and enrich your practice.

*cast glass will be available to collect after the course has finished or can be posted (cost will be applicable for postage).

Dates: Mon 19 August to Thursday 22 August

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

Any Level - beginners welcome

Location: Ruskin Glass Centre, The Glasshouse, Stourbridge

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

Artist Biography

Georgia has been working in glass for over a decade, using kiln forming techniques to create sculptural and architectural pieces.  She has exhibited in the UK and internationally, and worked on both public and private commissions.  Previous teaching includes the summer school at Bild-Werk Frauenau in Germany.  Her work explores the process of casting and its relationship with the subject matter at the heart of her work: the geometry and patterns of life.  She is currently undertaking a research degree in the Ceramics and Glass department at Wolverhampton University.

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 Jaqueline Cooley on +44 (0)7990 711565 or email [email protected]

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Kiln Casting with Georgia Redpath

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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

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