Introduced by glass artists Tone Ørvik and Max Stewart this 4 day practical Masterclass will take the participant through the processes of making pâte de verre using Bullseye frit, glass paints, fat oils and shellac from a process developed by the French pâte de verre artist Amalric Walter (1870-1951). Using pre-made wax shapes you will learn to make open cast refractory moulds suitable for work in pâte de verre before going on to develop and model your own relief piece in clay and then in glass. Work will be fired after the class has ended and can be collected or sent on (at a cost). All materials are included.

Banner image: Dragonfly by Amalric Walter. Photo Simon Bruntnell

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 - University of Wolverhampton School of Art

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

Artists Biographies

Tone Ørvik is a sculptor and glass artist working with portraits and figures.  She has an exhibition background from the US, an MA in glass from the UK (University of Wolverhampton) and is currently working out of her studio in Norway, where she also teaches and writes about sculpture and glass.

In a recent series about refugees, Tone explores the themes of resilience and 'the one among the many' while experimenting with narrative effects from translucency and opacity in cast glass and pâte de verre.


Max Stewart completed his doctorate at Edinburgh University and Edinburgh College of Art. It was the first joint PhD between those two institutions. Before turning to glass in 2000, Stewart worked in animation as a production designer, chiefly at the BBC and Channel 4 (UK). Stewart is a sculptor who explores imagery through the medium of glass. Working in pâte de verre, he challenges the viewer to step inside the object and become the participant. By doing so the viewer encounters the space between what he sees and what he thinks he sees. Much of Stewart’s practice is research led and is informed by processes that are akin to scientific enquiry. His practice is also derived from the techniques and methodology of the French pâte de verre artist Amalric Walter (1870-1959) that have become central to his work.


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]

Book a place

Ticket Quantity Price

Pâte de Verre with Tone Ørvik and Max Stewart

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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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