The class will explore the basic principles of plasma glass, creating small samples that demonstrate the different effects that are possible. A framework of techniques will be taught which can be used to make hollow glass sculptures. These will then be filled with various gas mixtures enabling them to be illuminated.

Dates: Mon 19 August to Thursday 22 August

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

Any Level - Open to all though some flameworking or glassblowing experience would be helpful.

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

Wayne Strattman was born in Bristol, Connecticut.  He moved to Boston and created his company, Strattman Design, in 1983.

 Since 1983, Strattman Design has grown to become the world leader in crafting glass and light forms for use in sculpture for museums and other applications worldwide. To do this work Wayne combined his engineering training with his love of sculpture and the history of electricity, specifically those technologies using glass. Wayne received his PhD by published papers in 2008, recognizing his career working to advocate and to advance this field of lighted glass art. In 2017 Wayne was honored by the Glass Art Societies with its annual international member of the year award.

 Wayne has created displays and sculpture that have been installed or shown in hundreds of museums worldwide. His work is a synthesis of art using both antique and new technologies often utilizing many of the forms of his own patented creation.

He has taught both domestically and internationally, written extensively, as well as curated lighted glass art shows. In 2004 he created and endowed an ongoing international lecture series called Critical Dialogue dealing with topical issues in art. He has also recently funded a scholarship for emerging glass technologies specifically for use by artists.

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]

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Turning Electricity into Light with Wayne Strattman

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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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