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Studio Experience: Amanda Simmons, Scotland (£30 deposit)Studio Experience: Amanda Simmons, Scotland (£30 deposit)Studio Experience: Amanda Simmons, Scotland (£30 deposit)Studio Experience: Amanda Simmons, Scotland (£30 deposit)Studio Experience: Amanda Simmons, Scotland (£30 deposit)Studio Experience: Amanda Simmons, Scotland (£30 deposit)Studio Experience: Amanda Simmons, Scotland (£30 deposit)Studio Experience: Amanda Simmons, Scotland (£30 deposit)Studio Experience: Amanda Simmons, Scotland (£30 deposit)Studio Experience: Amanda Simmons, Scotland (£30 deposit)

Studio Experience: Amanda Simmons, Scotland (£30 deposit)

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Tuition with Amanda Simmons in her private studio in Scotland (for up to 2 people). 

Join internationally renowned glass artist Amanda Simmons in her private studio, based in beautiful and unspoilt south-west Scotland.

This exciting experience gives you high quality and professional tuition, allowing you to develop techniques and create stunning glass vessels. Each booking is for one or two people, so you can either share the experience (and the cost) with a friend or indulge in some private one-to-one tuition, the choice is yours.

Find out more about Amanda and her work here: www.amandasimmons.co.uk

Please note: This booking has a £30 non-refundable deposit. The remaining balance of £400 for one day or £800 for two days will be arranged by and paid directly to the artist.

Time and Place:

Please select your date using the options and we will email you to confirm your booking. Please provide contact details of the person(s) attending the course in the ‘additional information’ section in the checkout.

Duration 1 or 2 day - 10.00am to 5.00pm – total 7 or 14 hours (including lunch)

Amanda’s studio is based in Corsock, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. Please note: a car is recommended for navigation as public transport is very limited.

The main town is Dumfries with a train station linking to Carlisle, Glasgow and Edinburgh. The studio is approximately 15 miles from Dumfries with one bus a day to and from Dumfries. There are a great selection of hotels, B&B’s and campsites within 10 miles of Amanda’s studio.

Once the booking is confirmed the studio address and further directions will be provided.

Class Description:

Your Studio Experience will consist of step-by-step demonstrations of vessel making. For 1 day experiences you will be asked to choose from the two following options:

  • Sheet Glass Vessels
  • Powder Glass Vessels

If you have selected a two day experience, you can choose to do both options or study one option in more depth. You would then slump the piece(s) made on the first day and make more blanks.

Sheet Glass Vessel Day

On this introduction to kilnformed vessels, you will learn how to create tall thin vessels whilst experimenting with opaque and transparent colours to create new tones and subtle colour blending. Amanda will teach how to build the flat blanks taking into consideration mass, heat, time, colour and opacity. You will investigate more ways of working with colour and the opacity of glass, producing a few colour samples to widen your palette and as research for your next vessel designs.

You will look at all the ways to coldwork your glass vessel to finish it such as cutting, grinding, hand lapping, engraving and sandblasting; all techniques that continue the creative design process in changing the form of the piece to give the vessel an identity, whilst giving it stability.

Amanda will give guideline firing schedules for all projects on the day and suggest starting points for larger projects. There will be presentations throughout the day of the development of Amanda’s work using this technique, challenging the use of colour and cameo engraved work. Participants will go home with 3 small finished vessels. Work made on the day, colour samples and a collection of blanks to slump at home will be posted to the participant.

Powder Glass Vessel Day

This course introduces you to glass powders and kilnformed vessels. Students will learn to create vessels whilst experimenting with opaque and transparent powdered Bullseye Glass colours to create new tones, subtle colour blending and mark making. Amanda will teach you how to build the flat blanks, taking into consideration mass, heat, time, colour and opacity and you will investigate more ways of working with colour and the opacity of glass to produce a few colour samples to widen your palette and for research for your next vessel designs.

Each student will make their own slumping mould from vermiculite board to play with different forms when slumping and will make the blank on the day to slump at home. We will look at all the ways to coldwork your glass vessel to finish it such as cutting, grinding, hand lapping, engraving and sandblasting; all techniques that continue the creative design process in changing the form of the piece to give the vessel an identity, whilst giving it stability.

There will be presentations throughout the day showing development of Amanda’s work using this technique, challenging the use of colour and cameo engraved work. Amanda will give guideline firing schedules for all projects on the day and suggest starting points for larger projects. Participants will go home with 3 small finished vessels and a handmade vermiculite mould. Work made on the day, colour samples and a collection of blanks to slump at home will be posted to the participant.

Lunch:

A vegetarian lunch is provided for all those attending the Studio Experience.

What to Prepare:

  • This class will be tailored to your experience based on your choice of Sheet Glass Vessels or Powder Glass Vessels.
  • Information on your booking will be e-mailed to you prior to the course date.
  • A good respirator is required for both days.
  • Please wear work clothes and closed-toe shoes. Bring several warm layers for the Scottish winter.
  • All materials and a delicious vegetarian lunch are included and all the necessary tools are provided.
  • Please advise in advance if you have any food allergies.
  • The class is restricted to 2 people (one booking).
  • Amanda will teach using Bullseye Glass (CoE90).

Amanda will require the balance of payment within 12 weeks of booking. She will contact participants directly to confirm all arrangements for the experience day(s).

Cancellations up to 4 weeks before the course will receive a 90% refund. After that date a 50% refund will be given up to 1 week prior to the course. In order to keep class costs low for all, we make no exceptions to this policy. The £30 deposit is non-refundable.


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