April 16-18 2018 Vessel Forms & Glass Powder Course

Sale price Price £725.00 Regular price

Course Overview

Amanda Simmons Powdered Glass Vessels, taking place at 
Castle Douglas
Dumfries & Galloway

April 16 - 18 2018

In this 5-day introductory course in kiln formed vessels and glass powders, 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 how to build the flat blanks, taking into consideration mass, heat, time, colour and opacity and we 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.

We will look at all the ways to cold work 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 course of the 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 course and suggest starting points for larger projects.

The class size is restricted to 4 students for plenty of one-to-one attention and will take place in Amanda’s own workshop in Corsock. Course hours are 10am to 5pm mon-thurs, 10am -3pm Fri.

Participants will go home with:

  • At least 4 small vessels in varying forms
  • 1 large powder kilnformed vessel
  • Future work can be inspired by a range of glass powder and engraved glass samples
  • Some blanks to finish firing in your own kilns
  • Handmade vermiculite slumping mould.
  • A comprehensive set of notes will cover what we learn on the course including firing schedules.

All materials and a vegetarian lunch provided daily. Please advise us if you have any food allergies. Hot drinks and snacks available all day. If time allows and the weather is good we will have a field trip to some of the beautiful places in Galloway. We will be working with Bullseye Glass Tekta sheet, Bullseye Glass Powders, 2 and 3mm transparent and opaque glass.

Course Requirements

  • Some experience with general fusing, slumping and coldworking
  • Students must bring their own high-quality dust masks for the course which must be worn for powder work and coldworking
  • Warm workshop clothes and sturdy footwear are recommended
  • Preferably not allergic to dogs!
  • A car would be very useful


  • Full payment is required to book the course.
  • Due to the small numbers on this course cancellations up to 4 weeks before the course 90% refund, after that date a 50% refund will be given up to 1 week prior to the course.