The "hot shop" at BeachGecko Glass is in production during the cooler months of the year. At that time we offer hot glass experiences such as "Make a paperweight" (45 minutes) or a full day "Introduction to Glass Blowing ". We schedule these opportunities around our blowing production schedule.
BeachGecko Glass offers a 2.5 hour "Mini Fuser", as well as a full day workshop for beginners in fusing glass. In the Mini Fuser you will design and create a 17 x 17 cm fused and slumped art glass dish. The full day workshop is more comprehensive; we will play with powders and frits to make a coaster; then practice our glass scoring and use of negative space to make a pendant/keychain and finally, incorporate all that we have learned into a 17 x 17 fused art dish.
In this workshop we will use "negative space" to allow glass to flow and create unique and organic patterns. You will design and make pattern bars and segments; use the wet saw to cut them up and fuse them using dams. Various cold working methods will be introduced, and you will bring home 3 finished pieces. 4 Students / 3.5 days
We offer a 2.5 hour "coasters' powder printing mini, or a 2 day workshop . In the "Coasters" workshop, you will practice the basics of sifting glass powder through a screen, to create 4, 10cm glass coasters. In the full workshop, you will explore further - comparing the differences in a full fuse vs a tack fuse finish, combining the two, and playing with colour reactions. All glass is pre cut.
This 3 day intensive workshop allows us to make cane & murrine (traditionally a "hot shop" technique) with a Vitrigraph kiln. You will pull multi coloured canes and choose a colour combination for your murrine, both of which will be incorporated into 2 kin formed projects. Pulling the canes will involve manipulating molten glass and final cold working methods will be explored.