I recently went on a glass workshop at Inlight Contemporary Glass Fusion in Hove, I had a great time and made 2 glass coasters. Chantal Mesnard who runs the classes makes beautiful clocks and dinnerware and other very inspiring work.
I made two coasters and fused glass and wire on top and inside the glass, we had two panels of glass and sandwiched items in between the glass and used to produce a coaster. We could each make our own tile design and she had a book of ideas which could inspire us.
I did enjoy the workshop when we got started, before we began we had to stand and listen to an hour talk about what we were going to do, which I forgot a lot of. It would have been far nicer to break this up throughout the session, in steps so we could remember it all. No questions were allowed to be asked and I didn’t feel very enthusiastic about making after the talk. So I thought I would just experiment a little and see how things turned out, as I know glass has a mind of its own in the kiln.
It felt a lot like being at school; it wasn’t a relaxing friendly atmosphere. Asking questions lead to snappy response and I didn’t feel comfortable. If you want to make some pretty coasters or jewellery I would recommend this glass but if you wanted to start it as a hobby and be inspired by a mentor then maybe this is not for you.
See my coasters below