Marble Extravaganza!

Dates: Monday 20 to Thursday 23 August
Venue: Ruskin Glass Centre
Level: Basic lampworking skills are needed
Capacity: 8 students
Price: £420 (including VAT)

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Diana East – After working for over twenty years as a freelance jewellery designer/maker, Diana turned to working in glass in 1995. In 1997 she spent two lovely months in Arizona with fabulous bead maker Kate Drew Wilkinson after which she came back to England and began to teach. In 1998/99 she attended The International Glass Centre on the Techniques and Technology of Glass course followed by various residencies. Diana has found this a wonderful medium for personal expression and has been able to help to introduce other people to it through teaching the technique of flame work. In 2001, she went to India to work with native craftsmen on new designs for a commercial catalogue and since then has taught in Switzerland, France, Germany, Holland, Spain, and USA as well as here
in Britain.

Sean Taylor – It was only after a number of careers in (variously) laboratory work, technical theatre, and teaching that Sean finally came to flameworking. His first encounter with glass beadmaking led to flameworked sculpture, scientific glassblowing, and of course, marbles. His flamework, especially the marbles, are strongly influenced by his interest in and love of mathematics, physics, symmetry, pattern and detail, both in nature, and in the abstract.

Glass marbles fascinate many of us, and have done so since childhood. The marbles we played with as children were made by machine, but today, lampwork artists are creating art glass marbles of amazing depth and complexity.   To make them for yourself at the torch is one of the most satisfying of all lampworking techniques, but well within the reach of those with just a little experience.

This Masterclass will introduce the techniques and tools used in basic marble-making. Using soft glass, we will look at surface decorated marbles, and clear, internally decorated styles. You will need some previous lampworking experience to get the most from this class – the skills required to make well-shaped, simple beads decorated with stringer, twisty and dot patterns, along with good heat control, will be sufficient.


Photos courtesy of S Bruntnell, P Dutton, C Day, K Brocklehurst, J Christley, M Holm, M Durran, P Wood, J Plant, J Smith, Glass Genie, KT Yun, D McNeill, J Coakley,  J Elliott, S Snaddon, I Dury.
J Low, J Newman, V Bamforth, N Baker.
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