The International Festival of Glass programme of glass making masterclasses is hosted by teachers and glass making professionals from around the world.  This year our masterclass leaders are from Seattle, Germany, Philadelphia, Netherlands and UK.  

The masterclasses take place from Monday 25 to Wednesday 27 May at both Ruskin Glass Centre and the University of Wolverhampton.

Download the  2015 masterclass descriptions, including dates, times, prices and full descriptions. If you have any queries on the masterclasses or would like more information, please contact Jackie on masterclasses@ifg.org.uk

2015 programme summary:

Dante Marioni and Janusz Pozniak: Off-hand Venetian glassmaking, American style

Eventbrite - Dante Marioni & Janusz Pozniak: Off-hand Venetian Glassmaking, American Style

Neil Wilkin assisted by James Devereux: Traditional and contemporary hot glass making - towards a flawless technique


Michael Brennand-Wood and Keith Cummings: A laboratory investigating the cross transfer of textile and glass design


 Penny Rakov: Innovative murrini making

Eventbrite - Penny Rakov: Innovative Murrini Making


JanHein van Stiphout: 'eco' nomical beadmaking

See masterclass description opposite

Eventbrite - JanHein van Stiphout: A New Approach to Torch Work


Lisa Pettibone: Sculptural Slumping: Capturing Glass Movement

Eventbrite - Lisa Pettibone: Sculptural Slumping: Capturing Glass Movement - Moulds, Ideas and Inspiration


Cappy Thompson: Contemporary glass painting using
grisalle or grey tonal painting technique

Christian Schmidt: Freehand wheel engraving

'Eco'nomical beadmaking with JanHein van Stiphout

By popular demand JanHein van Stiphout has rescheduled
his class into separate days which may be taken singly or in
All classes will benefit from his extensive experience  of
40 years in flame working, hot glass, kiln work and sculptural
glass. Over many years he has developed numerous unique
pieces of bespoke glassmaking equipment alongside his artistic
practice. Also with his partner, he runs a business supplying
materials to glass artists.
His class will explore in depth the particular benefits at all levels
of ability of using the Conkinect Torch which does not require
an oxygen supply. JanHein has refined the design and use of this
particular torch for maximum fuel efficiency.
JanHein's teaching style is relaxed, well informed and seeks to
encourage individual exploration of the techniques taught.
Sessions will include demonstration, technical discussion and
personal hands on practice.
DAY 1 will introduce participants to a wide spectrum of designs,
techniques and materials from first steps to an intermediate level.
Workshop set up including safety aspects will be a key element
of the day. There will be 1:1 tuition, individual practice and group
discussion throughout the class. Students will acquire a good
foundation on which to build their future bead making expertise.
DAY 2 & 3 focuses on the exploration of more advanced
beadmaking techniques with particular emphasis on hollow bead
making using the build up method. This will be followed by blown
bead making including increased scale (up to 5cm diameter), the
use of overlays, reduction effects and optics. There will be the
opportunity to explore some off mandrel techniques and sculptural
Participants will also have the opportunity to experience the
operation of JanHein's unique tile  making machine which uses
recycled glass.
Days may be taken singly or in series. It is recommended if taking
Day 3 that you are familiar with the making of non blown hollow beads.
£90 per day (Day 1 and 2) including VAT  
£80.00 on Wednesday (Day 3) including VAT

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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