Workshops are the perfect way to wind down from the busy working week, and a great way to spend some quality time with your family or friends whilst doing something truly different. And, of course, at the end of your workshop you end up with a beautiful piece of glass art to show off in your home!
I run two levels of workshops:
Level One – Life’s Colours Workshop – is for the absolute beginner who wants to try working with glass for the first time, and similarly Coaster Creation is another Level One workshop where no prior knowledge is required. All you need is enthusiasm and a desire to learn!
Precious Pendants is another entry Level Workshop.
Level Two (Play Again) is for those who have finished a Level One Workshop or two.
Here are some examples of the work that has been achieved by absolute novices after doing my “Life’s Colours” 3 ½ hour workshop.
Of course every art glass piece is different, here are some examples of finished blue pieces:
Some people love to cut triangles as the basis of their design:
Some people incorporate reds into their blue pieces, and create a piece that looks like it sits within a black frame.
Some people create elegant paler blue works – this is a cool, contemporary cheese board.
Some like to use bold fiery colours that will fit in their decor at home:
Here is a fascinating example of using transparent, opaque and pre-made pieces in a design made up of “all rectangle and squares”.
Here is another cheery design using mostly triangles:
Again, we have fiery colours and pre-made pieces incorporated into this design. This is a brand new shape that students have the option to choose for their works. We call this shape “The Vince” as he was the very first student to use this slumping shape.
Sometimes, you might like to make a glass gift for your sister Stephanie. Here is the birthday present that Steph was given by her sister Emma. A big bold “S” for Steph!
The designs are only limited by the participant’s imagination – here’s a gorgeous graphical representation of a field of poppies:
And an elegant bunch of flowers:
This person excelled at cutting wavy lines and used them magnificently to incorporate into this colourful piece of glass art:
Here is another blue cheeseboard design in use. The cheeseboards come with little polyethylene bumpers underneath to keep your furniture and kitchen benches in perfect condition.
All of the images above are from my Level One Life’s Colours Workshops. Yes, you could make a piece as beautiful as these with no previous experience!
Here are some from people who have come back a second time and done my “Play Again” Workshop, where they use the skills they learned in the beginners’ “Life’s Colours” Class.
Here is the very stylish Imogen Lamport – with her “Wave” created in art glass:
And here it is finished, slumped into a shallow bowl:
Sometimes, people have a story to tell and come to the workshops to create a lasting memory of an experience. Here is such an example: in this case, this is a meditation on life and death from a dear friend who has now sadly passed on.
And here is an example of someone who wanted to incorporate a dragonfly sitting on a leaf into their glass piece:
And here is the piece almost finished, before it was slumped into a bowl shape. Isn’t it superb?
I hope you like looking at some of the fabulous examples of art glass pieces that have been produced in my “Life’s Colours” workshop. You may wonder why I call them “Life’s Colours”. It’s because like us, all these glass works are all made up of the same basic combination of glass and a small group of essential colours but like us each and every piece is unique. Truly unique.
The Coaster Creation Workshop, where you create a set of 6 coasters. Here are some examples. This design, titled The Aegean Sea, uses elements from the Life’s Colours Workshop and a relaxing blue and turquoise palette. You can see the little bumpers underneath the corners.
Here you can see how a simple use of “stringers” makes such a striking and unique design.
You can see in these smaller than usual coasters, that frit of various sizes has been used. I must confess I really love this design. We use a set at home!
The “Sparkling Chlorophyll” design is part of a series with matching platters of all different sizes and shapes that go from these small coasters to 33cm x 44 cm plates.
A good view of the bump ons that are fixed to the corners of each of your coasters, cheese platters or whatever you choose to make.
Almost anything is possible! Like the 30x30cm platters, the coaster sets are posted to you once they are finished.
During the 3 ½ hour workshops we even share a simple meal together. Here’s a picture taken in the studio’s dining room where we sit and chat and enjoy the company of any of the other artists who are working in their studio at the time of the workshop.
I warmly recommend the workshop as truly one of the best ways to escape the hustle and bustle of life. I can’t tell you how many people have described how much fun they found learning a new skill and just spending a few hours thinking about something completely different from their norm.
Level One Precious Pendants is for those who want to create some fabulous fun jewellery pieces. It is a fantastic form of escapism for anyone who wants to create some amazingly Precious Pendants. Here is an example of the Pieces you can make. Great for jewellery: brooches, pendants, even cufflinks. In this workshop you make 6 items.
I have really lovely GIFT VOUCHERS available if a place in a workshop is a gift you’d like to give your family or friends.
Yesterday I had a mother and daughters’ workshop: that was great fun too! Let me know if you’d like to share an afternoon with your mum or daughter (or son) because I know you’ll be pleased you did.
Each item that is produced in the workshop is fired three times after you leave and when its finished it is wrapped and posted directly to you.
For more information about any of my workshops – dates, availabilities and costs – please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or just phone me 0409 899 900. They take place at Appleton Street Studios in Richmond, Melbourne.
Winter and Spring 2015 dates for each of these workshops are displayed on my FB Jenie Yolland Events Page.
Workshop’s are scheduled for the following dates (alternative dates & times are available on request):
“Life’s Colours” Saturday 18th July 1pm – 4.30pm
“Life’s Colours” Thursday 10th September 6.30 – 10pm
“Coaster Creation” Thursday 16th July 6.30 – 10pm
“Precious Pendants” Thursday 27 August 6.30 – 10pm
“Play Again” Saturday 12th September 1pm – 4.30pm.
Looking forward to sharing this joyful experience with you.