Classes in Glass Fusing, Enamelling, Stained Glass and Pottery in Worcestershire

COVID UPDATE: We resumed our classes on Mon 12th April for single households at first, then for mixed households from 17th May.
Do get in touch if you'd like to come for a class - we have full precautions in place without it impacting on the enjoyment of the session.  
Precautions: We are taking regular Covid tests. I will be cleaning surfaces and tools (I have plenty of spare tools so no need to share). I will be wearing a face mask/visor for teaching and participants should bring their own face mask or they can borrow a visor from me if that is more comfortable. We will inevitably come within 2 metres of each other but I hope that the risks will be minimised by these precautions. 

Glass Fusing Classes

Various formats available:

  • Bespoke private class for your own group (for 1-6 people), daytime or evening classes. From 1.5 hours to whole day.
  • Small group glass classes on set dates - join other people (ask Sarah for dates)
  • A series of glass making classes
  • As part of the 3-in-1 Glass Experience Day with making stained glass and enamelling too (see below)
  • Combined with pottery (1-day or a half-day course) (see below)
  • In your workplace or other venue (7-10 people in each group)
  • Buy a gift voucher for someone

I run glass fusing classes for 1 to 6 people in Worcester. A one-off taster lesson is suitable for people who want to learn the basic techniques of making glass which might lead to a new hobby but we can easily adapt the class if you are not a beginner and I often hold mixed ability classes. You can either come on your own or in your own private group or join 1 of my set dates to mix with other learners. I have also taught Art students who have submitted pieces for their GCSE Art portfolio (but you REALLY don't need to be artistic to do the class!). Bring a friend (or a few!) - it is great to have fellow learners to bounce ideas off and you get to share the experience together and create new memories. Craft workshops are a great gift idea for someone who enjoys trying new activities (you can buy a voucher and the recipient then arranges a date to suit them).  

  • ​1-1 or 1-2 (1-3 etc) tuition (10+ years old (U16 accompanied by paying adult)) can be arranged at a time to suit you throughout the year (most weekday daytime or evenings and limited weekend slots available).
  • A taster class is 1.5 hours for 1-2 people or 2 hours for 3+ people but longer classes are also available up to a whole day. You can choose to make a piece of jewellery, a sun-catcher or coaster, Christmas decorations, cocktail stirrers etc. Approximately 3 items can be made in the taster class, depending on complexity. Your pieces will be ready to collect in 1-2 weeks. (Postage can be arranged) 
  • Cost for taster class: £55 for 1 person, £90 for 2 people, £125 for 3, £160 for 4, £200 for 5 or £240 for 6 people booking together and will include the glass materials and inclusions, fixing of jewellery bails and the firing of your pieces.
  • The workshop is equipped with a large range of coloured glass in different sizes and formats, various metal inclusions, kiln fibre and jewellery fixings, tools and an electric kiln.
  • It is helpful to bring an idea of what you might like to have a go at making - Pinterest is really useful for ideas.  If you have a particular project you want to try out (e.g. sun-catcher or coaster) then we can discuss how you can achieve that in the time available.

Set dates for mixed groups: Join other like-minded people in a mixed group on 1 of these dates: Wed 27th Oct 10am-12. If you have a valid gift voucher you can use that for these classes or you can get in touch with me to pay by BACS and book your place. (Do let me know if none of these dates suit you - these are just randomly picked from my calendar, am happy to add new ones)

Multiple classes: If you've tried my taster class for beginners and want to do more, you can book a series of classes at a reduced rate. 

Please email [email protected]. If you contact me via email then you can pay by BACS bank transfer for your booking or voucher and I will send a lesson voucher by email to the recipient of your choice who can then arrange with me a time that would suit. Or you can order a gift voucher directly from the shop (credit card or Paypal) and then arrange a date and time to suit you later. A lesson voucher makes a great, unusual gift for a fun creative activity to do together. 

*If you need to cancel a class booking once the date has been set you can postpone the date or I can give you full refund (minus an admin fee) for cancellation up to 14 days before the event. If you wish to cancel less than 14 days notice before the event, then I can only offer postponement of the class (with admin fee). No refunds for cancellation/postponement within 48 hours of the start of the class. COVID UPDATE: If you have to self-isolate or can't attend due to travel restrictions due to Covid 19 - we can postpone the class to a later date but please give me as much notice as possible. Gift voucher expiry date can be extended if you contact me before it expires.

Enamelling Jewellery Workshops

Enamelling workshop in Worcester

A fun creative workshop to create your own enamelled copper jewellery to take home with you at the end of the session. This taster class is all about experimenting with the basics of enamelling with powders and watching the textures and patterns evolve.

You will select and prepare your copper shapes and then add layers of sifted coloured glass powders (a steady hand is useful), firing each layer of each piece directly in a 800C kiln for a few minutes (safety equipment available). I will show you various options for adding some details eg: sgraffito, stencils, inclusions like glitter etc. and you can choose what colour combinations and finishes you'd like. At the end you can add a jump ring and can take your pieces home with you. (Optional: soft faux leather necklaces are available to purchase on the day for £2 each). 

The cost of the workshop includes all materials and equipment required (please bring your own face mask) and you will each be able to make up to 3 items of jewellery (either 3 pendants or 2 pendants and 1 pair of earrings). Costs for the 1.5 hours class are £55 for 1 person or £90 for 2 people or £125 for 3 people - you can either get in touch or buy a voucher online. For safety reasons, this workshop is limited to 3 people max. The 3-person session might go over the 1.5 hours slightly, depending on the complexity of your pieces.

3-in-1 Glass Experience Day

Stained glass for beginners workshop in Worcester

As far as I'm aware, this is the only place you can get a taster of 3 different glass techniques in 1 course! In the day you will learn the basics of fused glass, stained glass and enamelling and make your own pieces. The course is aimed at beginners (I am still a novice myself in stained glass) but it is also fine if you've done some fusing or enamelling before.

The cost of the course includes all materials and equipment required (please bring your own face mask) and a delicious buffet ploughman's lunch with tea/coffee throughout. You can aim to make approximately: 3 pieces of fused glass including 1 coaster/sun-catcher, 1 hanging stained glass panel of 3-4 rectangular pieces, 3 pieces of enamelled copper jewellery. I will fire the fused glass pieces for you after the course but you can take away your own stained glass and enamelled pieces on the day.

Costs for the whole day (6 hours and lunch provided) are £160 for 1 person, £280 for 2 people booking together or £360 for 3 people together - please get in touch to arrange. The course requires a minimum of 2 people to run so if you are an individual wishing to book, we will set a potential date for you and invite others to join you - I have 1 space on 23rd Nov if you'd like to join 1 or 2 others then (max of 3 people on the course). If you are booking as 2 people or 3 people together your booking is private and you won't be joined by others. The course can only be run on weekdays as I have no weekends left and will be from 10am-4pm. For safety reasons, this workshop is limited to 3 people max - we will be using a soldering iron and very hot kiln, so a steady hand is useful!

Combined glass and pottery courses

My husband, Chris, runs workshops in pottery throwing for up to 4 people with a wheel each and we offer a combined 1-day or half-day course in our workshop/studio in Worcester. Great for a taster of 2 crafts and makes a fun experience day for couples, friends or families.

1-day course options:

  • a bespoke course for your group of 2 to 8 people (max. 4 in each class) on a date to be arranged between us (you might share lunch with another group but your classes will be just your group)
  • to join one of our set dates, joining other people (max. 8 people, 4 in each class): Sat 6th Nov 10am-4pm - please get in touch to arrange.

The day (10am-4pm) will include a pottery class of approx 2.5 hours and a glass class of approx 2.5 hours with a ploughman’s type buffet lunch and breaks for tea/coffee. 

The cost for the whole day course is £160 per person, £270 for 2, £350 for 3, £425 for 4 and £100 each for 5-8 people eg: £600 for 6 people). Each day will need a minimum of 2 people in order to run so if you are an individual wishing to book, we will set a potential date for you and invite another to join you (we already have others waiting to join) eg: we have a set date of Sat 6th Nov 10am-4pm which has spaces. If you are booking as 2 people or more people together, your booking is private and you won't be joined by others except perhaps over lunch if another group is doing the course the other way around. You can buy a voucher or enquire.

A half-day combined course is a popular variation: 1.5 hours of pottery and 1.5 hours of glass fusing. A maximum of 4 people in each class. Half-day costs are: £100 for 1 person, £165 for 2, £220 for 3 and £280 for 4 people. (Instead of the glass fusing session, you could opt for an enamelled jewellery class - 3 people max, please ask at time of booking).

The courses include all materials and the firing of your pieces for collection in approximately 3 weeks (postage can be arrange at a cost). 

Please make an enquiry if you are interested in knowing more.

You can see more about Chris’s pottery classes on his website: chrisgreeningpottery.co.uk

*If you need to cancel a combined class booking we can give you a refund (minus an admin fee) for cancellation/postponement up to 30 days before the event but if a cancellation/postponement is less than 30 days notice before the event, then there will be no refund unless a replacement can be found for that course. Postponement would be our preference. No refunds for cancellation/postponement within 48 hours of the start of the class. (If you have to self-isolate due to Covid 19 - we can aim to postpone the class to a later date but please give me as much notice as possible). Gift voucher expiry date can be extended if you contact me before it expires.

Classes in the Workplace in Worcestershire

Glass fusing classes in the workplace and other venues: I can also come to your workplace or home to run the class for a larger group (7-10 people per group) near Worcester - a great way to reward staff and have some team-building creativity or for a family get-together!

Get in touch for more details for a bespoke workshop arranged to suit you. I can provide reviews from organisations who have booked me previously.

Team building workshop for company staff in Worcestershire

Reviews

You can find many more reviews on the Craft Courses website.

Here are reviews from recent learners:

"Hi Sarah and Chris, I wanted to say a special thank you for the sessions yesterday. I really had a wonderful time doing both the glass fusing and the pottery. You were very welcoming and are fantastic teachers...the classes didn't feel like "just" an introduction or taster; rather I left feeling really empowered and as though I'd been solidly exposed to the first steps in learning and understanding both these new crafts. Both experiences were more than I could imagine. I really am quite grateful for the care and attention you gave me in both sessions. (Also the lunch was lovely! - especially the fab Greening potatoes!). And best of luck to you both going forward. You both really made me feel quite special and made my day. All the best, until we meet again!"

"Hi Sarah, I just wanted to say thank you so very much for a lovely morning. It was fantastic for mum and I to finally spend some time together but your care and patience made it extra special. We loved seeing some of your gorgeous work and having a go at some too!!  I am sure we will soon be back for another go! Thank you again. We look forward to picking up our creations soon."

"Out of all our activities this summer, this was the best experience for the whole family - even our teenagers! To try 2 crafts together is a great opportunity and great to support local businesses in Worcestershire. And the bonus of making our own pieces to give us memories of the day. Highly recommend."

"I have had a brilliant afternoon, thank you so much and I'm looking forward to seeing my four pieces fired. Your safety precautions re., covid 19 are first class ..sanitizer, face masks, etc., so no problems at all. Only problem was I couldn't give you a hug for a lovely afternoon 😏"

"Sarah's course was like the alchemy of her glasswork; simple, brilliant and fun! Her attention to detail, kindness and generosity with her time and knowledge made the course such a wonderful experience. With Sarah's guidance it seems I'm quite creative. Who knew!! Cannot wait to see how everything else turns out and look forward to the next course in August!"

"There were plenty of different resources to use, not just glass, so we had a good range of colours and items to be able to blend into our pieces. The atmosphere was relaxed and encouraging. Sarah was good at guiding whilst encouraging us to do what we wanted - not what she thought we should do. This must be a fine balance and I think she did this well. The two hours flew by. I would thoroughly recommend this course to those who are novices to those who have dabbled a little too."

"The instructor was very knowledgeable, amenable and helpful, her explanations were clear. A very creative course: I had a great feeling of achievement by making a coaster, a pendant and for extra fun - a cocktail twirler!! Lovely items on display to inspire and give you ideas to further boost your creativity.
I would recommend this course."

"Really enjoyed my starter lesson, which was a gift from the husband. Sarah was very friendly and welcoming, and the studio was lovely to work in. Lots of different materials to use, and Sarah described everything really well. I'd more than happily go back again and have another go, to try out different ideas. Looking forward to seeing my finished pieces!"

"Sarah is a great teacher, allowing free reign of her amazing workshop to use a wide range of materials to make a number of glass items. The two hours went really quickly and I came away with creations that I can put on show. Brilliant value and highly recommended"

"I found you by searching for Things to do near Malvern for our holiday and your pottery and glass workshop looked like relaxed fun for the range of ages in our family group and perfect that we could have it as a private booking, just for us. We weren't disappointed! Fantastic fun for us all and we all enjoyed creating pieces that we'll cherish with our memories of the holiday. Thank you so much for the personal touches that make it such a unique experience! We highly recommend!"

"I had such a brilliant time, worth every penny, even though my efforts were not particularly artistic. I'd definitely like another go and would recommend to anyone."

"What a great way to spend the afternoon. Thanks Sarah for teaching us it was great fun... Can't wait to see the finished article.."

You can see more reviews on my Craft Courses webpage.