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International artists draw the crowds at local art classes
Glass artists from around the world are set to descend upon Bristol as a new programme of masterclasses is announced by Warm Glass UK.
Based in Wrington, near Bristol, Warm Glass UK began running classes for aspiring artists in 2009, with popularity growing each year. Director of the company Pippa Bluck explains that this is the biggest year yet:
“We have just launched a programme of one-, two-, three- and five-day classes for 2012, with classes for everyone from complete beginners who fancy trying a new craft to more experienced glass artists who want to learn a new technique. We have prestigious artists from around the globe holding hugely popular sessions as well as our own Bullseye Glass-trained instructor, Becky Willis.
“Students are visiting from all over Europe to take the classes, which really demonstrates how sought after they are. Three of the six masterclasses are sold out already so budding artists who are interested should take a look at the Warm Glass website as soon as possible as places are filling up fast.”
One artist included in the schedule is Canadian Bob Leatherbarrow who will teach ‘Powder and Crackle’ and ‘Pushing the Limits’. Bob is internationally known for the unique textures he has developed using glass powders and his class at Warm Glass UK in May and the one next year in April sold out within minutes.
Other artists include Alison Lowry from Northern Ireland and Mikyoung Jung from South Korea who are previous winners of the prestigious Warm Glass UK Prize, as well as glass experts Amanda Simmons, Jacqueline Cooley and Jo Newman.
All classes are held at a state-of-the-
Pippa continued: “Our classes all year-round are regularly sold out and this year, our Masterclasses are proving just as popular. Glass artists, whether accomplished or beginners, find something interesting at the sessions and we are delighted to be able to offer such talented instructors.”
Other classes on offer include lessons on fusing, creating images in glass, flameworking, screenprinting, casting and jewellery making.
As well as hosting classes and workshops, Warm Glass UK supplies glass artists across the world with materials and equipment needed to work in art glass.
For a full schedule of classes and masterclasses and for more information about Warm Glass UK visit www.warm-glass.co.uk