North Lands Creative Glass Announces 2017 Classes, Scotland

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North Lands Creative Glass Announces 2017 Classes, Scotland


Orrery Scent Bottles

‘In from the Cold’ with Anthony Scala 

Dates:  May 8th – 12th, 2017

Anthony will be leading a 5 day technical class looking at the possibilities achievable when using cold working techniques within sculptural glass. The class will investigate form, surface finish, decoration and the interplay of light, reflection and refraction within the glass object.

An introduction to the types of adhesives used for different methods of construction will also be discussed, as well as techniques for assembling components into a finished piece of work.

About Anthony 

Anthony Scala is a technically accomplished and creative cold worker with an extensive knowledge of chemical bonding techniques. He creates and exhibits work internationally and also employs his skills finishing work for other artists. 

Working primarily with optical and blown glass, Anthony has recently begun experimenting with the inclusion of cast glass elements into his work, generating interest and textural contrast within the piece. 

His work investigates the interaction and counter play between the reflection and refraction of light. He uses a muted colour palette, the subtle tones of which lend themselves with great effect to his chosen subject matter. However, he will also include vibrant colours in limited quantities, as well as pin pricks of light within the form to act as focal points within the work.



Dense White Opaline Vessel

‘The Perfect Vessel’ with Karl Harron 

Dates: May 22nd – 28th, 2017

Form: “…by which shape is determined, as distinguished from the material of which it is composed, giving it individuality and a distinctive character”.

The aim of this 7-day class is to achieve a “sublime form”. The process is to discard the superfluous and to identify and develop a personal concept. The result will be a form that is the simple expression of a complex thought and students will be encouraged to adopt a sculptural approach to their work – a search for form and push their glass in a new direction rather than master a technique. In order to develop your aesthetic and conceptual perspective, while negotiating the technical challenges of deep-slumping into 3-step ceramic moulds, we will begin with an introductory presentation given by Karl, early on the first morning of class. Students will challenge themselves further by designing a piece of work made of only two colours of reactive opalescent Bullseye sheet glass, with mark-making realised through the application of accessory glasses such as frits, powders, confetti and stringers.

Discussions, power point presentations by all, and technical talks will encourage and enable students to expand their ideas once outside the classroom. Students are requested to bring along their own hand-tools if possible, note-pad and pen, a camera and a piece of work which best illustrates their style.

The participants on this course will need to have a level of experience which will allow them to get the most out of the course. If you feel comfortable cutting and handling glass and want to use this class to expand your knowledge, please apply.

I look forward to working with you.  ~ Karl Harron Glassmaker.

• Health &Safety
• Mould Curing and Preparation
• Compatibility/Viscosity
• Flow control/design techniques
• Heat-work/manipulation.
• Cold-working demonstration
• Surface finishes/sand-carving/lathe-work
• Professional/artistic development
• Studio husbandry and maintenance.

About Karl

Ulster Artist and master craftsman Karl Harron, born in Belfast 1953 is a respected and successful glass artist now based in N. Ireland. With an emphasis on design-led, innovative work, his distinctive style is characterised by the subtle tones and complex mark making created by exploiting a third element within the body of his pieces, created at the interface between reactive glasses. His aesthetic vision demonstrates a profound appreciation of processes and critical enquiry.

Harron has facilitated international master classes in the UK, Ireland, USA, Norway, Switzerland, Denmark, Singapore and Australia.

His work is held in private and public collections throughout the world including the Down County Museum N.Ireland; Taidemuseo Museum of Art Finland; National Museum of Decorative Arts Permanent Collection Ireland; Ulster Museum UK; Bullseye Glass Co. USA; Dan Klein & Alan J. Poole at National Museum of Scotland UK; North Lands Creative Glass UK and Broadfield House Glass Museum UK.


flameworking-with-ian-pearson‘Flameworking’ with Ian Pearson 

Dates: April 4th-6th & October 10th – 12th, 2017

2017 sees the return of our very popular Flameworking Skills Class with local artist, Ian Pearson. 

This course is aimed at those who wish to experience and learn some basic elements of working glass in an open flame, (Lampworking/Flameworking). It will appeal to the beginner as much as those with previous experience. The material used will be borosilicate glass and be mostly clear tubing and rod of various sizes. Objectives will be set at the start of each day with the final day seeing a cumulative result involving teamwork recognising the individual’s progress. An outline of the course is stated below.

Day One: 

Sealing tubing to form spherical ends and blowing perfectly shaped spheres on one tube at end; blowing spheres/bulbs in the middle of a length of tube; bending small diameter tubing to a set pattern and angle; producing U-bends to specified dimensions. Various techniques for safely cutting glass tubing will be taught. The correct use of tools such as carbon paddles, tweezers with safety equipment will be completed. The student will complete an item of glassware using techniques learnt to a specified drawing.

Day Two: 

Joining two tubes of equal diameter together to form one straight tube with minimal imperfections, joining two tubes of uneven diameter together to form one straight tube with minimal imperfections; joining a side arm of a diameter smaller than the main tube; joining a side arm of a diameter larger than the main tube. The student will combine techniques learnt the previous day to that of day 2 to create a more complicated piece of work.

Day Three: 

Joining small and large diameter glass rod to glass tubing both straight and at specified angles; sealing small items of glass inside a larger glass tube by means of an internal seal; construct a piece of glass ware within tolerances to a specified For more information: 01593 721229 Charity No: SCO23805

drawing. Layering techniques of glass rod onto tubing to alter shape of original tube will be taught along with blowing shapes that are non-spherical e.g. square. The student will create an original piece of glassware that will compliment a team effort sculpture and contribute towards its construction.

About Ian 

Ian Pearson has been practicing lampworking since 1961, and is an acknowledged master of the craft. For many years a scientific glass blower creating highly complex laboratory equipment; Ian now uses his blend of ancient craft and modern technology to make art objects and gifts at his studio Glass Creations in Thurso.


Layers of Landscape’ with Heather Gillespie 

Dates to be confirmed 

In partnership with the Timespan Museum and Arts Centre, Helmsdale, North Lands Creative Glass will be running a ‘wild engraving’ course in 2017.

During 2017, Timespan will be working with the theme ‘Deep Time’. As part of this they will be investigating layers in the landscape that imply a time that is removed from our common perception. With particular emphasis on the layers of turf found in the flow country there is also a proposed excavation in the strath that would expose the soil strata to and what the people from prehistoric time have left us with.

Taking this project as a stimulus Layers of Landscape will look from the micro to the macro of the landscape.

From the minutia found within the layers of peat to the recording of the topography of the area. Glass will be worked with diamond and copper wheel, stippled, cut and abraded. Using clear, coloured, flashed and cameo plates printing from the engraving will also form part of the class

About Heather 

The course will be led by the Heather Gillespie, a copper wheel engraver based in Cumbria, Heather was one of the four original participants of the Forest of Glass residency based on the North Coast of Scotland and since that time has continued to push the boundaries of “wild engraving”, continually taking the discipline out of the studio and into the landscape looking for a more visceral and immediate response to engraving the natural world

 For more information: 01593 721229


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