Glass Fusing and Slumping (Foundation)

1. Overview

This course will introduce students to basic workshop practice and the use of traditional glass tools and equipment.

Students will learn the fundamental skills required for fusing glass together and slumping this into moulds to create forms such as a light catcher, tea light holder, bowl, coaster, decorative hanging tile or jewellery.

2. What you will study

The basics of designing, glass cutting, assembly, layering, draping moulds and surface decoration will be investigated.

Students will be able to explore the versatility of this material through a variety of techniques using powder stencilling, sandblasting, dichroic glass and frits, confetti or stringer inclusions. Students will be encouraged to develop their design understanding through personalised projects, exploring the potential of test pieces towards the production of elementary small scale pieces.

Students are encouraged to keep a visual diary, which reflects their personal practice, individual interests and the work of other designers. This becomes a personal journal of their development during the course. The student will be introduced to the design process through integrated design drawing, class talks, individual/group discussion and studio-based practice.

3. Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course. Foundation Glass Fusing and Slumping provides an excellent starting point for beginners.

4. How to apply

Course fee: £305

Gray's Short Course Online Registration

Successful enrolment will be confirmed by email.

RGU Registration

All students should be aware that when registering as a student at RGU they are accepting a contract of enrolment. (In order to attend short courses all students must register and accept RGU's conditions).


Please inform Gray's School of Art if you are withdrawing your course. Any student absent for more than 4 weeks consecutively will be contacted by the school. Should no explanation of absence be given, RGU will withdraw you from the course.


A refund is only applicable where there has been at least 4 weeks illness and a medical certificate to support it.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about registration, contact:

Gray's Short Course Team

5. Additional Information


Footware: the class will be held in the jewellery workshop. Students will need to appropriate footwear: no sandals, flip flops, heels or crocs are allowed.


A complete health and safety induction with take place on commencement of the course.

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Start Date

Semester One: 5 Oct - 23 Nov 2018
Semester Two: 11 Jan - 1 Mar 2019

Course Length

40hrs (16 weeks)
7:00pm - 9:30pm Fridays

Mode of Attendance

Short Course/Part-time

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Gray's School of Art
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