2018 dates to be confirmed
One-day creative sandblasting workshop
Level 1: Introductory level – Max group size five; Min three: 14+years
This intensive one-day course with Reuben Allonby. Reuben recently completed a three year apprenticeship with our recently retired Master Glass Engraver and brings a creative and precise aesthetic to this art form and will assist you in bringing your drawings, photographs or patterns to life. This course is suitable for beginners and no prior experience is necessary.
The sandblasting process relies on the creative application of hand-cut stencils to the surface of the glass to form a resist which protects the glass from the abrasive action of the sand-blasting process. This enables your designs and drawings to be etched into the glass surface. This course requires the use of scalpels. Materials, tools and health & safety equipment are provided.
Whilst a relatively low-tech process the creative possibilities of sandblasting are huge, limited only by your imagination! It is not necessary to be a great artist to benefit from this course – rather a steady hand, patience and a creative vision will serve you best. reuben will introduce you to the tools-of-the-trade, covering the safety aspects and then with practical demonstrations guide you through a series of exercises to familiarise you with the process. You will then be able to develop your own designs, using our brand new, state of the art sandblaster, which may include images or text, for translation onto a beautiful piece of our 30% full lead crystal, hand-made in the factory. Two glasses are included in the course cost.
Should you prefer you may bring old glass bottles or jam-jars (without labels) for practice before moving to full-lead crystal. Additional glass vessels, tumblers and bowls suitable for engraving will be available to purchase on the day should you have a grand project in mind.
Our creative sandblasting tutor: Reuben Allonby
Reuben completed a three year apprenticeship with Cumbria Crystal’s master engraver before establishing his own business delivering high quality engraving solutions. He is highly creative, enthusiastic and is skilled in the art of creative sandblasting. On this workshop Reuben will guide you through the various processes and techniques enabling you to develop & refine creative designs to transfer onto crystal vessels. These may include text, images/photographs or sketches. It is a great way to learn the sandblasting technique from a skilful artisan in a warm friendly environment.
(Workshops are confirmed if three or more participants book)
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Tel: +44 (0)1229 584 400