When folk come for a workshop I like to guide them on using the materials (glass, mosaics etc) and suggest things that they can make but I think is is also important for them to use their own ideas and creativity. This was particularly shown when a couple came for a fused glass workshop recently.
Linda was afraid of cutting glass so I suggested that she make something to fuse using mosaic nippers, Paul was happy to have a go with a glass scorer tool. Linda made a set of coasters from my scrap boxes, Paul made a bowl using similar pieces. But, rather than using two layers of glass to create uniform pieces, they only used one layer. There is one thing though, you have to connect each piece of glass with the others around it otherwise the piece falls apart and the shape is variable.
I think you’ll agree that the final pieces are colourful and creative.
You can see how they used clear glass to link all of the pieces together.
So, guidance on cutting glass with either mosaic nippers or glass scorer given and knowledge of how a single layer of glass behaves in the kiln were essential but Linda and Paul were given the freedom to satisfy their own creativity and were delighted with the results.