Quirky dish workshop


My next guests were a couple who have done lots of crafting over the years. Malcolm has been wood turning for many years and was looking for a different outlet for his skills. He has decided to stick with wood turning but enjoyed his day with glass and he and Valerie are coming back in warmer weather. That’s always a good sign that guests have enjoyed themselves!

They decided to make quirky bowls – these are randomly shaped pieces of glass that really come into their own after firing. The glass is cut using mosaic nippers and the coloured pieces are held together with overlapping clear glass. The whole piece is then flat fused and slumped. The design process is quite time consuming and Malcolm and Valerie chose two different colour schemes and slumping mould shapes for their designs. As ever, there is always an element of trial and error with any glass piece and Malcolm chose a mould or, more accurately, a drape shape, that I haven’t used myself, especially with the quirky idea. So, here we go.


Malcolm working on his glass, with the plant pot drape shape by his side
Valerie laying out her colour scheme

Then, the finished products:

Valerie’s dish
Malcolm’s dish


Then, the ultimate question… what do you do with the left over chippings that you’ve cut from your glass? Well, you make coasters of course….


So, a happy day spent making fantastically colourful pieces, both destined for the same room but I think that Malcolm’s will be my the window to catch those lovely colours with the sun shining through.

If you’d like to come and have a day making glass pieces for yourself or to give as a gift do get in touch. So far, two sets of my guests have come back for a second time so they have obviously enjoyed themselves.

Published by Cosy Creative Crafts

Hi My name is Jane and I live in North Oxfordshire, UK. I started making greetings cards and jewellery, progressed to working with stained glass, played with a microwave kiln for small fused glass items and then went all the way with a studio and kiln. I then explored lampworking and enjoy playing with hot glass too.. I have also been a knitter and crochet(ter?) since childhood. I enjoy playing with colour - the brighter the better in my opinion. I attend craft fairs each year in the local area as my glass is attractive face to face. I also run workshops in my garden studio and love to share my skills with others.

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