Cast glass | 30-07-2023

Sign up for glass casting courses with Max Jacquard

Glass expert Max Jacquard is offering two classes in glass casting this Autumn, both of which are suitable for beginners. Max has been teaching students how to cast glass for over 20 years. He has taught in England, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

The first class is a one-day Open Cast Texture and Colour course, taking place at his Kent studio on 16 September 2023.

Students will learn how to apply texture and colour to an open casting in glass. Open casting refers to the technique in which a mould is placed into the kiln without a feed, allowing the entire glass surface to be polished by the heat.

This open cast technique begins with mould making using materials such as plaster and silicone. This course will teach mould making methods and investigate the materials that can be applied to relief casting. Students will be able to explore how colours can be combined when casting glass with billets.

The following month, on 14 October 2023, there will be a one-day Core Casting Workshop. On this course students will try their hand at core casting glass in the form of a vessel. Core casting refers to the process used in making a hollow form (such as a bowl or vessel) that is created through casting rather than blowing.

This course will teach the basics of core casting, including a range of mould making skills. Wax will be extensively explored in both its liquid and malleable form. The process of lost wax casting will be taught, and students will measure and choose the glass for their vessel.

Both courses take place at Max Jacquard Glass, Greensand Barn, Church Farm, Ulcombe, Maidstone, Kent ME17 1DN.

More information on both courses and book via the website.

Image: Glass bowl created using the core casting process that you can learn in October 2023.

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