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Glass and Print

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Date: New Dates TBA

This course will provide an introduction to combining screen printed images with glass. A number of techniques will be demonstrated including printing directly onto glass, making transfers and printing with enamels.

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Date: New Dates TBA

Time: 10am – 5pm

Venue: The Glass School Studio, Lockwood Centre, Guildford GU1 1RR

Level: Introduction     Tutors: Julia Webster M.A. and Emma Rawson M.A.

Early Bird discount applies until 24th April

Julia and Emma are both qualified teachers and practicing artists, each having achieved Master of Arts in Contemporary Glass.  They regularly exhibit sculptural and printed glass, for example at the OXO Gallery on London’s South Bank.

This course will provide an introduction to combining screen printed images with glass. A number of techniques will be demonstrated including printing directly onto glass and making transfers and printing with enamels. Participants will use their own images, with the potential to work with multi-colour prints.

How to prepare

Please prepare 4 - 6 physical images that are 15 x 15cm square using only black and white in the design (no greys or colours). You should use solid black shapes, lines, dots etc on a white background. These images will be converted to an acetate for silk screen exposure.

Images and patterns based on nature or architecture work well. Sources such as leaves, branches, bones, fish, flowers etc and architectural features such as domes and arches. The 15 x 15 cm format will allow you to create rotations and layers with the printed glass.

Please post the paper copies to arrive at least one week prior to the course to: C. Webster, Glass Dept. UCA, Falkner Road, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7DS.


If you are computer savvy you can prepare the images in digital form either by scanning paper images or creating images using software such as Photoshop.

The images should represent a high resolution version of the 15cm square format at 240 - 300 dpi - that is at least 1400 x 1400 pixels square in high quality JPEG image format and with a final file size of 300KB or greater.

Please email these images uncompressed at least one week prior to the course to: julia@glasszoo.co.uk or send via a file transfer service such as wetransfer.com or dropbox.com.

Please Note: Low resolution, grey scale or coloured images are NOT suitable for the print process (see above).

Course Day 1

Introduction to equipment and processes with demonstrations. Image preparation and exposure of silk screens. Preparation of coloured enamels, printing practice. Kiln packing and firing.

Course Day 2

Choosing designs and preparation of enamels. Printing experimentation: Encapsulating print within glass layers, rotating, overprinting and off-setting imagery. Kiln packing and firing.

What you will learn

  • How to prepare appropriate imagery for the screen print process
  • How to prepare a screen for printing
  • The different pigments suitable for working with glass
  • Techniques for applying printing to glass
  • Firing cycles

What you will achieve

  • The aim is that students will leave the course with a good basic understanding of how to continue to work with screen printing as a method of applying imagery to glass. Participants will take away any tests that they make and several sheet prints in different coloured glass enamels.

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