Elements of Place – Formed by Fire
May 6 @ 9:00 am - May 10 @ 5:00 pmpound965
Dates: 6 – 10 May 2024
Venue: Benefield Spencer Glass, Ballintoy, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK
Price: £965 pp
Level: The workshop is aimed at practicing glass and mosaic artists. No prior flameworking experience is necessary.
No. of participants: The workshop has been designed to accommodate 6-8 participants. We require a minimum of 6 bookings for the workshop to run. If the workshop becomes fully booked we will keep a waiting list.
Expert tuition by two experienced artists
9-5pm daily over 5 days
Studio access and guided field trips
All studio materials and equipment
Transport to field trips from the studio. (If we have 8 participants someone will need to share their car).
5 light lunches
2 simple evening meals (workshop participants only) Bonus evening field trip
Bonus evening studio session
Elements of Place – Formed by Fire is a five day flameworking and micro-mosaic workshop aimed at practicing glass and mosaic artists. The workshop is designed to explore these complementary hot and cold glass working techniques, in combination with simple casting and the use of natural and manmade forms. Field trips to study the dramatic landscape of the local Causeway Coast of Northern Ireland will inspire our work during the week.
Participants will be encouraged to explore a variety of glass media to construct their own micro-mosaics. The group will be guided through a variety of processes—hot glass flame-work, simple casting and filato mosaic making—to discover how best to realise their ideas in three dimensions. Workshop instruction and experimentation will be complemented by group discussions and artists’ presentations, with individual feedback provided by the tutors.
Benefield Spencer Glass is a rural retreat with a well-equipped glass studio providing a range of materials, bench torches and crucibles to support hand-pulling filati and making filato mosaics. Surrounded by open fields and farmland, close to the sea and immersed in the unique geological features that characterise this area, we will have plenty of opportunity to explore and observe pattern, structure, colour and discover found objects unearthed from nature. The combination of the studio facility and immediate access to the North Antrim Coast will provide a magnificently resourced, intensive workshop experience.
Andrea Spencer (glass) and Joanna Kessel (mosaic) are highly regarded artists within their specialist fields, frequently exhibiting their contemporary artworks nationally and internationally.