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Why choose this course?

Glass art is a traditional craft which has had a resurgence of popularity in recent years.  This course is intended for both newcomers to kiln-formed glass as well as those with experience in the art form and offers the opportunity to explore the creative potential of this material. Once you have acquired the skills it is possible to set up your own glass art facilities at home or in a studio.

You will be shown the processes of creating decorative pieces of glass using kiln-forming techniques and learn how to make your own pieces. You will learn:

  • The process of fusing glass – texture, pattern & inclusions
  • Health and safety when working with glass
  • Use colouring agents such as metal oxides, enamels and frits
  • Firing procedures and annealing cycles
  • Casting processes and of slumping glass into or over a mould
  • How to use the sand blaster and other techniques for finishing
  • Screen printing on glass

By the end of the course you will have made a range of glassware pieces from decorative wall panels and small pendants to fruit bowls and coasters and the knowledge to make glass pieces of your own if you choose to.

Course dates

On a Monday from 19.00 to 21.30 on the following dates:

  • 10 June to 15 July 2019 (6 week course)
  • 16 September to 28 October 2019 (7 week course)
  • 04 November to 09 December 2019 (6 week course)
  • 13 January to 24 February 2020 (7 week course)
  • 02 March to 27 April 2020 (7 week course, excluding 06 & 13 April 2020 - Easter Break)

On a Thursday from 19.00 to 21.30 on the following dates:

  • 19 September to 31 October 2019 (7 week course)
  • 07 November to 12 December 2019 (6 week course)
  • 16 January to 27 February 2020 (7 week course)
  • 05 March to 30 April 2020 (7 week course, excluding 09 & 16 April 2020 - Easter Break)

On a Saturday from 13.30 to 17.00 on the following dates:

  • 15 June to 20 July 2019 (6 week course)
  • 21 September to 26 October 2019 (6 week course)
  • 09 November to 14 December 2019 (6 week course)
  • 18 January to 22 February 2020 (6 week course)
  • 14 March to 02 May 2020 (6 week course, excluding 11 & 18 April 2020 - Easter Break)


Please note that materials are not included within this course.

Students will be sent a materials list once they have booked a course with instructions of what to bring on their first day.  Materials can be purchased from our School shop which offers an extensive selection for all our courses. Some specialist materials can be purchased from the relevant workshops within the School.

Booking deadlines

Bookings for all Creative Arts Short Courses will be reviewed 2 weeks before the start date of each course.  This will allow the Short Course team to determine whether a course has met the minimum number of students needed for the class to run. If a class has failed to recruit, the class will be re-scheduled and applicants will be informed and where relevant offered an alternative class.

We therefore encourage you to book early before the deadline to avoid disappointment.

Bookings for all short courses are to be made online through the universities online booking system before a course commences. Students are therefore not permitted to enrol or attend a class on the day the course starts without prior arrangement. 

Address and directions

Our address is College Lane Campus, Hatfield, Herts AL10 9AB. 

For Maps and Directions, visit our helpful "Where to Find Us" page.


Refunds for cancellation of places on the course shall not be made during the 14-day period immediately preceding the date on which the course commences.  For further details of cancellation terms, please see the following link http://www.herts.ac.uk/about-us/legal/cancellation-right



Start DateEnd DateDay and TimeCostLink
04/11/201909/12/2019Monday 19.00 to 21.30£160Apply online
07/11/201912/12/2019Thursdays 19.00 to 21.30£160Apply online
09/11/201914/12/2019Saturdays 13.30 to 17.00£220Apply online
13/01/202024/02/2020Mondays 19.00 to 21.30£185Apply online
16/01/202027/02/2020Thursdays 19.00 to 21.30£185Apply online
18/01/202022/02/2020Saturdays 13.30 to 17.00£220Apply online
02/03/202027/04/2020Mondays 19.00 to 21.30£185Apply online
05/03/202030/04/2020Thursdays 19.00 to 21.30£185Apply online
14/03/202002/05/2020Saturdays 13.30 to 17.00£220Apply online

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