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Fused Glass Garden Panel Workshop with Twice Fired
Design and create your own unique fused glass panel for your home or garden, inspired by the wildlife gardens and wildflowers at RSPB Old Moor, with Kate Park from twicefired-glass.co.uk
Your panel will be 30 x 10cm and suitable for your garden or indoors.
Kate will show the basics of fused glass in this hands-on workshop, with no experience necessary- suitable for absolute beginners looking to try something new!
The day will begin out on the reserve, amid the wildflowers and garden to get inspiration. In summer these areas will be buzzing with bees, butterflies and dragonflies zipping over the nearby ponds too. The colours, shapes and wildlife can give you ideas of what to feature on your panel.
Back in our classroom, there will be jars of glass treasures to choose from and use to create your piece. Kate will be on hand to guide you through the process.
Once you are happy with your piece it will be set. Twice Fired will take the piece to their studio for firing, drilling holes and attaching a chain so your piece is ready to go in your garden or inside. The panels will be returned to RSPB Old Moor for you to collect. We'll get in touch when they are ready to be collected.
Tickets for this day-long workshop are limited to just 12 adults so there will be plenty of opportunity for you to ask Kate questions and discuss your ideas. Endless tea and coffee and refreshments are included and you can get a tasty lunch from our onsite café (not included).
About the artist:
Kate Park is the glass artist and designer behind Twice Fired which runs regular workshops in their Leeds studio, sells glasswork pieces and make-at-home kits. She is inspired by pattern, process and nature and natural landscapes to produce exquisite contemporary handmade glass art. Twice Fired's zero waste policy ensures that every single piece of glass is used with no waste, cutting and fusing to recycle glass into other art pieces.
The Contemporary Glass Society has already exhibited two Twice Fired pieces and the British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) is showcasing a piece in its Harrogate gallery. Twice Fired pieces are inspired by naturally occurring art forms – nature’s wealth of beauty is explored. From the tiniest, delicate seedpod or iridescent gloss of a beetle to the elegant formations of birds, each glass piece capturing subtle tones, textures and intricate shapes – hidden gems revealing themselves as the light changes.
Homepage - Twice Fired (twicefired-glass.co.uk)
All the equipment you will need and bottomless tea and coffee are included within your ticket, as is entry to RSPB Old Moor for sketching and gathering ideas for your glass panel. Parking is free at Old Moor.
Please bring lunch with you or make use of Old Moor's café for a tasty lunch to fuel your creativity. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear as part of the workshop will be outside, exploring the nature reserve.
This Creative Nature workshop programme is part of our National Lottery Heritage Funded project.
RSPB Old Moor is South Yorkshire’s best kept secret: a place to spot some wonderful nature, explore and discover with the kids or just walk around in peace and quiet. There’s lots to do as a family with our new sensory garden, our playground, wild play areas and pond dipping (Easter to October). Or, discover a hidden gem away from the hustle and bustle to enjoy nature and take a breather; you could even try our Natural Wellbeing trail. Stop off at the café for hot food, cake and enjoy a hot drink with a view on our balcony with stunning views across the reserve. Our shop sells a fantastic range of gifts for all ages, wrapping paper and cards and wildlife care products so you can create a nature haven in your own outdoor space and join us in giving nature a home.
Car parking is free.
Accessibility: Old Moor is on the Trans-Pennine Trail so is very accessible locally via foot or bike. Our paths are wheelchair and pushchair friendly and we have mobility scooters available to pre-book for your visit. We have accessible toilets and baby changing facilities. Dogs are welcome in the courtyard but not on the reserve itself.
RSPB membership: the wildlife conservation work of the RSPB is possible because of the financial support from our members. Members receive complementary free access to our 200+ nature reserves throughout the UK, including Old Moor, a quarterly magazine about the RSPB's work and discounted ticket prices for our events. You can find out more here: Join us - RSPB Membership or talk to our friendly team at Old Moor before or after the event.
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