Glass making is one of the oldest industries to have been carried out in the Ouseburn Valley. Dating back to the 17th century, the glasshouses were at one time responsible for producing 60 tons of glass a week… that was half the requirement for the UK as a whole!
These factories were demolished in the early part of the 20th century, although the remains of some of the glass kilns can still be seen on the walk along the riverside path.
Now members of the public are being invited to come up with and make their own unique glass creations just up the road in Heaton.
Two artists, Kathy Geater from Biscuit Tin Studios, and Cate Blatherwick whose studio is in Cullercoats, have teamed up to create Kimoci, an arts organisation whereby they teach people the creative possibilities of glass.
Now they are launching a new series of classes running through to December, ideal for making that perfect Christmas gift.
No prior experience is necessary – participants will be guided along the way as they learn to cut glass before fusing it using stringers, frit and powders.
The full list of dates is listed below.
The classes are indicative of the changes the Ouseburn has undergone in the last half-century, developing from a former industrial hub to the treasured artistic collective we all know and love today.
Fused Glass Workshops
Oct 13th 2013 10 am– 12.30/ Nov 10th 2013 10 am – 12.30/ Dec 8th 2013 10 – 12.30 – Great timing for Christmas decorations!
All workshops £40 per person
Short Course in Fused Glass: improve your skills, make lovely Christmas gifts!
25th Nov 6 – 8.30 pm/ 2nd Dec 6 – 8.30 pm/ 9th Dec 6 – 8.30 pm
£120 for the 3 evenings.
All at The Biscuit Tin, Heaton, NE2 1BB
Kimoci gift voucher: give a friend a present of a voucher for one of Kimoci’s workshops/courses.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information