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2025: 04/24-04/28 Advanced Geometric Glasswork: An Exploration of Dual-Layer Patterns, with Ian Chadwick

2025: 04/24-04/28 Advanced Geometric Glasswork: An Exploration of Dual-Layer Patterns, with Ian Chadwick

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April 24-28, 2025.  10am-4pm daily.

Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Step up your glass pattern crafting with this intensive 5-day workshop! Led by industry expert Ian Chadwick, this course will delve into the fascinating world of double-layered geometric patterns using transparent colors.

Leveraging the versatility of Bullseye stringers, you will master the art of precise stringer arrangement and delve into the dynamic capabilities of geometric component cutting and arrangement. This course will not only highlight the transformative power of layered, transparent linear patterns but also provide invaluable insights into the aesthetics of glasswork design.

In the course of the 5 days, you will be exposed to vital concepts of glass-cutting, and cold-working techniques. You'll have hands-on experience in creating your own glass panel and a 'drop through' vase, with particular focus on the process of rim removal and cold-working using Silicon Carbide.

The course is best suited for intermediate-level participants who have some experience in hand cutting glass. However, techniques to enhance your cutting skills and boost your confidence in the craft will be a core part of our learning journey together. Discover the unique synergy of precision, creativity, and technical skills in this immersive glasswork class.

PLEASE NOTE:  Good cutting skills are a must for success in this workshop.


Ian Chadwick is an awe-inspiring figure in the world of kiln-formed glass artistry. With international acclaim and recognition to his name, Ian’s artistic prowess truly came to light when he clinched the prestigious Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers Award at the British Glass Biennale 2019.

Emerging from a rich background of fine art sculpture and stained-glass window design, Ian has since become a maestro in the realm of kiln-formed glass art. His work is an ever-evolving fusion of traditional disciplines and inventive exploration, resulting in a distinct style that is unmistakably his own.

With a deep-seated fascination in geometry and the profound philosophy and history of mandalas, Ian channels this intrigue into the heart of his work. His glass creations are much more than mere art pieces—they're spiritual journeys. Through a meticulous, almost meditative process, Ian transforms the esoteric essence of mandalas into mesmerizing symmetrical glass patterns, crafting an aesthetic that stands as his unique artistic signature.

In his own words: “The glass I produce uses rotational symmetry as its fundamental design tool. Symmetry is used by man and nature as a device to add continuity, balance and harmony to a chaotic universe. Its use in art and design, therefore, attains an aesthetic of order and familiarity.”

Experience the world through Ian Chadwick’s kaleidoscope of geometric symmetry. His glass artistry not only breathes life into balance and harmony but also propels glass creation into the realm of meditative artistry.

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