Creative Glass - Beginners

This course aims to give you the basic skills, knowledge and ability to create kilnformed glass, using a variety of kiln forming techniques. This course is an ideal starter for those wanting to develop onto one of our more advanced glass courses, or to just find out a bit more about glass making.

Course Content

Your course is a practical introduction to kiln formed studio glass, covering ancient techniques like fusing, slumping, open-mould and lost wax casting. You will be set short projects and encouraged to adopt an experimental approach. You will be taught through demonstration, group and individual instruction and you will learn from hands on experience. You will discover the potential of the medium through making as well as looking at both contemporary and historical works.

Course Outcomes:

• You will learn how to cut glass and assemble a piece for fusing.
• You will learn how to use different styles of glass
• You will gain an understanding of how glass transforms in the kiln
• You will learn how to make a mould for glass casting

Safety Information
We want to keep you safe while you are at RHACC and as such all on-site classes will have additional hygiene procedures in place, as per government guidelines. Please note that if guidance changes, we may need to make changes to your course, such as reducing numbers attending onsite, or in the event of lockdown, postponing or moving the course online. Please act responsibly and do not attend the class if you display any of the symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in recent contact with someone who has. Please see government advice here.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on the start date of the course.

No glass experience necessary.

First Class Requirements

It would be helpful to bring a sketchbook, pens, pencils for notes, ideas and sketching. Safety Glasses, dust mask, apron and any other protective clothing you have. Modelling tools such as kidney, bench scraper, craft knife and any personal kit you have. Cutting equipment, glass cutter and cutting set square if you have one. Please note the college does have basic glass cutters and tools but they are limited.

Assessment Methods

This course is non-certificated so there are no formal units or assessment. You will be expected to present and discuss your work in informal group and tutor discussions. The course is evaluated through evidence of a supporting sketchbook, workbook, experimental work and final pieces.

Additional Information

We strongly recommend that learners wear non slip, closed footwear and protective aprons (and gloves if appropriate) to ensure that any risk from materials used in the class is minimised.

You will be required to pay for materials that you use from the college and for your firing. Details will be given out at the first class and prices will be dependent on materials used and size of work. You may also bring in your own glass, clay or wax etc should you wish to, however there is no storage on site for materials unless they are purchased from the college. There are also starter packs available.

If you require further course information or advice & guidance that is not answered in this outline please email

If you would like general information about the college, for example, fees & finance, funding, term dates or opening times please email or drop in to our main reception area.

This course has been identified to run with fewer numbers due to either the student demand for the course and subject area or the need for increased one to one tuition. This course will be able to run with only 6 learners and will have a maximum of 10 in the class.


Remote Learning:
Some of our courses are now delivered through remote learning, including video conferencing (using Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

Please don't worry if some of this is new to you - you are not alone! See here for guidance on how to use our simple software. If you are experiencing any problems with connection or installing software for your online class please contact our eLearning support team via the Student Intranet Portal: We are here to help you.