Including UK VAT*

What You Will Learn

Are you interested in exploring the full potential of the techniques you know, to create your own style and unique working process? This course aims to enable you to identify the ‘variable’ components of a taught technique and apply a playful eye to it, pushing the boundaries of what the overall aim is. This is an opportunity to be experimental in your making, and the course provides a framework to do this.

You will learn three working processes – stack fusing, strip-cut construction and pot melts – before exploring how to deconstruct these instructions to make one-of-a-kind artworks. This will enable you to look at tutorials as stepping stones to discover your own making process rather than guides to replicate work that others have made.

You can find more about Catherine here:

Competent glass-cutting skills and a basic understanding of how kiln programs work are desirable. No kiln limits.

Materials List Catherine Dunstan Thinking Outside the Box 2024.pdf

Duration and Place

Duration: 3 weeks, one session per week - a total of 4.5 hours

Online Course

Please note that classes may be slightly longer or shorter depending on student questions.

Session times

  • Thursday 11th April 2024 - 5:30 pm-7:30 pm UK time (2 hours)
  • Thursday 18th April 2024 - 5:30 pm-7:30 pm UK time (2 hours)
  • Thursday 25th April 2024 - 5:30 pm-7:30 pm UK time (2 hours)

Class Description

Key learning areas:

  • How to construct design and fire stack fused artworks up to 4cm thick
  • Create stand-up artworks that have straight sides or organic shaped borders
  • Multiple methods of creating pot melt and pattern bar moulds using Silkemat
  • How to deconstruct a learned technique in order to experiment with it
  • Build kiln program confidence

Workshop Outcome:

  • A stack fused artwork
  • A series of experimental pot melts
  • A series of experimental sculptures created with on-end strips

How it Works: 

  • The course is made up of three live and interactive online sessions using the Zoom platform. You will find the zoom link via the week's chapters in the navigation panel.
  • Catherine will give a step-by-step tutorial with demonstrations, and you will have ample opportunity to ask her questions during the live class
  • Each week they will demonstrate a technique for you to try between sessions
  • A member of the Glass School team will also be in the Zoom class to assist you and Catherine
  • Mix with Catherine and other students on our dedicated community page, open for the duration of the course. Then join our exclusive Glass School UK Online Glass Community Facebook group to continue to mix with those who have attended any of our online masterclasses
  • A materials list is provided in the course navigation panel, so you can purchase what you need to create your pieces during the course. You don’t need absolutely everything on this list to be successful, Catherine will discuss different ways to reach our technical goals

We believe that this is the best way to get the very most from the course, but if this doesn’t suit you that’s fine: - If you can’t get to your studio, you can still learn the techniques and benefit from Catherine's extensive knowledge without making the pieces during the course itself.

This is a live online masterclass, but in case a student experiences issues with internet connection during the live class, a recording of each live session will be available to view until two weeks after the final session. This cannot be downloaded or shared and is only available for this limited time. By participating you agree to be recorded for this purpose.

These recordings will be available in the course navigation panel. 

What to Prepare

  • You will need a computer, tablet, or phone with a camera and microphone in order to join the online classroom. If you are unfamiliar with using Zoom then please take some time to look at our guide, available in the navigation panel. 
  • You should have a reliable internet connection, fast enough to make video calls or stream videos
  • Please read the Student Participation Agreement
  • Ensure that you have checked the materials list and purchased any materials you may require 
  • A pen and paper to take any notes. 
  • We restrict the class size to 25 people
  • We teach using Bullseye Glass (CoE90)


We are committed to maintaining a respectful community where all our students can learn and develop their full potential, within a safe environment. Captions are available during the live session.

If you have a learning difference or any specific requirements, please do not hesitate to contact us prior to your lesson so we can accommodate you.

*Price excluding VAT is £112.50. The correct tax will be calculated at checkout based on your location.

Cancellations up to 2 weeks before the course receive a 90% refund, after that date, a 50% refund will be given up to one week prior to the course, and no refund is given for cancellations after this time. In order to keep class costs low for all, we make no exceptions to this policy. In order to cancel your place on the course please contact [email protected] 

Course Curriculum

    1. Welcome

    2. Course Overview

    3. Student Participation Agreement

    4. Join the Community!

    5. How to Navigate the Community Page

    6. Materials List

    7. How to Download your Materials List!

    8. A Guide to Zoom and the Live Session

    9. All Set for the First Session!

    1. Welcome to Week One

    2. Thinking Outside the Box

    3. Strip Fusing

    4. Zoom Link - Week One - Thinking Outside the Box - Thursday 11th April 2024

    5. Week One - Recording

    1. Welcome to Week Two

    2. Stack Fusing

    3. Zoom Link - Week Two - Thinking Outside the Box - Thursday 18th April 2024

    4. Week Two - Recording

    5. Thinning Out

    6. Frit Powder Pebbles

    1. Welcome to Week Three

    2. Pot Melts

    3. Pot Melt Party

    4. Silkemat Notes

    5. Zoom Link - Week Three - Thinking Outside the Box - Thursday 25th April 2024

    6. Week Three - Recording

    1. Submit Your Finished Works

    1. Thank You for Taking Part

    2. Feedback

Catherine Dunstan

Catherine Dunstan is a glass artist and educator with specific interests in pattern making - combining kiln-formed techniques with hot glass processes. Graduating with a BA in Creative Writing and Journalism, from Kingston University and a graduate of the University for the Creative Arts MA program, Catherine was shortlisted for New Ashgate Gallery’s Rising Stars Prize 2021 and selected for inclusion in the British Glass Biennale 2022 exhibition as part of the International Festival of Glass. Catherine has exhibited throughout the UK and has taught extensively across the globe.

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