Kensington and Chelsea College is developing its arts provision in the North Kensington area with glass workshops for members of the The Curve community centre.
Members learn about glass techniques including fusing and cutting glass, and develop their creativity at the centre in Bard Road, before getting to try out facilities at the College’s workshops nearby.
Dawn James, who is tutoring the group, said: “The community project gives people a chance to express themselves in art. Through the experience of working with Glass they can explore and make things that they can be proud of. It’s great to see them forming friendships and complimenting each other’s work.”
Although some of the group have art and design experience, for many this is the first time they have worked with glass.
Isabella, who previously worked in the arts, said: “I started a stained glass class at a different centre and then I realised that I can do fusing with glass, which I found more creative. There’s so many possibilities in glass and there is something for everyone. Glass is very rewarding and you can get excellent results even while you are learning.”
Junko, who also attends the workshops, said: “It’s the first time that I have cut, assembled and melted glass. I am interested in jewellery, and I have gone to jewellery classes before. People in my class were interested in glass combined with jewellery, so I was curious to find out more. I think working with glass is fun!”
The workshop runs over five weeks, with classes based at The Curve and at the College.
Examples of some of the students’ glass work: