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    Bob L

    Leatherbarrow Glass studio is offering  workshops on working with kilnformed powders in our new state of the art studio on Salt Spring Island.

    Studies in Powder (Colour, Components, and Crackle!)

    This is an intensive five-day workshop that explores new ways to approach glass design, composition, and the powder colour palette. The “colour” part involves understanding chemical reactions and blending powders to achieve reproducible colours. The “component” part involves producing and working with many forms of powder wafers. The “crackle” part involves learning how to create three different expressions of the crackle texture.  Participants complete up to seven small (5-inch) gallery-quality bowls, and many test strips and tiles. The bowls are finished using grinding, polishing, and sandblasting techniques. A comprehensive set of course notes is provided.


    March 8-12, 2010 (ONLY 1 SPOT LEFT)
    March 22-26, 2010 (NEW!)
    May 10-14, 2010 (ONLY 1 SPOT LEFT)


    Further Studies in Powder (Pushing the Limits!)

    Prerequisite: 5-day LGS introductory workshop on Studies in Powder (Colour, Components, and Crackle!) from Bob, either in his own studio or in someone else’s. 

    This five-day workshop explores advanced techniques for achieving subtle textural and colour variations with glass powders. The techniques include veining, subtle shading, replacement colours, working with light and dark colours, sandblasting for colour control, and preferred orientation in textures. New wafer techniques and a new crackle texture will also be introduced. Participants will work from sketches and develop skills to plan and create predictable finished pieces. Participants will also investigate ways to express their vision and voice using powders.


    April 12-16, 2010 (ONLY 1 SPOT LEFT)
    June 14-18, 2010
    July 19-23, 2010 (ONLY 3 SPOTS LEFT)


    The cost for each workshop is $925 (USD). For details and information please visit or contact .





    Bob is one of the best teachers out there and what he teaches regarding powders is poweful and original stuff. It was his work – some 10 years ago — that got me started in fused glass.

    Helios Kiln Glass Studio


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