Designing and making fused glass dishes

Spun Sugar dishWith a new year comes new plans and aspirations and this year at The Butterfly Rooms our aim is to do more to support and promote the work of the local artists and designers who work with us, alongside us or showcase their work in our shop. First up, is the work of Jo Whitehead who produces some fabulous glassware when she’s not helping me manage the shop. Here she explains about her work, inspirations and also offers a great workshop for those of you who might wish to try glass design out for yourselves!

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I originally trained as a textile designer and moved to working with glass because of the tactile nature of the medium. My approach is design-led, treating the glass as a surface to be decorated with vibrant colour and pattern.  I love bright, brash colour like the colourings found in artificial textile and food dyes. I keep a notebook to jot down colour combinations and ideas, visiting textile and quilt exhibitions for inspiration.   My inspiration for my glass design has evolved over the past few years and I have explored many techniques in glass fusing to find my way in establishing my own style.

Fruit plate 1

All my glass is kiln formed and finished to a high standard, using quality materials to create functional platters, dishes, coasters and decorative pieces for the home.  I mainly use Bullseye glass and I expect my glass items to endure and keep their quality.

Designing and making fused glass dishes Sunday 12 June 2016 10am to 3pm at The Butterfly Rooms Cost: £80 per person – places limited to 4

Enjoy a day designing and making fused glass dishes. Experiment with opal and transparent colour glass – stunning results and lots of fun. No previous experience of glass cutting is necessary. All materials and kiln firing are included in the price. However, a charge of £4.20 is required to post your dishes to you or, alternatively, you can collect them from The Butterfly Rooms.

About the workshop: The workshop will be friendly and relaxed and each student will be working at their own pace. There will be some formal instruction alongside the chance to experiment and take risks. There will be handouts for students to take away with them.

To find out more or to book your place contact Jo by email: or telephone: 07837471040

Jo Whitehead

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We are pleased to offer a programme of photographic workshops. They are aimed at improving your photography skills, both creatively and technically. The workshops aren’t just classroom based, but include practical learning in the field. Under Martin’s tuition you will be guided through camera settings and given compositional advice. Handouts with useful information are provided on all of the workshops.

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Small but perfectly formed Portrait Photography Course for the beginner with a DSLR.

Who is interested in a fantastic short course of bite sized sessions for a small group to take place in my gallery at the Butterfly Rooms in Saltaire, West Yorkshire ?

The sessions will be 1.5 hours long and take place on a Thursday morning, and culminate in a location shoot.

Group size: Four maximum

This is aimed at all of you who would love to be able to use your camera’s in a way that enables you to take better portraits of your family, friends and children.

It will teach you to take your camera off auto, to understand what different settings are and how to use them to your advantage.

Perfect for those with a dslr who aren’t sure how to use it.

It will include a facebook group for you to share your work and discuss your finding and include little creative and photography projects you can do at home.

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