So, on the friday evening, after work, we set off from home and drove for 3.5 hours to Bridlington, where we had booked a little seaside B&B.
Saturday, we arrived at Tuffnell House headquarters where the marble class was being held.
Our tutor was Jan Rigden-Clay, lovely lady and very very talented.
I had previously met Jan, having been on a course with her at the Flame Off, with Pati Walton.
Here are some of Jan's own marbles.
So, saturday, we learnt to make marbles, or rather I did. Andrew can already make a decent marble, but he wanted to learn some different techniques. I had only made a couple of really bad ones before in soft glass, the glass we were using on this course was Boro. It works a little differently and I struggled a bit to start with.
I was getting so cross with myself for producing such badly shaped marbles.
The first one was just a two colour marble, to learn how to form the nice round shape.
Second, we did a vortex marble, with frit. It is like looking into a deep pool.
The final one of the first day was a "wig-wag" marble.
Sunday was a bit better, I must have had my marble head on as I seemed to be getting the hang of it.
The first one of this day was a "Fireworks" marble, with a deep depth of dichroic glass inside.
This is the back of the same marble.
Another frit vortex marble.
And an implosion marble, I enjoyed making this one and seeing how it turned out.
Definately something I plan to continue, I really enjoyed making them. Even though each marble can take 1 - 1.5 hours to make!