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What is it? 

A system set up to enable less knowledgeable members (Pals) to contact more knowledgeable members (Buddies) to ask questions, discuss lampworking and network.  

  • To enable more established lampworkers to pass on knowledge in a private, controlled way.
  • To enable more knowledgeable lampworkers to help pass on tips, tricks and information.
  • To enable new lampworkers to progress with their art without having to recourse to forums (e.g. Facebook/Frit-Happens)
  • A more personal level
  • To help new lampworkers learn without feeling needy or silly.
  • To enable them to grow in confidence
 How it works 

The Buddies volunteer to make themselves available to an agreed number of Pals.  

The Buddy and the Pal(s) agree how frequent contact is. It is a mutual agreement between both parties. 

Type of contact is also to be agreed between Buddy & Pal, be it email, phone, private message or Slack. 

 It is important that Buddies privacy and the days/times agreed on are respected.  

It is important that Pals are respected regarding the questions they ask e.g. no question is too basic.  

 How do I sign up? 

Contact secretary if you are interested in being a Buddy or a Pal. 


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Win A Class

Win a place on Astrid Riedel’s class

We’re giving our members the opportunity to win a place on the amazing Astrid Riedel Flame Off class on Thursday the 1st of June 2017. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to learn some wonderful techniques from an amazing glass artist. You can find full details of the class here: on Tuffnells Website

How to enter:

We would like you to write a tutorial or glass research article for Flame, our magazine. Tutorials can be anything from ‘how to do a certain technique’, to a full blown ‘make this spectacular bead’ tutorial. Glass research can be history of glass or some interesting glass related research.

Simply send us your tutorial or article with good quality pictures by April the 30th to

We’re really looking forward to seeing your entries. Good luck!

If you have already booked a place and win this, your class fee will be refunded.

Win a taster day class Friday 2nd of June 2017

Would you like to win a place on one of the taster day classes which will be running on Friday the 2nd of June 2017?

You can choose from Elena, Sabine, Caroline or Tracy’s Classes.

You can find details of all of the Flame Off taster classes here: on Tuffnells Website

How to enter:

If you would like the chance to win a place on one of the taster day classes then all you need to do is agree that you would be willing to tell us all about your day afterwards in the form of a small article with pictures, so we can publish it online or in Flame our e-mag. Simply send us an email entitled ‘Taster Day Competition 2017’ by April the 30th to – please include your name and which taster class you would prefer to win a place on.

We’re really looking forward to seeing your entries. Good luck!

If you have already booked a place and win this, your class fee will be refunded.

Small print

Entrants must be available to attend the class on Friday the 2nd of June.

No cash equivalent or alternative prize will be offered if entrants are unable to attend the class.

You will agree for us to take pictures of you at the class for us to use for publicity purposes.

Winners names will be made public. All entries will be judged by the GBUK panel and the winners chosen – the judge’s decision is final.

Competition closing dates are midnight the 30th April 2017.

Only one member per household is eligible to enter.

Multiple entries may be submitted in all competitions but your name will only be entered once per draw.

Committee members are not eligible to enter.

GBUK reserves the right to use any submissions in the future for either publication or promotion of GBUK. Full credit will be given if and when used.

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Journal advertising

Want to advertise in the journal? Here are the details:

£125.00 for full page (A4)
£60.00 for half page (Landscape)
£40.00 for quarter page (Portrait)

Specifications for Advertising are:
• All adverts to be submitted as PDF with images at 300dpi.
• All fonts to be outlined in the PDF if possible (this stops problems with me not having the fonts you used)
• If a PDF is not possible then a 300dpi 24/32 bit PNG file will be OK, finally if all else fails a JPEG at 300dpi but make sure the quality setting is high.
• All artwork is to be submitted at 300dpi at full size.
• Full page = 210x297mm with 3mm bleed added (therefore 216x303mm)
• 1/2 page = 184mm x130mm (Landscape)
• 1/4 page = 90mmx130mm (Portrait)
• Please can everyone also supply a JPEG copy of their advert to check that it looks as expected.

Adverts to ASAP. Journal Issue 9 will be available at the Flame Off in June.

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Flame – January 2017

This quarters flame is all about pink glass. We’ve dug deep to bring you a whole variety of different pinks and a bit of an insight on how pink glass is made.

There is a challenge near the back of the issue if you want to challenge yourself. Don’t forget to send us your photos, either by email or post them on our facebook page and we’ll include your photos in the next issue.

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Flame – Sept 2016

This quarters flame is all about inclusions, all the non glass items we can add to our glass works to give stunning effects.

There is a colour challenge at the back of the issue if you want to challenge yourself. Don’t forget to send us your photos, either by email or post them on our facebook page and we’ll include your photos in the next issue.

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GBUK Journal Issue 9

Publication date: Flame Off 2017
Submission Form: GBUK Journal Issue 9
Photos to: by midnight on 4th November 2016.
Further guidelines below.

The GBUK Journal is a great opportunity to showcase your work in a high quality publication. Best of all it is free to submit an entry and all members who are paid up as of 1st November 2016 will receive a free copy.

If you would like to have your work included in the next GBUK Journal, then please read this carefully. We would like you to send one image only to, but as before, all other required information will need to be submitted using the online submission form below.

If you do not fill in the online form, your entry will not appear in the journal. If you cannot fill in the form, email

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Thanks to the generosity of Martin and the Tuffnell team, this year’s AGM will take place at Flame Off.

If you are attending Flame Off, please make an effort to attend the AGM, or if you’re local and not attending Flame Off, please still attend the AGM.
We anticipate the AGM to take approximately 1 hour of your time, we need your input if we are to act in the interests of majority vote.

The AGM will take place at 5.30 pm on Saturday 16th April at Flame Off – Uttoxeter Racecourse.
Location – upstairs in the demo room.

Any items you would like added onto the agenda, please email
Agenda to follow.

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Unique studio opportunity

colin_746_346If you happen to live near Stourbridge and are looking to start a new studio we’ve received some information about a new studio development there which may be of interest to our members:

Ruskin Glass Centre, Stourbridge – new units for craft-related businesses

Thanks to funding from the European Regional Development Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund and Black

Country Local Enterprise Partnership, Ruskin Mill Land Trust (RMLT) has recently completed seven new work units on its Glasshouse site in Stourbridge (the former Webb Corbett/Royal Doulton glassworks).

The units, located in the new reception building and the former Acid House, range in size from 15 to 68 square metres and are available on attractive terms.

RMLT is looking for businesses that will complement the historic nature of the site and the existing commercial activity in the Ruskin Glass Centre ( to continue to develop this vibrant community and to provide valuable work experience for Glasshouse College students.

Further information is available from:

Colin George 07813 234669

Sharon Harris 01384 399448

or by visiting:

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