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Have you thought about entering the draw to get a FREE class at Flame Off?

Win a one full day class with Elizabeth Welch (worth £195) on Thursday 31st May.

Elizabeth works with borosilicate glass and will be teaching you how to work with boro colours and how she creates her fantastic ocean creatures.

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 technique”, to a full-blown “make this bead” tutorial.  Glass research can be on the history of glass or some interesting glass related research.

Simply send us your tutorial or article with good quality pictures by 30th April 2018 to chairman@gbuk.org with ‘win a place on Elizabeth’s class’ as the subject.

Next up are two taster classes:

Choose Caroline of BlueberriBeads (worth £45) to learn about ceramic raku. This is a great chance to learn a new skill that maybe you haven’t thought about before.

You can choose either Friday or Saturday 10am – 1pm or 2pm – 5pm

Choose Floriane Lateille (worth £75) on Friday 10am – 1pm. You will learn how to make a rainbow twisty and then add it to a larger bead. Great for those wanting to learn tips and tricks or just to have a try.

For the taster classes, we’d like you to agree to tell us all about your day afterwards in the form of a small article with pictures.  This will be published either online and/or in Flame, our e-magazine.  

To enter send an email to chairman@gbuk.org entitled “Taster class Competition 2018” by 30th April 2018.  Please include your name and which taster class you would prefer to win a place on.

Good luck! 

Closing date for entries 30th April 2018

Send to chairman@gbuk.org

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

The theme this year is Steampunk

The closing date is 30th April 2018.

The categories are:

  • Newcomers …….. Any form of entry is valid. Newcomers may enter this category OR enter any/all of the main categories.
  • Bead set ………… multiple beads, on mandrel
  • Focal bead …… on mandrel, single bead
  • Sculptural bead …on mandrel
  • Other …………….. incorporates anything else not included above e.g. cold working, dioramas, off-mandrel
  • Jewellery

The competition is judged at Flame Off usually by the visiting artists.

Entries must be sent to the competition organiser, and are held as part of the GBUK Collection for one year, after which the pieces are returned to the creator or sold in aid of GBUK, whichever the creator chooses.

Full details can be found on the GBUK here


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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 @gbuk.org if you are interested in being a Buddy or a Pal. 


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Competition 2014 winners!

Thank you to everyone who entered the competition this year, the entries were both beautiful and stunning. A lot of hard work went into each and every one. Thanks also to everyone who came and ogled the entries on our stand at the Flame Off! Here are the winners.

BEGINNER – Katrina Beattie
SET – Ilsa Fatt
FOCAL – Judith Hannington
OTHER – Judith Hannington
JEWELLERY – Linda Newnham

Pictures below.

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Something new from GBUK: Flame monthly magazine

An exciting new monthly publication for our members, about our members.
We need YOU to help us fill it so send in your articles, tutorials and photos; enter the challenges and share Flame with your friends and family.

Find the inaugural issue HERE.

We hope you like it – and don’t forget – it’s about you and for you.

Monthly challenge

Each month we will set you a challenge with a theme or technique. No pressure, no prizes, just an opportunity to experiment and play, then show us your journey.

March/April challenge: Make a bead, set of beads, focal, mixed media, on or off mandrel piece using the theme of ‘Hares’ or the technique of ‘twisties’.

Post your photos on: the Frit-Happens thread and/or the Craft Pimp thread and/or our Facebook page by 15th April 2014.

The challenge is open to members and non-members alike. All members’ photos will be included in the April issue of the GBUK Flame.

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