An Investigation into Linear Symmetry with Ian Chadwick

5-day Workshop with Glass Master Ian Chadwick
March 3-7, 2021
Hours. 9:30 am. to 4:30 pm. daily
Class tuition, $1225.00
Deposit, $600.00
Lunch provided each day
Class size limited to only 8 students
Skill Level, Intermediate


Symmetry can be used as a fundamental design tool. Symmetry is used by man and
nature as a device to add continuity, balance and harmony to a chaotic universe, its use in art and
design, consequently, attains an aesthetic of order and familiarity.
Participants will learn how the arrangement of tone and colour can enhance the optical properties of the pattern design and how to lay out the pattern using principles of four-fold and eight-fold symmetry. Students will utilise these concepts and techniques to create a 25cm x
25cm glass tile


In this five-day course participants will explore principles of advanced pattern forming in
fused glass. Using pre-formed Bullseye coloured glass striped sheets, students will expand their
knowledge and experience of kiln-forming and cold-working techniques to produce intricate patterns
which utilisesymmetry and geometry to create hypnotising mandala-like patterns. Participants will be
guided through the creation of Bullseye glass striped sheets which once fired will be
deconstructed and reassembled.


Tutor Profile – Ian Chadwick

Ian Chadwick is an internationally recognized Kiln-formed glass artist. Winner of the Worshipful Company Of Glass Sellers Award at the British Glass Bienale 2019. Ian has an interest
in geometry and in particular in the history and philosophy behind the geometric symbols known as
This interest is realized in Ian’s glass work where the ritualized process of making is
employed tobring the essence of mandalas into the symmetrical glass patterns which have become
his uniquesignature aesthetic. As Ian has progressed his work he has continued to investigate
different pattern forming techniques and new ways to engage with the viewer. The patterns have
evolved and become multi layered and less ordered. The most current range of Ian’s work is designed to
represent a map of the mind in its chaotic juxtapositioning of lines of thought.