Glass appreciation

An ideal one-day introduction for those new to working with glass. This course is designed to give delegates a broad understanding of glass as a material – including raw materials, manufacture, processing, use, the properties of glass and its environmental impact. It combines both theory and practical sessions including giving delegates the opportunity to form their own glass product using our on-site glass melting facilities. 

The course is delivered in an informative, interactive, format by specialists in their respective fields. Key topics from manufacture, processing and fundamental chemistry to glass properties, defects and failure are covered in an accessible format – making this an ideal introduction for anyone working in glass or otherwise dealing with glass products or issues. 

Places are strictly limited in order to encourage an informal atmosphere, increased levels of interaction and participation, hands-on practical sessions and opportunities for delegates to focus on examples specific to their own areas of work and experience. 

Whether delegates design, make, source, sell or reuse glass, this course will provide them with the understanding to improve their work with this complex material. 

This course is available to individual organisations, associations and consortiums – please enquire if you would like a course for your own company or team. 

What you will learn about: 

Theoretical sessions: 

  • Introduction to the glass sector 

  • Glass forming processes 

  • Properties and uses of glass 

  • Inspection and quality control 

  • Glass batch and melting 

  • Common glass defects and their causes 

  • Glass furnaces and melting technology 

  • Surface protection and coatings. 

Practical sessions: 

  • Forming a glass object 

  • Testing glass products for strength 

  • Identifying different types of glass to remove contaminants from glass collected for recycling 

  • Experimenting with different glass coatings to observe the effect these have on the glass product. 

Meet the webinar experts:

Martyn Marshall

Martyn Marshall

Melting and R&D Lead
Martyn has over 30 years’ experience in the design, development and production of silicate and non-silicate glasses for both commercial and scientific use, working globally with glassmakers. Read More
Chris Holcroft

Chris Holcroft

Principal Technologist
Chris joined Glass Technology Services in 2005 and has expertise in environmental process improvement, resource efficiency, recycling and circular economy. He is also involved with the development, manufacture, and practical applications of novel glass products. Read More

Areas of expertise:

Oliver Wallwork

Oliver Wallwork

Senior Technologist
With a strong background in materials science and analytical chemistry, Oliver has been testing glass and investigating instances of product failure since 2014. Read More

Areas of expertise:

Glass fractography including pharmaceutical and specialist glasses SEM imaging and compositional analysis Delivering training courses and webinars
Dr Nick Kirk

Dr Nick Kirk

Technical Director
Nick is a glass expert with decades of experience in all aspects of sustainability, glass production, and product design across the global glass supply chain. Read More

Areas of expertise:

Glass production Sustainability and recycling Product design
Daniel Capon

Daniel Capon

Technical Manager
Daniel is a specialist in glass analysis and focuses on XRF and SEM. He has worked in the glass industry since 1999 and overseas our glass properties and environmental departments. Read More

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