An old friend recently treated me to a fused glass workshop. I had no idea what to expect.

Being a bit of a swot, I was vaguely mortified when the tutor asked us if we’d brought our ‘designs’ with us.

Flushed and panicking about not having done my homework for the first time ever, I eyed the shards of broken glass laid out before us. The first thing that sprung into my head was the lovely Peewit, also known as the Lapwing. Which happens to be the national bird of Ireland.

Preliminary sketches to work out what would go on which layers:

My tutor made sceptical noises as I laid down the first layer of glass, but she seemed more convinced after the second! Before firing:

After firing: