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Awakening – Fused Glass Ogham Experience
Navan Centre & Fort
028 3752 9644

Reconnect with your inner creative in this fully immersive, fused glass experience with professional visual artist Tracey Mc Verry. In the historical setting of the Navan Centre you will feast your senses whilst creating your own bespoke piece of fused glass artwork inspired by OGHAM. Ogham (pronounced ‘oh-am’) is an ancient Celtic alphabet which takes the form of linear strokes and notches cut into stone, etched onto wood or written on parchment. It appears on monumental inscriptions found mainly on standing stones across the island of Ireland but is also found in Scotland, Wales and the Isle of Man. Ogham was used to translate Primitive and Old Irish, and also to write Old Welsh, Pictish and Latin. It is a mysterious and beautiful language which historians and archaeologists believe was used as a way finding tool or a marker of land ownership and prominent sites. 

Ogham has heavily inspired Tracey’s artwork for many years. With her as your tutor and host you will explore the mysterious language of Ogham and learn to translate a chosen word using the beautiful medium of fused glass. Listen to Tracey's story of how her home, her connection to her ancestors and her artistic practice of sculpture and glass are intrinsically linked and inspire each other. Watch Tracey as she takes you through this creative process, step by step, guiding you while you design your own art work using language, colour and form to inspire your piece. Learn to cut and shape glass using specialist hand tools and cutters, add coloured glass inclusions using glass frits, stringers and confetti and finally assemble your cold glass panel prior to loading it into the kiln in preparation for firing. Collectively you will close the kiln and start the firing process. Your beautiful piece of artwork is then fired in the glass kiln at 840 degrees over an 8 hour period and cooled slowly to room temperature the following day. It is then carefully assembled into a custom made frame, ready for delivery to you five working days later. The artwork will be delivered using Royal Mail Special Delivery and will arrive safely as a beautiful memento of your experience at Navan Centre & Fort. All materials, glass equipment and safety equipment are supplied for you on the day. Wear comfortable and sensible clothing with closed toe footwear.

TICKETS CANNOT BE EXCHANGED OR REFUNDED Once purchased, your ticket is your property. Navan Centre & Fort cannot refund its value to you, nor exchange it for any other ticket under any circumstances. Where an event/tour goes ahead, we accept no responsibility for tickets that are unable to be used due to circumstances outside of our control, for example bad weather and transport difficulties.

Should you have any queries, please email navan@armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk

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Full day glass workshop (10:00am-4:00pm), with all materials provided. Lunch is included in ticket price.