Three Things; Spotlight – Creative Laser Cutting Course April

Creative Laser Cutting April

This week we’re looking at the creative laser cutting course, with the wonderful Jo Smith from Seagrass Studio and Gallery, Hoylake. You may have seen some of her images in last week’s course post, and Jo brought a range of materials to work with and we had great fun etching into all of them, including mother of pearl, a variety of pebbles and stone from a Spanish beach, driftwood, and beach glass.


Jo glueing up her laser etched rubber stamp

Here we see Jo glueing together a wooden handle and rubber stamp using special low odour laser rubber, a great material for making detailed stamps. Jo brought a number of sketches to work with, including her own studio logo, some hand drawn seagulls and her line drawing of Hilbre Island.

As well as engraving the stamp, the drawing was etched into a number of pebbles and stones Jo had collected from a beach in Spain. The weather was bright and windy on our course, so we were also able to venture out to our own beach and collect some slate and sandstone to work with.

Jo's drawing of Hilbre Island laser etched into pebble

Different types of stone react differently to laser etching, so we had some really pronounced etched lines, and also some really dark ones that almost looked drawn on with pen!

Mother of pearl with hand drawn seagull laser etched onto surface

We digitally converted Jo’s drawings to etch with, and chose a few seagull images to engrave, including this one into a piece of mother of pearl that Jo brought with her.

At the end of the course Jo was asked of she would like to comment in our guest book. In her own words; “What a brilliant couple of days – excellent results – wonderful relaxed and enjoyable days … I will be inspired for months to come…” You can read her whole comments on our testimonials page.

Here is a gallery of some of the work produced over the two day Creative Laser Cutting course. You can click on an image to enlarge, scroll between images and even pin to Pinterest directly from the gallery.


To find out more, check availability, or book any of our courses click the links below.

Creative Laser Cutting Course
Miniature Fused Glass Seascapes Course
Explore Design Stitch Course
Photographing Natural Texture and Detail Course.

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