Join local glass artist Dan Bowran for an evening of learning copper foiling and discovering discarded archaeological materials from the Metro Tunnel dig. In this workshop Dan will introduce participants to the more than century-old glass technique of copper foiling, famously used in Tiffany lampshades.

Dan has over 20 years’ experience of studying and working with glass. He will be discussing technical and aesthetic details of the process, and be demonstrating how to correctly apply, join, and finalise your copper foil and glass creations using discarded glass fragments unearthed during the Metro Tunnel excavations.

No prior experience is necessary, and materials and tools will be provided on the day.

Date & Time: 6:00-9:00pm, Thursday May 25 2023
Location: Melbourne Polytechnic, Prahan Campus
Cost: Free (limited availability)

This workshop is presented in collaboration with the Metro Tunnel Creative Program.


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About the Metro Tunnel Project’s archaeological digs

The largest archaeological digs in Victorian history took place in the heart of the CBD as part of the Metro Tunnel Project. More than a million artefacts, some dating back more than 180 years to the early days of European settlement in Melbourne, were found in archaeological investigations ahead of excavation works for the Metro Tunnel. Architectural remains found on site included wheel ruts, cesspits, bluestone footings, and timber structures of cottages, shops, hotels, and pubs. Significant items are now permanently stored by Heritage Victoria for future generations. Non-significant items are being shared with artists to transform into new craft objects.