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Learn from the best

expert tuition from our artists

Bruce Marks with Saskia Rumbelow

Creating the FT Bauble, 2014

Image courtesy FT Weekend. Photo: Victoria Birkinshaw

Hands on experience

we'll guide you step by step

Experience Days

Join us for a once in a lifetime creative experience and unlock the secrets of glassblowing…

  • Spend a day in one of Europe’s foremost hot glass studios with tuition by the UK’s most respected glass artists
  • A full day of hands-on creative learning (09:30 – 17:30)
  • Make 3 unique pieces that you will keep and treasure forever
  • Learn to use the blowing iron and experiment with colour and shape
  • Lunch in one of Bermondsey Street’s culinary hotspots
  • The cost which includes all materials, lunch and the finishing of your pieces is £500 per person.

2020 Dates Now Available

Beginners’ Experience Days

January 11th – FULLY BOOKED
February 1st – FULLY BOOKED
February 15th – FULLY BOOKED
March 7th – FULLY BOOKED
March 21st – FULLY BOOKED
April 11th – 1 space left

The later part of the year will be advertised soon

Part II Experience Days (offered to those who have completed Beginners)

November 9th 2019 – 1 space left
January 25th 2020 – 3 spaces available

All Beginner 2019 dates are fully booked.

 


 

We also offer Experience Day Gift Vouchers if you’d like to buy your loved one a once in a lifetime experience! Click here to learn more and to buy a Voucher online >>


FAQs

What will I learn?

These sessions are designed to give you an understanding of basic techniques under the tuition of our highly qualified glass artists. The emphasis of the day is to provide an enjoyable and productive hands-on experience. Through demonstration and close supervision you will quickly acquire an appreciation of the working properties involved in glass making. While in its molten form, you will gain the confidence to manipulate this extraordinary material in a variety of ways.

How many pieces will I make?

You will explore form, texture, colour and pattern. Throughout the day, you will create 3 objects including blown vessels.

How much is an experience day?

The cost of a Beginners’ Day is £500 and a Part II Experience Day is £600. Both days include a light lunch, all tuition and materials, as well as the finishing of your pieces.

How long is the day?

All Experience Days start at 9.30 am and run through until 5.00 pm, with an hour break for lunch.

When are the experience days?

These Experience Days are held on a Saturdays and owing to their popularity, early booking is recommended. View the list of dates above to see availability.

When can I collect my pieces?

After your pieces have cooled in our annealing kiln for 36 hours, they will be finished, wrapped and bagged by your tutor. Your pieces can then be collected during the following week by arrangement. Alternatively we can ship your pieces to you at an additional cost (approximately £20 for UK delivery).

How many students take part?

A maximum of six students are enrolled with two experienced tutors, (3 students per bench) so the instruction is intensive.

Are there age restrictions?

For health and safety reasons, class participants must be no younger than 18 years old.

Do I need to be super-strong or have incredible lungs…?

Not at all! Our expert tutors will guide you throughout the day, as well as help you with the more physical aspects of the process. While you do need a bit of puff in your lungs and a certain amount of physical strength, you certainly do not need to be an olympic athlete!

Are there any physical restrictions to participating in an Experience Day?

Glass blowing is certainly a physical occupation! You do need to be physically fit as well as having unimpaired movement and full dexterity in both hands.

We would like to be inclusive of everyone, regardless of physical disability or health issues. However, there are certain concessions we have had to make for the purposes of insurance. If you do have any physical disability, please contact us so that we can discuss your individual needs.

Do you cater for corporate / group days?

Yes we do – click here to view our Corporate Experiences page and then contact us to discuss a bespoke package.

Any Questions?

Get in touch with Becky Smith via experiences@londonglassblowing.co.uk or call +44(0)207 403 2800

 

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