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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

Get your hands dirty

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
  • 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
  • Includes the use of all materials and equipment
  • Lunch in one of Bermondsey Street’s culinary hotspots
  • The cost of the full day including all materials, lunch and the finishing of your pieces is £500 per person.
  • We now offer the option of a follow-up class: ‘Part II’ – see the FAQs below for more details.

For more details or to book an Experience Day please email Laura McKinley at experiences@londonglassblowing.co.uk or call +44 (0) 207 403 2800

2020 Dates Now Available

Beginners’ Experience Days

January 11th – 3 spaces available
February 1st – 6 spaces available
February 15th – 6 spaces available
March 7th – 5 spaces available
March 21st – 6 spaces available
April 11th – 6 spaces available

 

Part II Experience Days

January 25th
April 25th

The later part of the year will be advertised soon.

 

Available 2019 Dates 

Beginners’ Experience Days

All dates FULLY BOOKED

Part II Experience Days

January 26th – FULLY BOOKED
April 6th – FULLY BOOKED
June 22nd – one space left
August 17th – FULLY BOOKED
November 9th -FULLY BOOKED
November 16th – 5 spaces available

 

 


 

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 >>

Anthony was a wonderful instructor and under his guidance we all managed to create some amazing pieces - truly a day I'll never forget!

Laura Donahue


FAQs

What will I learn?

These popular sessions are designed to give class participants 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. The tweet below shows an example of what you can create during the day.

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 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 are there in each Experience Day?

A maximum of six students are enrolled with two experienced tutors, (3 students per bench) so the instruction is intensive. We are confident you will find the day stimulating, memorable and above all, highly enjoyable.

Are there age restrictions?

For health and safety reasons, class participants must be a 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. However, you do not need to have had any previous experience working in any other craft, or art form. Your enthusiasm is everything you will need!

Can you cater for people with disabilities?

Yes we can. However, we do ask that you to contact us before booking, in order to discuss your individual requirements.

What is your policy regarding students with health issues, or physical disabilities?

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 have any concerns as to your eligibility in enrolling on one of our experience days, or feel there is anything we need to know prior to your booking, please do not hesitate to get in contact.

 

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 at a Bermondsey Street restaurant, all tuition and materials, as well as the finishing of your pieces.

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.

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.

 

I cannot say enough great things about the day or the studio - just a wonderful place to be! I think I enjoyed the Part II course even more than Part I because I was able to focus more on the techniques and had a better grasp of the basics like shaping, picking up glass, using the tools, and I felt more familiar in the studio. The tutors were exceptional as always - so patient, helpful and genuinely excited to watch our collaborative creations come to life.

Susanne Soliman

 

Any Questions?

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

 

One of the most stimulating and creative experiences I have ever had.

Margaret Ellis

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Thank you for an amazing workshop - literally a dream come true!

Maria Johnson

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