Creating the FT Bauble, 2014
Image courtesy FT Weekend. Photo: Victoria Birkinshaw
UPDATE – Experience Days are currently postponed due to the national lockdown. We are hoping to rearrange these days in the near future. Please see the information below for what to expect when the Experience Days return.
Join us for a once in a lifetime creative experience and unlock the secrets of glassblowing…
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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. This includes 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.
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 – contact us to discuss a bespoke package.
Get in touch with Becky Smith via email@example.com or call +44(0)207 403 2800
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Due to the Tier 4 restrictions, the gallery is currently closed. We will, however, be hosting a number of exhibitions and Artist Talks online to keep you connected.