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Glassmaking & Glassblowing

near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire   

• Discover the art of making, shaping & blowing glass
• Hands on tuition in a professional glass workshop
• Make your own souvenir glass art to take home
• Half day & full day experiences are available
Glassmaking Workshop


RRP: £155.00

What's Included

Glassmaking Workshop
• A three hour glass making workshop
• Introduction to equipment and basic techniques
• Applying techniques learned to make a glass paperweight

Glassblowing Day
• A full day glassblowing experience
• Learn glass making and blowing techniques
• Make a glass paperweight and a colourful blown piece such as a vase
• Experiences last around seven hours with breaks

What Can I Expect

Take part in a fascinating glass making workshop in Buckinghamshire! These half and full day introductory courses offer a compelling eye-opener to the role of glassmakers and gives you a rare insight into the different methods used to create glass artefacts. Classes take place in a spacious glass making studio in Aylesbury and are hosted by a team of highly-skilled glass makers including Derek Bransfield, a professional glassmaker who designs and creates beautiful contemporary works of art.

You'll be using traditional vessel production techniques passed down from the Roman times at this glass studio near Aylesbury. You'll learn that the main ingredients used in glass making are sand or silica, sodium carbonate and lime or calcium oxide (different chemicals create different colours). For example, iron oxide is used for creating the green in beer bottles, whilst a very small amount of cobalt results in a wonderful shade of blue.

There's so much to learn and with a maximum of eight participants on the course, lots of individual attention and help is assured. After your welcome and safety briefing, you will be shown around the workspace and will be expertly guided through the basic techniques and methods of handling and manipulating hot glass and what all the tools and equipment are used for. The furnace you will practise the techniques on fires at temperatures of around 1100 degrees centigrade.

One of the most exhilarating parts is gathering glass from the crucible, as the intense heat and brightness will amaze you. Initially when you collect the molten liquid, your paperweight will resemble a colourless blob, but not for long...our favourite part is adding individual designs and colours with crushed coloured glass. Using a variety of methods, you will be able to form bubbles and swirls and apply shaping to produce your bespoke paperweight.

Those on the full day course will continue their fascinating journey into the art of glass, with a glass blowing workshop in the afternoon. As you learn this different way of manipulating molten glass, you'll be creating your very own unique piece of blown glass, usually a small vase.

We think these glass making and blowing courses in Buckinghamshire are enjoyably expressive and artistic. And what's more, you will get to make your very own glass art to be proud of, as you made it all by yourself using everything from furnaces and forming rods, to rollers and moulding points.


• Saturdays and Sundays from January to May and September to December

• Morning and afternoon sessions are generally available, 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm
• Generally classes run on one or two weekends per month

• Day courses start at 10am finishing around 5pm
• There are usually one or two dates available per month


• Glass making studio in Westcott, Buckinghamshire near the town of Aylesbury

Suitable For

• Minimum age is 18
• Basic level of fitness is required as you will be on your feet


• This experience is not suitable for spectators

Anything Else

• Any items made on the day will need to be finished before they can be sent to participants, there is an additional charge of £20 for this, payable on the day
• Participants of the full day should bring a packed lunch


Average Rating 5
Total Reviews 7
Recommend to Friend 7
about 4 years ago
An interesting day making a glass paper weight. Excellent attention to detail and safety issues. Two friendly tutors who were able to step in immediately if we were struggling with anything. A fascinating time learning to manage molten glass. Thank you
Lynne Dawson
about 7 years ago
A brilliant day! I would highly recommend this to anyone who like myself has ever watched glassmaking demonstrations and thought they would love to try. A full on day spent with two friendly professional glassmakers who explained and encouraged as we worked through from gathering glass from the furnace to completing our lovely paperweights.
B Osborn
about 7 years ago
Both Caroline and Derek were amazing. We had the best day with them and would reccomend glass making to anyone. They were very safety conscious and gave just the right balance of tuition and practicle learning. Brilliant day!!!
Hilary Sheen
about 7 years ago
An extremely good day. The help and encouragement given by the two glass makers was brilliant. Anyone interested in having a hands on experience of working with glass will really enjoy this.
Millie Crowhurst
about 7 years ago
Brilliant day. Excellent friendly, helpful instruction and demonstrations from a passionate and knowledgeable glass maker. A great hands on opportunity to try and make something lovely from glass.
Brian Crowhurst
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