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All the experiences offered will take place with a highly skilled professional glass maker who will guide you through your chosen experience step-by-step. Your safety is our paramount concern so you will enjoy extremely close supervision & tuition.

Once completed your crystal is put into an annealing oven to cool slowly overnight, you will be advised when it will be available to collect. We are happy to arrange postage if it is not feasible to collect.

HOT GLASS EXPERIENCES

Coloured Baubles:

Age: 8+ years £20.00                                                               Product Code:  BWS-904-CHILD Age: 13+ years £25.00                                                                    Product Code: BWS-904-ADULT      Duration: 15 minutes per person.   

Your instructor will first demonstrate how coloured glass baubles are made and talk through the processes involved. You will be invited to select the colours you would like to use to decorate your bauble. The colour will then be placed on a metal table ready to be applied to the molten glass.

Once prepared your instructor will gather molten glass from the furnace on a ‘blowing iron’. Participants over 13 years of age will take control of the iron & fuse the coloured glass granules to the glass.  Additional help will be given to children under the age of 13 years of age for safety reasons. The granules then need to be melted, so you will apply additional heat in a reheating chamber until the glass is liquid and moving in the flame. Your instructor will then take the iron as you seat yourself at the glass makers bench ready to form the glass into the correct shape ready to be inflated.

Once this is done you will blow your bubble and use metal tools to finish the shape of the bauble. You may have to blow a number of times to get the right size and shape. Once this is done your instructor will apply a glass hook so it may be hung from a tree or in a window.

To book on the blow your own bauble experience please follow this link https://cumbriacrystal.com/shop/experiences/glass-blowing-experiences-baubles/

Paperweight Experience:

Age: 13+ years. £45 per person                                                      Product Code BWS-904-PWB Duration: 30 minutes.

Your instructor will initially demonstrate the processes involved in making a paperweight. You will select a range of coloured glass granules to add to the molten glass and then heat and shape the glass into an oval or round solid glass paperweight using wet newspaper pad or wooden blocks. You will be shown how to use a variety of glass-makers tools to create unique patterns in the colour. If you wish to include decorative air bubbles you will be shown the secret to achieving this. Metal jacks are then used to finish the shape and prepare the glass for removal from the iron.

Paperweights take 2-3 days to finish after your experience as they take 24 hours to cool and our craftsmen grind the bases so they sit flat.

To book on the paperweight experience please follow this link https://cumbriacrystal.com/shop/experiences/glass-blowing-paperweights/

Blow your Own Tumbler Experience

Age: 16+ years:  £155 per person                                                               Product Code WS-908-TUM Duration: 3 hours. Min 2, Max 3 people.                                                                    Available as a gift voucher

In this unique half-day experience, you will learn to gather molten glass from the furnace and to shape it into a blown glass tumbler. Learning to blow glass requires the repetition of certain processes and so you will take it in turns to ‘gather’ glass from the furnace on a blowing iron; shape the glass into the correct form before blowing the initial bubble. You will learn how to inflate the glass and how to shape the glass using traditional wood and metal tools. The bubble will then be transferred to a separate punty iron before being opened up to create an open vessel.

Although not guaranteed, we hope to send you away with at least one tumbler from which you can enjoy your favourite tipple.

This experience will definitely challenge! This is an excellent gift idea.

TUITION:

Introduction to Glassblowing Tuition

Age: 16 + years, £155 per person                                                                 Product Code: WS-910-IGB Duration: 3 hours.  Min 2, Max 3 people                                                                                                         Available as a gift voucher  

This 3 hour introductory glassblowing class is ideal for a couple or a small group. You will learn how to gather liquid glass from the furnace at 1200 degrees and work through a number of practical exercises, learning how to correctly use the tools of the trade to shape and control molten glass, apply colour and form bubbles. This will be a more hands-on & in-depth experience than the bauble or paperweight experiences and is intended to enable you to develop a deeper understanding of glass blowing. Participants will finish with a number small pieces as outcomes from the practical exercises. These are likely to include a bauble, paperweight but possibly other items.

During your session ask your instructor about making a Prince Rupert’s Drop. The Introduction to Glassblowing option works best with two or more people as you are able to encourage one another and get a little down time to cool off when the other person is having a go.

One-to-One, Half-Day Glassblowing Tuition:

Age: 16 + years. £310                                                                                             Product Code WS-906-HD Duration: AM / PM available. One person.                                                                          Available as a gift voucher. Friends & family may watch.                                      

One-to-One Glass Blowing tuition is available after completing at least one of our experiences, preferably the Introduction to Glassblowing workshop. Tuition will be tailored specifically to your needs depending on what you wish to make & prior experience.

This is an opportunity to work with a skilled glassmaker to produce your own designs and to learn and build your confidence and skills set. Tuition is very hands-on so your tutor will give you as little or as much support as you may require throughout the day.

One-to-One Full-Day Glassblowing Tuition:

Age: 16 + years. £550                                                                             Product Code WS-907-FD Duration: AM / PM available. One person.                                                                   Available as a gift voucher. Friends & family may watch.                                         

One-to-One Glass Blowing tuition is available after completing at least one of our experiences, preferably the Introduction to Glassblowing workshop. Tuition will be tailored specifically to your needs depending on what you wish to make & prior experience.

This is an opportunity to work with a skilled glassblower to produce your own designs and to learn and build your confidence and skills set. Tuition is very hands-on so your tutor will give you as little or as much support as you may require throughout the day.