Inspired to try glass blowing? Well, now you can..
Glass Blowing Experiences.
A rare, educational & fun opportunity to not only watch artisans at work but to actually experience the alchemy of glass-blowing first hand in one of the last working crystal factories in England.
Experiences may be booked in advance or, if you are feeling lucky may be available on a ‘drop-in’ basis’ on the the day of your visit.
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.
Bauble experience cost – £25 per person
Baubles will be cooled & ready for collection the next day after the event. Alternatively we can arrange postage.
Reviews from Trip Advisor –
“Great experience in a working glass factory, the instructor (Claire) talked us through the whole experience, both safety instructions and the where’s and why’s of glass blowing. Would recommend this to everyone. A hidden gem in the Lake District away from the lakes.”
“My daughters arranged a surprise glass blowing experience for the whole family, ages ranging from 8yrs to 70yrs. The instructor Clare is excellent and talked us through the whole thing. There is no danger for the younger ones, as arm protectors and goggles are given out and safety procedures explained. We all had a brilliant time making a bauble each, so have a wonderful memento of my birthday. I would recommend this to anyone.”
“Had an amazing time today at Cumbria Crystal. From the moment we walked in, the staff were very friendly. Four of us (all adults) had a brilliant time creating our own unique baubles. Claire led the experience and was very professional, knowledgeable and down to earth. We won the session in a competition but would definitely pay for the experience. We would all recommend this to family and friends. Look forward to receiving our baubles this week! Thanks to you all.”