Paperweight Experiences: Suitable for 13+ years
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. Paperweight experiences will run between 9.00 to 12.30 Monday – Saturday, 10.00 – 12.30 on Sunday and last about 30 minutes per person.
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.
Paperweight experience cost – £45 per person,
Paperweights will be cooled & ready for collection 3 days after the event. Alternatively we can arrange postage.
Reviews from Trip Advisor:
“This was my second visit, I have blown my own Christmas bauble and created a paper weight. Tuition was excellent, very safety conscious, the teacher was very passionate about her craft and explained everything in good detail. I really enjoyed the hands on experience in both these classes and having my own products at the end of it was lovely and such a great keepsake of the fantastic time I had. We love visiting Cumbria Crystal even if its just to look around the shop, it’s great to see the artisans practicing their skill while we are there. The crystalware is always of an excellent quality, they have a great choice of products for any occasion, and the work the engravers do is always above and beyond our expectations.”
“Excellent day out. We are a family of 4 with 2 boys aged 11 and 14. Eldest son made a paper weight, youngest son and their dad made a glass bauble. All three really enjoyed it. The girl that took them all individually was very informative and a great teacher, full of knowledge making sure the boys felt secure in what they were doing. All of the staff were all very nice. We paid the little extra to get our items delivered back home and they were packed very safely. Would recommend this to any age.”
“We took my Dad to make a paperweight for his 80th birthday present and my son blew a glass bauble for his 11th! A fantastic family day. Highly recommend both experiences.”