Paperweight Experience

(4 customer reviews)

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BOOKING INFORMATION: This experience lasts for 30 minutes per person. Multiple slots can be booked so that the experience can be shared with friends.  If booking for more than one person, please add your chosen time slot to your cart individually and click ‘book now’. This process can be repeated for additional participants and the total will appear in your checkout.

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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.”

4 reviews for Paperweight Experience

  1. Richard G. (verified owner)

    Shattering experience – really enjoyable – well informed throughout the process – really pleased with outcome – everyone thinks it is very professional ! Thoroughly recommended as an experience to tick off on bucket list

  2. Jason (verified owner)

    Sadly, despite having booked our experience for my wife and daughter and having received confirmation mails and reminders to turn up ahead of time….we arrived to find that our experience had been cancelled. We believe that this may have been due to the instructor having been ill on the day but the explanation provided was a little vague. We fully accept that staff fall ill, however, given that you had our name, email, and telephone we would have appreciated a call to avoid us travelling. We would politely suggest that Heather could have started the discussion by explaining that the instructor was ill rather than saying that we weren’t booked in on the system (despite the reminder mails we received). This would have got the discussion off to a better start as I was quite upset to find that we had no options available to us on the day. We will try and return to do this when we are next in the area (we were on holiday)…..and hope to have better luck next time! We did end up buying one of your lovely cut glass tumblers (the 007 one) as a 90th present for my father which we know he will love. We also got chance to see your staff at work which was fascinating. I would suggest it is an experience well worth the money and a great way to spend some time.

  3. Tammy H. (verified owner)

    I had an amazing time making the paperweight, the staff were all friendly and very welcoming. I am definitely arranging another visit soon and would highly recommend.

  4. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Great experience. Claire was excellent in explaining the process of making my own paperweight.

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