The Shape of Colour

The Shape of Colour

The Shape of Colour

The Shape of Colour is an Exhibition of glass sculptures and abstract paintings.

This June, Adam Aaronson is taking part in Surrey Artists Open Studios in a joint exhibition with Elizabeth Hauck, the well-known abstract expressionist painter based in West Horsley in Surrey.

Location

Shape of Colour

The exhibition will be in at Liz’s house and studio in Shere Road, West Horsley. It will include Adam’s glass sculptures in the house and garden as well as Liz’s paintings and drawings.

Supporting Tujitane

There is a story behind this exhibition, linking art in Surrey to art in Africa. For the past two years Liz has been sponsoring Visual Arts at Tujatane, Tongabezi Trust School. This school is located in Zambia, close to Victoria Falls.

In Liz’s words: “We now have the opportunity to build a Community Art Centre for the children at the school and for adults in the surrounding area. I will be donating all the proceeds from painting sales to this project. Adam is donating 20% of the ticket price of his sculptures. “The Shape of Colour” exhibition is an opportunity to support art in Surrey. Simultaneously you can help those less fortunate develop their creativity and improve their lives”

Adam is thrilled to be showing his work in such a wonderful setting and delighted to be supporting this excellent cause. We do hope you will be able to come along and join us.

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Opening times

The exhibition is open to the public on June 15th, 16th and 17th 11am to 5pm. It is also open the following week by appointment from June 18th -22nd.

The Shape of Colour

Image courtesy of @PaulDeach

 

Glass Blowing Demonstrations

  Glass Blowing Demonstrations

Glass Blowing Demonstrations

Adam Aaronson will be presenting a series of Glass Blowing Demonstrations during SAOS – Surrey Artists Open Studios during June 2018. Please see below for dates and times.

These glassblowing demonstrations are free to the public and no booking is necessary.

As part of the Surrey Artist Open Studios series of events, Adam will be running his popular Taster Courses. Why not have a go at making glass yourself? You can find details by clicking here.

Adam’s glass blowing demonstrations are exciting and interesting to watch. If you are unable to visit at these times, the chances are that there will be some glassblowing to watch at most times during Open Studios, so it is worth dropping in. But we can’t guarantee a demonstration outside the published times.

When Taster courses are running, it is generally possibly to watch, space permitting.

Glass Blowing Demonstrations

 

Dates and Times

Saturday June 2nd  and Sunday June 3rd

2.30pm – 3.30pm

4.00pm – 5.00pm

Thursday June 7th, Friday June 8th, Saturday June 9th, Sunday June 10th

2.30pm – 3.30pm

4.00pm – 5.00pm

Thursday June 14th

2.30pm – 3.30pm

4.00pm – 5.00pm

Glass Blowing Demonstrations

 

 

 

Glass blowing Taster Courses in June 2018 for Open Studios

Glass blowing taster courses

Glass Blowing Taster Courses

Come and try your hand at one of our glass blowing taster courses with Adam Aaronson during SAOS – Surrey Artists Open Studios 2018

Click here for details about our Glass Blowing Demonstrations

PERFECT FOR BEGINNERS

These glass blowing taster courses are perfect for novices. You don’t need any experience at all, as we go through the process carefully.  We welcome children aged 9 years upwards. We have no upper age limit and the oldest student so far was aged 92!  But please advise us when you are booking if participants will be under 18 and please note that a parent or other responsible adult must accompany children. And, if you would like to make more than one item, just book two spaces!

These courses are dynamic, hands-on workshops, during which each participant makes their own coloured glass paperweight, bowl, tumbler, vase or other object from a choice of styles.

Glass blowing taster courses

Demonstrating the process in a taster session

Each session starts with a safety briefing. Then Adam Aaronson gives a demonstration showing how you will make your glass creation, with assistance from Adam and one of his assistants, Will, Candice or Gina, to make their paperweight or other item. We adapt to each individual’s ability, giving you more or less assistance as required. Next, each person chooses their colours and style and works in turn on an individual basis with Adam and his assistant to create their unique piece. We have to anneal your glass creation overnight. Then we will need to grind and polish it. So it will usually be ready for collection 48 hours after the course. As a finishing touch we will engrave your name on the base. We very much encourage you to take photographs during the session, so don’t forget to bring your camera or phone.

Glass blowing taster courses paperweight

Dates, Prices and Times

 

Our glassblowing taster courses cost £50 per person.

 

You can book on-line here

We have sessions at 9.30am and 11.30am on June 1,2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 22 & 29

We have sessions at 2pm and 4pm on June 1 & 29

There are usually up to 9 students per session

 

Glassblowing Taster Courses

Glassblowing Taster Courses

We are introducing a new series of Glassblowing Taster Courses in early 2018. Until recently, we have only been running our short Glassblowing Taster Courses in June during Surrey Artists Open Studios.

Christmas Holiday Glassblowing Courses in Surrey

However, these have been so popular that we have decided to run more Glassblowing Taster Courses this year. But we are still running our half-day courses on a regular basis as well. We also continue to offer the opportunity to develop your skills and currently have a number of students who come and blow glass on a regular basis.

Dates and Times

These short Glassblowing Taster Courses, which last around 90 minutes, take place on Fridays and Saturdays. On most Fridays there are four sessions, two in the morning, at 9.30am and 11.30am and two in the afternoon at 2pm and 4pm. A couple of times a month, we are running courses on Saturday mornings, at 9.30am and 11.30am. There will also be some Saturdays when we have afternoon sessions as well. The calendar shows courses from the end of January to the end of March.

You can see available dates here and also book online

Choice of pieces to make

You can choose to blow a tumbler, bowl, vase or scent bottle. Or you can opt to make a paperweight, heart, bird or other solid item. The course costs £50 (inc VAT) per piece and you can book more than one space if you want to make more than one piece. Some people might want to make three or four pieces and that’s fine. But if that’s what you’re thinking you may find it more worthwhile to do our half day course.

Glassblowing Short Taster Course

SAOS Surrey Artists Open Studios

During SAOS we will be running extra days with our short glass blowing taster courses. These will be available to book over the coming weeks.

What to wear

All safety equipment and materials are provided but please wear covered shoes and clothing suitable for a workshop environment.

We start each session with a safety briefing. Then Adam Aaronson gives a demonstration showing the method that each person will use to make the item of their choice, with assistance from Adam and one of his assistants, Will, Candice or Gina.

Next, choose your colours and style and work in turn on an individual basis with Adam and his assistant to create your unique piece.

No experience necessary

We adapt to each individual’s ability, giving you more or less assistance as required. This event is great fun to do on your own, or together with a group of family and friends.

Photographs

You will probably take lots of photographs, during your glassblowing short taster course. So don’t forget to charge up your camera or your phone! Feel free to post images on instagram with the hashtag #adamaaronsonglass. Here is a link to our instagram page and also our Facebook page.

Your glass creation (s) needs to anneal in a kiln overnight. Our team will then grind and polish the base before signing it with your name, so usually you can collect your work on the following Friday.

We can arrange delivery to a UK address. This costs £10.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Holiday Glassblowing Courses in Surrey

Christmas Holiday Glassblowing Courses in Surrey

Click here for our 2018 Taster Courses

Christmas Holiday Glassblowing Courses in Surrey

Christmas Holiday Glassblowing  Courses in Surrey with Adam Aaronson between Christmas and New Year 2017.

This year we have arranged some special Christmas Holiday glassblowing courses in Surrey between Christmas and New Year.

Come and make a paperweight or a Christmas bauble in one of our hot glass taster courses. There are spaces for up to 12 people per session at the 2pm session on Friday 29th, Saturday 30th, or Sunday 31st December. This exciting course costs £40 per person.

Christmas Holiday Glassblowing Courses in Surrey

Or you can make a tumbler, bowl or vase on one of our glassblowing taster courses. There are spaces for up to 10 people per session at the 4pm session on Friday 29th, Saturday 30th or Sunday 31st December. This course costs £50 per person and it is great fun!

Christmas Holiday Glassblowing Courses in Surrey

 

GREAT FOR BEGINNERS AND OPEN TO AGES 9 AND UPWARDS

You don’t need any experience for any of these hot glass taster courses, as we take you through the process carefully. Mainly attended by adults, they are open to all ages from 9 upwards. Please note that children need to be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult. Please advise when booking if participants will be under 18. And if you would like to make more than one item, just book two spaces!

Christmas Holiday Glassblowing Courses in Surrey

These taster courses are dynamic, hands-on workshops in which each participant makes their own coloured glass object from a choice of styles. We also have other short courses planned for Surrey Artists Open Studios in June. We can arrange special courses and events for groups (see http://adamaaronson.com/glassblowing-courses-group-bookings/). In addition we hold longer, more intensive, beginners’ glassblowing courses almost every weekend – see here.

 

Each session starts with a safety briefing and then Adam Aaronson gives a demonstration showing the method that each person will use, with assistance from Adam and one of his assistants, Will, Candice or Gina, to make their paperweight or other item. We adapt to each individual’s ability, giving you more or less assistance as required. Next, each person chooses their colours and style and works in turn on an individual basis with Adam and his assistant to create their unique piece. Your creations have to be annealed overnight and are generally ready for collection 48 hours after the course. Photographs are encouraged, so bring your camera or your phone and make sure it is charged up! Follow us on Instagram @adamaaronsonglass and Facebook Adam Aaronson Glass

To book a session or for further information, please email adam@adamaaronson.com and include a phone number.

Christmas Holiday Glassblowing Courses in Surrey

Celebration of Craftsmanship in Clerkenwell

Celebration of Craftsmanship in Clerkenwell

Adam Aaronson is participating in the prestigious Celebration of Craftsmanship exhibition at Craft Central, in London’s Clerkenwell. The exhibition runs from 16-20th May. It is open from 12 noon until 7pm every day and is part of Clerkenwell Design Week 2017.

Celebration of Craftsmanship

Celebration of Craftsmanship usually takes place in Cheltenham in August. This exhibition at Craft Central is designed as a preview or taster of some of the artists selected for the Cheltenham show. The main exhibiton in Cheltenham is considerably larger than the London exhibition.

Clerkenwell Design Week

Clerkenwell is one of London’s largest design hubs. Apparently, there are more creative businesses and architects per square mile than anywhere else in the world.  Clerkenwell Design Week celebrates this rich and diverse community. The event showcases leading UK and international brands and companies. These are presented in a series of showroom events,  exhibitions and special installations that take place across the area.

Celebration of Craftsmanship

Journey down memory lane

Craft Central, in St John’s Square is located less than five minutes walk from Turnmill Street, where Adam Aaronson’s first studio was situated from 1987 to 1989.

Adam says “It is very exciting to be back in Clerkenwell and to be exhibiting round the corner from my old studio. I found that this brought back many happy memories. The neighbourhood has changed enormously since the eighties and there is much more going on”.

Celebration of Craftsmanship

Visitors to Celebration of Craftsmanship will find a good selection of Adam’s landscape bowls and vases. Adam is also exhibitin some of his dramatic new lustre bowls. The works displayed are all unique one-off pieces. prices range from £175 to £750.

The main Celebration of Craftsmanship Exhibition takes place in Cheltenham during August. Adam will also be exhibiting there with a wider selection of his work. If you would like an invitation to the August exhibition please email Adam.

Collectors who are interested in contemporary makers, working in different disciplines, will find that this exhibition is well worth a visit.

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SAOS Hot Glass Taster Courses June 2017

Hot Glass Taster Courses

Click here for our 2018 Taster Courses

Hot Glass Taster Courses with Adam Aaronson during SAOS – Surrey Artists Open Studios June 2017
Hot Glass Taster Courses

This year, in addition to our popular “Make a paperweight, heart, bird or bauble” hot glass taster courses, (up to 10 people per session), we have also added two exciting new taster courses. These are: “Make a tumbler or bowl”, (up to 8 people per session) and “Make a goblet or wine glass” (up to 6 people per session).

 


GREAT FOR NOVICES

Hot Glass Taster CoursesYou don’t need any experience for any of these hot glass taster courses, as we take you through the process carefully. While they are mainly attended by adults, they are open to all ages from 9 upwards. Please note that children need to be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult. Please advise when booking if participants will be under 18. And if you would like to make more than one item, just book two spaces!

These taster courses are dynamic, hands-on workshops in which each participant makes their own coloured glass object from a choice of styles. These short courses mainly take place during Surrey Artists Open Studios in June. We also hold some hot glass taster courses during the four day Guildford Heritage Week in September. In November and December we have regular Christmas Bauble making courses. Our short courses are not available at other times of the year, except to groups (see http://adamaaronson.com/glassblowing-courses-group-bookings/). We also have longer, more intensive, beginners’ glassblowing courses almost every weekend – see here.

Hot Glass Taster CoursesEach session starts with a safety briefing and then Adam Aaronson gives a demonstration showing the method that each person will use, with assistance from Adam and one of his assistants, Will, Candice or Gina, to make their paperweight or other item. We adapt to each individual’s ability, giving you more or less assistance as required. Next, each person chooses their colours and style and works in turn on an individual basis with Adam and his assistant to create their unique piece. Your creations have to be annealed overnight and are generally ready for collection 48 hours after the course. Photographs are encouraged, so bring your camera or your phone and make sure it is charged up!

 

 

 


HERE ARE DATES, PRICES AND TIMES:

Week 1

Saturday June 3 – Hot glass taster courses

Choose between making a paperweight, heart, bird or bauble £40 – 10.30am to 12pm

Blow a tumbler or bowl £50 – 12.30pm to 2pm

Make a paperweight, heart, bird or bauble £40 – 4.30pm to 6pm

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Sunday June 4 – Hot glass taster courses

Blow a tumbler or bowl £50 – 10.30am to 12pm

Choose between making a paperweight, heart, bird or bauble £40 – 12.30pm to 2pm

Make a paperweight, heart, bird or bauble £40 – 4.30pm to 6pm

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Week 2

Thursday June 8 – Hot glass taster courses

Blow a tumbler or bowl £50 – 4pm to 5.30pm

Choose between making paperweight, heart, bird or bauble £40 – 6pm to 7.30pm

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Friday June 9 – Hot glass taster courses

Blow a goblet £75 – 11am to 12.30pm

Make a tumbler or bowl £50 – 4.30pm to 6pm

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Saturday June 10 – Hot glass taster courses

Choose between making a paperweight, heart, bird or bauble £40 – 10.30am to 12pm

Blow a tumbler or bowl £50 -12.30pm to 2pm

Make a paperweight, heart, bird or bauble £40 – 4.30pm to 6pm

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Sunday June 11 – Hot glass taster courses

Blow a tumbler or bowl £50 – 10.30am to 12pm

Choose between making paperweight, heart, bird or bauble £40 – 12.30pm to 2pm

Make a paperweight, heart, bird or bauble £40 – 4.30pm to 6pm

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Hot Glass Taster Courses

Week 3

Thursday June 15 – Hot glass taster courses

Make a goblet £75 – 2pm to 3.30pm

Blow a tumbler or bowl £50 – 4pm to 5.30pm

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Friday June 16 – Hot glass taster courses

Make a paperweight, heart, bird or bauble £40 – 11am to 12.30pm

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Saturday June 17 – Hot glass taster courses

Choose between making a paperweight, heart, bird or bauble £40 – 10.30am to 12pm

Blow a tumbler or bowl £50 – 12.30pm to 2pm

Make a paperweight, heart, bird or bauble £40 – 4.30pm to 6pm

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Sunday June 18 – Hot glass taster courses

Make a tumbler or bowl £50 – 10.30am to 12pm

Choose between making a paperweight, heart, bird or bauble £40 -12.30pm to 2pm

Make a paperweight, heart, bird or bauble £40 – 4.30pm to 6pm

Hot Glass Taster Courses

Booking

To book any of these hot glass taster courses:

Phone  01483 375035 to book, or email adam@adamaaronson.com

Payment in full is required with booking and this can be made by card over the phone.

If you are emailing to book, please could you include your phone number, so we can contact you to arrange payment. NB We usually reply to emails within 24 hours. Unfortunately, sometimes our reply may end up in your junk mail, so if you haven’t heard from us, please check your junk mail folder.

Many thanks to Tony Waghorn, who recently attended one of our half-day beginners’ courses, for the images used on this page.

 

Dramatic Rainbow Glass Rope Bridge

Adam Aaronson is exhibiting a dramatic Rainbow Glass Rope Bridge at Birtley House.

Asked about the inspiration and thought process behind his dramatic rainbow glass rope bridge, Adam said:

“I often think that all people, regardless of their background, are really just in different phases of a similar metaphorical journey. Each person is seeking the security and happiness, which perhaps they can find at the end of the rainbow.

Dramatic Rainbow Glass Rope Bridge by Adam Aaronson

 

“For some, however, life can also involve a literal journey. A refugee, for example, seeking a safe haven, is likely to be on a long journey full of pitfalls, sometimes needing to cross several frontiers. Whereas a commuter on the daily trudge to work may see life as a treadmill. But their journey is nowhere near as precarious. However, sometimes if the traffic is held up or the train is delayed, the commuter can feel that the world is falling apart. Everything is relative and in reality the commuter knows that their future is secure.”

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Adam intends his ‘Rope Bridge’, aside from being a dramatic and colourful sculpture,  to be an allegory for this journey. Of course the journey is much more uncertain for some than for others. Life is full of pitfalls. What could be more precarious than a rope bridge made of glass?

Dramatic Rainbow Glass Rope Bridge by Adam Aaronson

“I have deliberately created a form with bright colours that echo a rainbow, perceiving this as a metaphor for our times. What we will find at the end of the rainbow?”

Adam has installed the ‘Rope-Bridge”  at the edge of the lake at Birtley and it crosses the water to an island, which seems like a safe haven. Visitors have commented that the reflections in the water are enchanting.

Dramatic Rainbow Glass Rope Bridge by Adam Aaronson

Other installation possibilities

The dramatic “Rope Bridge” comes with the steel supports shown, (not including the weights on the base), however, if you would prefer to consider different installation options, please contact us. For example you could suspend the “Rope Bridge” between two trees.

Each glass element has been individually blown. Each tread is approximately 50cm wide with a diameter of around 4cm. There are 49 elements in this dramatic rainbow glass rope bridge sculpture, including six clear elements. The clear elements, seen from a distance, suggest gaps in the bridge, accentuating the pitfalls in the journey.

 

Surrey Sculpture Society Exhibition

Surrey Sculpture Society Exhibition

at Birtley House, Bramley 2017

Surreu Sculpture Society Exhibition Crowdscene by Adam Aaronson

This year, the first Surrey Sculpture Society Exhibition is taking place at Birtley House, Bramley.  Adam Aaronson is exhibiting exciting new sculpture there until June 4th 2017 as part of the Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden exhibition. Adam has been a member of the Surrey Sculpture Society since moving to West Horsley four years ago.

Surreu Sculpture Society Exhibition Crowdscene by Adam Aaronson

 

“Crowdscene” by Adam Aaronson

This artwork comprises a number of unique elements exhibited together. Adam describes his thinking behind the work as follows:

“Crowds have their own critical mass, but they are full of individuals. I often wonder whether there is much difference between the crowd of commuters at a railway station during rush hour and a crowd of refugees. Each individual has a story to tell. Invariably their stories are similar. Their ambition, whatever their background, is to establish a stable, secure future for themselves and their families. Is there really much difference between a refugee and a commuter? Could it be simply that the commuter has achieved a greater level of stability in their life?

Crowdscene by Adam Aaronson

 

“In creating ‘Crowdscene’, I have deliberately left a sense of ambiguity in the forms that I have used. Intentionally, I’ve left the viewer wondering what these elements are. They could be flowers, birds, fish, faces, caricatures, puppets or simply abstract glass shapes. The figures are not intended to be literal but are designed to resonate differently with each onlooker. They are all created as unique, stand-alone sculptures,  but you can group them together. I see them as rugged individuals, with their own personalities, but they can live together in harmony!”

Surreu Sculpture Society Exhibition Crowdscene by Adam Aaronson

 

 

We supply each sculpture with its own detachable stainless steel post. If you would prefer to position the sculpture on a wall or plinth, Adam can adapt the fitting.

You can purchase the one-of a kind sculptures in Crowdscene from the exhibition. They cost £350 each, which includes the fittings and post. The sculptures are easy to install.

Crowdscene by Adam Aaronson

 

 

Blow your own glass Christmas bauble

Christmas 2016 – Blow your own glass Christmas bauble in West Horsley.

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We’ve been running our popular bauble making sessions for several years now and they’ve always been a great success, so much so that some people come back year after year!
Each place costs £40 per person and payment is required with booking.

This is an exciting, hands-on workshop where you make your own blown glass Christmas bauble to keep and treasure or give as a gift. Why not come with a group of friends and family for a fun-filled pre-Christmas outing?

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The sessions last around an hour and include a demonstration from Adam, who will then work with each person to blow their own bauble in a colour of their choice. If you’d like to make two baubles, just book two places!

After your bauble experience, you can browse our shop and gallery, packed with wonderful creative Christmas gifts, and enjoy a cup of mulled wine and a mince pie.

This year we have a number of afternoon and evening sessions and also some at weekends,

Here are the dates and times (updated December 8th):

Thursday, 8th December, 2.30pm, 4pm and 5.30pm

Friday, 9th December, 2.30pm, 4pm and 5.30pm

Saturday, 10th December, 9.45am (FULL) and 11.30am (FULL)

Sunday, 11th December, 9.45 and 11.30am

Thursday, 15th December, 2.30pm, 4pm and 5.30pm

Friday, 16th December, 2.30pm, 4pm and 5.30pm

Sunday, 18th December, 5.30pm (Full)

Tuesday, 20th December, 12.00pm

Wednesday, 21st December, 10.30am

We can also arrange special sessions for groups of ten or more participants. Please email for details.

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