Christmas Bauble Taster Sessions 2017

Christmas Bauble Taster Sessions 2017

We’ve already started running our popular Christmas Bauble Taster Sessions 2017. We’ve been organising these “make your own Christmas decoration” sessions for several years now and we’ve found that they’ve always been a great success. So much so that in fact some people come back year after year and build up their collection of Christmas decorations over a period of time. Indeed,  we’re looking forward to seeing some old friends as well as meeting new ones!
Each place costs £40 per person and payment is required with booking.

NB: As some of the original dates are now full up (see below), we’ve now added lots of extra sessions! Please contact Adam for other possible dates and for group bookings. Early evening sessions can be arranged for groups of 10 or more.

Christmas Bauble Taster Sessions 2017

Christmas Decorations

Hands on

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

Of course, if you want to make more than one bauble, you can book more than one space. In reality, there isn’t really a limit, but if you want to make more than 10, we can arrange a special session for you.

Christmas Bauble Taster Sessions 2017

Plenty of colours to choose from.

We are again holding our well established series of Christmas Bauble Taster Sessions 2017 on the following dates:

 

November

Friday November 24: 2.30pm Full

Saturday November 25: 9.45am and 11.30am both now full

Sunday November 26: New: 2.30pm (One space left) and 4.15pm

December

Friday December 1: 2.30pm

Saturday December 2: 9.45am  and 11.30am. Both now full

Sunday December 3 New: 9.45am and 11.30am

Friday December 8: 2.30pm Full New 4.15pm

Saturday December 9 New: 9.45am and 11.30am

Sunday December 10: 9.45am and 11.30am (full), 2.30pm (full) and 4pm (full)

Friday December 15: New: 9.45am, New: 11.30 am and 2.30pm

Sunday December 17: 9.45am and 11.30am Both now full.

Monday December 18 New: 2.30pm, New: 4.15pm

Tuesday December 19 New: 2.30pm, New: 4.15pm

Because we require payment with booking, call Adam to book your place – o1483 375035 or email adam@adamaaronson.com.

Furthermore, after the session you can enjoy browsing our on-site gallery, which is packed with glass art gifts and accessories perfect for Christmas.

Over the years we’ve learnt that some people are confused by the term bauble and prefer to refer to these as Christmas decorations, but we don’t mind what you call them!

If you would like to do more than just a taster session have a look at our Introduction to Glassblowing course, which run most weekends.

Last year we made Christmas Decorations for Matches Fashion which looked fantastic. Here is an image of one of our bauble trees!

We can arrange a special session for a group of 10 people. Please contact us for details.

 

 

Guildford Heritage Hot Glass Taster Sessions

Guildford Heritage Hot Glass Taster Sessions

Book now for our Guildford Heritage Hot Glass Taster Sessions in September. We are running these in conjunction with the  popular National Heritage Days scheme because we are passionate about sharing our heritage skills in a world dominated by mass production and lost skills.

Guildford Heritage Hot Glass Taster Sessions

Demonstrating the process in a taster session

Our National Heritage Days listing can be found here.

Dates and Times:

These Hot Glass Taster Sessions take place every morning on the following dates:

Thursday 7th Sept, Friday 8th Sept, Saturday 9th Sept, and Sunday 10th Sept. On each morning we are holding two sessions. The first session starts at 9.45am and runs through to 11.15am. The second session starts at 11.45 and ends at 1.15pm.

You don’t need to have any experience to sign up for these popular hot glass courses because we adapt to all aptitudes. They are open to all ages from 9 upwards, but children need to be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult. Please advise when booking if participants will be under 18. If you want to make two pieces, just book two spaces!

Demonstrating the process for beginners

Learning to centre the glass

 

Guildford Heritage Hot Glass Taster Sessions

Carefully reheating the glass

Normally at weekends we run half-day introductory glassmaking courses.

Our glassblowing taster courses are dynamic, hands-on workshops in which each participant makes their own coloured glass object from a choice of styles. There is no upper age limit and so far the oldest participant has been 92!! Adam Aaronson teaches the courses and some people come back year after year because they are so enjoyable.

Select what you would like to make

You can choose to make your either your own paperweight, bird, heart, or other solid glass object, or blow a Christmas Bauble. Any of these options costs £40

Guildford Heritage Hot Glass Taster Sessions

Pink paperweight with bubbles

Guildford Heritage Hot Glass Taster Sessions

Selection of glass birds

Furthermore you can opt to make a bowl or tumbler and either of these costs £50.

Phone 01483 375035 or email adam@adamaaronson.com to book. There will normally be up to 10 people per session Payment is required with booking. Tea and coffee are provided.

If you have ever watched glassblowing and thought you’d like to have a go then these short Guildford Heritage Taster courses are a great way to dip your toe in the water because you will find it a fascinating experience.

Glassblowing Demonstrations by Adam Aaronson

However, if you would just like to watch glassblowing we also have special demonstrations on during Heritage Open Days. On all four days, Thurs 7th – 10th, we have 3 demonstrations in the afternoon when Adam Aaronson will be demonstrating glassblowing and talking about his work and the processes he uses.

We hope that you will enjoy your visit to our Guildford Heritage Hot Glass Taster Sessions and Demonstrations.

Session one 1430-1515, session two 1530-1615, session three 1630-1715

Guildford Heritage Hot Glass Taster Sessions

Adam Aaronson shows the finished piece

 

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.

Celebration of Craftsmanship Celebration of Craftsmanship Celebration of Craftsmanship

SAOS Hot Glass Taster Courses June 2017

Hot Glass 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.”

Dramatic Rainbow Glass Rope Bridge by Adam AaronsonDramatic Rainbow Glass Rope Bridge by Adam Aaronson

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

 

 

Guildford Heritage – Hot Glass Making Taster Sessions and Demonstrations

Hot Glass Making Taster Sessions and Demonstrations at Adam Aaronson Glass Studio during Guildford Heritage Open Days (see page 34)

Sept 8-11 Mornings: Hot Glass Making Taster Sessions; £40 per person (1.5 hours)

9.45am to 11.15am and 11.45am to 1.15pm

Make a paperweight, bird, heart or other solid glass object, or blow a Christmas bauble

Phone  01483 375035 to book. Up to 10 people per session. Or email adam@adamaaronson.com

Payment is required with booking.

These hot glass taster courses are dynamic, hands-on workshops in which each participant makes their own coloured glass paperweight, bird, heart or other solid object from a choice of styles. These short courses are only run during Guildford Heritage Open Days and are not available at other times of the year, except to groups (see http://adamaaronson.com/glassblowing-courses-group-bookings/ )

The session starts with a safety briefing and then a demonstration from Adam, showing the process that each person will use, with assistance from Adam and his assistant, Will, to make their paperweight or other item.

Next, each person chooses their colours and style and works with Adam and Will to create their unique piece. Paperweights and other items have to be annealed overnight and are generally ready for collection about a week after the course. The cost per person, per piece, is at the special Heritage Open Days rate of £40 including VAT.

These glassblowing courses are great fun for all ages and though mainly attended by adults, are also open to children aged from 11 years old. A parent, or other responsible adult must accompany children. Please advise when booking if participants will be under 18. No experience is necessary as we adapt to the individual’s ability, giving more or less assistance as required. Booking your experience ahead of your visit is recommended to avoid disappointment as spaces get booked up quickly.

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Sept 8-11 Afternoons: Glassblowing Demonstrations by Adam Aaronson

2.30pm to 3.15pm,

3.30 to 4.15pm,

4.30pm – 5.15pm.

No booking required and admission is free

 

New Dawn at Westminster Hall

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Mary Branson’s New Dawn Sculpture at Westminster Hall.

Over the past two years Adam Aaronson and his team have been working together with the installation artist Mary Branson, on an exciting, secret project entitled “New Dawn”.  Mary is Parliament’s ‘artist-in-residence’ for women’s suffrage. Many visitors to Adam’s studio have noticed the buzz of activity but usually all questions about the project were met with deafening silence. Except that Adam did tell a few people that he was developing canapé dishes for a restaurant chain and this seemed to keep them happy!

Now the secret is out and if you missed it on the national news, New Dawn was unveiled on June 7th in Westminster Hall in the Palace of Westminster. This link takes you to the BBC News Report on the day. (Adam appears at 00.42 and 01.36)

Legacy Artwork

This legacy artwork is the brainchild of Mary Branson. Mary was commissioned, as part of her residency, by the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art. Her task was to develop a proposal for a site-specific work. The brief was for an artwork to be placed in a permanent location in the Palace of Westminster as part of the Parliamentary Art Collection. Finding a suitable location in such a huge building was challenging. However, Mary kept being drawn back to the entrance to St Stephen’s Hall, where suffragettes petitioning Parliament all those years ago, were barred from entering any further. As part of  her research, Mary discovered that Parliament is full of traditional art and sculpture. However, this mainly features male politicians. Women are hardly represented. So she wanted to redress the balance with a large scale contemporary work honouring the thousands of campaigners who paved the way for universal suffrage. The majority of these were, of course, women. Mary discovered that Charles Barry, in his nineteenth century rebuild of the Palace of Westminster, had originally intended the two alcoves, high above the doorways in Westminster Hall, to house an epic pair of artworks. These were intended to depict “War” and “Peace”, but his budget ran out. So the radiant calm of Mary Branson’s New Dawn turns out to be an ideal alternative for this location as it is sited exactly where Barrie had intended “Peace” to be celebrated.

New Dawn is a dynamic glass, metal, and light sculpture and marks 150 years since the philosopher John Stuart Mill presented to Parliament a petition calling for votes for women. This became a turning point for the women’s suffrage movement.

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Adam Aaronson’s involvement.

Mary Branson first approached Adam Aaronson in June 2014 when the concept was in its nascent stages and they have been working closely together on the project for almost two years. Mary’s inspiration came from the ends of the scrolls in the Original Act Room in the Victoria Tower in the Palace of Westminster. This is where all the legislation and petitions to parliament in our history are housed. Written on these vellum scrolls is the legislation that brought women the vote as well as the petitions of all the campaigners.

When Mary showed Adam her photographs of the scrolls, he too was similarly inspired and instantly on the same wavelength. So it fell to him to devise a way to reflect the imagery of the scrolls in glass. He achieved this by working with Mary to adapt the carefully honed techniques he is known for, to create the 168 glass scrolls used in New Dawn.

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Making the Glasswork

This link takes you to Making the Glasswork , one of three outstanding films that the Parliamentary Curator’s Office commissioned about New Dawn from WakeWood

Over a period of eighteen months, Adam and his team, painstakingly created the glass scrolls for New Dawn. The parameters they had to work to were exacting. More than 350 scrolls were produced to achieve the final result. Many of these had to be destroyed but a limited number of the glass scrolls that didn’t quite make the grade are now available to purchase from the Houses of Parliament Shop.

The hand-blown glass scrolls are of varying sizes and each of these 168 unique glass discs was hand-blown and carefully ‘spun’ to open them out flat. To produce the scroll effect, Adam applied powdered glass colours and silver leaf to the molten glass at specific points in the process. The colours of the glass scrolls were carefully chosen to reflect the coloured banners of the many organisations who spoke up in favour of women’s suffrage. These include the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies, the Women’s Social and Political Union, the Women’s Freedom League and the Men’s League for Women’s Suffrage.

Dynamic Lighting

To enable Mary Branson to make her vision of New Dawn into a reality, she also enlisted the help of a number of other leading craftsmen.  Ian and Colin Musson, a father and son team, produced the supporting metal work. Mary designed this in the shape of a portcullis. Chris Wilson of WLX Productions produced the lighting programme, which runs on a twelve hour cycle. New Dawn is unusual in that it is a dynamic artwork. Mary spent weeks devising the programme that changes the sculpture over a twelve-hour cycle that is governed by the ebb and flow of the tides of the River Thames. The historical significance of this is that the suffragette movement regarded itself as being on the rising tide of change, and the clock would not be turned back. The journey was still to be a long and tortuous one, but there was no going back and eventually women gained the vote.

Further information

You can find out more about New Dawn and the rich historical references that imbue it with an extra dimension, by downloading the brochure here

http://www.parliament.uk/about/art-in-parliament/online-exhibitions/elections-and-voting/new-dawn/

Mary and Adam have also designed a series of limited edition commemorative, New Dawn Scroll Bowls which can be purchased from the Houses of Parliament shop.

Measuring 6 metres by 4 metres, New Dawn is the largest publicly commissioned glass sculpture of its kind in the UK, to the best of our knowledge.

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This link takes you to Mary Branson’s website. If you scroll down to the picture of Mary and the image opposite shows the dynamic nature of the work, which is linked to the tides of the River Thames.

Thanks to Emma Brown for the images of New Dawn shown here.

Surrey Artists Open Studios – Hot Glass Taster Sessions

Hot Glass Taster Sessions at Adam Aaronson Glass Studio during Surrey Artists Open Studios 2016:

Make a paperweight, bird, heart, or other solid glass object, or blow a Christmas Bauble

Make a paperweight

Adam Aaronson Glass Studio

Regular morning and afternoon sessions; £40 per person (1.5 hours)

Phone  01483 375035 early to book. Up to 10 people per session. Or email adam@adamaaronson.com

These hot glass taster courses are dynamic, hands-on workshops in which each participant makes their own coloured glass paperweight, bird, heart or other solid object from a choice of styles. These short courses are only run during Surrey Artists Open Studios and are not available at other times of the year, except to groups (see http://adamaaronson.com/glassblowing-courses-group-bookings/ )

The session starts with a safety briefing and then a demonstration from Adam, showing the process that each person will use, with assistance from Adam and his assistant, Nikki, to make their paperweight or other item.

Next, each person chooses their colours and style and works with Adam and Nikki to create their unique piece. Paperweights and other items have to be annealed overnight and are generally ready for collection 48 hours after the course. The cost per person, per piece, is at the special SAOS rate of £40 including VAT.

These glassblowing courses are great fun for all ages and though mainly attended by adults, are also open to children aged from 11 years old. A parent, or other responsible adult must accompany children. Please advise when booking if participants will be under 18. No experience is necessary as we adapt to the individual’s ability, giving more or less assistance as required. Booking your experience ahead of your visit is recommended to avoid disappointment as spaces get booked up quickly.

Hot Glass Taster Sessions at Adam Aaronson Glass Studio dates and times:

Still a few places available on most dates.

Saturday June 4 and Sunday June 5

9.45am to 11.15 and 11.45 to 1.15pm

Thursday June 9

1.45pm to 3.15pm and 3.45pm to 5.15pm

Friday June 10, Saturday June 11 and Sunday June 12

 9.45am to 11.15 and 11.45 to 1.15pm

Thursday June 16

1.45pm to 3.15pm and 3.45pm to 5.15pm

Friday June 17, Saturday June 18 and Sunday June 19

9.45am to 11.15 and 11.45 to 1.15pm

Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden

Adam Aaronson has recently been working on several new sculptures for the annual Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden exhibiton  at Birtley House in Bramley. The exhibition opens on Saturday 30th April and is open to the public from 11am – 5pm until 5th June.

“I’m particularly pleased with my new totems” said Adam. “I first made totems around 1991/2 but these were much smaller, standing around 50cm high. It’s taken a while to come back to the ideas and scale them up, but I’ve been meaning to do this for some time and the Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden at Birtley has given me the opportunity to do so”.

The Totems stand approximately 2 metres tall and are composed of colourful multiple blown glass elements supported by a stainless steel core.

Totem i at Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden Totem II at Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden

Adam is also exhibiting two new “Cubes” and a “Tower”. These substantial works are formed using a process of casting hot glass from the furnace onto a steel table. They are supported on stainless steel bases.

Tower at Surrey Hills Sculpture GardenCube I at Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden

In addition, the exhibition features three of Adam’s “Bud” sculptures. These are blown glass elements supported by stainless steel posts.

Buds at Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden

The Birtley exhibition features a wide range of work from some outstanding sculptors and is definitely worth a visit, and is is open daily from 11am – 5pm. There are around 170 sculptures in total and these are set in the stunning formal gardens. This is an ideal opportunity to enjoy the extensive grounds at Birtley too.

This is the fourth consecutive year that Adam Aaronson has exhibited in the Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden.