All courses are taught at Adam’s spacious and light studio in West Horsley, Surrey. West Horsley is about 10 minutes east of Guildford and less than an hour by car or train from London.
An Introduction to Glassblowing: Half-day course for beginners, run on most Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year. Use the button on this page to check available course dates and make your online booking.
From time to time we also run courses on Fridays and these are now also available to book online.
Our half-day course is an exciting and intensive experience aimed at introducing beginners to the wonders of hot glass. No experience is necessary as you will be guided every step of the way. Half-day introductory courses cost £195 per person (including VAT).
The course is aimed at adults over the age of 18. However, teaching can be arranged for children and young people from 11-18. Please contact Adam for details.
The course is limited to four pupils so that Adam and his assistant Will can give you plenty of individual attention, ensuring impressive results for first timers!
During the course you will be introduced to techniques such as:
– Gathering molten glass from a furnace,
– Shaping and working the glass using a variety of tools,
– Working with glass colours,
– Blowing a glass vessel.
You will be able to choose your shapes and colours and by the end of the lesson, we expect you to have made several pieces, usually including a paperweight, a small sculpture and a blown vessel, which will be yours to keep and treasure!
Each class is three hours long – either on a Saturday or Sunday morning or Saturday or Sunday afternoon. The morning course starts at 9.45am and the afternoon course starts at 1.45pm.
If you would like to come by train, rather than driving, we can arrange to pick you up at the station for the short drive to the studio and drop you off afterwards. Please request this option by email after your online booking is confirmed.
All safety equipment and materials are provided. Please dress appropriately for a workshop environment. We recommend sturdy flat enclosed shoes (trainers are ideal), jeans or long trousers and a long-sleeved T-shirt or shirt. Natural fibres are best for a hot environment. Please tie back long hair and remove jewellery that might get caught on equipment.
As hot glass needs to be annealed overnight to cool down gradually, and then needs to be cold worked to finish, your work will not be available to take away with you on the day!
You can either arrange to return to collect your coursework, or we can pack and post it to you for £15 P&P for one person, or £20 for two people taking a course together.
If collecting, your work will usually be available for collection on or after the Thursday following your weekend course.