Christmas Bauble Taster Sessions

Christmas Bauble Taster Sessions 2018

We’re already taking bookings for our popular Christmas Bauble Taster Sessions 2018. 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! Last year around 400 people joined us to blow a bauble each and so far this year more than 300 people booked in already!

Each place costs £40 per person and payment is required with booking. Please note that as with all hot glass items, we need to anneal your baubles overnight. So they will usually be available for collection the following day. Arrangements can be made to send your bauble (s) to you. There is a charge of £10 for up to 12 baubles.

NB: As many of the published dates are now full up (see below), we have been adding extra sessions, so keep checking back here. Bear in mind that available dates are not updated in real time as we have to make glass in between taking bookings and website updating!!

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 2018 on the following dates:

November

“Dear Adam and team.Thank you for a wonderful workshop on Saturday we had a great time. Our youngest wants to come back next year to carry on bauble making!!” – family of four.

“Just wanted to say thank you to you and your team. My work friends and I had a really enjoyable time and will be recommending it to my other friends”

December

Friday December 14: 2.30pm (almost full) 4.15pm (NEW)

Saturday December 15: 9.30 am (Full) and 11.30 am (Full) 5.30pm (NEW)

Sunday December 16: 2.15 pm (Full) and 4.15 pm (Full)

Wednesday December 19th 2.15 pm (NEW) and 4.15 pm (NEW)

Thursday December 20 2.15 pm (Almost full) and 4.15 pm (NEW)

Friday December 21st 9.30 am (NEW) 11.30am (NEW) 2.15 pm (NEW) and 4.15 pm (NEW)

 

Because we require payment with booking, please call Adam to book your place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment – 01483 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.

In 2016 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.

 

 

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.

The Shape of Colour 1

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

Guildford Heritage Hot Glass Taster Sessions

Guildford Heritage Hot Glass Taster Sessions

Click here for our 2018 Taster Courses

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

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.”

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.