Make your own Glass Paperweight Course
The course is open to adults and children aged 9 and over. Children aged between 9 and 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
At Adam Aaronson’s glassmaking studio in West Horsley, Surrey, our Make your own Glass Paperweight Course is an exciting and intensive experience. We’ve planned it to introduce beginners to the wonders of hot glass. You don’t need to have any experience as you will be guided every step of the way. Courses generally take place on Thursday or Friday mornings a couple of times a month and sometimes on weekends. Usually we publish the dates on the calendar below well in advance. If there is a particular Friday date not yet shown in, please feel free to contact us to see whether it is likely to be available. There are also sometimes other taster courses on Friday afternoons and from time to time at weekends.
If you would prefer to purchase a voucher and book your date later see here
We also have regular Christmas Bauble Courses from November to December where you can blow your own Christmas baubles. See here
Choice of pieces to make
You can choose on the day which piece to make. You can make a paperweight or bird or an abstract form.
Our Make your own glass Paperweight Course lasts around 90 minutes and generally caters for up to 10 people. 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, Gemma, Sam or Kate.
Next, choose your colours and style and work in turn on an individual basis with Adam and his assistant to create your unique piece.
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.
You will probably take lots of photographs, during our glassblowing short taster course. So don’t forget to charge up your camera or your phone! Do post them on instagram with the hashtag #adamaaronsonglass. Here is a link to our instagram page
Your glass creation 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 usually costs £15 including packing and packaging materials. On occasions if your piece is larger or particularly fragile, the delivery cost may be more.
If you would like to make more than one item, just book two or more spaces.
Our Short Taster Courses are suitable for children aged 9 and older, accompanied by an adult.
You can now book online below using our course calendar. If you have any questions please call us on 01483 375035 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also have longer, more intensive, beginners’ glassblowing courses almost every weekend – see here.
If you have a short taster course voucher you can use this towards a half day course and pay the balance if you prefer. You can also use a bauble course voucher towards the taste course and pay the balance.
Adam Aaronson Glass Studio reserves the right to postpone, or cancel the date of courses should it become necessary and for whatever reason. In such cases, we will notify students as soon as possible and we will arrange alternative dates or give a full refund.
Adam Aaronson Glass Studio reserves the right to refuse to admit any person who in our opinion is not in a condition to safely undertake our glassblowing short taster course. We also reserve the right to terminate a course, or exclude an individual, for any improper or unacceptable behaviour. If this is necessary, no fees will be refunded.
We reserve the right to use on our website, or for publicity purposes, any photographs we might take during a course, including those of course participants. Students may take photographs during the course where safety permits.
Enrolment: Places on a course are only secured on receipt of full payment, with booking via our online calendar.
Confirmation: You will receive an email confirmation of your online booking. Pre-course/event information will usually be sent by email in advance including information on anything that you may need to bring. If you think you haven’t received an email, please check your junk mail folder.
Clothing: Please wear clothing suitable for a workshop environment. Light clothing in natural fibres is best (no floaty tops or dangling belts that could be caught on equipment) and enclosed shoes, such as trainers (no sandals or flip flops). Long sleeves are preferable. Please remove jewellery and tie back long hair.
If you cancel a glassblowing short taster course four weeks or more in advance of the course date, we offer a 70% refund or one free date change. We offer a 50% refund, or one date change with a £15 administration fee if you cancel between two and four weeks in advance of the date. If we receive less than two weeks’ notice, we are unable to offer a refund or date change. Once you have requested a date change and we have confirmed it, we cannot offer any further refunds or date changes on a subsequent cancellation for the same booking.