Make a Glass Paperweight

Make your own glass paperweight, bird or abstract form.

We’ve been organising these “make your own paperweight” 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 again and again, either to make more for themselves or to make a special piece as a present for a family member or friend.

Each place costs £50 per person and payment is required with booking. Please note that as with all hot glass items, we need to anneal your tumbler overnight, and then it will need grinding and polishing, which is included in the price but takes time. So they will usually be available for collection a week later. Arrangements can be made to send your paperweight (s) to you. There is a charge of £15 for this, which you can pay at the studio after you have made your masterpiece!

This is an exciting, hands-on workshop. You will make your own solid glass paperweight, bird or abstract form to keep and treasure or give as a gift.

Of course, if you want to make more than one paperweight, 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 could arrange a special session for you.

The cost of the tumbler is included in the course price.

The course is open to adults and children aged 9 and over. Children aged between 9 and 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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.

Christmas bauble courses run in November and December. Use the button on this page to check available course dates and make your online booking.

We also run regular half day beginners courses on most weekends throughout the year. Click here for details

We also run shorter glassblowing taster courses on Fridays and some Saturday mornings. Click here for details

Our bauble course is great fun and introduces beginners to the wonders of hot glass. No experience is necessary as you will be guided every step of the way. Bauble courses cost £40 per person (including VAT).

The course is aimed at adults  and children over the age of 9 years. Children aged between 9 and 18 must be accompanied by an adult. There is no upper age limit. So far the oldest person on one of our courses has been a 92 year old!

The bauble course is usually limited to twelve participants per session,  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 blowing the glass,
– Working with glass colours,
– Creating a Christmas decoration.

You will be able to choose your  colours and by the end of the session you will have made a lovely Christmas bauble, which will be yours to keep and treasure!

Each class is approximately 90 mins long. See our online calendar for available dates and times

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 bauble, or we can pack and post it to you for £10 P&P

If collecting, your work will usually be available for collection the day after your course, but please check on the day with one of our assistants to arrange collection.

Terms and Conditions

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.

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.

Cancellations: For cancellations made four weeks or more in advance of the course date, we offer a 70% refund or one free date change. For cancellations made between two and four weeks in advance of the date, we offer a 50% refund or one date change with a £20 administration fee. If we receive less than two weeks’ notice, we are unable to offer a refund or date change. If a date change has been requested and confirmed, we cannot offer any further refunds or date changes on a subsequent cancellation for the same booking.

Coursework/materials: Courses are inclusive of all basic materials and safety equipment. All items produced on the course by students are theirs to keep. See delivery section below.

Delivery of coursework: Owing to the annealing processes involved with hot glassmaking, coursework cannot be taken home at the end of the day. Baubles are usually available to be collected 24 hours after the course has taken place. Alternatively, we can package and ship your bauble to a UK mainland address for a fee of £10.We can also quote for shipping overseas if required.

Class Size: Bauble Class sizes are usually a maximum of twelve people, but sometimes there may be more participants.

Safety Briefing: All courses begin with a detailed safety briefing and all students are asked to sign a form confirming they have listened to, and understood, the briefing.

Postponement: Adam Aaronson Glass Studio reserves the right to postpone, or cancel the date of courses should it become necessary and for whatever reason. Students will be notified as soon as possible and alternative dates will be arranged or a full refund given.

Course Admission: 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 the course. We also reserve the right to terminate a course, or exclude an individual, for any improper or unacceptable behaviour. Should this be the case, no fees will be refunded.

Photography: 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.

Send us a message, call 01483 375035 or email for further information.

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