Introduction to Solid and Hollow Borosilicate Lampworking
This brand new two-day course offers complete beginners the opportunity to get up close and personal with glass in the flame and experiment with borosilicate glass – a hard, durable glass suitable for making many types of solid, hollow and blown glassware.
Over the course of the weekend produce a range of experimental pieces as you begin to develop your core skills and understand the safety precautions necessary to work in this type of studio. You will progress to three key projects using mainly clear glass.
On day one the focus will be solid forms, with a project to produce a solid glass sculpture such as a fish, face or sculpture of your own design.
Day two will focus on hollow working, where you will learn how to blow your own hollow vessel, such as a perfume bottle, miniature vase or shot glass. Your tutor describes this day as one for ‘listening, learning and being very careful’.
This course will be taught by Charlie Donegan, a lampworker and glass blower who has just returned from a two-year glass-working expedition in Canada. We are very lucky to have him with us to share his skills.
Glass in photo made by course tutor Charlie Donegan.
Classes are restricted to a minimum of six students to ensure individual attention.
Please note: The safety glasses worn for this course do not sit comfortably on top of other glasses - please wear contact lenses if possible.
What do I need to bring?
Nothing but yourself and a sturdy pair of closed-toed shoes. All of your glass, materials and tools are provided.
We will provide a delicious cold lunch from Pret a Manger as well as light refreshments throughout the course. Please let us know in advance if you have any special dietary requirements. We will do our best to cater to everyone but this cannot always be guaranteed.
We will try to make our courses accessible to all however if you have any disabilities or physical limitations of any kind we ask that you discuss it with us before booking.
For cancellations made 4 weeks in advance we offer a full refund or one free date change. For cancellations made 3 weeks in advance we offer a 75% refund or one free date change. For cancellations made 2 weeks in advance we can only offer a 50% refund. If we receive less than 2 weeks’ notice we are unable to offer a refund or date change on course places. If a date change has been requested we cannot offer a refund on a subsequent cancellation.