Glass Blowing for beginners with Jon Lewis
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About the Course
Jon Lewis offers glass blowing tuition for beginners. In the fully equipped glass hot-shop the students will learn all about the ancient and magical craft of glass making. all of the glass which the students make can be taken home when cooled overnight. they can be collected or posted.
The environment of glassmaking, the heat, the furnaces and the manipulation of molten hot glass combine to give an intense and exciting experience. You will learn to work with glass in its molten liquid state by using traditional techniques and tools.
The glass is melted in a crucible in the glass furnace at about 1050 degrees Celsius. At this temperature the glass is liquid. The glass is "gathered", wound onto the blowing iron like honey. The blowing iron must be turned continuously or the glass will drip onto the floor.
Glass blowing is all about turning the iron and shaping the glass by using gravity, heat and of course your breathe to inflate. There are also traditional tools to shape the glass.
Glassmaking in this form has changed very little in technique in the last thousand years.
The lesson will start with a brief description of the workshop, equipment, tools and safety considerations.
We will start by making small marbles. This is to help you get used to the tools, turning the blowing iron and experiencing hot glass at your fingertips. Through the lesson you will move on from making your first marbles to quickly progressing to blowing your first bubble with an added loop to make a bauble. By the end of the lesson you will have made a finished vessel.
Everything you make will be put into an annealing kiln which will slowly cool all the glasswork overnight. Once cooled you will be able to keep all the glass pieces you have made.
You should wear sensible work clothing, jeans are good, leather shoes or trainers.
It will get hot in the workshop!
Numbers of students: 3 per session.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
Each single session is 6 hours long with a lunch included (pizza cooked in the kiln)
Really good, genuinely hands-on taster for this ancient craft. You quickly get going with the simpler pieces, and the things you make are really your own work. I made some marble/pebble/paperweights a military grade bauble and a tall and thoroughly usable G&T glass.
Jon is a great source of information about the craft, with impressive experience and portfolio.
And lunch cooked in the kiln. All in a real working studio, next to a river.
Nick - - #14326
Such a great experience! Jon is a really knowledgeable and patient teacher. The workshop is in a very picturesque location in an old mill on the side of a canal. On the day we went even though we had minus figures and snow outside we were sweating inside. To work with glass is very demanding but also very rewarding and Jon was helped us to be very productive. In 6 hours we managed to make so many interesting glass sculptures we were shocked (cups, bottles, marbles, paperweights) and also were able to keep them all. Would highly recommend this course to anyone with an interest in exploring a new material. In fact we’re probably going to go back to try to expand our skills further. Well worth the money and a hearty lunch is also included!
Joseph Evans - - #14268
Me and my friend had the pleasure of experiencing this course yesterday. Jon is a very good and patient teacher providing a very comfortable setting and atmosphere. So good that we ended up talking quite a bit but he went above and beyond to make up the time, we even got to do more than what was advertised. We are now considering doing the sand casting course and even going back for another session.
Priya Shah - - #13219
Was given this day course by my wife as a birthday present and was the best present I have ever received. Jon is an outstanding teacher; calm, immensely patient and his passion for glass, working glass and its enchanted properties is infectious. Jon makes you feel safe in the workshop and makes the process of working with glass come to life. Jon, his immense skill and his craft borders on the fantastical and all day it felt to me as if I had stepped into the pages of a storybook. I left not only with my confidence renewed, but also with the wonderful pieces of glass I worked with. Thank you so much, Jon.
Gideon van Niekerk - - #13016
I would recommend this course for anyone who wants to try something different or for anyone looking for a great present for someone else. Only 3 on the course so lots of time for each of us to have a go and we learnt from watching each other. Jon is extremely patient and keeps the atmosphere down to earth and relaxed even though the glass blowing itself is an intense and totally absorbing experience. The finished objects are beautiful and unique.
Stephanie bancroft - - #12656
This was a really fantastic course!
Jon is a really excellent teacher, inspiring and encouraging us to experience every part of the art of glassblowing, from the initial gather to intricately shaping and decorating our glass. With his help we were able to make some lovely marbles, a paperweight, baubles and a vessel. He even stepped in lightning-speed and saved my vessel when I was about to lose it to the floor! Jon really makes you consider and appreciate the process, and made sure we put a lot of thought and time into every piece we made. Resultantly, everything we made felt incredibly personal, and has given us a great insight into the medium of glass and inspiration to find out and try more!
Overall - a really helpful, patient and down to earth teacher with loads of experience to share and guide you through this great course. Couldn't recommend more :)
Mike B - - #12493
Just come back from a days glass blowing with Jon, and I had a fabulous day. Jon is patient, supportive and inspirating. He gave us the guidance needed to take complete beginners through the basics to enable us to make baubles and drinking glasses.
I enjoyed it that much, I didn’t want to leave. He has inspired me to explore about glass blowing. Thank you.
Tracy Brown - - #12322
My husband and I booked a short glass blowing course for the purpose of making our own Christmas baubles.
Jon is an excellent teacher, he talked us through the procedure and explained the reasoning behind the process before we started. Jon was also happy for us to take photos during the class. Neither of us had blown glass before or had any experience in arts/crafts and Jon was very patient with us providing assistance when we needed it.
With Jon's assistance and guidance we made 2 baubles each with a variety of colours. It was amazing to see glass in liquid form and to learn how to add colours and shape it.
We shall certainly want to return, we had a great time and would definitely recommend the class.
C & P - - #12071
An excellent day of glass blowing with Jon.
We got an insight into the profession through looking at some of Jon's work and making marbles, baubles and a vase each.
The course was very thorough and fun, with a supportive teacher to guide us through.
Everyone at the Mill was friendly and welcoming and I would definitely recommend this to anyone interested, especially as the course is suitable for all skill levels!
Alison Quinn - - #10615
Amazing experience for my two boys in their twenties and me their mum. Jon was inspiring, calm and encouraging and we got to make marbles, baubles and a glass each.
A very hands on few hours but with Jon's gentle support guiding us each step of the way. We loved it.
The peaceful location next to the river was a bonus as we walked along and saw pigs next to the swans.
We all want to come but this time with my daughter too.
Debbie Bent - - #10236
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Course Start DatesSaturday 11th August 2018
Sunday 12th August 2018
Monday 13th August 2018
Tuesday 14th August 2018
- Accessible by public transport
- Teen friendly
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