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Glass blowing - New Brewery Arts Cotswolds Gloucestershire

Glass blowing - New Brewery Arts Cotswolds Gloucestershire

Duration: Half Day

Price: £140

Book with: Yolande Goodman
at New Brewery Arts

New Brewery Arts
Brewery Court
Cirencester
Gloucestershire
GL7 1JH

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About the Course

This workshop offers one to one personal tutelage, in a small group, with Colin Hawkins of Loco Glass, one of New Brewery Arts’ resident makers. During the experience you will learn all about the hotshop where the glass is made, and have a little look around the rest of the studio to get an idea of what it takes to make a piece come to life.
You will start your session by getting comfortable with how the molten glass moves by making a keyring. This item shows you basic colour application and how to manage the glass at high temperatures.

With the keyring mastered you then move on to a paperweight which involves more complicated techniques. You will have to manage and shape the glass in the reheating chamber and then go on to using the tools at the bench, many of which haven’t changed since roman times.

Finally, with these two items successfully achieved you will move on to a blown item of your choice. This final item will incorporate all the skills learnt making the previous pieces plus, potentially, slightly more complicated colour application, manipulation of the material and of course, blowing the glass! A glassblowing workshop at Loco Glass will provide you with a wonderful memory and beautiful physical reminders of your day spent blowing glass with us.

You can turn any of our courses into a short break by staying in our on site accommodation. When you book a residential package you will get discounted accommodation in our stylish boutique hostel located in the centre of Cirencester in the Cotswolds right next door to New Brewery Arts. Our former 19th Century Cotswold stone brewery barrel store has been beautifully transformed into 21st century accommodation, light and well-appointed with a craftsman’s attention to detail. We offer guest accommodation for up to 43 people over two floors in 14 rooms, with a choice of single, bunk, family and double bedrooms, 12 with en-suite facilities. A ground floor disabled-friendly room is also available. The hostel provides a stylish communal dining and relaxation area, self-catering kitchen, laundry facilities and lockers for your bike. As with all our courses and workshops these are led by experienced tutors and as you will be part of a small group there is plenty of time to focus on you.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

What you will need:
All tools and materials will be provided.

For full day workshop; You will have access to tea, coffee and biscuits in the studio and a £5 voucher to spend in our cafe is included
For half day workshops; You will have access to tea, coffee and biscuits in the studio



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Course Start Dates

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.


  • Accessible by public transport
  • Accommodation offered
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Disabled access
  • Intermediate level
  • Romantic
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Suitable for beginners

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