About the Course
One day glass blowing workshop in the South-West.
Learn to blow your own glass. Spend the day in a fully working glass studio learning basic glassblowing techniques. Prior to your day, the glass will have been in the furnace for 24hrs so it is ready for you to use as soon as you come into the studio.
This is a highly practical course, after an introduction to the equipment, studio and a health and safety briefing you will get straight to work. Emsie will teach you how to gather the glass from the furnace, how to blow it, form shapes, apply colour, reheat, decorate and anneal.
Just as professional glassblowers work, you will work in pairs taking it in turns to blow and assist. There is just one pair of students per tutor so there will be plenty of one-to-one tuition during the day. There is a maximum of just two places per course.
You are free to be as creative as you like working at your own pace, however, you will find this is a very skilled craft. Despite this everyone leaves after making a variety of handblown items from glasses to paperweights, with the satisfaction of being able to drink from a glass that they have made themselves (even if they're wonky)!
The pieces you create will need to spend 24 hours in the annealing oven and can be collected later. You can arrange this with Emsie during your course. You can expect to make between 5 and 10 pieces during the day.
Emsie has been a glassblower for over 14 years and trained in Venice. As well as a tutor for DCRS, Emsie displays at galleries and creates commissioned pieces from her studio.
As a professional working full-time within her field, she frees up course dates for us when her schedule allows. Emsie will be scheduling further courses. Glassblowing courses can only take place during the winter months, as the studio is far too hot for the rest of the year. Please contact DCRS to request a place on a course or to go on our mailing list so we can let you know when new dates are released.
Dorset Centre for Rural Skills (DCRS) was established in 2003 as a not-for-profit, training enterprise with the aim of 'keeping rural skills alive'. It achieved the Social Enterprise Mark in 2009 and was one of the first organisations in Dorset to do so.
DCRS has a strong environmental ethos and runs a range of practical craft, building and rural skills courses. To learn new and useful practical skills for life, have a go, or experience a fun day out exploring the real working world of rural craftsmen - book a course with us. All our tutors are professionals working within their fields winning top commissions and accolades and exhibiting at the highest level.
We limit the number of places on all our courses to ensure the best quality learning experience.
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?
Glassblowing day cost is £200 per place including all materials used. Only 2 students per course, you will make 5 - 10 objects. Please note this is a very physical course, from 10am to 4pm.
The course will take place at Emsie's workshop in Child Okeford.
What a fabulous course!
Emsie is a great teacher, patience, welcoming, knowledgeable.
The location was also great, rural, with a very lovely cafe.
I came away with several pieces and would definitely go back and do it again.
Molly - - #13043
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.
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