This was my first experience of sand casting with glass. It’s an amazing experience for anyone. Eva is friendly, relaxed and strikes a good balance of being supportive and encourages you to experiment . The studio has pieces Eva has created which is really helpful and gives you ideas of what you like and ideas of what’s possible. Jon poured the glass, so don’t worry you are perfectly safe. The are a great team and it was lovely to meet them. The best bit is walking away with 3 amazing pieces of glass that you didn’t know you had the ability to make. You will want to go again .
We made some great, chunky pieces with Jon! A total surprise as we're complete beginners to glass blowing, and came home with some really nice thick glasses, vases and baubles. The location at Parndon Mill's really pretty, and Jon's a great teacher - as evidenced by us muppets coming home with some nice things! Highly recommended day out.
My partner and I attended this course last weekend, as this type of glass making had been recommended. It was an incredible experience from start to finish.
The day had been set out so the first order of the day was getting use to the tools and techniques. We then went on to make three items - which given we were absolute novices - we were ecstatic with.
It was an incredible expierence/feeling knowing we were creating our items using such an incredible traditional craft, and being taught by such a fantastic teacher. Jon is an incredible glass artist and it was a privilege to be able to do this course in his studio and see some of the works of art, he has created.
If you do any craft courses in 2020, let it be glass blowing with Jon Lewis.
A fabulous experience which I highly recommend. Jon was incredibly patient and helpful with us and made the course interesting and fun. You have the added bonus of coming away with your artistic creations, what more can you ask for.
Jon was a tremendous and attentive coach in the entry level world of glassblowing. This was an immense experience that I will remember forever. I already have a long list of friends wanting to take part, so no surprise his gentle demeanor and tutoring style has created such demand for his lessons!
We had a fantastic day learning to blow glassblowing with Jon, who is both a great teacher and an amazing artist.
Jon was encouraging, calm and patient, and we managed to make baubles, paperweights and vases / glasses in our session which are beautiful take home souvenirs!
Lunch was a great kiln fired pizza too :)
Would recommend Jon and the day to anyone fancying something a bit different and all just 30 mins from London :) thanks Jon!
What an absolutely fantastic day from start to finish. Jon Lewis is not only a genuinely lovely guy, but is also a very gifted teacher. Cool, calm and collected the whole time, Jon guides you effortlessly through the processes needed to create marbles, colourful paperweights, festive baubles and vases. He is most definitely the reason we were able to take home work we were actually proud of.
The day was challenging, exciting, surprisingly adrenalin-fuelled and really, really fun!
This glassblowing day was a gift from my fiancé and what a wonderful gift it was! I have yet to stop smiling. Honestly one of the best days I’ve had in ages, and certainly the best arts and crafts course I’ve ever taken. Thank-you so much Jon!
A great experience made even better by the host and tutor Jon Lewis.
Having been on a variety of craft courses this one was far and above the best experience. Not only was it outside the normal craft experience it required a good deal of skill. However, this was made a very accessible experience by Jon’s great tutoring.
Jon would explain the process, then follow this with an example of the process. A guided glass blowing process would then take place, followed by your own experience. Jon was on hand to correct and rescue your example if needed.
We were right to choose this course over other courses available. We began by producing basic marbles and this was followed by paper weights, baubles, and a drinking glass. We also made our own coloured glass and used this to colour some of our examples.
Finally to mention the food. Jon put on an excellent spread enjoyed by all.
P.S. Be ready for a very hot but very enjoyable learning experience. I would most certainly recommend.
What a fabulous experience this was. Jon was just excellent, a great teacher and fun guy to learn from. Loved every minute of it, would highly recommend this to anyone who is practically minded and interested in learning new skills. A credit to Jon's teaching, we made lots of lovely items to bring home and keep. Many thanks!!
I got this as a surprise for my father and he loved it. It was a great experience and would highly recommend it if you are looking for something fun and creative. Jon was great at teaching us the basics of glass blowing and to make our beautiful glass pieces! I will definitely consider this class again next time my family comes over to visit.
This was a fantastic day and great choice of present for my partner. Jon was an excellent teacher; patient, clear and put us at ease. I was a bit nervous before going but Jon explained the process in a way which made us feel confident in what we were doing. We got to do so much ourselves and it was really amazing to make the products we did. The mill was also a beautiful location a d super easy from London. If you're thinking about glass blowing this really is the best course and such fantastic value.
Had a great day of glass blowing with Jon . Was fascinating seeing the whole process, from the liquid glass to adding colour at the alchemist's table! And no need to worry if you make mistakes. Jon will help you fix things and make sure you end up with some great pieces. A lovely location and tasty treats to keep you going help make it an excellent experience.
My husband and I had the pleasure of attending this course. Jon was very patient and a great teacher. We progressed through the day to make some lovely objects. Would definiately come again.
I received a Craft Courses voucher for my birthday with an aim to attend a glass-blowing course. I chose Jon's course partly because of the sheer number of outstanding reviews he has received.
Reading through them again, they're not wrong, having now attended his course. Jon is a friendly, encouraging and relaxed teacher, who demonstrates a keen passion for his art.
The course took two complete novices (at crafts as well as glass-blowing) and enabled us to make a number of very special items, working with the glass right from the beginning.
The setting is very nice, and the pizza lunch was a very nice tough. If you are looking to try glass-blowing for the first time, I could not recommend this course to you highly enough.
My sister and I had a fantastic day at Parndon Mill with Jon blowing glass. The day was extremely enjoyable and with Jon’s help we made a number of original items including my dream vase! He was tremendously helpful, motivating and encouraging and enabled us to experience all areas and aspects of glass blowing. I would definitely recommend this course to others! Thank you Jon
Jon was very knowledgable and patient.
He helped and taught us a lot about glass blowing, and the course itself it really fun.
Definitely a great birthday present. Money well spent for a good day of glass blowing, tea and Pizza
I just got back from this course, here are my thoughts:
Jon is an extremely patient teacher, as well as a master craftsman, and he showed us how [in a small group setting] and then helped us to make things like christmas tree baubles and a vase. Twenty minutes into the day and you are getting busy with red-hot molten glass - it's a very packed six hours.
The location of the course is stunning - this amazing mill which has been converted into an arts complex, by the canal. Jon makes a good lunch of it too - cooking pizzas in the kiln which is pretty special.
I was given this course as a birthday present - learning to do glassblowing is something i've always wanted to try - my advice to anyone reading this is DO IT!
This course is fantastic introduction to hot glass sand casting. Both Jon and Ewa are very good at providing a wonderfully relaxed and creative atmosphere. Within an already beautiful setting. These artists are happy to answer questions, lend a had and inspire wherever needed.
It is a good plan to arrive with a few ideas ready. Then talk to ths artists Jon and Ewa for clever tips and thoughts on how to get your desired results.
The last time I attended this course I was a beginner to sand casting and I thouroughly enjoyed the whole experience. The results of my casts were amazing! Lots of creative fun was had by us all. I am just about to book in again and I cannot wait.
I have attended this exciting and addictive course numerous times and Jon and Ewa provide a wonderful creative atmosphere for all ability levels. I always come away with new ideas to follow up.
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.