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Imagine how amazing it would be to try your hand at this extraordinary art form!
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s really like to be on the right end of a blowpipe or wanted to have a go at making the gorgeous glassware you see in shops, our classes provides the expert guidance in a safe environment that you can rely on.
Learn how to use the handmade steel tools and experiment with form and colour to make your own glass piece. The vast range of colours you can achieve and the freedom for design means your imagination can run wild – it becomes addictive!
This is a truly unique experience where you will leave with a new understanding of this craft as well as a set of skills that few other people possess after leaving our Glass Blowing Event.
The Language of Glass-Making and Other Fun Facts
- Experienced glassblowers are called “gaffers,” workshops are called “hot shops,” silica is melted in “crucibles” and shaped on a “maver” and molten glass is reheated in a furnace called a “glory hole”!
- Nature was the original glassblower. Lightning strikes on beaches produced thin glass rods called fulgurites, and over the centuries volcanic eruptions have fused sand and rocks into obsidian.
- Glass in 100% recyclable – over and over again!
- Glass is melted at 1060 degrees Celsius in our furnace, however the hottest piece of equipment in the workshop is our heating chamber, the ‘glory hole’ at 1260 degree Celsius.
- At Blowfish the furnace runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year! If we let it cool we’d have a giant block of solid glass.
- Colour that is added to the glass is made from an oxidant, like cobalt for blue, magnesium for green and even gold to make red.