Elaine. B
Elaine. B
@elainebray
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If you want to have a go at glassblowing, then Blowfish Glass is the place for you! Run by the lovely and talented Bethany Wood, you will have a fun day and end up with your very own blown-glass pieces.
Vanessa. M
Vanessa. M
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A wonderful day of learning the basics of glass blowing & having something to show for it (a couple of weeks later, as glass needs to be cooled down in a controlled way, so do not expect to walk out with your creations on the day). Very educational, in a relaxed format & we even managed to eat lunch outside in the sun! I may be hooked as I definitely want to do more!
Bev
Bev
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Had such a fab day learning glass making and blowing techniques with Beth. Made a paper weight, a glass and a bauble and can't wait to go back again- thanks Beth!
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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.