Take part in a fascinating glass making workshop in Buckinghamshire! These half and full day introductory courses offer a compelling eye-opener to the role of glassmakers and gives you a rare insight into the different methods used to create glass artefacts. Classes take place in a spacious glass making studio in Aylesbury and are hosted by a team of highly-skilled glass makers including Derek Bransfield a professional glassmaker who designs and creates beautiful contemporary works of art.
You’ll be using traditional vessel production techniques passed down from the Roman times at this glass studio near Aylesbury. You’ll learn that the main ingredients used in glass making are sand or silica sodium carbonate and lime or calcium oxide (different chemicals create different colours). For example iron oxide is used for creating the green in beer bottles whilst a very small amount of cobalt results in a wonderful shade of blue.
There’s so much to learn and with a maximum of eight participants on the course lots of individual attention and help is assured. After your welcome and safety briefing you will be shown around the workspace and will be expertly guided through the basic techniques and methods of handling and manipulating hot glass and what all the tools and equipment are used for. The furnace you will practise the techniques on fires at temperatures of around 1100 degrees centigrade.
One of the most exhilarating parts is gathering glass from the crucible as the intense heat and brightness will amaze you. Initially when you collect the molten liquid your paperweight will resemble a colourless blob but not for long…our favourite part is adding individual designs and colours with crushed coloured glass. Using a variety of methods you will be able to form bubbles and swirls and apply shaping to produce your bespoke paperweight.
Those on the full day course will continue their fascinating journey into the art of glass with a glass blowing workshop in the afternoon. As you learn this different way of manipulating molten glass you’ll be creating your very own unique piece of blown glass usually a small vase.
We think these glass making and blowing courses in Buckinghamshire are enjoyably expressive and artistic. And what’s more you will get to make your very own glass art to be proud of as you made it all by yourself using everything from furnaces and forming rods to rollers and moulding points.