Beginner's Glassblowing Class for One: Private Half-Day

Learn how to shape and blow molten glass to make some funky glass creations!



3.5 hours Class size 1 on 1

label $550 - $600 (or 4 payments of $138 - $150 Afterpay)
($550 for Concession card holder (must be provided on arrival), $600 for Standard ticket)


Ever wondered what it would be like to shape and blow molten glass? Well, here's your chance! This glass blowing class in Tasmania is perfect for beginners as you learn in a one-on-one purpose-built environment.

During this exciting introductory hands-on workshop, you'll gather molten glass from the furnace on a steel blow-pipe and learn to control and shape the glass using traditional techniques and tools to create solid and blown forms such as paperweights and simple drinking vessels or bowls.

You can bring your own creative flair to the design of your glass by incorporating colours and patterns of your own choice, working on simple yet effective designs with the help of a skilled glassmaker with over 20 years of teaching experience.

Unlike smaller-scale forms of glass blowing which involve working with glass tubes and rods over a gas flame (known as flame-working or lamp-working), this form of glassmaking involves working with the material in its molten form, gathered like honey from a large crucible inside an 1150 degree furnace.

The first part of each class is spent orientating to the studio and its equipment before starting to work with the molten glass to create some awesome coloured paperweights.

After having got a handle on gathering and tooling the glass you’ll soon move on to learning how to blow a bubble into the glass and discover how to form your glass bubbles into small tumblers or other small free-form vessels.

Once again you'll be able to add colour to your pieces and, while your hot glass creations will be a little funky to start with, you'll be amazed at the progress you'll make over the period of the workshop.

You'll be guided each step of the way by an experienced glass artist in a one-on-one capacity, who can also step in to help you with some of the more difficult parts of the process as your skills develop.

All the glass you make will be yours to take home and show off to your friends and family - fascinating mementoes that will no doubt spark off some great story-telling!

This half-day workshop for one person can be expanded to a full-day workshop for two people on request (dependent on availability).

Please note:

  • Deposits/fees will be fully refunded if classes are cancelled by the studio for any reason.
  • All the glass pieces you make will need to cool down in a kiln overnight. These will be available for pick-up the following afternoon, however, postage can be arranged if necessary (at extra cost).
  • A range of discounted overnight accommodation options are available to workshop participants by contacting the Poatina Chalet.
  • Poatina Arts also offer an introductory Paperweight Making Workshop that can be a good alternative starting point for those who wish to have a smaller taste of working with hot glass. Our paperweight workshops are more adaptable to groups and families, including younger age groups.



Knowledge required
Perfect for complete beginners or those looking for a refresher or a chance to practice the basics.
 
What you'll get
  • All necessary materials and tools will be provided including safety glasses.
  • Tea and coffee will be provided.
  • Your own glass creations to take home (these will need to cool down in a kiln overnight).
What to bring
  • Wear enclosed shoes and comfortable non-synthetic clothing. Further details of appropriate clothing to wear and what to bring will be advised upon registration via email.
  • You can bring your lunch with you or purchase a light lunch at the Tiers Tea Lounge in Poatina which is generally open Friday through to Sunday each week.
Suitable for
This is a fun indoor activity, suitable for adults, and kids (minimum 12 years old). An adult must accompany any attending kids. The adult may observe at the class for free. This would also be a unique gift for him or her, gift for mum or dad, or annive

Poatina Arts adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines. They won't run this class if they've had flu symptoms in the last 14 days.

Additional precautions taken: Blowpipes are thoroughly sterilised before each use.

Location

Poatina Glass Studio - Gordon Street, Poatina TAS

Your teacher
Poatina Arts
Poatina Arts

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Poatina Arts is an artist collective in the beautiful village of Poatina, Tasmania. We run workshops, a yearly arts summer school, an artist in residence program and The Poatina Tree art gallery. Our goal is to help you come alive through community and creativity.

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Mary Wood Aug 2021


Keith had a calm demeanour which was very helpful when the pressure was on! He was able to adjust his supports to accommodate us. The three items we made were an excellent progression in skill learning, so nothing ever felt "too hard" and we each have three beautiful creations to show for our afternoon!
It was well paced and very enjoyable!

Beginner's Glassblowing Class for One: Private Half-Day review by Mary Wood Sydney

Kyra Wood Aug 2021


This was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Keith was an excellent teacher; friendly, calm, professional, and a great mix of hands on and hands off support throughout the class. The venue, equipment and materials were all neatly laid out and the lesson was organised and proceeded without incident (which is a plus when handling molten glass!) I’d highly recommend this class to anyone… I walked in with burning curiosity and walked away with an even deeper curiosity and appreciation for the skill, dedication and artistry of glass blowing… as well as a beautiful new whisky glass, a colourful paperweight and somewhat wonky caterpillar all made by me… what a joy! Thanks Keith.

Beginner's Glassblowing Class for One: Private Half-Day review by Kyra Wood

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