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

Learn how to shape and blow molten glass in Tasmania for two people



4 hours Class size 1 to 2

label $385 (or 4 payments of $96.25 Afterpay)

Ever wondered what it would be like to shape and blow molten glass? Well, here's your chance! This half-day 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 a paperweight and a simple drinking vessel.

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 an awesome glass caterpillar and coloured paperweight.

After having got a handle on gathering and basic 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 bubble into a small tumbler or whisky glass.

Once again you'll be able to add colour to your pieces and, while your 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.

In this slightly longer two-person version of the workshop, you'll take it in turns with your partner to make your pieces one-on-one with the instructor.
When it's not your turn you'll have the benefit of learning by watching someone else and be involved by practically assisting each other which is an important part of the teamwork of glassmaking.

You'll make three glass pieces each, including a caterpillar, paperweight and a blown drinking glass.

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 two people is also available for just one person which allows a second paperweight and blown drinking vessel to be made for a total of five pieces. This is a great option for those who wish to have a second go at things and consolidate their new skills through repetition, perhaps exploring other colours or shapes.

This workshop is also available in a full-day version for two people, on request, which then allows each participant to repeat two items for a total of five pieces each (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.

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

Location

Poatina Glass Studio - Gordon Street, Poatina TAS

Your teacher
Poatina Arts
Poatina Arts

5.0 (4)

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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Theia Connell May 2022


We had an amazing time at the beginners glass blowing workshop in Poatina. Keith was a brilliant teacher - personable, patient and generous with his time. A true master!

The venue was in a huge old hanger style building, located just outside of Poatina - a relic of Tassie’s hydro electric heyday. Fully equipped studio space and all of the materials were provided for. We made some fun objects to take home - including a colourful drinking vessel and paper weight.

Great value for money and an all round super cool thing to do - whether you're a Tassie local or visiting from abroad. Honestly, I couldn't be happier with our experience! Ten out of ten.

Beginner's Glassblowing Class for Two: Private Half-Day review by Theia Connell

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