Glass Blowing Class for Beginners

Beginners blowing glass classes in Sydney; you'll sculpt glass with flame!



7 hours Class size 1 to 5 label $310 - $550 (or 4 payments of $77.50 - $137.50 via Afterpay)
($310 for One day, $550 for Both days)



Your teacher, Mark Eliott is COVID-19 aware

This means that this teacher won't run a class if they've had flu symptoms in the last 14 days, and will adhere to relevant state restrictions (e.g. on maximum number of students per class)

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I will clean tools, glass and protective eyewear between classes with disinfectant or sanitised wipes while wearing rubber/plastic gloves so as to prevent any potential transmission.

Learn glass blowing and sculpting glass via flame with expert glass Artist Mark Eliott. This is a truly hands-on glass blowing workshop over one full-day that is perfect for beginners, as well as those with some experience.

Our glass blowing sessions on Sunday 6th December, Saturday 12 December and Sunday 13 December will be Level One festive events! Mark will guide in the creation of your very own Christmas tree ornaments to hang on your tree or gift to loved ones.

Working with seasonal colours of glass, this one-day workshop will cover:

  • The basics of glass blowing using an "oxygen-propane" torch
  • Using a variety of glass materials both clear and coloured "borosilicate" glass (you'll learn various types at the workshop!)
  • Techniques such as sculpting, joining, stretching, blowing, encasement and colour mixing
  • Safety talk on using blow torch

When booking, choose a date that suits your skill level:
  • Level one workshop days: Suitable for beginners - you'll be introduced to the basics of glass blowing. Runs on Saturdays (excluding special Xmas class Dec 2020).
  • Level two workshop days: For those who have completed level one, or those with previous flame-work experience. In Level two workshops, you'll build on and further develop your skills. Runs on Sundays (excluding special Xmas class Dec 2020).
  • You can also purchase a "Both Days" ticket type, which grants you discounted entry to consecutive Level one and Level two dates. If you do this, please book into the Saturday (not the Sunday).

You'll use both right and left parts of the brain when you plan how to make your
glass creation, using creativity and improvising on the spot. You will make a variety of glass objects that you can take home for your family and friends to admire. Whether small glass animals, small abstract creations, vessel forms and wearable objects.

During the day there will be a 40-minute break for lunch where you can either BYO
lunch or there are a variety of lovely cafes outside of the studio. There will also be two
x 10 min flexible breaks during the day where tea is provided. It's important to take a
break when working with heat!

Concession tickets: If you are eligible for a concession ticket, please use the code GLASSCONCESSION at the checkout for a discounted rate.

If you're looking to do a shorter two-hour introductory class at a custom time, try our taster class instead.


Knowledge Required
  • Level one is perfect for beginners and useful for intermediates.
  • Level two is for anyone who has completed the level one workshop or intermediates with previous flame-work experience.
  • Suitable for ages 10+ only when accompanied by a responsible adult. Minimum unaccompanied age 16.
What you'll get
Make and keep a variety of glass objects that you'll design yourself, and which you can take home for your family and friends to admire. Makes for a unique gift too!
 
What to bring
You must wear proper clothing - long sleeves and long pants from cotton or other non flammable material. So no shorts or tees! Full covered shoes at all times and best to tie long hair back on the day.
A container (such as a shoebox) to take your finished piece home after the class.
 
Suitable for

This is a fun indoor activity, suitable for adults, and kids (minimum 10 years old). An adult must accompany any attending kids. The adult may observe at the class for free.

This would also be a lovely gift for her, gift for mum, anniversary gift or Xmas gift.

Location

107 Redfern Street, Redfern NSW

Your teacher can also travel within 10 kms of Redfern for private classes

Your teacher
Mark Eliott
Mark Eliott
(Mark Eliott Glass)

30 years experience in glassblowing

4.9 (124)

Mark Eliott is a contemporary artist working primarily in flame-worked glass and also incorporating a variety of media such as music, stop-motion animation and wood carving.

Mark completed a Master of visual arts and Master of Studio Arts at Sydney College of the Arts, as well as an Associate Diploma in Jazz Studies (Saxophone) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Collaborations with other artists are also a feature of Mark's work, for example the stop-motion animation project with Jack McGrath for which they coined the term Flame-ation (flame-glass animation). This work aims to bring glass to life by presenting the object together with animation, and sometimes, live performance.

Mark teaches flame-work and provides interactive demonstrations. He has exhibited internationally and has a strong interest in environmental issues.

Verified reviews

Phillip Philippou • Nov 2020


Teacher was engaging, approachable and knowledgeable. The space was well equipped and the atmosphere was fun and inviting. Glass blowing was so much fun that it makes you want to get into it.

Katie Milton • Nov 2020


Thanks for such an amazing experience Mark! Loved every second of this class and couldn’t have made my beautifully misshapen vases without your help and guidance :)

Glass Blowing Class for Beginners review by Katie Milton Sydney

Josie Rose • Oct 2020


Very well organised / structured day with lots of glass colours and ideas to experiment with and plenty of support from Mark who is a master in this field. It was very good value and fun. Good focus on safety too. Highly recommended. Thank you Mark.

Glass Blowing Class for Beginners review by Josie Rose

Clare Fraser • Oct 2020


Brilliant fun class - Mark was such a good teacher and allowed the students creativity to take over

Glass Blowing Class for Beginners review by Clare Fraser

Hiroko Oakley • Sep 2020


Me and my 13yo son had such a great time learning about glass art. Even though it was challenging to deal with glass, Mark taught us caring and helpful way. We definitely come back for the next level. Thank you so much!

Glassblowing and Mosaic workshop review by Hiroko Oakley

Monica Willats • Sep 2020


Very informative
Options or what to do next
Helped heaps was great experience
Can’t wait to come back and do the Next course

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Romana Toson • Sep 2020


It was a great class. Mark set just the right level of challenge and was there to support every step of the way. The venue was well equipped and in an easy to get to location. Nothing was a drama. I will be going back for the 2 day course!

Glassblowing and Mosaic workshop review by Romana Toson

Kristy Vanezi • Sep 2020


had an amazing time. the teacher was very knowledgeable and great at guiding us through the basics. i would definitely recommend and consider attending a more advanced class.

Rafia Hussain • Sep 2020


Honestly,
Had such a great time today at the Glass Blowing Class with Mark. Was really nervous but Mark without a doubt is a great teacher. I will surely take more classes with him and highly recommend him

Gail Miller • Aug 2020


Had a great time learning the basics of glass blowing.
Mark was an informative instructor who was clear and organised in his approach.
Loved the materials! He allowed us to play which is the way I learn.
Highly recommend

Christina Awitt • Aug 2020


Mark the teacher was very helpful, all the glass and things we needed was provided, the course was a full day but it's needed for what we learnt, the things we made were a blob of all glass melted together then a brooch for around your neck, then a I blew in some glass to make a little vase and we finished of making a turtle. I loved it and would highly recommend. Thank you for a fun and unforgettable day.

Glass Blowing Class for Beginners review by Christina Awitt

Marisa Certo • Aug 2020


I thoroughly enjoyed the beginners workshop and went back for more the second day. Mark was great, he explained the techniques and processes and was there to help us at all times. I would highly recommend the this course.

Rohan Kagali • Jul 2020


Mark is an amazing teacher. He gave us a very hands-on learning experience, giving us complete creative rein on our small glassworks. Loved the class. I'm definitely signing up for the next level workshop.

Amanda Parsons • Jun 2020


I found mark to be an excellent teacher, especially for beginners. He was patient, even tempered, advised well, complimented work/effort/vision, and rescued when required.
There was plenty of equipment provided all of which had been cleaned.
The venue was fine and located well for coffee & lunch as well as transport.
I had fun & Mark made me feel capable enough to persue further classes. I'd certainly like to offer a big thank you.

Selina Steele • May 2020


Mark was generous in his knowledge and patient in his manner.
In these strange times of COVID - a stickler for sanitised equipment and social distancing.
Only wish I could have afforded the second day straight up!

Sarah Pranic • Mar 2020


Mark is a fantastic teacher! He’s super chill, amazingly creative but also informative, making sure we all enjoyed ourselves and got the most out of the class. Working with glass was a lot more challenging than I expected but still heaps of fun. And at the end of the day, we were able to take home our little glass objects to keep as a memento!

Glassblowing and Mosaic workshop review by Sarah Pranic Sydney

Jessica Bouyamourn • Feb 2020


The class was very free flowing but structured at the same time, I felt like I could be creative and I would get help if I needed
The knowledge that Mark passes on is fantastic
I will be attending more classes for sure

Jodi Pender • Jan 2020


Fantastic Class, working with glass was a lot harder and a lot more enjoyable than anticipated. Mark is a wonderful teacher and a true talent.

Nick Callaway • Jan 2020


Awesome class. Thoroughly enjoyed. Very practical and hands on from the get go and came home with a bunch of glass works.

Rebecca Partridge • Jan 2020


Mark's enthusiasm and interest provided for both an absorbing and engaging experience for myself and it certainly appeared, all who attended his class.

Thoroughly recommend to anyone looking for an experience in creating something that is individual and rewarding.

Robbie Cannings • Jan 2020


This class was brilliant. Mark was knowledgeable, helpful and an inspiring teacher. Would definitely go back for the second class

Emmanuel Villalobos • Dec 2019


the teacher is great, really enjoyed the class and with the desire to explore more for glass blowing

Alexis Kaless • Dec 2019


A very interesting experience. My wife and I are not creative or artistic and so this was a great challenge for us. There was a perfect amount of instructions and tutorials and you felt that there was progression in your skill level throughout the day, while appreciating the skill of the true glassblowing artists. It certainly isn’t as easy as it looks on TV but you certainly come home with a few pieces of your own creation.

Valerie Xie • Dec 2019


Fantastic class and experience. My partner and I did this class in December and bought this for my partners xmas gift - it was well worth it than material items. Mark was a great teacher, provided explanations and also helped out when I struggled with a few techniques. We got to make a few pieces and at the end had freedom to do whatever we wanted. The blowing part of the workshop was very fun but also very hard. This is a great class for people who want to do something different and get insight into how glass is made.

Seamus O'Reilly • Nov 2019


Mark was great. He was able to incorporate both safety and instruction into the workshop quite seamlessly. His manner of teaching was both engaging and insightful and made for a brilliant day of fun. Facilities were more than adequate with coffee and tea provided. Really happy with the experience and I've become quite attached to the beautiful monsters I created there.

Glassblowing and Mosaic workshop review by Seamus O'Reilly Sydney

Shannon Foster • Oct 2019


This was a brilliant hands on workshop where you are able to make make many interesting and creative pieces. The teacher, Mark Eliott was a great teacher, very generous and encouraging and clearly a skillful master of his craft. I would highly recommend this workshop for any skill level, it was fun and informative and awesome outcomes are definitely achievable!

Glass Blowing Class for Beginners review by Shannon Foster

Benjamin Allen • Oct 2019


I had a fantastic time learning how to work with glass from Mark. The course had a great relaxed atmosphere and the balance between guidance and freedom to explore freely was perfect. We were introduced to a range of different glass making techniques and got a great foundational understanding of how glass is worked from Mark. I loved the course and I am definitely keen to do some more glass blowing in the future.

Christie Cash • Sep 2019


Mark's class was great! It was challenging yet approachable. He's very hands-on, supportive, and clearly passionate about glass blowing and passing that skill on to others. Definitely recommend!

Glass Blowing Class for Beginners review by Christie Cash Sydney

Jude Kirby • Sep 2019


The session was well run, plenty of materials and quality equipment. Mark was very knowledgeable in the medium, and had a welcoming and friendly manner. In terms of the venue a bit better lighting would be helpful.

Glassblowing and Mosaic workshop review by Jude Kirby

Scott Young • Aug 2019


My wife and I had an awesome day with Mark. He was very informative throughout the day and answered every query we asked. Mark made the day super fun and I highly recommend anyone to attend who has an interest in glass blowing.

Sylvia Meyer • Aug 2019


The workshop was fantastic. Marc is an extremely talented craftman and patient teacher. He was excellent at demonstrating in an efficient manner, and extremely helpful through the lesson, going well above and beyond expectations. 100% recommend to anyone keen on giving glass sculpturing and glass blowing a crack (pun intented!)

Leanne Jan • Aug 2019


Great experience overall, very informative and great as a taster or introduction to flame work. Would recommend

Glassblowing and Mosaic workshop review by Leanne Jan

Kevin Lee • Aug 2019


A great day with Mark today at the beginner's glass blowing workshop in Redfern. Mark is extremely patient, genuine, passionate and highly encouraging - I couldn't imagine a better instructor! Accomplished artist and skilled teacher. Two thumbs up!

Glass Blowing Class for Beginners review by Kevin Lee

Eddy Ng • Aug 2019


Teacher is very kind and great demonstration. Wonderful workshop display full equipment in my first time experience that let me so excited and enhance my interest

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