Glass Blowing Class for Beginners: Taster

Learn the fascinating art of glass blowing in Sydney

2.5 hours Class size 1 to 8

label $173 - $252 (or 4 payments of $43.25 - $63 Afterpay)
($252 per guest when you book for 1 guest, $213 for 2 guests, $199 for 3 guests, $186 for 4 guests, $173 for 5+ guests. $100 per class surcharge applies for private classes)

Discover a fabulous new skill: blowing and sculpting glass in the flame! This beginner's class is taught by Glass Artist Mark Eliott. Mark will take you through the basics of glass blowing and sculpting in this two and a half-hour introduction in his Marrickville studio.

This two-and a half-hour taster session will cover:

  • The basics of glass blowing and sculpting using an "oxygen-propane" torch
  • Using both clear and coloured "borosilicate" glass rods and tubes (you'll learn various types at the workshop!)
  • Techniques such as sculpting, joining, stretching, blowing, and colour mixing
  • Safety talk on using the glass blowing torch
  • Half an hour of kiln time for your pieces to anneal.

You are using both right and left parts of the brain in this creative process which combines planning with improvisation. Students will come on a creative adventure with glass flame-work which balances technique, structure and improvisation.

You will make at least two glass objects that you can take home for your family and friends to admire, which could be a small glass animals, pendants, vessels or abstract creations; you might come away with several objects. The kiln will be turned off half an hour before the end of the class so that your creations can cool and be ready for you to take home at the end of the class.

Please note:
  • Bookings are unavailable for the first weekend of every month.
  • All public class dates are introductory taster sessions.
  • You can request a private taster session, as either introductory or ongoing skills.
  • The class duration is two and a half hours, however, for classes with more than four students, it may run slightly over.

An admin fee of $50 applies if you need to reschedule your class within 7 days of your class

Save $78 when you book with a friend

Knowledge required
Suitable for ages 12+ only when accompanied by a responsible adult. Minimum unaccompanied age 16.
What you'll get
You will make at least two objects to take home for your family and friends to admire. Whether these are small glass animals, trees, flowers or small abstract creations, vessels or even wearable objects.
What to bring
  • You must wear proper clothing - long sleeves and long pants from cotton or other low-flammable material. So no shorts or tees! Full covered shoes at all times and best to tie long hair back on the day.
  • You may like to bring water and a snack.
  • A container (such as a shoebox) to take your finished piece home after the class.
Suitable for

This class is great for individuals and couples as well as for a team building activity, birthday or hens party.

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 her, gift for mum, anniversary gift or birthday gift.


Among the Trees Marrickville - 27 Sydney Street, Marrickville NSW

This venue is within walking distance from Sydenham station (800m).

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Mark Eliott
Mark Eliott
(Mark Eliott Glass)

30 years experience in glassblowing

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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.

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Would we be able to make an hour glass or is that too difficult? Also, I was wondering if we were able to record a few short videos of each other making the piece, or is that not allowed?

In a 2 hour Taster session, we would usually do an improvisational solid glass form then an improvisational blown glass form using colour and clear glass. Then we would do a basic planned project such as a pendant or a turtle.

An hour glass could be done if I gave you a lot of help as this is a more sophisticated project.
You are welcome to video it.

Can my daughter participate? She is 14 and very level headed.

The minimum age for this class is usually 12 and your daughter sounds quite responsible so she should be fine

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