Glass Blowing Taster Session

2 hours 1 to 3 label $95 - $180 ($180 per person when you book for 1 student, $140 pp for 2 students, $95 for 3 students)

Discover a fabulous new skill: blowing and sculpting glass in the flame. The class is taught by Glass Artist Mark Eliott. Mark will take you through the basics of glass blowing in this 2 hour introduction in his studio.

This 2 hour taster session will cover:

- The basics of glass blowing using a "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 blow torch

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 one glass object that you can take home for your family and friends to admire, which could be a small glass animal, pendant or abstract creation; you might come away with several objects. These creations will be finished and ready for you to take home approximately 40 minutes after the end of the class.

Aside from this class, this teacher also has the following coming up:

This class is available on Request
What you'll get

You will make one glass object that you can take home for your family and friends to admire. Whether that is a small glass animal, trees, flower or a small abstract creation, vessel or even wearable object.

What to bring

No previous experience required. Wear long sleeves and long pants of cotton or other low flammable cloth, covered shoes and long hair tied back. You may like to bring water and a snack.


107 Redfern Street, Redfern NSW

Your teacher
Mark Eliott
Mark Eliott
(Mark Eliott Glass)

30 years experience in glassblowing

5.0 (8)

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 associate diploma in Jazz studies (saxophone) at Sydney conservatorium of music.

Collaborations with other artists are also a feature of Marks 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 – particularly at Canberra Glassworks where he also does interactive demonstrations. He has exhibited internationally and has a strong interest in environmental issues.


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• Jul 2019

My partner and I did the 2 hour Glass Blowing Taster with Mark and had an amazing time! It was a small class (3 other people) in a workshop in Redfern. We made 2 pieces - 1 using the glass blowing technique. We had a lot of fun and thought Mark did a great job teaching/demonstrating.

• Jun 2019

It was a fun, informative session, Mark was interesting, demonstrative and made it a lovely morning for us all. We all had fun and would like to try it again. I would very much recommend it to those who have wanted to work with glass.

• Jun 2019

We had a great time learning flame work and glass blowing with Mark. It was our first time and Mark was an awesome teacher, explaining and showing us how to experiment with the glass, how to blow different shapes and taking us through the process of making a small pendant/hanging ornament. It was a fun morning getting to try something new and would recommend it to anyone interested in learning how glass art is made!

Hand Made workshop review by Kate Faulks

• Jun 2019

The venue was a bit hard to locate (allow a few minutes extra to get from the door to the studio), but once inside it was amazing. Mark was a great instructor, and the experience was wonderful. Thanks!

• Jun 2019

Mark was great. Cleary passionate and knowledgeable. Great introduction, great venue, great materials. Really enjoyed it.

• Jun 2019

We booked a private lesson as a 60th birthday present. All 4 of us, different age groups (from 30s-60s) had a wonderful time. We each took home over 4 pieces that we had made.
The class was fun but also informative.
After our lesson we had lunch then came back 45mins later to collect our pieces.
The venue was only 5mins from the train station and very easy to find.

Hand Made workshop review by Nikki Greener

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• Jun 2019

Mark was lovely. We had fun playing with glass (and making some abstract objects) as well as learning how to glass blow. It was a birthday present and we all enjoyed it, would definitely recommend.

• Apr 2019

Lesson was super fun, really get to see glass in a new form - an artistic way. Mark was knowledgable and experienced, encouraged creativity. I got to create 3 glass pieces and took them home. Allow maybe 30 minutes after class since they need to be in the oven for while before taking it out! The venue is a little odd, since the doors are locked, but if you stand outside of the building near the door someone should come to you!

Glass Blowing Taster Session review by Yuka Mochizuki
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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