Glass Blowing Taster Session



2 hours 1 to 5

label $120 - $180 or 4 payments of $30 - $45 Afterpay
($180 per guest when you book for 1 guest, $140 for 2 guests, $120 for 3+ guests)



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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.

Please note that if you Request a class with 4 or 5 participants, it may run slightly over 2 hours (e.g. 2.5 to 3 hours).



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



Knowledge Required
Suitable for ages 12+ only when accompanied by a responsible adult. Minimum unaccompanied age 16.
 
What you'll get
You will make two objects to take home 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.
 
Location

107 Redfern Street, Redfern NSW

Your teacher
Mark Eliott
Mark Eliott
(Mark Eliott Glass)

30 years experience in glassblowing

5.0 (67)

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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5

• Mar 2020


The class was very enjoyable, and exceeded expectations. Mark was very open to modifying the course to fit each student’s preferred learning style. Just tell him if, eg you are not good with abstract work. Highly recommended
5

• Mar 2020


Had a great time making glass creations. Mark is an excellent teacher and made the experience memorable and fun.
5

• Mar 2020


Mark is an excellent teacher! The class was really fun and enjoyable. My partner and I learned a lot about working with glass. 10/10 would definitely recommend!
5

• Feb 2020


Mark was a fantastic teacher! Very easy going and let you work the glass yourself but so attentive when needed. The class itself was very enjoyable and it went so quick due to being so interesting and fun!
5

• Feb 2020


Great class, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Excellent teacher who is patient and encouraging. I would highly recommend this class as I can’t wait to do another.

Glass Blowing Taster Session review by Naomi Barwick
5

• Feb 2020


My wife and I really enjoyed our glass blowing class with Mark Eliott. It was mesmerising to work with molten glass, and meditative to use our hands to create something. Mark is a master craftsman and also an encouraging and patient teacher. His workshop is decked out with everything you need to learn the craft and he will not skimp on materials. Working with fire can be intimidating but overall we felt safe with his guidance and oversight. Highly recommended!

Glassblowing and Mosaic workshop review by Andy Restrepo

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5

• Jan 2020


Mark was great we loved the session. Will be back for more classes in the future.
5

• Jan 2020


Terrific session - informative, hands on, kids and adults both had a great time. Mark is a really good teacher.
5

• Jan 2020


A really interesting class led by an really engaging teacher. The course gives an all round look and hands on experience on what glass work is all about, even glass blowing! Couldn’t have thanked Mark enough for the relaxed and fun environment he created for us.
5

• Jan 2020


Wonderful session... inspiring, creative and fun! I would strongly recommend this as a great family activity with kids aged 10+
5

• Jan 2020


Mark was a wonderful teacher! We had a great time and managed to make a few objects to take home. My only regret is that I only booked for a taster session - I could have spent all day!
5

• Jan 2020


The teacher’s attitude and teaching skills made the lesson very enjoyable and engaging. Mark’s depth of knowledge also ensured we were successful. I would definitely recommend others to do this.
Thank you Mark Elliot

Susan Smith and family
5

• Jan 2020


It was great to get a one on one teaching session, Mark was very helpful in giving instructions and ideas on how to proceed.

I was really surprised with the works that I was able to create in this short session.

Glass Blowing Taster Session review by Tom Hatfield
5

• Jan 2020


Class was great, Mark was great, my glass was also freakin'great.

No pressure just fun and an enlightening experience.

10/10 would recommend to a friend!

Glassblowing and Mosaic workshop review by Sebastian Bull
5

• Jan 2020


Mark was an excellent instructor, providing careful and consistent direction and feedback. He engaged well and made the class both informative and fun.
5

• Jan 2020


My partner and I loved the taster session. We made about 4 pieces each and learnt alot from Mark. We would highly recommend.
5

• Jan 2020


Mark was fantastic. My 13 year old daughter and I will definitely go again. Accessible, engaging and intensely creative ❤️
5

• Dec 2019


We had a great morning thank you! Mark was friendly, patient and very skilled. Thoroughly recommended :)
5

• Dec 2019


It was an amazing life experience that my wife and I really enjoyed
Mark was a great teacher.
5

• Dec 2019


The lesson was fun and informative. We enjoyed the experience even though it was challenging!

Mark was a patient teacher!

Glass Blowing Taster Session review by Ashleigh Ng
5

• Dec 2019


This course has been an absolute joy and I would definitely go for the 7 hour course next. Mark was super friendly , Informative and attentive instructor. The venue was somewhat straight forward to find and the waiting area was extremely comfy. There was someone playing the piano in a neighboring studio which made the experience at least 10% better as well as milk tea :) . This course was definitely worth the money considering I had a 1 on 1 for two hours with someone as experienced as Mark. During the class , I learned the fundamentals of glass work safety , glass lamp working and glass blowing. I made a two weird looking pieces but not too bad for 2 hours of learning.

Glassblowing and Mosaic workshop review by Ahmed Ai
5

• Dec 2019



Mark Eliott was a great teacher and I loved the atmosphere of the venue. He provided all materials which were easy to work with. I’ve learned a few different techniques and gained knowledge about the industry. The class was definitely good value for it's price.
5

• Nov 2019


Mark was a great teacher, as a first timer this experience was incredible!
Highly recommended!! 10/10
5

• Nov 2019


Class was great, mark was very informative and patient, taught us a lot in a short amount of time, location was easy to find and also near the train station.
5

• Nov 2019


This was a great workshop, lots of fun! Very informative, Mark was very insightful, polite and professional. We would definitely do it again. Highly recommend it!
5

• Nov 2019


This was so amazing and very fun. The teacher was knowledgeable and made it interesting and allowed us to go. It overtime as we were late. A really great 2 hours.
5

• Oct 2019


well ,i had the best day with mark.intelligent and pleasant person.
Solid Knowledge and good teaching skills.i will come back!!!great value for money.great location .
thank you for giving me the opportunity to bring back home the port glass which i am now using to drink my Cointreau with a kind of moderation ....thinking to make a bigger one next time.

Glassblowing and Mosaic workshop review by Christophe Rymer
5

• Oct 2019


Mark was so kind, patient and helpful. Not once did I feel judged at my very beginner skills (haha). It was an amazing class and I’d recommend him to anyone!

He helped me execute a design I had in mind for my personal practice and it was the step I needed to pursue the project further.

Thank you so much, Mark!
5

• Oct 2019


A great experience with a very informative teacher with a wealth of knowledge and story
5

• Oct 2019


What a wonderful experience! Thank you Mark for sharing your skills and talents with us - we had so much fun doing something completely new and so fascinating.
5

• Oct 2019


This was a brilliant course and thoroughly enjoyed by my husband and I, and our 16 year old son in a private 2 hr session. Mark is a patient, knowledgable and friendly teacher and we were so pleased with the several items we made and would love to do a follow on course. Highly recommended.
5

• Sep 2019


Mark is a very easy going and experienced teacher, the workshop was a great introduction to glass work, will definately be back.
5

• Sep 2019


We were a group of 3 with different skill levels and Mark went above and beyond to be accomodating. Every single one of us walked away with something that we absolutely loved. Thank you so much Mark, for a great experience. We highly recommend Mark’s class!
5

• Aug 2019


SO MUCH FUN IM DEFINITELY GOING AGAIN!!! Thank you mark for a great experience we will never forget !!
5

• Aug 2019


I got the Glass Blowing Taster session for my husband and I. We both really enjoyed it, so much so that my husband wants to do more. Mark is a good teacher, explaining things clearly and calmly. We loved the experience as there’s something very mesmerising about the whole process.
5

• Aug 2019


Mark was fabulous and we had such fun! Want to go again. We loved it
5

• Jul 2019


Very pleased with the class. Loved the one on one instruction! Glasswork is clearly a lesson in patience and I appreciated the pace and instruction. And I love the abstract pieces I have to show for it. Thanks, Mark!

Glass Blowing Taster Session review by Julie Reese
5

• Jul 2019


Very interesting short course, great as a taster class to see if you like it. Would do again.

Glass Blowing Taster Session review by Emily
5

• Jul 2019


It was a very fun and informative experience and a taster of the techniques of glass blowing. Would highly recommend.

Glass Blowing Taster Session review by Leanne Jan Sydney
5

• 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.
5

• 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.
5

• 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!

Glassblowing and Mosaic workshop review by Kate Faulks Sydney
5

• 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!
5

• Jun 2019


Mark was great. Cleary passionate and knowledgeable. Great introduction, great venue, great materials. Really enjoyed it.
5

• 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.

Glassblowing and Mosaic workshop review by Nikki Greener Sydney
5

• 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.
5

• 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
FAQ
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?
Sam

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.
Sam

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

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