Introductory Glassblowing Workshop

Learn how to make a paperweight and a vessel at this fun Melbourne workshop

2.5 hours Class size 1 to 4

label $330 (or 4 payments of $82.50 Afterpay)

Want to pick up a new unique hobby? Why not try out Ruth Allen's beginner-friendly glassblowing workshop in Melbourne and learn how to make your own glass art pieces from scratch!

In this intensive workshop, you'll begin with a safety introduction and learn about the 'Hot Shop' floor, as well as all the tools you'll be using. With guidance from a friendly expert glassblower, you'll then be guided through the step by step process of gathering molten glass from the furnace and learn how to colour it too.

After mastering your solid glass paperweight, you'll then get the chance to make your very own vessel, typically a drinking tumbler! Please note in August 2022, we'll be working with blue glass, rather than clear, but you'll still be able to add your own colours to your creations!

Looking for unique gift experiences for a keen creative? Why not join this fun glassblowing workshop in Melbourne and connect with like-minded people as you learn new skills.

Please note:

  • Participants must be fully vaccinated to attend workshops and will be asked to present their vaccination certificates upon arrival.
  • The glass pieces you make during your workshop will have to cool down gradually in a kiln overnight to avoid cracking. In most cases, you may collect your work the following afternoon or arrange another time. For those not in a position to collect their work, we can freight it to you for an extra minimal cost.

Please note: Public dates for this class require at least 3 guests to run. In the unlikely event that we don't reach this number, we'll cancel the class; in this case we'll inform you and allow you to get a refund or reschedule, so please watch your email/SMS one day prior to the class.

Knowledge required
This is a beginner-friendly class.
What you'll get
  • Guidance from an expert
  • All materials provided
  • Your own paperweight and vessel to take home!
What to bring
  • Closed toe shoes must be worn. A loose cotton shirt and long pants are advised.
  • A water bottle and snacks if desired, water will be provided.
Suitable for

Suitable for adults, and kids (minimum 14 years old). An adult must accompany any attending kids, and must pay for a separate ticket.

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


10 Hossack Ave, Coburg North VIC

Your teacher
Ruth Allen - Glass Art
Ruth Allen - Glass Art

5.0 (27)

Ruth has three strands to her professional practice, her Artwork, Community Cultural Development projects and a design range created from transforming manufactured bottles, all of which nurture her creative spirit.

Ruth Allen’s history stems from the Canberra School of Art, Australian National University where she studied under Klaus Moje, Elizabeth McClure and the late Stephen Procter. Ruth graduated in 1993 and embarked upon world travels including Japan, United States, Europe and New Zealand. Ruth attended and conducted workshops, exhibited, undertook residencies and worked consistently with ideas.

Between 1996 and 2000 Ruth co-directed a hot glass studio and glass art business in Auckland, New Zealand. The business, Gloria, produced a wide range of high quality and unique blown glass forms for private commissions and galleries. The business exhibited regularly and developed extensive contacts within the Australian, New Zealand and the international art community.

Alongside the pursuit of her own practice Ruth has nourished a passion for Community Cultural Development (CCD). During the management of her own business in New Zealand, Ruth realized the necessity to educate colleagues, gallery curators and the general public, about context, concepts and methodology of the Contemporary Glass Movement. Ruth realised that if your community and audience do not understand the work the power to effect and change a viewer’s perception of things is minimized. This realization prompted her to accept the nomination for President of the New Zealand Society of Artists in Glass (NZSAG) and develop the educational programme of workshops/conference/exhibitions titled Pacific Light (PL). PL was orchestrated in 1998 and involved seven workshops focusing on various disciplines of glass practice, a ten-day residency, three-day conference and a series of exhibitions showcasing the work of national and international glass artists.

Gloria dissolved in early 2000 enabling Ruth to return to Australia and resume a more artistic practice. Ruth moved to Melbourne to complete a Master of Fine Arts (research) degree, majoring in Glass and Sculpture at Monash University. Her graduating exhibition was extensive with more than 200 individual glass forms illuminated by projected light and accompanied by audio compositions. Ruth continues to work on a large scale and within a sculptural installation context, often collaborating with multi-media artists to develop and actualize her ideas.

In August 2010 Ruth and partner Josh purchased a 430m square warehouse in Coburg Nth, the relatively new studio has been renovated and is now catering for most creative endeavours. The pair worked toward the vision of creating a functional space where one can make almost anything. The studio is organised into working stations such as; metal, wood, ceramics, glass, welding, cutting, grinding and includes a lush front garden complete with pizza oven for entertaining the locals and guests. This environment has allowed both Ruth and Josh to develop their practices with the confidence of knowing a new direction of works will and can be supported by the space.

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Andrea Gibney Jun 2022

Nick is an excellent teacher, he explained and demonstrated everything well and ensured our safety throughout. It was a great experience.

Introductory Glassblowing Workshop review by Andrea Gibney

Claudine Dearn Jun 2022

This workshop was "fabulous". Nick was a great and patient teacher who ensured we all produced a beautiful product despite our lack of skills, but boundless enthusiasm.

Karen Nisbet Jun 2022

Great teacher, fun and great experience. Nick rescued many a piece going pearshaped, and made us/our pieces feel like superstars. (Glass can be a slow molten car-crash) It was a great new experience, fun to do with friends and to develop a new appreciation of the process good glass-craft can be to attain.

Donato Lanci Jun 2022

Nick was a great instructor. The session was absolutely brilliant. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Will recommend to all my friends.

Sarah Stirrup Jun 2022

Great experience Nick was friendly & informative loved the experience not over crowed deff worth it would love to come back in the future. Also got to grab a lil vase for sale on the way out. Sarah & Greg

Introductory Glassblowing Workshop review by Sarah Stirrup

Gilad Ritz Jun 2022

A great afternoon making objects and learning new things. I went with family. I’d recommend anyone to try.

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Elise Landes Jun 2022

The experience was great. Teacher was really friendly, it was relatively easy to pick up what he was teaching and you actually make two things. So good! Highly recommend

Elly Beard Jun 2022

I really liked the small class size. The activities in the workshop were perfectly suited to an introductory class, but also allowed us to make something to take home and be proud of. Our teacher, Nick, was happy to answer all questions and provided great instructions and guidance. I would definitely recommend this class to anyone interested in giving glassblowing a try as a first and easy step, or anyone just wanting a fun activity to be creative!

Caroline Greenwood Jun 2022

We had a great time and learnt lots from Nick. Nick was helpful fun and ensured we were understood what we were doing. Glassblowing is AMAZING

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Dad King Jun 2022

I got this as a gift for my dad. He had the best time! Highly recommend and cannot wait to see the final products!

Merv McKibben Jun 2022

Ruth is an excellent instructor for the glass blowing.
Very clear about the equipment, what to do and when, plus practical demos for each stage of the process. With three other participants, we were able to watch and learn from each other and gain more knowledge of working with glass.
A great afternoon experience with some hand made creations to treasure.
Thanks Ruth :-)

Yiz Zhao Jun 2022

I've been looking forward to this workshop for months. Always wanted to try glassblowimg after visiting so many glass museums.
The workshop exceeded expectations. I was nervous because I have arthritis and chronic fatigue. I often drop things and can't grip things well. But Ruth was so patient and calm. She made me feel completely at ease.
It was the right balance of demonstration and hands-on learning. As a bonus, we each got two pieces of beautiful glass artwork to take home.
After this beginner workshop, I hope to do the intermediate one.

Introductory Glassblowing Workshop review by Yiz Zhao

Penny Jones Jun 2022

I was rather apprehensive about whether his was something that would work as a short beginners class, but it was fantastic. Heaps of hands on participation and teamwork which was really positive. Ruth was really great at providing direction and explaining everything. The materials and equipment felt safe and good quality. Really looking forward to doing the intermediate program!

Lee Moore Jun 2022

Really helpful as i have a bad shoulder and found parts difficult and my partner suffers depression and atruggles with shaking.

Debra Round May 2022

Great class, Nick did a great job in instructing all of us on the fine points of class blowing. Great atmosphere and loads of laughs.
Wrapped with the end product and will have to start saving up for the next class.

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Jacqueline Jackson May 2022

What a fantastic imtro to glass blowing. Nick our teacher was great, he was very knowledgeable and guided us through each step safely and with ease. I recommend this class to anyone who is interested in trying this fabulous medium. Fantastic!

Ken Phillips May 2022

Excellent, informative and enjoyable class. Small class meant that we all produced a couple of items within the time. Highly recommended.

Elizabeth Parsons May 2022

Really good fun, excellent teaching and a atmosphere, easy to find and great set up.

Rebecca Marley May 2022

Ruth is just delightful. Super encouraging, friendly and accommodating.
The course delivered absolutely everything I was expecting, was really fun and engaging!

Tiffany Corbin May 2022

I can only speak very highly about my whole experience! I LOVED it! Ruth was lovely and a great teacher - very clear with the instructions and helpful every step of the way. I highly recommend this class to everyone!

Tanya Beehre May 2022

What a great morning. The experience was one I very much enjoyed. I made a paper weight and a glass. The teacher was confident and supportive. She keep reminding you of want you needed to do and was there to assist you only if it was needed. I can't wait for later in the week when I keep to pick up the items I made. Thank you Ruth for a great morning.

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