Half-Day Glassmaking Course

Glassblowing courses at Bath Aqua Glass Walcot Street Bath England

Have a go at the ancient art of Glass Making.

A truly inspirational experience!

During this hands-on glassmaking course you will learn all the basic skills of hot glass working in order to make your own paperweight with a professional glassblower and learn the magical way glass is sculpted.

Our course is great if you are a complete beginner as no previous experience is necessary.  We will start you off from scratch and by the end of the session you will have learnt all the essential techniques needed to make your very own paperweight.

During the course you will be introduced to techniques such as:

  • Gathering Glass From The Furnace

  • Shaping and Tooling the Molten Glass

  • Applying Colour

  • Finishing the Base

We offer tuition on the glassblowing course for a maximum of 4 people at a time, so book early to avoid disappointment. You will be able to take home your own piece of art after it has cooled down overnight.

We are now open on Sundays so your work can be collected from the Studio from Sunday afternoon onwards or we can post your paperweight to you.

Timings:

Saturdays:  0900 - 1200

Please arrive at 0845 to begin promptly at 0900.  Upon arrival, go to the grey folding door to the left of the shop and one of our glassblowers will be there to greet you.

Location:

105-107 Walcot Street, Bath, BA1 5BW

Price:

£120 per person (Includes material and tools)

Clothing:

For clothing requirements, please see our Terms & Conditions at the bottom of this page.

You can purchase vouchers for this course online or by calling our shop on 01225 428146.  Course dates must be booked and confirmed in advance by phone or email, only 4 places available each week and full payment must be made before arrival.  Terms and conditions apply, see below.

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Stained Glass Courses

Stained Glass Courses at Bath Aqua Glass City Centre Shop Next to Bath Abbey

Beginners Stained Glass Experience Day

Have you ever wanted to try and making a stained glass window?  Would you and a friend like to express your creative side learning an ancient art?  If so here is your chance.  We run a one day stained glass experience which can be booked most weeks Mon-Fri.  The day usually starts at 10am and runs to 5pm and during this time a stained glass piece is made. If the work takes longer than expected, the day can run longer to ensure that your stained glass panel/s are completed.

What goes into making a stained glass window?

We usually start with a morning of glass cutting, ensuring that the correct techniques are employed to master this skill. Initially we practice on float glass then progress to the antique mouth blown glass which is used in traditional stained glass windows.

During the afternoon we select and cut the coloured glass.  An introduction to the wizard grinder and its usage is then followed by the copper foiling of each piece. This process is particularly useful as it can hide many imperfections in the cutting. The foiled pieces are then soldered together and the piece is leaded up. We then employ the manipulation of copper wire hook making where we make and solder hooks onto the top section of the piece. The finishing touch is the blacking and polishing of the panel.

Design

We supply a stained glass design for the day that has been developed to best progress your initial entry into making stained glass. If you wish to work on your own stained glass design we recommend that you show us a copy before the day to ensure it is appropriate and achievable within one day. The piece that we make is A4 in size. If a personalised design seems unachievable in the space of one day we can recommend either an extra day or passing the project over to us where we can complete your piece as commissioned work.

Advanced Stained Glass Intensive

For those of you that have had a basic training in stained glass, we can offer specialist tuition in the following:

  • Contemporary and traditional stained glass design

  • Making up working drawings

  • Glass painting and contemporary enamelling

  • Fablon stencil making and its application

  • More upon request

These stained glass techniques are tailored to your skill level, please contact us to discuss.

Make a Stained Glass Window for Your Home

This course is usually a two to three day experience and enables you to make a stained glass window for your home. As every window is a different size and different designs can have a different number of pieces, the length of the course will be designed around you. Available as both one to one or tutor for two option (see below).

During these days we talk about the nature of stained glass and the materials that are used. We will also touch on the history of stained glass over the last one thousand years including the roll of stained glass today.

Lunch

We usually stop around midday for a one hour lunch break.  If there is time, we can also visit some local stained glass locations (weather dependent). Note: Lunch is not provided.

Location:

14 Cheap Street / 15 Abbey Churchyard, Bath, BA1 1NA

Course options

1. A ONE to ONE Stained Glass Experience Day, with specialist individual tuition ~ £250.

2. Tutor for TWO Stained Glass Experience Day, tuition for two people, friends/ family etc. ~ £400.

These prices are inclusive of all the materials used on the day.

3. Make a stained glass window for your home

Price will depend on the number of days needed for the project and individual/s involved, please contact us for a quote.

Timings:

Monday - Friday:       Upon Request.

Prices:

As Above.

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General Terms & Conditions

Working with Glass can be hazardous however, if you follow our guidelines it can be a safe and exciting craft.

Hot Glass Working:

  • Working with hot glass can involve a certain amount of dexterity and manual handling. If you are unsure of your physical ability to take part in any activity please call us to discreetly discuss your personal circumstances.

  • The glassblowing studio can become very hot, especially during the summer months, if you have a medical condition that is aggravated by such conditions please notify us prior to arrival.

  • Due to the working conditions associated with a glassblowing studio we do not recommend our courses for pregnant women and the minimum age for taking part is 16.

  • Clothing should be of natural fibres, no open toed or high heel shoes (no sandals or flip-flops) and loose hair should be tied securely back.

  • Safety glasses will be provided but you must bring any reading/distance/general spectacles you may require.

Stained Glass Working:

  • Cutting glass can result in dirtied or damaged clothes, please dress appropriately, no open toed shoes, sandals or flip-flops and tie all loose items of clothing and hair back.

  • Safety equipment will be provided but any reading/distance/general spectacles you require must be brought with you.

Payment & Cancellation:

Payment must be made in full to secure a booking.

  • 4 weeks in advance of your course date - we offer a full refund or one free date change.

  • 3 weeks in advance of your course date - we offer 50% refund or one free date change.

  • 2 weeks in advance of your course date - we offer one free date change.

  • Cancellations received with less than 2 weeks notice - no refund or date change will be offered.

If a date change has been given, no subsequent refunds or date changes can be offered.

We reserve the right to cancel courses due to unforeseen circumstances and we will endeavour to give as much notice as possible if this situation arises. In the event of a course cancellation we will offer an alternative date or full refund. Bath Aqua Glass cannot accept liability for consequential loss e.g. travel or accommodation costs in these circumstances.

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