Half-Day Glassmaking Course
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:
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.
Please note: We are closed on Sundays so your work can be collected from the Studio from Monday onwards or we can post your paperweight to you.
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.
105-107 Walcot Street, Bath, BA1 5BW
£120 per person (Includes material and tools)
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.
Stained Glass Courses
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.
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:
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.
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.
14 Cheap Street / 15 Abbey Churchyard, Bath, BA1 1NA
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.
Monday - Friday: Upon Request.
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:
Stained Glass Working:
Payment & Cancellation:
Payment must be made in full to secure a booking.
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.
If you would like to make an enquiry please fill in the form below and one of our experienced team will contact you as soon as possible.
For more urgent matters please call 01225 428146 Mon-Sat.