Blow your own glass
Spend the day in a fully working glass studio learning basic glassblowing techniques. Prior to your day, the glass will have been in the furnace for 24hrs so it is ready for you to use as soon as you come into the studio.
This is a highly practical course, after an introduction to the equipment, studio and a H&S briefing you will get straight to work. Emsie will teach you how to gather the glass from the furnace, how to blow it, form shapes, apply colour, reheat, decorate and anneal.
Just as professional glassblowers work, you will work in pairs taking it in turns to blow and assist. There is just one pair of students per tutor so there will be plenty of one-to-one tuition during the day. There is a maximum of just two places per course.
You are free to be as creative as you like working at your own pace, however, you will find this is a very skilled craft. Despite this everyone leaves after making a variety of handblown items from glasses to paperweights, with the satisfaction of being able to drink from a glass that they have made themselves (even if they're wonky)!
The pieces you create will need to spend 24 hours in the annealing
oven and can be collected later. You can arrange this with Emsie during your course. You can expect to make between 5 and 10 pieces during the day.
Emsie has been a glassblower for over 24 years and trained in Venice.
As well as a tutor for DCRS, Emsie displays at galleries
and creates commissioned pieces from her studio.
Please note this is a very physical course and as such the day is
10am to 4pm.
Glassblowing day cost
£200 per place including all materials used.
Next course dates and availability
Courses have finished for 2017. We do not run during summer months due to heat. Courses will start again in 2018, do call to go on our list to get dates as soon as they are released.
Sharp Glass, The Cowshed, Gold Hill Organic Farm, Child Okeford, DT11 8HD
Please contact DCRS to request a place on a course or to go on our mailing list.
All our tutors are professionals working full-time within their field, they free up course dates for us when their schedule allows. Please contact us if you would like an email to let you know the dates when they are released.
Claire, January 2014
Carole, October 2013
Amy, February 2010