Escape to The Country
DCRS continues its tradition of promoting rural skills in the mainstream, firstly on BBC1's Escape to the Country on Thursday 6th March 2014 with our glassblowing tutor Emsie Sharp, and later this Spring one of our past student blacksmiths will appear on Channel 4 with Monty Don...more details to follow soon!
Emsie has now moved her studio to Gold Hill Organic Farm at Child Okeford. It is bigger and better than before! The Organic Cafe, Farm & Gift Shop are open next door and are open Wed - Sat 10am to 4pm. Glassblowing studio times vary.
Unfortunately we have no accommodation, but there some great places around to suit all budgets. We suggest:
Pub with rooms
(3 miles / 5 min drive)
Bushes Farm Caravan Park
(7 miles / 15 min drive)
Basic camping behind pub
(3 miles / 5 min drive)
Bed & Breakfast
(1 mile / 3 min drive)
Emsie has launched a new website dedicated to her stemware and collections. Click here to go to website.
Glassblowing Feature on 'The Manor Reborn'
If you missed Emsie glassblowing with Paul Martin on the BBC's The Manor Reborn you can watch it by clicking on this iplayer link
For commissions or general enquires please email Emsie via our Contact Us page.
See Emsie at work
Emsie Sharp Glass
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
- Friday 2nd February 2018 Full
- Thursday 8th February 2018 Full
- Friday 9th February 2018 Full
- Wednesday 14th February 2018 Full
- Thursday 15th February 2018 Full
- Friday 16th February 2018 Full
- Thursday 22nd February 2018 Full
- Friday 23rd February 2018 Full
- Thursday 1st March 2018 Full
- Friday 2nd March 2018 Full
- Thursday 8th March 2018 Full
- Friday 9th March 2018 Full
- Thursday 15th March 2018
- Friday 16th March 2018 Full
- Thursday 22nd March 2018 Full
- Friday 23rd march 2018 Full
- Thursday 29th March 2018 Full
- Friday 30th March 2018 Full
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. Courses are now complete for 2018, new dates will be released for 2019 at the end of the year.
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