Hot glass courses and workshops
Adam Aaronson, one of the UK’s leading glass artists, is an enthusiastic teacher and enjoys passing on his glassmaking skills. He offers a variety of courses, taster sessions and workshops for beginners as well as on-going tuition for those who wish to extend their expertise. Private sessions can be arranged for groups of family or friends or for corporate team-building events.
All courses are taught at Adam’s spacious and light studio at West Horsley, Surrey. West Horsley is about 10 minutes east of Guildford and less than an hour by car or train from London.
An Introduction to Glassblowing: Half-day Saturday/Sunday courses for beginners
Our half-day course is an exciting and intensive experience aimed at introducing beginners to the wonders of hot glass. No experience is necessary as Adam and his team will guide you every step of the way.
This course offers instruction at a ratio of up to four pupils per tutor - so you can be sure of individual attention and impressive results.
During the course you will be introduced to techniques such as:
- Gathering molten glass from a furnace,
- Shaping and working the glass using a variety of tools,
- Working with glass colours,
- Blowing a glass vessel.
You will be able to choose your shapes and colours and by the end of the lesson, we expect you to have made several pieces, usually including a paperweight, a small sculpture and a blown vessel, which will be yours to keep and treasure!
Each class is three hours long - either on a Saturday or Sunday morning or Saturday or Sunday afternoon. The morning course starts at 10am and the afternoon course starts at 2pm. We ask that you arrive about 15 minutes before the start times so that we can go through our safety briefing.
All safety equipment and materials are provided. See notes on clothing below.
Half-day introductory courses cost £195 per person, £370 for two people booking together, £525 for three people booking together, or £660 for four people booking together (all prices include VAT).
As hot glass needs to be annealed overnight, you can arrange to return to collect your coursework or have it posted to you for a small fee.
Hot glass taster sessions:
Glassmaking and Glassblowing
Our taster courses are designed for beginners who would like a glass experience without the commitment of a half-day course. Our taster sessions are usually run on Thursday afternoons at 3.30pm and Friday mornings at 10.30am.
Glassmaking – One and a half hours – Up to 10 people per session
Make a paperweight, heart, bird, mushroom or other solid object in clear glass with colour. Price £40 per person.
Glassblowing – Two hours – Up to 8 people per session
Make a blown glass object in clear and coloured glass. Price depends on the item as below:
Scent bottle £75
Both taster sessions start with a short demonstration and talk by Adam. Then each person in the group takes their turn at making their chosen piece with tuition from Adam and his team. The rest of the group watch from the seating areas provided and can ask questions and take photographs. Sometimes, our taster sessions run a little over time so if a participant needs to leave promptly, please let Adam know at the start of the session and he will arrange for you to be one of the first of the group to make your piece.
On-going tuition is available for students who have completed one or more introductory courses. Students can book six or more sessions at a time for a discount from the one-off price. Please email or phone for details.
Available for parties of family members and/or friends, and corporate team-building events. Please email or phone for details.
Gift vouchers are available for half-day and taster courses, and are personalised with the name of the recipient and a message from the sender.
How to book
Call 01483 375035
Payment is required with booking.
Please dress appropriately for a workshop environment. We recommend sturdy flat enclosed shoes (trainers are ideal), jeans or long trousers and a long-sleeved T-shirt or shirt. Natural fibres are best for a hot environment. Please tie back long hair and remove jewellery that might get caught on equipment.
Adam Aaronson Glass Studio
Surrey KT24 6AR