Glassblowing Course FAQs

Terms and Conditions and Frequently Asked Questions about our glassblowing courses

Location All courses are taught at Adam’s spacious and light studio in West Horsley, Surrey. West Horsley is about 10 minutes east of Guildford and less than an hour by car or train from London.


Experience Our courses are great fun and introduce beginners to the wonders of hot glass. No experience is necessary as you will be guided every step of the way.

Age The course is aimed at adults and children over the age of 9 years. Children aged between 9 and 18 must be accompanied by an adult. There is no upper age limit. So far the oldest person on one of our courses has been a 92 year old!

Number of participants:

The tumbler course is usually limited to 9 participants per session.

The paperweight course is usually limited to 12 participants per session.

The heart course is usually limited to 12 participants per session.

The bauble course is usually limited to 16 participants per session.

The half day introduction to glassblowing course is usually limited to 6 participants per session.

But with all courses there may sometimes be more or fewer students. Adam and his assistants will give you plenty of individual attention, ensuring impressive results for first timers!

Course content

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

– Gathering molten glass from a furnace,
– Shaping and blowing or sculpting the glass,
– Working with glass colours,

You will be able to choose your colours and by the end of the session you will have made a lovely glass piece, which will be yours to keep and treasure!

Duration/Arrival Time

Each taster class is approximately 90 mins long and the half day course is 3 hours long.

We recommend arriving about 10-15 minutes earlier than your start time, so that you have time so see examples of whaat you can make and choose your colours.

See our online calendars for available dates and times

What to wear 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. (If the weather is cold, do also bring warm layers as the studio is draughty.) You may also wish to bring a drink with you.

Materials Courses are inclusive of all basic materials and safety equipment. All items produced on the course by students are theirs to keep.

Collection As hot glass needs to be annealed overnight to cool down gradually, and then we may need to do some cold work to finish your work, so it will not be available to take away with you on the day. Usually your pieces will be available for collection a week after your course and you will be informed on the day when it will be ready.

You can either arrange to return to collect your piece, or we can pack and post it to you for £20 P&P which covers up to 10 pieces to one address.

Terms and Conditions

Enrolment: Places on a course are only secured on receipt of full payment, with booking via our online calendar.

Confirmation: You will receive an email confirmation of your online booking. Pre-course/event information will usually be sent by email in advance including information on anything that you may need to bring. Contact us at if you have any questions.


For cancellations of any course bookings made four weeks or more in advance of the course date, we offer a 75% refund or one free date change.

For cancellations of any course bookings made between two and four weeks in advance of the date, we offer a 60% refund or one date change with a £20 administration fee.

For cancellations of any course bookings with less than two weeks notice, we offer a date change subject to an administration fee according to the scale below:

Half day course: One place £50, extra places £40 each

Tumblers, Paperweight, Animal , Heart courses: One place £25, extra places £20

Bauble course: One place £20, extra places £15 each

If a date change has been requested and confirmed, we cannot offer any further refunds or date changes on a subsequent cancellation for the same booking.

Safety Briefing: All courses begin with a detailed safety briefing and all students are asked to sign a form confirming they have listened to, and understood, the briefing.

Postponement: Adam Aaronson Glass Studio reserves the right to postpone, or cancel the date of courses should it become necessary and for whatever reason. Students will be notified as soon as possible and alternative dates will be arranged or a full refund given.

Course Admission: Adam Aaronson Glass Studio reserves the right to refuse to admit any person who in our opinion is not in a condition to safely undertake the course. We also reserve the right to terminate a course, or exclude an individual, for any improper or unacceptable behaviour. Should this be the case, no fees will be refunded.

Photography: We reserve the right to use on our website, or for publicity purposes, any photographs we might take during a course, including those of course participants. Students may take photographs during the course where safety permits.

Send us a message, call 01483 375035 or email for further information.