Glassblowing Course for Beginners
Our half-day glassblowing course for beginners is an exciting and intensive experience aimed at introducing novices to the wonders of hot glass. The course is for adults over the age of 18 and no experience is necessary as you will be guided every step of the way. Half-day introductory courses cost £240 per person (including VAT). Click here for information about courses suitable for children
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.
An Introduction to Glassblowing: Half-day course for beginners, run on most Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year. Use the button on this page to check available course dates and make your online booking.
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 you will be guided every step of the way. Half-day introductory courses cost £240 per person (including VAT).
The course is aimed at adults over the age of 18. However, teaching can be arranged for children and young people from 11-18. Please contact Adam for details.
The course is usually limited to five pupils so that Adam and his assistant Gemma can give you plenty of individual attention, ensuring impressive results for first timers, but on occasions there may be intermediate or advanced students working on the same day as the course and sometimes there may be six places on the course.
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!
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 glass.
Each class is three hours long – either on a Saturday or Sunday morning or Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Start times for courses vary. The calendar shows the start times for that particular day. This may be 9.45am, 10am or 10.30am in the morning and 1.45pm, 2pm or 2.30pm in the afternoon.
If you would like to come by train, rather than driving you will need to book a taxi in advance from Horsley station with a local firm such as Magnum Cars
Depending on where you are coming from, you may also find it easier to take the train to Guildford or Woking and take a taxi from there.
All safety equipment and materials are provided. 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.
As hot glass needs to be annealed overnight to cool down gradually, and then needs to be cold worked to finish, your work will not be available to take away with you on the day!
You can either arrange to return to collect your coursework, or we can pack and post it to you for £20. (If two people are attending the course together the cost of delivery is usually £20 for both.)
If collecting, your work will usually be available for collection on or after the Thursday following your weekend course.
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.
Clothing: Please wear clothing suitable for a workshop environment. Light clothing in natural fibres is best (no floaty tops or dangling belts that could be caught on equipment) and enclosed shoes, such as trainers (no sandals or flip flops). Long sleeves are preferable. Please remove jewellery and tie back long hair.
Cancellations: For cancellations made four weeks or more in advance of the course date, we offer a 70% refund or one free date change. For cancellations made between two and four weeks in advance of the date, we offer a 50% refund or one date change with a £50 administration fee. If we receive less than two weeks’ notice, we are unable to offer a refund or date change. 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.
Coursework/materials: Courses are inclusive of all basic materials and safety equipment. All items produced on the course by students are theirs to keep. See delivery section below.
Delivery of coursework: Owing to the annealing processes involved with hot glassmaking, coursework cannot be taken home at the end of the day. Work is available to be collected, usually on or after the Friday following a weekend course. Alternatively, we can package and ship work to a UK mainland address for a fee of £20. (If two people are attending the course together the cost of delivery is usually £20 for both.) We can also quote for shipping overseas if required.
Class Size: Class sizes are usually a maximum of five people, allowing for an intensive learning experience and plenty of individual attention, but on occasions there may be intermediate or advanced students working on the same day as the course and occasions there may be more than five in the class.
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.