Glassblowing for Children

Glassblowing for Children

Glassblowing is a fabulous experience for young people.

It is great having children in the studio and we generally get very good results with our younger students.

Children aged 9 and upwards, accompanied by an adult, can participate in most of our courses, see below, and you can purchase vouchers for these courses online or book via the calendar once we commence courses again.

Blow your own Tumbler, Bowl or Vase
Make a Glass Paperweight
Blow your own Christmas Bauble
Make Your Own Glass Heart for Valentine’s Day


However, our half day courses are only available to children under 18 by arrangement.

The main reason is that some couples make arrangements for their kids to be doing other activities at the weekend in order to have some personal time without their kids. As our courses generally have four or five participants, it doesn’t make sense for them to turn up on a course and find other people’s children there!

However, if you are a family group of four including under 18s, it is much easier to accommodate you because you’d probably be taking up all the available spaces. It is also possible to cater for a group of four or more children on a half day course, but adults must accompany them.

There are also occasions when it is possible to include an adult and child or two, particularly when we have other repeat students on the same day whom we know are happy to work alongside children. So this  is really a question of getting the right mix of students rather than not being prepared to teach children.

If you are interested in booking for a half day course, it is best to email me with your phone no and I will call to discuss as I talk faster than I type.😀

Covid19 and our Glassblowing Courses

Unfortunately, for the time being we are unable to run our popular glassblowing sessions. We expect to be running these as soon as possible from July 2021, once all of our team have been vaccinated.

One of the features of the course has been that it is very “hands on”.

The way I teach glassblowing, there is quite a lot of close contact between the tutor (me) and the student (you), because we are standing side by side for some of the time. We are handling the same glassblowing iron. This means that we need to mitigate the risks carefully. Social distancing and masks can only work for part of the time. So we are currently looking at whether  introducing a lateral test programme, under which tests would be available for all our team and students prior to starting the course and more details will be available soon.

If you have a voucher or a booking already in the system, we are happy to extend these past the expiry date. If you would like any further information, please email us here.

If you purchase a voucher for future use, it will be valid for a year after we start courses again. So if for example,  you buy one in April 2021, and we start courses in July 2021, your voucher will be valid for 12 months from July.

Opening Hours from April 2021

As we are still taking the Covid19 threat very seriously, the studio will be open by appointment only for the time being. Please do not turn up without making an appointment first. We will update this page when that situation changes. If you would like to make an appointment please email us, by clicking here. It would help if you can put your phone number in the email as I talk faster than I type! You can also phone to make an appointment on 01483 375035. If you phone, you may reach an answering machine message.  If so, please listen carefully for an alternative number.

Packing Safely

Packing Safely

I always say to my students “If you want to be a glassmaker learn how to pack first” because packing safely is really the key to success.

My Packing History

I have been packing safely on and off for more than 40 years and shipping glass to more than 20 countries. I’ve never counted how many pieces of glass I have packed up. But I just worked out that the total must be more than 100,000! So far, I haven’t had a piece break in transit. That’s because I choose good packing materials and pack carefully. So are you wondering whether it would be safe for me to send your purchase to you? If so, the answer is that with a 100% track record of no breakages I’m not looking to cut any corners! Bubble wrap? No way, that’s entry level! ­­I moved up to Jiffy Foam in 1978 and haven’t looked back. There’s a reason it costs more!

When you pack, the key thing is to remember that the parcel is going to be handed by lots of people. There may be ten or twelve people on the way to its destination. I’d like to think that most of them would like it to arrive safely. But it’s probably fair to say that on occasions, they aren’t all as careful as you would like them to be. So the answer is to pack to a standard that takes this into consideration.

How I learnt to pack

I learnt to pack when I was at the University of Keele in the seventies, studying International Relations. Packing wasn’t a subject on the degree course. But I met a wonderful old lady who had worked in the Potteries all her life. She lived in a 17th Century cottage in Betley, Staffordshire. She used to tell me some fascinating anecdotes about the famous pottery designers, whom she’d known and the factories where she’d worked. I think she must have been born around 1900.

After a long career as a decorator in the potteries, she retired, to her cottage in Betley. When I knew her she must have been almost 80. She used travel by bus into Stoke to buy glazed whiteware from different potteries and carry it back to paint in her cottage. Then she would get on the bus and carry it to a pottery to be fired. So she really knew how to pack and she taught me the basics. I was lucky enough to make friends with her and used to buy her work to sell in my mother’s shop in Highgate. Packing safely was very important to her, and I was lucky to learn how to pack from her.

I do hope that if you had any worries about the safe passage of your purchase, that I have put your mind to rest. Happy browsing!

Christmas Bauble Taster Sessions

Christmas Bauble Taster Sessions 2019

We’re still taking bookings for our popular Christmas Bauble Taster Sessions for 2019. We’ve been organising these “make your own Christmas decoration” sessions for several years now and we’ve found that they’ve always been a great success. So much so, that in fact some people come back year after year and build up their collection of Christmas baubles over a period of time. Indeed,  we’re looking forward to seeing some old friends as well as meeting new ones! Last year around 400 people joined us to blow a bauble each and we already have more than 300 people booked in, and it’s only mid-October!

Each place costs £40 per person and payment is required with booking. Please note that as with all hot glass items, we need to anneal your baubles overnight. So they will usually be available for collection the following day. We can make arrangements  to send your bauble (s) to you. There is a charge of £10 for up to 12 baubles. You can currently book online here for Saturday morning bauble courses in November and December, as well as some Sundays in December. There are some bookable dates on Thursday evenings too.

Please contact Adam for other possible dates and for group bookings. Early evening sessions can also be arranged for groups of 10 or more.

Christmas Bauble Taster Sessions 2017

Christmas Decorations

Hands on

This is an exciting, hands-on workshop. You will make your own blown glass Christmas bauble to keep and treasure or give as a gift. Why not come along with a group of friends and family for a fun-filled pre-Christmas outing?

Of course, if you want to make more than one bauble, you can book more than one space. In reality, there isn’t really a limit, but if you want to make more than 10, we can arrange a special session for you.

Christmas Bauble Taster Sessions 2017

Plenty of colours to choose from.

We have sessions on Saturday mornings, Sunday afternoons and some Saturday afternoons. Also on some Thursday evenings. As some of the sessions have sold out we’ve added some more. You can find the dates and book online here

“Dear Adam and team.Thank you for a wonderful workshop on Saturday we had a great time. Our youngest wants to come back next year to carry on bauble making!!” – family of four.

“Just wanted to say thank you to you and your team. My work friends and I had a really enjoyable time and will be recommending it to my other friends”

Furthermore, after the session you can enjoy browsing our on-site gallery, which is packed with glass art gifts and accessories perfect for Christmas.

Over the years we’ve learnt that some people are confused by the term bauble and prefer to refer to these as Christmas decorations, but we don’t mind what you call them!

If you would like to do more than just a taster session have a look at our Introduction to Glassblowing course, which run most weekends.

In 2016 we made Christmas Decorations for Matches Fashion which looked fantastic. Here is an image of one of our bauble trees!

We can arrange a special session for a group of 10 people. Please contact us for details.


Glassblowing during Guildford Heritage Open Days

Glassblowing during Guildford Heritage Open Days

We are going to be glassblowing during Guildford Heritage Open Days this year on Friday 13th, Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September.

In the mornings we have special Taster Courses

You will need to pre-book online if you would like to do a taster course.
The cost is £50 per person and the times are

Session one 0930 – 1115,

Session two 1130 – 1315.

There are up to 10 people per session and the cost is £50 per person, which includes all materials and the piece you make.
Details and calendar for online booking are here

In the afternoons, Adam will be demonstrating and the times of the glassblowing demonstrations are

Session one 1430-1530, Session two 1600-1700 on each day

You can also find all the details here

Inspiration Silent Auction


Inspiration Silent Auction

Earlier this year the Whalley family offered me the exceptional privilege of holding a one-man show of my glass sculpture at Birtley House. The exhibition is called Inspiration in the Garden and the title piece is called Inspiration. You can watch a film made by Luke Whatley-Bigg about the exhibition here.

Inspiration is a substantial sculpture. It is a collaborative work that I have been developing based on my “Boundaries” series of sculptures. My friend Mary Branson, the installation artist has acted as an unofficial mentor to the project.

So far, I have asked more than forty people to donate a word that inspires them. These words form part of the sandblast engraved decoration of the piece. I liked the idea of asking people to make a donation that wasn’t financial, to help create a piece that would raise funds for our chosen charity the Halow Project.

A diverse group of people have donated these words – artists and sculptors whom I admire, as well as members of my family, long standing friends and of course members of my team, past and present.

If you are not familiar with the Halow Project, click here  to see their website. They support young people with learning difficulties and work closely with Birtley House in giving them outdoor work experience.

I have donated my “Inspiration” sculpture to a silent auction for the HALOW project. If you would like to place a bid, please email Adam with your details and your bid.

It is very exciting to be able to announce that the current bid stands at £1,500 Bids will be accepted in increments of £100 so the next bid would be £1,600 and so on.

For guidance, similar sculptures are usually priced at £2,400 but we hope to raise considerably more than this sum for the Halow Project.



Thanks to Luke Whatley- Bigg for the images used here.

The Shape of Colour

The Shape of Colour

The Shape of Colour

The Shape of Colour is an Exhibition of glass sculptures and abstract paintings.

This June, Adam Aaronson is taking part in Surrey Artists Open Studios in a joint exhibition with Elizabeth Hauck, the well-known abstract expressionist painter based in West Horsley in Surrey.


Shape of Colour

The exhibition will be in at Liz’s house and studio in Shere Road, West Horsley. It will include Adam’s glass sculptures in the house and garden as well as Liz’s paintings and drawings.

Supporting Tujitane

There is a story behind this exhibition, linking art in Surrey to art in Africa. For the past two years Liz has been sponsoring Visual Arts at Tujatane, Tongabezi Trust School. This school is located in Zambia, close to Victoria Falls.

In Liz’s words: “We now have the opportunity to build a Community Art Centre for the children at the school and for adults in the surrounding area. I will be donating all the proceeds from painting sales to this project. Adam is donating 20% of the ticket price of his sculptures. “The Shape of Colour” exhibition is an opportunity to support art in Surrey. Simultaneously you can help those less fortunate develop their creativity and improve their lives”

Adam is thrilled to be showing his work in such a wonderful setting and delighted to be supporting this excellent cause. We do hope you will be able to come along and join us.

The Shape of Colour 1

Opening times

The exhibition is open to the public on June 15th, 16th and 17th 11am to 5pm. It is also open the following week by appointment from June 18th -22nd.

The Shape of Colour

Image courtesy of @PaulDeach


Glass Blowing Demonstrations

  Glass Blowing Demonstrations

Glass Blowing Demonstrations

Adam Aaronson will be presenting a series of Glass Blowing Demonstrations during SAOS – Surrey Artists Open Studios during June 2018. Please see below for dates and times.

These glassblowing demonstrations are free to the public and no booking is necessary.

As part of the Surrey Artist Open Studios series of events, Adam will be running his popular Taster Courses. Why not have a go at making glass yourself? You can find details by clicking here.

Adam’s glass blowing demonstrations are exciting and interesting to watch. If you are unable to visit at these times, the chances are that there will be some glassblowing to watch at most times during Open Studios, so it is worth dropping in. But we can’t guarantee a demonstration outside the published times.

When Taster courses are running, it is generally possibly to watch, space permitting.

Glass Blowing Demonstrations


Dates and Times

Saturday June 2nd  and Sunday June 3rd

2.30pm – 3.30pm

4.00pm – 5.00pm

Thursday June 7th, Friday June 8th, Saturday June 9th, Sunday June 10th

2.30pm – 3.30pm

4.00pm – 5.00pm

Thursday June 14th

2.30pm – 3.30pm

4.00pm – 5.00pm

Glass Blowing Demonstrations




Glass blowing Taster Courses in June 2018 for Open Studios

Glass blowing taster courses

Glass Blowing Taster Courses

Come and try your hand at one of our glass blowing taster courses with Adam Aaronson during SAOS – Surrey Artists Open Studios 2018

Click here for details about our Glass Blowing Demonstrations


These glass blowing taster courses are perfect for novices. You don’t need any experience at all, as we go through the process carefully.  We welcome children aged 9 years upwards. We have no upper age limit and the oldest student so far was aged 92!  But please advise us when you are booking if participants will be under 18 and please note that a parent or other responsible adult must accompany children. And, if you would like to make more than one item, just book two spaces!

These courses are dynamic, hands-on workshops, during which each participant makes their own coloured glass paperweight, bowl, tumbler, vase or other object from a choice of styles.

Glass blowing taster courses

Demonstrating the process in a taster session

Each session starts with a safety briefing. Then Adam Aaronson gives a demonstration showing how you will make your glass creation, with assistance from Adam and one of his assistants, Will, Candice or Gina, to make their paperweight or other item. We adapt to each individual’s ability, giving you more or less assistance as required. Next, each person chooses their colours and style and works in turn on an individual basis with Adam and his assistant to create their unique piece. We have to anneal your glass creation overnight. Then we will need to grind and polish it. So it will usually be ready for collection 48 hours after the course. As a finishing touch we will engrave your name on the base. We very much encourage you to take photographs during the session, so don’t forget to bring your camera or phone.

Glass blowing taster courses paperweight

Dates, Prices and Times


Our glassblowing taster courses cost £50 per person.


You can book on-line here

We have sessions at 9.30am and 11.30am on June 1,2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 22 & 29

We have sessions at 2pm and 4pm on June 1 & 29

There are usually up to 9 students per session