The Studio

When we are working in the studio you are welcome to stay and watch the creation of our glass artworks.

Glassblowing involves inflating molten glass by blowing through a hollow metal tube, called a blowpipe. The glass is then shaped into a variety of forms with the aid of a range of hand tools.

The raw material is called glass batch and is made from a mixture of highly refined sand, lime and soda as well as a few other materials that give it more clarity and allow it to maintain its heat for longer periods. This batch comes as a fine white powder and is made specifically for glassblowers.

When we put the glass batch into the furnace, heat melts it into clear glass which we work with at temperatures of over 1000 degrees centigrade.

The molten glass cools quite quickly and as it does it solidifies. In order to keep working the glass we need to keep it in a hot, liquid form. This is done by frequently re-heating the glass in a piece of equipment called a glory hole. We alternate between shaping and heating until the piece is finished.

Once it has been made the piece needs to cool down very slowly otherwise it will break. We do this by placing it into a hot kiln which takes all night to cool down to room temperature.

It takes years of practice to become a glassblower but we do run beginners glassblowing classes and make your own paperweight sessions.

Visitors to our studio are welcome to stay and watch the ancient and mesmerising art of glass blowing from our safe viewing area. Whilst we aim to blow glass every day it is not always possible. If you are coming to our studio specifically to watch us working please phone ahead on the day to make sure we will be blowing glass.