Make your own glass paperweight
Work with the National Glass Centre Studio team to create a beautiful paperweight. Learn the secrets of incorporating colour into the design and how to encapsulate decorative air bubbles deep within the glass.
This one hour experience offers you the opportunity to work with glass at over 1200 degrees in the hot glass Studio. With a maximum of four people per session you will explore some traditional paperweight making techniques leaving friends and family alike bemused as to how it was made. You will learn how to incorporate powdered glass colours into your paperweight and experience the intense heat ‘glory hole’ required to melt-in the colour & form the glass. You will sit in the ‘gaffers’ bench’ and under the watchful eye of our experienced glass artists, form the glass with wooden blocks and use jacks to help separate the paperweight from the iron.
This workshop requires no previous experience and is suitable for ages 13+. Please note that under 16’s should be accompanied by an adult.
These workshops are suitable for most people, however if you have any questions or concerns regarding your suitability or safety then please contact the Glass Centre reception desk on 0191 515 5555 prior to booking and they will be able to answer any specific enquiries.
Completed items need time to cool down and ground to flatten the base, so it is recommended that you leave at least four days before collection. If you are unable to collect please let us know and we can arrange to have your artwork posted to you.
Terms and conditions apply.
“The two men who were there to assist were very helpful. Ray made is feel at ease and made our time there fun and enjoyable.”
“It was a wonderful experience for three generations of our family including myself, my 16 year old daughter and my 80 year old father.”
“This was a gift for my birthday - it was great fun, the staff were really helpful and friendly and we had a great time.”
Time: Hourly, 10.00 – 16.00
Price: £39.99 per person (Max 4 People)
Duration: 1 hour
Booking is essential.
Call: 0191 515 5555
My practice is interdisciplinary combining drawing, sculpture and film.
Head of Enterprise, Commissioning & the Studio
I am Head of Enterprise, Commissioning and the Studio at National Glass Centre at the University of Sunderland, England and am a member of the Senior Management Team.
I am an Israeli artist based in the UK working primarily in kiln cast glass.
Glass Maker and Artist
I have worked at National Glass Centre since finishing my degree in 2005.
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Sara Jo Harrison joined National Glass Centre in 2012 to support the Centre's marketing and Communications strategy.
My work uses a range of media which acknowledges the interface between both traditional practice and new media.
Learning and Engagement Officer
Rachel joined National Glass Centre in 2007 to support the Centre's learning and engagement programme having completed MA Glass the previous year.
Kalki Mansel is one of National Glass Centre's resident glass artists.
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