FREE Admission
Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL

Open Daily 10:00 - 17:00 Call: 0191 515 5555

FREE Admission
Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL

Open Daily 10:00 - 17:00 Call: 0191 515 5555

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Glass Making Experience: Paperweights

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.

Additional Information

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, 14.00 – 16.00
Price: £39.99 per person (Max 4 People)
Age: 13+
Duration: 1 hour
Booking is essential.
Call: 0191 515 5555

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