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Studio & Equipment Hire and Bespoke Glassmaking Days

We offer a range of options for those who wish to further their glassmaking skills including 1:1 and bespoke group tuition, together with studio and equipment hire. Our facilities in both the hot-shop (glassblowing area) and the kiln room together with cold-working equipment and a sand-blaster are available to hire. In the hot-shop we have two furnaces, each suitable for up to four people with one tutor. In the kiln room larger groups may be accommodated.

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Hot-Shop/Glassblowing Private Tuition & Hire

private glassblowing tuition

Bespoke Glassblowing Tuition

Our private sessions are ideal for individuals, families or small groups of up to four people who would like to experience glass for the first time; further their glassmaking skills or learn more advanced techniques.

Private Tuition Cost

Glassblowing with The Glass Hub Team

1:1 – Full Day £560 / Half Day £360
2:1 – Full Day £580 / Half Day £370
3:1 – Full Day £600 / Half Day £380
4:1 – Full Day £620 / Half Day £390

Glassblowing Bench Hire (Intermediate to Advanced Skills)

For those with glassblowing experience, we offer equipment hire without tuition although a technician must always be present. Using the versatile and cost effective portable Minimelt furnaces means that we can offer bench time at very reasonable prices.

Materials are not included but available at cost. If you require any specialist materials or tools, please contact us in advance.

Bench Hire Cost

Bench Hire with Technician Only

Full day: £450 / Half Day £240

The New ‘Nanomelt’

Our new ‘Nanomelt’ portable glass furnace is suitable for slightly smaller/thinner items using less glass; It’s perfect for training and prototyping. This is available for private bespoke sessions with a tutor.

Private Tuition Cost

Our New ‘Nanomelt’ with Tutor

1:1 – Full day £340 / Half day £180
2:1 – Full day £370 / Half Day £190
3:1 – Full day £400 / Half day £200
4:1 – Full Day £410 / Half Day £210

Bench Hire Cost

Bench Hire with Technician Only

Full day: £280 / Half Day £150

Further Information

  • Private tuition is available on weekdays by prior arrangement.
  • Sessions includes tools and basic materials (extra materials at cost).
  • A full day runs from 10.30 to 4pm with ½ hour for lunch. Half days run from 1.30 – 4.30pm.
  • Please bring a packed lunch.
  • All prices above include VAT for individuals.

Notes: 1:1 = student : tutor ratio (1 student with 1 tutor).

Please email us for more information or to make a booking.  Email Us

Warm Glass, Kiln-Working – Private Tuition & Hire

Private Warm Glass Sessions

Explore a variety of warm glass techniques to pursue in small groups of up to four people with The Glass Hub team. • available on weekdays by prior arrangement

• Includes tools and basic materials (extra materials at cost).
• Full days are 10am to 4pm with ½ hour for lunch.
• Please bring a packed lunch
• Prices include VAT at 20% for individuals

Private Tuition Cost

1:1 – Full Day £350
2:1 – Full Day £380
3:1 – Full Day £410
4:1 – Full Day £440

Advanced Warm Glass Techniques with Helga Watkins-Baker

For more advanced or specialist warm glass techniques.

• Maximum 2 people
• Includes tools and basic materials (extra materials at cost).
• Full Day 10am to 4pm (½ hour lunch) / Half Day 1.30 – 4.30pm
• Please bring a packed lunch
• Prices include VAT at 20% for individuals

Private Tuition Cost

1:1 – Full Day £400 / Half Day £250
2:1 – Full Day £420 / Half Day £270

Max 2 persons

Warm Glass Equipment Hire

You can hire any of our glass kilns for fusing, slumping and casting. For details of available kilns and hire costs, see ‘Kiln Details below’.

You can also hire worktop space to create your glass work, sandblaster and cold-working tools. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Notes: 1:1 = student : tutor ratio (1 student with 1 tutor). All prices above include VAT.

Kiln Details

Laser L6F Glass Kiln – Two Available – Ideal for Fusing & Slumping
Size: 1000mm x 750mm x 250mm (internal)
Price – £40 (inc VAT) for first 24hrs (+£10 for Bullseye Thinfire if required).
£25 per 24 hrs extra after this.

Nabertherm GF240 Glass Kiln – One Available – Ideal for Fusing & Slumping and Casting
Size: 1000mm x 800mm x 400mm (internal)
Price – £50 (inc VAT) for first 24hrs (+£10 for Bullseye Thinfire if required).
£30 per 24 hrs extra after this.

Kilncare Hobby Fuser – One Available – Ideal for Fusing & Slumping
Size: 420mm x 420mm x 200mm (internal)
Price – £15 (inc VAT) for first 24hrs (+£2.00 for Bullseye Thinfire if required).
£10 per 24 hrs extra after this.

L&L Kiln E23s – One Available – Ideal for Casting (Circular)
Size: 600mm diameter x 460mm high (internal)
Price – £30 (inc VAT) for first 24hrs.
£20 per 24 hrs extra after this.

Cromartie Upright – One Available – Ideal for Casting
Size: 520mm wide x 680mm deep x 700mm high (internal)
Price – £40 (inc VAT) for first 24hrs.
£25 per 24 hrs extra after this.

Please email us for more information or to make a booking.  Email Us

Larger Groups and Bespoke Sessions

For Team Building, Corporate/Club Outings, Family Events and Hen/Stag Parties

We also cater for larger groups and can tailor days to suit your individual requirements. Although the hot-shop glassblowing sessions are limited to a maximum of eight persons at a time, we can organise a programme where other activities are included such as glass fusing, lampworking and sandcasting. Groups can be divided into teams to work in separate areas experiencing a variety of glassmaking techniques. This works well as a team-building activity or a club outing and for hen/stag days or larger families. This way a maximum of 16 can attend.

Glassblowing is an excellent activity to really push the limits of both individuals and groups, encouraging confidence and team building skills, while learning an ancient, over 2000 year’s old practice.  Our highly skilled staff will coordinate and manage each team of four (we can have 2 teams of 4), and each person will take turns at being the ‘master’ glassblower who makes an object of their own design and colour from the molten glass. We need at least two assistants for the ‘master’ so everyone has the opportunity at leading and assisting.

Option A

4 persons

Each person will make: a bauble or a paperweight, a tumbler and a vase – OR – choose a bespoke project (bespoke projects must be discussed with us first).

Cost: £620 (£155 per person) plus VAT

Option B

8 persons

Each person will make: a bauble or a paperweight, a tumbler and a vase – OR – choose a bespoke project (bespoke projects must be discussed with us first).

Cost: £1200 (£150 per person) plus VAT

Option C

16 persons

Each person will make: a fused glass panel, tile or some jewellery; a glass bead; a bauble or paperweight, and a small sandcast object.

Cost: £1600 (£100 per person) plus VAT

Please email us for more information or to make a booking.  Email Us

Schools & Colleges

For Educational Activities & Demonstrations

Up to 10 in a group.

In the Hot-Shop / £150 per hour
The glass hub team will demonstrate making a wine glass and allow the students to ‘blow’ some glass; make small sandcast objects and a torch-worked bead, to be collected or posted from the following day. This is an interactive but demonstration-led session and we can create bespoke sessions for your particular projects e.g. ‘Roman glass’.

Kiln Working / £100 per hour
This will start with a small video presentation about glass, and how it’s made. Children will assemble coloured fusible sheet glass to make a glass tile of their own design, using inclusions and glass ‘frits’. This can also be theme-based, and tie in with the school curriculum.

For larger classes of up to 30 students, please contact us for further information. This would be demonstration-led and we would use all glassmaking areas (see Larger Groups above).

Please email us for more information or to make a booking.  Email Us

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