In this 20 minute session under the expert guidance of a teaching artist, learn some of the basic glassblowing techniques to make a spherical or bird-shaped paperweight. Seated at a bench on the hotshop floor, you will use glassblowing tools including jacks, blocks, paddles, optic molds and punties to shape the molten glass, adding colour and pattern before placing the finished work in an annealer (a kiln that cools the piece at a controlled rate to avoid stressing and cracking the glass).
Due to the annealing process, paperweights are not available to take home on the same day – your piece will be available for collection the following Wednesday after your session. If you cannot collect your piece, postage can be arranged at an additional cost of $15 per item. Quotes for international postage can be supplied.
Entry on Thursday nights
As Canberra Glassworks is closed to the public from 4 pm, please enter through the northern door (lakeside) and wait in the foyer for the teaching artist who will arrive to book you in and guide you to the Hotshop.
You must be aged 14 and over to participate
You must comply with our OHS procedures or you will not be permitted access to the glassblowing studio:
Clothing must be natural – no synthetic fibres are allowed as these are highly flammable
Safety glasses must be worn (these are supplied, but reading glasses are also acceptable)
Long hair must be tied back
Covered shoes must be worn
Group bookings for this activity cannot be made, however, consecutive sessions can be booked if available
To book using a gift voucher, please contact reception on (02) 6260 7005 from 10 am to 4 pm, Wednesday to Sunday.