Classes


GLASS BLOWING LESSONS - INFO ON OUR CLASSES IN LANGPORT (TA10 9RB)
2017
We generally run our one-off taster classes on Wednesday evenings and occasionally Saturday mornings at dates throughout the year. There are only four places per session. Booking/payment by calling us in Langport on 01458 252 477.

 

 

 

Taster Sessions.
These classes give students an opportunity to try their hand at blowing a small clear glass vessel and dish, and experience the unique problems that working with molten glass pose. The evening/morning will include basic glassmaking techniques such as marvering and blowing. Evening sessions start at 6.30pm and morning sessions at 9.30am, and both are approximately 3 to 3 1/2 hours long. You can keep everything that you make, although you will not be able to take it home with you on the day because it has to anneal overnight. Vouchers are available as gifts for recipients to book themselves. Please note classes do tend to get booked well in advance at busy times of the year.
See the bottom of this page for restrictions regarding health, age and ability. Taster sessions are £85.00 per person, with a maximum class size of 4 people. Terms and conditions below.
Glass blowing is potentially dangerous. You will be given a safety talk before the session begins and you will be expected to listen and act on the instructions.
"A truly wonderful, but exhausting, way to spend a Saturday morning. My hat goes off to you Will. Thanks for your patience, laughter and assistance. Would definitely recommend the taster course to all my 'fit' friends." - Sharon 
"Thank you so much for a really fun invective, creative morning. Haven't been out of my comfort for a long time. Will, you are extremely patient and tolerant teacher as well as being very patient with complete idiots. Looking forward to picking up my pieces. Thank you again. Have really recommended to all friends to do the session. - Nicola
"I just wanted to say what a Glass Blowing course you guys run. It's really nice to have such an entertaining guy as Will teaching us. It was very well structured, amusing and engrossing all at once. I will definitely be recommending it." - Ian Davies
"Will, you made it all such fun – and I was thrilled at how many things I actually made. Thank you for such a fantastic time."
"Last night a friend and I visited the Shakspeare Glass Gallery in Taunton for a glass blowing lesson. The teacher, Will, led us through the processes of blowing a couple of objects with varying degrees of success which was fascinating in itself, but I haven't laughed so much in ages. The irreverent approach combined with an obvious passion for the joys of glass blowing helped make it a superb evening"
"Thank you so much for the glassblowing day. We had a ball! We never dreamt we would enjoy it that much – one of the best presents I have ever had."

 

 

We try to keep sessions flexible. If you can organise your own group of four people for any session we can often teach on a different night or a particular day. Please give us a call.
Terms and Conditions
Sorry, but we have to take advance payment to guarantee places. You can pay over the phone with a credit card, pop in and see us or send a cheque. Once a date is booked payment is non refundable. If you need to change the date, for whatever reason, we will try to refill it, if given reasonable notice, but this is not guaranteed. We can not run courses unless they are full, in which case we will offer alternative dates or give a refund to anyone already booked on the date.
We reserve the right to cancel classes due to unforeseen circumstances and will try and give as much notice as possible if this arises. In the event of cancellation we will offer an alternative date or full refund. Shakspeare Glass cannot accept liability for consequential loss, such as travel or accommodation, in these circumstances.
WARNING
At the risk of stating the obvious, glass blowing is physically demanding. If you struggle to do any physical exercise, can't run up the stairs or bend, crouch and stand up easily, then this is probably not for you. It can be dangerous for me, you and your fellow participants if you can not control the blowing irons easily and for the whole duration of your 'go's'. If you have a disability or medical condition which affects you in any way, please discuss this with us before you book. If you have a hearing impediment be advised that the workshop has a high level of background noise which can make it very difficult to hear any instructions, and so making the session potentially dangerous for yourself, the other participants and me! Unfortunately, if you wear a hearing aid we would advise you that glass blowing is not a good idea. We do reserve the right, on the evening or day, to not allow you to take part in the session if we feel, in view of health and safety, that you are not going to be safe. We have had to turn a couple of people away in the past as they had not made us aware of their situation in advance. You will be given a short talk about safety before you start the lesson and you will be expected to follow these instructions at all times. Participants must be 18 years of age and above.

DEMONSTRATIONS
We do evening demonstrations for clubs and groups. Generally these consist of a couple of explained demonstrations, where you can ask Will questions as he is making the piece. There is also the chance for a few of the braver souls to have a quick go themselves. There is a charge for evening demos.
Day visits by groups. Why not visit with your group by prior arrangement? W.I's, ProBus etc.. We do not make a charge for pre arranged day time groups. But for a small charge per head we can offer tea and homemade cakes and an explained glass blowing demonstration along the lines of an informal question and answer session. For more information please get in touch.  http://sales@shakspeareglass.co.uk
 
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