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Canberra Glassworks Workshop

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  1. Molten glass
    Photograph: VisitCanberra | Canberra Glassworks
  2. Glass works on display at Canberra Glassworks
    Photograph: VisitCanberra | Canberra Glassworks
  3. Glassworks in action
    Photograph: VisitCanberra | Canberra GlassworksCanberra Glassworks

Time Out says

Walk away from this place with an object you've made yourself and a new appreciation of a complex craft

It’s physical, it’s sweat inducing, and at times, it’s even heartbreaking. But for those who try their hand at it, glassmaking is mesmerising: a fact that visitors to the Canberra Glassworks are fast realising.

Happily, as a newcomer to the medium, you won’t have to toil for hours over a hot furnace to get a sense of what’s possible. Every weekend, newbies flock to the Kingston Foreshore location to take a Make Your Own class. While it’s time efficient (you’ll come out with a paperweight in just twenty minutes, or a glass tumbler in forty), these sampler workshops also offer a real taste of the craft, in what many in the art world recognise as Australia’s leading glassworks facility.

You’ll work the punty (the long pipe which is an essential in any glassmaker’s toolkit); choose your coloured frit (little pieces of glass later embedded into the larger piece); and learn about shaping a compelling form.   

If you’ve opted to produce a tumbler, you’ll also have a chance to test your glass blowing skills; an act which is more likely to succeed after a few tips from professional artist and Canberra local, Sui Jackson, who runs the Make Your Own workshops.
After that, if, like many of the 50,000 visitors who pass through the doors every year (many to peruse the onsite gallery), you want to advance your skills and take on the grinders and buffers, you’ll be back. Whether you want to fuse it, cast it, blow it or try a spot of flameworking (melting and shaping glass over a hot torch), there’s a short weekend glassmaking course on offer to help.

Beware though: it’s not just the furnaces here that are hot. These courses are popular, so book ahead.


11 Wentworth Ave
From $80
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