Glass Blowing

(Afternoon Elective)*

In this exciting and fun elective you'll have the rare hands-on opportunity to explore the wonderful art of glass blowing and hot glass sculpting with molten glass gathered on a steel pipe from the furnace!

Suitable for absolute beginners as well as those with some glass experience, your elective leaders Thom, Keith and Lydia will work closely with you to help you explore and enjoy this exciting and fascinating medium. You'll have lots of opportunity to express yourself creatively in both sculptural and/or functional forms, using a wide range of inspiring colours. Plus you’ll learn plenty of new skills and come away with lots of funky hand-blown glass that will undoubtedly impress your friends and lead to a few story telling sessions!

You'll learn to gather molten glass from the furnace on a steel blow-pipe, and to control and shape the glass using traditional techniques and tools to create simple solid and blown forms such as paperweights, vessels and other sculptural forms.

Your creations may be funky to start with but you'll love each one of them and be amazed at the progress you'll make over the week. Bring along ideas you’d like to express in glass and your leaders will work alongside you and assist you to realize these ideas during the elective.  Working with hot glass is an intensive, fun, and exciting process. Learning to assist each other and working as a team are important parts of the experience.  

*Please note this elective attracts an additional (heavily subsidised) fee of $285 per person to help cover the cost of gas, electricity and specialised tools and materials. When registering online, please make sure to select the add-on Glass Blowing fee.  Please note that this figure is just a fraction of what it would normally cost to do a workshop of this kind and represents exceptional value.

Thomas Pearson is a glass-blower based in Adelaide, SA. As an emerging glass artist working in sculptural and blown hot glass, he is passionate about his faith and sharing this through his practice. His work is sculptural and utilises a range of different glass-making techniques. He has worked closely in production teams and with established visual artists through the Australian National University, the Canberra Glassworks and in the Jam Factory over the past four years. You can see his current work through his instagram:

Keith Dougall is a glass artist with over 25yrs experience working with hot and kiln-formed glass. Keith resides in Poatina and established the Poatina Glass Studio and Arts Centre where he teaches regular beginner glass blowing workshops.  Keith is passionate about helping people discover and enjoy their creativity and his own  art practice has led him to undertake some major public art commissions in Tasmania recently.  Examples of his work can be found at

Lydia Brichta was fascinated by glass blowing when she first saw it while cycling around the Isle of Wight. She stayed watching while the rest of the group cycled on! Later she did a short glass-blowing course through Sydney College of The Arts and then got a job working as an apprentice/assistant glass-blower to glass artist Robert Wynne in Manly. Lydia went back to being a Vet after 3 years but continued glass as a hobby. A few years ago she got back into glass-blowing when invited by Keith to Poatina. Lydia continues to explore her art practice and faith with help from Poatina Arts and Annandale Creative Arts Centre in Sydney.

Glass Blowing is offered as an Afternoon Elective in 2019. Minimum and maximum registration numbers apply to all electives. Please ensure that you indicate a second choice for both Morning and Afternoon Electives when registering online in case your first choice is unavailable.

You may also like to check out the Kiln-Formed Glass Elective which is being offered in the mornings and Flame-worked Glass (like a miniature version of glass blowing heating glass rods and tubes over a gas flame) which is being offered as part of the Mix It Up program in 4 individual afternoon sessions which will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.  Only 4 sessions are available - see 'Flame-worked Glass' for more details. 

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