An Introduction to Venetian Techniques

Intermediate Level 3-Day Course

This is an intermediate level course held over 3 days at The Original Bristol Blue Glass studio with our expert glassmaker, David Barry.

David is one of the country’s leading exponents in ‘Venetian' glassmaking skills, with a wide variety of techniques at his disposal. To take this course students will be required to have a good level of experience on the hot floor. 

James Adlington and David Barry of Bristol Blue Glass


This course will deliver a holistic view of hot floor studio use, including:

  • ‘Proper’ dip mould uses
  • Marvering
  • Bubble-forming
  • Delivery and receiving
  • Stem-making (blown)
  • Foot-making (blown)
  • Opening and pontil work

The list of techniques you will be taught is extensive, providing you with this rare chance to work with a renowned and leading glassmaking expert. Students are expected to bring their own tools, although we are happy to supply some more specialist tools to use for the duration of the course.

The all-inclusive cost is £1000. To book a place for yourself on this course please call us on 0117 972 0818.

PS: If you have no experience in glassmaking but would like to learn then we suggest you enrol in one of our beginners' glassmaking courses.