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Ambacht in Beeld Festival
30 & 31 March 2024
Brussels - Tour & Taxis Gare Maritime

| Glass blowing

Jane-Sylvie Van den Bosch - Saturday 30 maart & Sunday 31 maart
1 hour
€ 70
Minimum age:
12 years
English, French
Saturday 30 maart
Sunday 31 maart

This masterclass takes place outside.


In this one-on-one masterclass you will learn to create a glass object yourself!


Glass blowing – glass casting workshop:  “Yes you can”
1 Presentation of teachers
2 Safety when working with warm glass
3 Discussion of your chosen design, and short demonstration of glass blowing and glass casting.
4 Explanation of the blowpipes, tools, dyes, glass furnaces, etc.
5 You will now be guided step by step by an experienced glass blower, who will help you
making your first craft vase, carafe, drinking glass or own creation.
6 Cooling down of the workpiece and short discussion.


NB: The object must cool down for a day and can be picked up the next day. Objects blown on Saturday can be collected on Sunday. Objects blown on Sunday can be picked up on Monday morning, or a separate appointment can be made to send it by post.


Glass blowing is a craft that is more than 5,000 years old. Glass, an admirable material that surrounds us every day, without it life would be completely different (no computers, windows, kitchen utensils, etc.).

This material: sand, potash and soda, is our base sauce, which is heated to 1200 degrees. With this honey, the glassblowers turn the “craft” into an artistic object through: glass casting, glass blowing, deforming, folding, stretching, etc. All this is presented at the festival with a mobile glass oven, which has already been heated to the right temperature the day before.


Jane Sylvie is an experienced glass blower:
“Visual artist, I’ve loved that since kindergarten. Bringing up worlds on the edge of ours. Draw, tinker, sculpt. Working with your hands, putting your mind, your soul, your heart, call it what you want, I like it. First educated in model maker, wall painting and prototyping, I brings many artistic experiences to working with glass. My encounter with glass was artistically decisive. Trained at Institute for Arts & Crafts in Mechelen, I became a trainer in my turn. It is my pleasure is to share the taste of glass and its fantastic creation powers.”

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