Blow a glass bubble for Arts Festival

Did you ever want to try glassblowing? Jerpoint Glass the Kilkenny based craft studio is inviting you to come and have a go!

Did you ever want to try glassblowing? Jerpoint Glass the Kilkenny based craft studio is inviting you to come and have a go!

This free event will take place on August 17 from 10am to 2pm facilitated by Rory Leadbetter family member and Master Glassblower, as part of their Kilkenny Arts Festival celebrations.

Glassblowing is a most exciting spectacle! At the family run glass studio each piece is made and finished entirely by hand, using 2000-year-old methods and up to seven gathers of flowing red-hot molten glass from the1200oC furnace. Visitors are always welcome to view the glassblowing but now they can be right in the middle of the action.

Rory will guide participants through the techniques involved in taking a gather from the furnace, controlling the blowing iron and blowing a glass bubble. Each session will take between 10 and 15 minutes and is free of charge although spaces must be booked in advance by calling Jerpoint on 056 7724350.

During Kilkenny Arts Festival, Jerpoint Glass will also host an exhibition of batik paintings by Bernadette Madden entitled “Sunlight & Shadow” and “I Am a Vessel” a collection of painting and drawings by Roisin Leadbetter. Visitors are welcome to come to the studio to view the glassblowing, browse in the adjacent shop and view the exhibitions in the gallery throughout the year. For more information www.jerpointglass.com, or follow Jerpoint Glass on Twitter or Facebook.