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Workshop: Making Glass Beads

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Glass beads are a popular topic - both in the early Middle Ages and here at the Wallmuseum. During the summer months our bead makers and their clay oven for glass melting meet our visitors regularly.

Unfortunately, winter isn't really made for sitting outside with bellows and calmly winding molten glass onto sticks. - The high humidity and cold drafts alone are predestined to destroy the success of the work. Another drawback for our visitors is that there is little time for extended experimentation and development of one's own skills during the participatory activities.

That's why we're very pleased that two bead-making experts who are friends of ours have agreed to offer a longer workshop with us, in which we not only learn how to wrap a bead, but also learn more advanced techniques and, above all, plenty of time to practice.

Exceptionally, the course begins in the morning. Modern gas burners are being worked on. These have the advantage over medieval clay dishes in that they provide consistent heat and no one has to bring a servant along to operate the bellows.

In addition to an introduction to the equipment and tools, the main focus is on making glass beads. It is up to each participant whether they follow historical models or prefer to work according to their own ideas. The main focus is on enjoying the craft and learning new skills. A welcome side effect is that you can go home with a bag full of Glabeads afterwards.

Since the course will last the entire day, it will be interrupted by a one-hour lunch break. It is advisable to bring something to eat with you. There is also the option to get something nutritious in the city during this time or to go to our restaurant "Zweizack" (table reservation recommended).

Since no one wants to stress at the weekend, we hold our workshop in the usual relaxed atmosphere with a cup of coffee or tea. The work itself offers plenty of opportunity for a nice chat with the course instructors and the other participants. 

Due to limited number of participants, we ask that you register in advance.

Date:  Saturday, December 2nd, 2023, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (lunch break from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.)
Location:  Seminar room in the reception building of the Wallmuseum
Course fee:  €25 / person (including material and food)

Here you can sign up