2020 November - Workshop Weekend, Wilhelminaoord

Workshop Glass Bead Making

Workshop Glass Bead Making. Photo by Hans van Paassen

By Hans van Paassen

The oldest glass beads are around 3,500 years old and come from Egypt and Mesopotamia. The art of making glass beads has since spread to the rest of the world. In the early Middle Ages, glass beads were made over clay ovens. These ovens were fired on charcoal and probably blown with bellows. Glass beads come in all shapes, sizes and shapes with a world of different decorations. In addition to glass beads, spinning tops and game pieces and other glass objects have been found that can be made above a clay oven. In the workshop you will learn how to make glass beads over a clay oven, where there is a lot of variation between making beads, operating the bellows and watching the other participants.


Time: 3 hours
Participants: maximum 3 people per group
Minimum age: 16 years old
Costs: € 30 per person including material and the beads you make


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