Creative Vibe

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Brilliant Day
Oct 2021 • Couples
My husband bought this experience for my 50th birthday for me. I arrived quite anxious as what to expect and if I could actually make anything decent!!

Ricky was an excellent teacher and guided and helped me through every process. He was very patient.

We started by making a marble and adding colour to it. Then I made a small bowl. Next a tear drop sculpture which was interesting to make with Ricky standing on the bench and me trying to pull down the glass with pinchers to make the pointed shape. Next was a more complicated sculpture with a hole in the middle which involved swinging the glass on the pole to draw down the glass and finally a Christmas bauble using gold leaf.

My husband attempted to make a Christmas bauble after I had finished and being a tuba player got a bit carried away blowing the glass. Ricky to the rescue 😂 let's say I think he should stick to tuba playing 😂

Had a lovely few hours and can't wait to collect my finished pieces.

Definitely worth giving this a go and you will be pleasantly surprised with your results
Written October 24, 2021
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Lewis M
2 contributions
Don't hesitate, do this experience
Jun 2021 • Couples
We were unsure of what to expect when we booked this event, especially during covid, however upon arriving on the day Ricky made us feel completely welcome, comfortable and safe, he gave us an initial talk of what to expect and then it was straight into blowing glass.

Within half an hour of arriving we were blowing our first pieces of glass, colouring them, shaping them and knocking them off the rod, we were expecting our hands to be held all day but Ricky told us what to do and let us do it (he was always there to guide and give tips and of course to step in when we inevitably messed up)

Ricky was amazing, knowledgeable, engaging and had a calm approach to teaching the two absolute amateurs that we are how to produce something that looked professional (not compared to his works). What a brilliant teacher.

We were slightly nervous about doing something like this during covid, however after 10 minutes and seeing the measures that have been put in place we were completely at ease.

A great experience, cannot recommend this highly enough.

Don't hesitate, if you have the opportunity to do this, jump at the chance.
Written July 8, 2021
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Andydjp
Stotfold, UK561 contributions
Amazing experience with a great teacher.
Dec 2020
What an amazing experience. Ricky is clearly passionate about his art and is highly skilled. He is a patient and informative teacher but also a genuinely nice person who does all he can to provide an enjoyable experience while sharing some of his knowledge and expertise. We went for our experience on a weekend just after the second lockdown and everything was COVID compliant with masks and distancing. We had the opportunity to produce four pieces of glassware starting with a paper weight and then progressing to choices such as a bowl, a vase and a tumbler. Learning the different techniques was fascinating and was a great four hour experience. Highly recommended.
Written December 7, 2020
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Sue H
Bracknell, UK122 contributions
Great fun!
Aug 2020 • Couples
We were finally able to do our glassblowing workshop and thoroughly enjoyed it. Ricky is a patient teacher, successfully navigating us through making 4 items each. Colour choices and sweat by us, actual talent by Ricky but at least we tried!
Written August 17, 2020
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Adam Jenkins
Chelmsford, UK7 contributions
Super enjoyable
Feb 2020
A fantastic experience, Ricky is a great teacher who is really passionate about his craft, he guides you through every step as you ultimately make 4 different objects. We started small with learning to control the glass by making a marble before moving onto blowing a globe. He has lots of colours to choose from so you can make some really interesting designs. We then made a glass sculpture learning to draw out the material after it had been blown. The final item was a choice between a bowl, vase or a perfume decanter. My partner chose to make a bowl and I went for a decanter – Ricky kindly let me make a bigger one in the hope of putting some whisky in there instead of perfume!

What is fantastic is how hands on this is. Ricky helps build your confidence and only steps in when he has to, you do most of the work yourself as you learn more with each piece. We had wanted to have a go at glass blowing for ages and we are so pleased that we chose to come to Creative Vibe. Highly recommended!
Written February 25, 2020
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Natasha
London, UK50 contributions
Incredible Value for Money
Sep 2019
I had a voucher for a virgin experience and chose to use it on a glassblowing workshop.
I was so impressed with how much one-to-one time we got with Ricky, taking us through each step. There was only 3 of us so any waiting time was very minimal.
We made 4 pieces throughout the day, way more than I expected.
For the training, location, materials, etc, this was absolutely incredible value for money.
Ricky was such a great trainer also and a lovely guy
Written September 9, 2019
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Sueblue42
Ampthill, UK1 contribution
Absolutely amazing
Nov 2018 • Friends
Ricky is a great tutor. It is only small groups, in our case 3. You are taken through the technique and Ricky helps throughout. I really didn't think we would come away with such beautiful glass items. Booked for a baubles workshop and will definitely go back for another day. Just brilliant.
Written December 7, 2018
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docmartin2015
Reading, UK39 contributions
Fantastic Day
Sep 2018 • Friends
Four of us, three experienced in working with glass and one artist, attended Ricky's glassblowing course yesterday. Absolutely fabulous experience. We made three items each all to our own colour choice. Ricky's very patient and accommodating manner and placid teaching style was made more significant because another course leader elsewhere in the country had turned down my application to do a similar course because I am deaf.

I cannot fault the day in any way, it was superb. I can certainly recommend you try it, and perhaps give the experience as an unusual gift for someone who has everything. You will not be disappointed.

Don't forget to take a packed lunched...coffee/tea and water is available.
Brilliant.
Written September 15, 2018
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Teeathome
midlands129 contributions
Amazing experience
Jan 2018 • Couples
A brilliant Christmas gift from my hubby, we had an amazing day. I never thought I would have the opportunity to blow glass! Ricky is an extremely patient and competent teacher. He explains each stage so that you never feel that you don’t know what you are doing and helps you achieve incredible pieces of glass. I can’t wait to see the finished results.
Don’t forget your packed lunch, lovely scenery if you are there in the summer. Can’t recommend highly enough.
Written January 7, 2018
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UltraNu3
Princes Risborough, UK47 contributions
Ricky makes you feel like a pro glass blower!
Dec 2017 • Couples
This was our 19th 'couples' activity out of 25 for our 25th Wedding Anniversary, and a definite recommendation from us! Ricky has the perfect teaching style, making us feel at home and confident. No prior experience needed as Ricky guides you through creation of four pieces on the beginners course.
Written December 10, 2017
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