Canberra Glassworks

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Canberra Glassworks
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Canberra Glassworks is Australia's only cultural centre that is wholly dedicated to contemporary glass art. At its core Canberra Glassworks is a working Glassworks that provides access to glassmaking facilities for glass artists. Canberra Glassworks also provides diverse opportunities for visitors to interact with and learn about glass making and the heritage of Canberra's Kingston Power House. Visitors can meet artists, see glassmaking as it happens, view exhibitions, take tours and have a hands-on experience working with glass. Canberra Glassworks is also home to Brodburger - the best burgers in Canberra!
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Hugary1
Sydney, Australia5,435 contributions
Nice place to see the craft of glass blowing in action.
Good viewing area and entry is free. Parking during week is pay at weekend not.
Close to Kingston water walks and restaurant's.
Food outlet is attached and toilets are nice and clean.
Cost of items, hand crafted, is not cheap but worth a look
Small kids hands could be an issue
Written July 17, 2022
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bigadventure5
Bella Vista, Australia45 contributions
Years ago we were mesmerised watching the glass artists at work so Canberra Glassworks was a priority this trip. We booked ahead for both a tour and to get creative and make glass mosaic tiles. The tour took us over the various floors of the Glassworks, we were told about displays and observed different types of glass work. These are paid activities plus there was postage for the sending of our completed artworks back as our trip was too short for the glass to be fired, cooled and ready to collect before our departure.
Our guide was friendly, and patient and encouraging when we were creating our postcard sized glass pictures. This was both fun and illuminating as we worked and watched each other in our family get creative.
General entry to wander the historic building, see displays and watch live glass making is free/by donation. There is a gift shop with beautiful glass jewellery and objects, and a cafe also. There is a very tall marble run.
Written January 26, 2020
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Bruce F
Dapto, Australia266 contributions
The afternoon we visited (a Saturday) there were obviously some glassworkers on their "L" plates under instruction, as well as some groups of experienced craftspeople. In all there must have been 12-15 people working in pairs and threes around all the kilns. We sat in the gallery and were absolutely spellbound by the variety of glass activities in progress and the speed at which they all worked. There was a small gallery shop, and entry was by donation. This was a great experience and we were spellbound by the activity for over an hour.
Written May 11, 2021
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jokay22au
Sydney, Australia63 contributions
Friends
Very interesting 30mins visit to help us appreciate the labour that goes into handmade glasswork.
We’re here with my 9 years old - he said it’s one of the highlights of our 3 days Canberra visit (he likes museums so he’s that type of person).
We had the opportunity to watch a couple of artists made cups. We didn’t quite understand the steps but after reading some info displayed we managed to guess what we think they’re doing.
Good little shop with some glass items/art available for sale to support the artists.
Written December 20, 2021
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JennyC0309
Scarborough, Australia382 contributions
Couples
If you love watching artists make things out of molten glass then this is the place for you. While we were there someone was making birds, paper weights & glasses while another artist explained the process. Plenty of room to sit & watch in comfort & ask questions. If you plan ahead about a week you can book a session with an artist to make something. Best thing the viewing is free. There is also a gift shop selling the artists wares.
Written May 8, 2021
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia10,965 contributions
Canberra Glassworks is an Australian art gallery, located in Canberra, the nation's capital. The Gallery is funded by the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government, The Gallery holds regular public exhibitions, you can also see glassware being moulded. Making glassware is a difficult art to master, it's fascinating to watch.
Written April 28, 2022
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MagpieBec
7 contributions
Family
Certaily a view to appreciate the artistic skill involved. Adult interest varied. Children (age group 9-12) were interested in the walk around the mezzanine which displayed the process, however lost interest quickly whilst watching the artists mould glass in the gallery.
Written January 16, 2022
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lkb71
Melbourne, Australia21 contributions
Arrived in the morning and we didn’t know what to expected.
There was a tour about to start, we were told just go up to level 3, no suggestion was there for us (2 people) to join a group of 6 people. We asked if there was a tour and was informed rudely that no you just self tour.
That being said we went upstairs and sat down to look at the glassworks that we’re going on and received a talk from this rude woman for her group, as we didn’t move from our seats.
Written August 17, 2019
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Sheena B
Melbourne, Australia33 contributions
Couples
I visited & did the make your own paperweight. I've never done anything like this before & really enjoyed the experience. The one on one instruction in the hot shop was great & the whole process took less that 30mins. But be prepared to pay postage to have your item sent to you if you are not able to return to collect it a couple days later. The paperweights take at least 48hrs to fully cool for collection/shipping. It was an extra $15 to post my creation to Melbourne. I really recommend doing this activity.
Written November 6, 2016
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Alicia J
Canberra, Australia40 contributions
Couples
I felt like the whole workshop took a few minutes to walk through, even at a stroll pace. There weren't many things to look at - despite one guy making a glass bird, but really not showing the audience what was going on. I would love to go back if there was more to see!
Written July 26, 2016
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Hi Alicia, Thanks for your review. We're sorry you felt a bit underwhelmed by your visit to the Glassworks. Unfortunately, as it is an artists facility for hire, we can't guarantee there will be lots going on at any given time - the best way is to check our website to make sure there will be something happening when you visit: http://www.canberraglassworks.com/visit/calendar/ In particular, visit our Hotshop Calendar and pick the days when someone is blowing: http://www.canberraglassworks.com/live-glassmaking/hotshop-calendar/
Written August 10, 2016
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