Glass Workshops

Glass Workshops

Glass Workshops

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Our students have access to one of the largest, best equipped glass-making workshop areas in Europe, giving them the opportunity to experience a broad range of techniques to realise their creative aspirations.

3D Tour

Click on the image above and take a tour around our glass facilities, please note the Mattertag hotspots (white circles) – these contain information about specific equipment.

Glass blowing facilities

One of our graduates describes, in depth, the process of working with glass – alongside the outstanding facilities we have in Wolverhampton.

Workshops include

 Our Hot Shop contains:

  • 2 recuperated pot furnaces for blowing and casting
  • Glory-holes and lehrs
  • Automated glass press and centrifuge
  • 1 of Europe’s largest hot glass casting kilns at 2 m x 1m.
  • Many of the moulds used are created in our own resin-sand mould-making workshop.

Our cold processing room contains:

  • A full range of linishers, cutting and polishing lathes 
  • Flat-bed grinders 
  • Diamond glass drill 
  • Lapidary saws 
  • A diamond band saw 
  • 4 vibra-lap machines 
  • Pneumatic hand grinders and engravers 
  • An industrial diamond milling machine

The kiln room contains:
A large plaster model and mould-making workshop to realise forms in plaster, wax and thermo-set rubber which then can be taken into refractory castable moulds for lost wax casting and glass slumping.

Other facilities:
18 kilns, ranging in size from small scale jewellery to large scale casting and architectural kilns.

Glass blowing in the Hot Shop studio
Glass blowing in the Hot Shop studio
Glass blowing in the Hot Shop studio
Glass blowing in the Hot Shop studio
Glass blowing in the Hot Shop studio
Glass blowing in the Hot Shop studio
Glass blowing in the Hot Shop studio
Glass blowing in the Hot Shop studio

In Focus

Learn about our Glass workshops in more detail

Including our Hot Glass Workshop, Cold Process, Glass Kiln Room and Studios.

In Addition

Wolverhampton School of Art students have have access to exceptional Wood, Metal and Plastics Workshops. Together with specialist facilities for Ceramics, traditional print workshops and a specialist in-house digital printing service – the Print Support Hub.

Ceramics facilities

The Ceramics facilities at Wolverhampton are among the best equipped in the country. Our students have access to a range of specialist facilities including: Plaster workshops, Throwing area, Glaze room, Kiln room, Raku yard and Studios.

Learn more about the ceramics facilities

Wood, Metal and Plastics Workshops

Large individual Wood, Metal and Plastics workshops with specialised technical support. Plastics modelling workshop offers laser cutter/engraving machine, 3D printers and Vacuum forming machine. Wood workshop has four specialist circular saws and a large scale CNC Router. Metals workshops contains MIG, TIG, Spot and Plasma cutters and Lathes.

Learn more about our Wood, Metal and Plastics Workshops

Traditional Print Workshops

The Traditional Print workshops offer a range of printing facilities, using different process techniques.

Learn more about our traditional print workshops

Print Support Hub 

The Print Support Hub is a technically supported, open access area. It offers all School of Art students a range of specialist printers that are capable of printing onto a vast array of different materials.


  • A3 Risograph printer
  • 2 medium format high-end Epson printers (A4, A3, A3+ and A2)
  • Large format thermal lithographic printer
  • Large Format Mimaki textile printer
  • Large Format Mimaki textile printer

The room also offers two large format scanners that will scan artwork up to A0 size.

Learn more about the Print Support Hub