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Published September 26th 2015
A trip to the beautiful winery region of the Yarra Valley is only an hour from Melbourne and on our recent visit we took in the lush green scenery as well as some wine and some interesting glass art at the Healesville Glass Blowing Studio.
Set at the rear of a property on the edge of town, amongst other businesses, the studio is home to award winning artists Tim Bassett and Tali Dalton. They have exhibits of their works in several museums across the globe and create a range of glass art that includes sculptures, vases, bowls and platters, jewellery, chandeliers and custom lighting.
You can watch them blowing glass from a mezzanine viewing area but make sure you phone ahead to check what day this is happening. There's also an opportunity to make your own paperweight or participate in a beginners workshop. If you want something more in depth, then one weekend a month from March to November, you can do a two day workshop that covers solid forming, different blowing techniques and the safety stuff, OH&S. You will take home several pieces you make. If you can't make the dates on the website then private classes on weekends can also be arranged for a group of 3-4 friends or for 1 or 2 people they are now offering private half day and full day classes.
An art gallery forms part of the studio with many gorgeous pieces on display and for sale. Thanks to the artists' experimentation of form, colour and technique, you are sure to see something different on multiple visits. I bought a small mushroom but it's a good thing (or not) they take credit card as you could easily go crazy here and spend up on ornaments for your home or gifts for friends' birthdays/Christmas. I always love something unique and eye catching. Hint, hint, any friends and family reading this.
Speaking of unique, they also do memorial glass. Instead of keeping a loved one's ashes in a vase or urn that could easily be knocked over, you can have them added into a glass comfort stone, a dome or heart-shaped piece. Preserve beautiful memories that won't shatter.