Glass Etching Short-Course


Dates :  Saturday 17th December 1pm-3.30pm
Additional dates available on request
Duration : 2.5hrs
Cost : £25 per participant
Venue : Ocean Studios, The Factory Cooperage, Royal William Yard, Plymouth PL1 3QQ.
Level : Beginner

Adele and Jenny invite you to join us for a fun workshop learning to etch glass. Apply your very own permanent designs to glassware. Whether it’s a seasonally decorated candle holder, a personalised wine glass, or a repurposed bottle transformed into a beautiful vessel for your homemade sloe gin!

We will begin the session by introducing a range of simple techniques to create and apply your very own stencil design, then demonstrate the use of glass etching cream. This chemical method of etching creates a permanent opaque white surface, ideal for decorating functional items as they may be washed and heated to the original manufacturers specifications. Once you know the basics this is a technique that can be easily applied at home. Etching cream is a particularly great way to transform every-day items… why not go green and transform old wine bottles and jam jars into special presents for loved ones this Christmas.

Hands-on experience is at the heart of our ethos, so we will then dedicate two hours to developing and applying your own etched designs. Jenny and Adele will be on hand to guide you through the process. We will provide glass drinking tumblers (1 per participant, additional tumblers may be purchased on the day); alternatively please bring along your own glassware to decorate:

  • Depending on your design and the speed at which you work it should be possible to decorate 3 or 4 pieces during the two hours. Should you wish to decorate more then please contact us to arrange another session at a post-induction reduced rate subject to availability.
  • If you wish to etch food and drink jars and bottles then it is best to bring these along empty and re-fill them at home. Please thoroughly remove sticky label residue before the course to make the most of your time with us.
  • Straight sided vessels are much simpler and often more effective than highly ornate shaped vessels.


The process will involve the use of sharp craft knives and the application of acid; appropriate training and personal protective equipment will be provided. Over 14’s only, under 18’s to be accompanied by a participating adult.

Old clothes are most suitable, or an apron or similar protective garment. Comfortable closed-toed shoes are recommended. If you wear reading glasses, please bring them. The studio can be a little chilly at this time of year so bring a jumper.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided. Please let us know at time of booking if you have any dietary or accessibility requirements so that we can ensure that we are able to cater to your needs.




How to book?
Please email Adele or Jenny at the addresses below with your contact details and preferred course date. We will then confirm availability and send you bank details to transfer the payment. Payments are non-refundable, however if you give us at least 3 days notice before the start of the course then we will transfer you to a later date. Please bring cash on the day if you would like to purchase additional tumblers.

We can’t wait to see what you create!

Jenny Ayrton and Adele Retter               
07834 857 938 (Jenny)                                      07966 067 199 (Adele)


Getting Here

Ocean Studios, The Factory Cooperage,
Royal William Yard, Plymouth PL1 3QQ.

The short-course will be held in the Print Workshop which is located in the corner of the courtyard of Ocean Studios, between the gallery/shop and Nikki Taylor’s studio.

There is the 34/34a/34b bus service from the centre of Plymouth to Royal William Yard.

There is a free car park at Devil’s Point which is about 5 minutes walk from Royal William Yard but this can get full. There are parking spaces in the courtyard but if none are available then there is alternative parking at Royal William Yard. The charges are: £2 up to 2 hours, £5 between 2-5 hours and £10 between 5-24 hours. The parking system operating in Royal William Yard is now Pay and Display.

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