If you thought yesterday was warm – weather wise – you should have seen the temperature rise where l ended up later on that ‘hint-of-summer-to-come’ day.
I was a guest of Bath Aqua Glass in Walcot Street – the city’s artisan quarter – where workmen and women have been making things by hand since Roman times.
While Bristol may have its ‘Blue’ glass – this Bath-based company has developed an aquamarine colour – created by adding copper oxide to molten glass – reminiscent – they say – of the Spa waters which make the city so famous.
Invited guests got a chance to watch those skilled ‘artisans’ at work blowing glass. This company makes everything from corporate giftware to stained glass and jewellery.
There are baubles and glass tableware, rings and even a facility to incorporate cremated ashes into glass paperweights or animals.
There are courses and demonstrations in glassblowing and stained glass making. Even hen parties are welcome – prior to any pub visits of course.
The Managing Director is Annette Dolan who started the business in 1996. Her husband Adrian is Sales Director and our MC last night – explaining the process while we watched those expert glass blowers in action.
Now l know where that saying about ‘irons in the fire’ came from and got close enough to the ovens to feel the heat.
Great to help celebrate one of the city’s successful independents and one ‘ doing business’ in an historic artisan quarter.
Last night’s events was organised by Morgan – Brinkhurst Consultancy Events. Check out the Bath Aqua Glass website via www.bathaquaglass.com