Cash blow

Bath’s glass blowing centre Aqua Glass is determined to cash in on renewed interest in the craft.

The Netflix series Blown Away – in which ten master artists turn up the heat in glassblowing sculpture challenges – was a big hot with viewers.

Owner, Adrian Dolan has been successful in receiving a cash injection from the West of England Combined Authority to help develop his product and was happy to receive a visit from WECA Metro Mayor, Dan Norris to show off his centre in Walcot Street .

The Metro Mayor tried his hand at blowing a glass vase while Bath Aqua Glass owner Adrian Dolan explained how the grant will be used to create an artisan licensed café in the glass blowing centre. This will help boost the number of people visiting and enable their team to link up with other artists.

The Metro Mayor was also shown a range of the beautiful bespoke products that local skilled craftspeople make including glass pendants, paperweights and penguins. 

Metro Mayor Dan Norris said: “Glass blowing is a lot harder than it looks! It’s a true craft and certainly an experience visitors won’t forget. Bath is already a must see for many tourists to the West of England, but it’s important to keep continuing to improve the experience for everyone.”

Adrian Dolan said: “Bath is well known for its attractions like the Roman Baths, the Circus and Bath Abbey, but there’s so much more on offer to visitors than just the historic sights. The funding we’ve received will help us draw more people in to take-part in our workshops, providing hands on memorable experiences.”

To find out more about business growth grants and the other support available to SMEs, visit the  West of England Growth Hub website.