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Workshop/CourseCraft Experience, from 2 Sep 2017

Diamond Wheel Glass Cutting - Heather Gillespie

Diamond Wheel Glass Cutting - Heather Gillespie


Cumbria Crystal is the last producer of hand-blown and hand-cut luxury English crystal in Britain. Cumbria Crystal is famous for producing the highest quality lead crystal & is the crystal of choice for the British Embassies, many Royal Families and Luxury Stores worldwide. Using traditional glassmaking methods, our highly skilled artisans are committed to making traditional & contemporary crystal. The Ulverston factory is on the southern edge of the Lake District, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors are invited to watch the alchemy of creating exquisite English crystal.

These intensive one day workshops introduce you to the traditional craft of glass cutting on a diamond lathe. The workshops are suitable for people with no experience, or for people wishing to develop their skills. The maximum number of participants is four, ensuring you enjoy extremely high levels of personal support and supervision throughout the day. You will be introduced to a range of diamond wheels and shown what they do, how they are used, health & safety issues and then supported through a series of practical exercises to develop confidence. Creativity is key & Heather will demonstrate how designs are developed & transferred onto glasses ready for the cutting process. You will learn how to cut various lines, patterns and oval lenses. Two hand blown Cumbria Crystal hi-ball tumblers are included in the cost, as is acid polishing to create the beautiful shine & refractive qualities.

After lunch theory will be put into practice & you will develop your own designs & transfer them onto your glasses ready for home use & to show friends. Additional glasses are available at discounted prices on the day should the creative bug take hold! More experienced participants may tailor the day to match their skill levels and personal objectives.
After the course your glass will be polished by the factory staff in a mixture of hydrofluoric and sulphuric acid to bringing them to a high shine. This is a hazardous process so it is done separately.
Your finished creations will be ready for collection about four days after the workshop. I you are unable to collect a courier delivery can be arranged.

Participants with some experience of cutting may develop their skills at these workshops as the small class size ensures more advanced techniques can be covered by the tutor.

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 1 - Sun 2 Sep 2018


£140 - One Day workshop - Beginner & Intermediate levels
Pre booking is essential as workshops are strictly limited to four people


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access

Wheelchair friendly access. Dogs & children welcome. There are no toilets in the building but some are available at Booths supermarket immediately opposite the factory. Refreshments & light meals available in Booths. Free parking available.


Oubas Hill,
LA12 7LB


Plan route to Cumbria Crystal using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SD 294786  Lat: 54.19828 Long: -3.08367

Enter Ulverston on the A590, turn left at the first roundabout. The factory is immediately opposite Booth's supermarket.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Ulverston station

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors


  • YesEntrance is well lit
  • YesAutomatic door at the main entrance


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system


Cumbria Crystal is a fully working factory. Visitors are welcome to watch the artisans at work. It should be noted that we cannot guarantee what they will be making on any day. Factory staff are generally unable to stop what they are doing to talk to guests. However shop staff are very happy to talk visitors through the processes.

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