Crafting Glass – come and make your own artwork

Open Day – Sunday 6 August. You’re invited!

Come and visit our new studio space at Blue Dog Glass (27 Wells Rd, Mordialloc). As part of Craft Victoria’s Craft Cubed Festival, we’re running another of our popular come-and-make-it days. We’ll be open from 10am to 3pm on Sunday 6 August.

Be inspired by our student exhibition The Art of Glass on show in our foyer, then come into the workshop and make your own beautiful glass artwork. We’ll provide the materials and tools. Our staff and student artists will be on hand to offer help and guidance. You just need to bring your creativity and enthusiasm!

Screen print a coaster or mini plate. Learn how delicate glass works are crated and manipulated over a torch flame. Or cut and shape a glass design for fusing.

The first 20-minute make-it session is free – and if you choose to make some more, there’s just a small fee per extra session. Be sure you book your time so you don’t miss out. 

As well as our make-it sessions, we’ll have some demonstrations happening. Watch glass beads being made in the torch flame, or glass ‘strings’ pulled straight from the vitrigraph kiln. See some of the skills used in making metal jewellery and a few advanced kilnforming techniques in action.

While you’re here you can also have a look around and see the inside workings of the glass studio – from the many kilns we use to the various grinding, polishing and finishing equipment used to create our students’ works of art.

For more information, phone the studio on 9580 7302 or send an email to

Blue Dog Summer School 2017 is coming!

Blue Dog Glass is excited to announce its new line up of classes for January 2017

We have often been asked why we don’t run classes over the Christmas school holidays. Well, come January 2017 that’s exactly what we’re doing. Running over two and a half weeks, we have a huge range of short courses on offer in our new Summer School program. And there are several new classes that haven’t been on our program before, just to get you even more excited.

So just jump in and get creative!


Here’s what’s on offer (click the links for full class details):

Wax Modelling and casting for Jewellery with Kathryn Wardill (beginners & beyond)
Venture into the world of handmade cast jewellery with one-off, wearable miniature artwork. Thursday Evenings 6-9pm 5th, 12th and 19th January

Introduction to Powder Printing (beginners & beyond)
Drawing on traditional screen printing processes, this technique introduces students to a wide range of creative possibilities using a screen and the extensive colour palette of glass powders. Friday 6th January, 10am -1pm

Marketing: you and your brand (beginners & beyond)
Isy Laderman will lead you through a day of branding and marketing, starting the day by sharing her own journey, sharing information and then leading into an open forum. Saturday 7th January, 9.30-11.30am

Marketing: the general do’s and don’ts (beginners & beyond)
This class covers general marketing tips for artists and crafts people, led by one of Australia’s shining stars, Isy Laderman. Saturday 7th January, 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Hot-Poppin’: Upcycling Glass Bottles (beginners & beyond)
This class will teach you how to ‘up-cycle’ glass bottles and jars into fun and functional vases, tumblers and jewellery. Monday 9th January, 10am -1pm

Cold Working 101 with Laurel Kohut (intermediate)
Cold working glass allows you to take your work to the next level in terms of a cleaner, professional finish. Monday & Tuesday 10th & 11th January, 10am -1pm

Photoresist Image Making on Glass (Sandblasting) (beginners & beyond)
This class looks at using Photoresist stencil material and sandblasting to create detailed images, text and patterns on glass . Thursday & Friday 12th & 13th January, 9:30am – 12:30pm

Mask Making (beginners & beyond)
Have you ever wanted to make a Venetian style mask or work with fused glass? In this class you can do both! Thursday 12th January, 10am -1pm

Bead Making Introduction with Kathryn Wardill (beginners & beyond)
Be introduced to the world of hot glass – on a small scale. Saturday & Sunday 14th & 15th January, 10am -4pm

One Day Plate Making (beginners & beyond)
This one day workshop guides you through glass making basics to produce two finished platters, bowls or plates using our samples as starting points. Friday 13th January, 10am – 3pm

Fused Bracelet Making (beginners & beyond)
Learn how to manipulate hot glass in the kiln to form solid fused glass bracelets. Tuesday & Wednesday 17th & 18th January, 10am – 12.30pm

Vitrigraph – the basics (intermediate)
In this workshop, students learn how to prepare for firing in a vitrigraph kiln and safely pull and manipulate vitrigraph stringers. Thursday 19th January, 10am – 1pm

Screen printing (beginners & beyond)
Be introduced to the world of screen printing on glass. Friday 20th January, 10am – 3.30pm

Glass Wafers (some experience)
Wafers are super-thin sheets of glass. Using powders and stencils, students will create a range of decorative elements that can be used in later fusing projects. Saturday 21st January, 9.45am – 12.45pm

Over-reaction (some experience)
This class is all about exploring chemical reactions with various glass colours and inclusions such as metals. Saturday 21st January, 2pm – 5pm

Exploring the Spaces (drawing) with Leigh Camilleri (beginners & beyond)
This workshop encourages students to explore the potential of drawing as they investigate design, texture, line, construction and form through observation. Sunday, Monday & Tuesday 22nd, 23rd & 24th January, 9.30am – 4pm

Prerequisites explained:
Beginners: classes suitable for absolute beginners with no glass experience required
Some experience: at least a basic understanding of Kiln Forming/Fusing & Slumping
Intermediate: requires at least completion of a Level 1 Kiln Forming/Fusing & Slumping class

Annual Studio Sale – Saturday 5th November

Saturday 5th November 9am-5pm

Come on down and see what we do here at Blue Dog.
Check out demonstrations at 10am (Beadmaking with Kathryn Wardill) and 12noon (Vitrigraph with Brenda Page)

Student works will be on display and available for purchase (cash sales only)
The perfect chance to pick up that unique Christmas gift!


58 Carroll Rd, Oakleigh South

It’s in the detail – come and make it in glass!

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We’re running a special event at Blue Dog Glass as part of this year’s Craft Cubed Festival (we had such a great time last year we decided to do it again). This year’s festival theme is It’s in the detail, so we’re inviting the public to join in on Saturday 20 August – from 9:30am until 4:00pm.


The day is all about creating detail on glass, so our visitors will have the opportunity to make their own detailed creation during one of our 20-minute sessions. You can choose from three make-it options:

  • Join the Dots by adding glass, frits, rods and stringer over stencil designs to make your own glass pictures
  • Make your Mark by trying out some screen printing techniques
  • Have a Blast creating a design that will be sandblasted while you wait (afternoon sessions only)

Each session costs just $20 and all the materials and tools are provided. We’ll also have some of our glass artists on hand to help you out.

While you’re at the studio, make sure you have a look at how some of our students have tackled the theme in their exhibition The Truth is in the Detail, created specially for the Craft Cubed Festival.

For more information about the event, or to book a place in a Make-it-in-Glass session, phone (95513227) or email ( us.



Blue Dog Glass visitors enjoying last year’s make-it day

come make it day and ‘keeping in touch”

Blue Dog Glass studio is having a special exhibition, live demonstrations and ‘come and make it’ day on Saturday 12 September as part of Melbourne’s Craft Cubed Festival.

Come and join us from 9am to 4pm at the studio here at 58 Carroll Rd, Oakleigh.

Be inspired by the glass works on show and then reveal your inner glass artistry by making something yourself.

To coincide with the studio’s student exhibition Keeping in Touch, we’re inviting you to visit us and make your own glass postcard!

Under the guidance of our glass artists, we’ll show you how to cut glass into shapes and apply decorative features with stringers and frits. Then we’ll give you your own clear postcard glass and you can let your creativity loose.

The project is suitable for absolute beginners. Children and families are welcome too. You can work on a postcard together or do one each. If you’re already familiar with kiln-formed glass, invite your friends and family and show them why you enjoy working with glass – and if you haven’t been for a while, come and reacquaint yourself with this wonderful art form.

There’s a small charge of $20 for each postcard, with all materials and tools supplied. And we’ll have our experienced glassies on hand to help, encourage and offer advice. It’s a simple, fun and stress-free way to introduce yourself to working with glass. Once your postcard is finished we’ll be putting it in our kilns to fire so you can collect it later.

Bookings are recommended and can be made by phoning us on 9551 3227. Walk-ins on the day will be accepted if there are still places available.

You can also watch some live demonstrations of hot glass manipulation.

Between 10am and 11:30am our resident glass jeweller Kathryn Wardill will be creating some of her beautiful beads under a torch flame. And from 11am to 1pm glass artist Brenda Page will show how to pull strings of molten glass from the vitrigraph kiln. Throughout the day you can also watch one of our glass artists create a decorative platter ready for firing in the kiln.

We will also have a studio sale, so take the opportunity to stock up on your supplies. Everything in the shop (except kilns and kiln furniture) will be discounted 25% for personal and phone orders on the day (sorry, discount doesn’t apply to online orders).

All make-your-own-postcard participants and studio visitors will also receive an entry in the door prize – a voucher for our beginner kiln forming class starting 16 November for four Monday evenings (valued at $198).

Keeping in Touch student exhibition

How do you take an idea and develop it into a finished piece?

That was the question internationally acclaimed glass artist Kirstie Rea posed to students at Blue Dog Glass studio in her masterclass last September.

Their answer culminated in a group exhibition showcasing the artistic and technical diversity of fused glass. Each finished piece was born out of an inkling of inspiration, brought to life through planning and testing, and meticulously refined by reworking processes and techniques.

Following this earlier success, the group is reconnecting with a new studio exhibition: Keeping in Touch. Challenged only by the project’s size limitation (a 10x15cm glass ‘postcard’) they will again demonstrate the creative nuances of kiln fired glass and their own development as emerging artists. Each of the artists’ postcards will be a reflection of what they have been doing since their last encounter.

Christmas Decorations Class

We will be running Christmas Decorations classes again this year, so why not decorate your tree with hand make ornaments or make a special give for someone near and dear. To see the times and dates visit our classes page

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Open house and studio sale

We’re having our annual open house on Saturday 8 November

Come and visit us!


With our huge in-house sale happening, it’s a great opportunity to stock up on your glass supplies. There will be some super specials on too. We’ll have more details about those soon, so to keep up to date make sure you check out our Facebook page, or join our mailing list to get our newsletter updates.

25% off all full sheets of glass

20% off everything else in store (excluding kilns, kiln furniture and books)

Spend $300 in store on Saturday and go into the draw for a $300 gift voucher from Blue Dog Glass

It’s also a great time to stock up on your Chrissy gifts with some of the studio’s students displaying and selling their work.

And if you want to be inspired you can watch some of our favourite glass artist teachers in action including gifted kiln-former David Hobday, glass blower and cold-worker extraordinaire Laurel Kohut and master bead maker Kathryn Wardill.

Demonstration Program:

10:00amBead making with Kathryn

11:00amDavid makes ‘twisties’ to incorporate into a panel he’ll work on throughout the day

11:00amLaurel shows the art of drilling holes in glass

12:00pmHand lapping coldworking technique with Laurel

12:00pmVitrigraph ‘stringers’ with David

12:30pm Bead making with Kathryn

So save the date – Saturday 8 November. It all starts at 9:00am and runs through to 5:00pm

Blue Dog Glass studio: 58 Carroll Rd, Oakleigh South, 3167 (ph: 9551 3227)

Miriam Di Fiore class 2014

March and April 2014 saw Miriam Di Fiore visit our studio to run two classes on her techniques relating to image in glass. The students worked hard to create two amazing pieces of work, we can’t wait to see what the create next with their new found techniques.

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Winning is grinning!

Congratulations to Rosemary and Kath Burns, our lucky winners of the raffle who have elected to take David Hobday’s workshop next year. Well done ladies, we hope you have a great class!

Thank you to everyone who came down to the studio, we had a great day and hope you are busy making new glass from your bargains. Also a huge thank you to Kathryn Wardill and David Hobday for their demonstrations. Congratulations to all those involved in the student show. We’ve had great feedback about the work and it was wonderful to see the quality of the work being produced in the studio.

Glass talk: Ebony Addinsall

She braved the “summer” of north Scotland and touched the rains down in Africa!

Now that she’s home, come and hear all about Ebony’s overseas adventures.

Ebony participated in Jacqueline Poncelet’s master class at North Lands Creative Glass and undertook a teaching residency at Kitengela Hot Glass in Kenya.

Thursday 6 December at 6:30pm at Blue Dog Glass.

Because Christmas is getting closer (and we all love cake) please bring a plate to share.

Bookings essential.

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Exhibition Alert

Wearable Art

Glass Plus Gallery’s annual jewellery exhibition opened last week. Be sure to make a trip to South Melbourne to see new works by Susie Barnes, Anne Clifton, Zara Collins, Susan Frisch, Marilyn Hayes, Anne Oberin, Mary Odorcic, Cathy Sutton, Emma Wood and Blue Dog Glass’s Geraldine Gandolfo.

Geraldine’s classic contemporary jewellery has explored the beauty of colour for many years and this years exhibition she will be releasing her new animal print designs. We love these new works, a beautiful addition to any outfit or the perfect Christmas gift.

The exhibition will be running from November 17 to 1 December.

Head to Glass Plus Gallery for more details.

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Open day, Sale and exhibition

From humble beginnings in a leaky warehouse, Blue Dog Glass has blossomed into a vibrant hub of creativity.  To celebrate the move to spacious new premises with dedicated teaching studio and showroom, there will be  Demonstrations,  Student Exhibition and  Sale in our Store between 10am and 4pm on Saturday November 10th.

In our showroom we will be reducing prices on almost everything and  to celebrate our new home we will be giving away a kiln or a class.. yes a kiln or class.

For every $200 spent on the sale day customers will receive a ticket for a draw to select either a Paragon Firefly kiln or a place in David Hobday’s class  (inc glass).  Both valued at $770. The draw will be held at 3.45pm on sale day.

The lucky winner of the raffle gets to select from the following;


Firefly kiln, valued at $770

The portable and convenient Paragon FireFly will give you unbridled freedom. It plugs in almost anywhere on a household 10 amp outlet.

You will never outgrow a small kiln. If you later buy a larger kiln, continue to use the small one for testing or small projects. Perfect a new design in the small kiln before running production quantities in the large kiln. A small test kiln is invaluable in solving ceramic glaze problems. kiln size; 203 x 203 x 114 mm

David Hobday course and $120 glass voucher, total value $770

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for all the details about David’s class go to


Sale is for one day only Saturday 10th November


Sheet glass 15% off
Moulds 20% off
Frit 20% off
Full sheets of streakies, mardi gras, streamers, fracture and chopstix 20% off
Billets 20%
All stock (except kilns) in the store will be reduced by 10%

 So come in and pick up a bargain and go into the draw for the kiln or workshop. To receive the discounts and to go into the draw for the prize, interstate and regional customers can phone through or email their orders.

Loyalty cards do not apply on sale items. No rainchecks. Prize is only on stock sales, not on student work. Prize is not redeemable for cash. Freight (if required) is at the cost of the winner.


Blue Dog Glass provides supplies and classes to all those interested in working creatively with glass and a kiln – the results vary from exquisite jewellery to large platters and free-standing sculptures – all hand-made from glass.  The students who come together at Blue Dog Glass come from all over the Melbourne area and despite a wide variety of personalities and circumstances, are united in a love of making things from glass.

As part of the student exhibition, works will be offered for sale and artists will be on hand to discuss techniques and the inspiration behind the work.

This is a great opportunity to pick up a unique Christmas present for your artistic friends or add a signature piece to your home before the party season gets in swing!  Please note : sales are CASH ONLY  for the student works – so come prepared.

There will be demonstrations of glass work through out the day – see how beads are made, drilling and engraving glass, or how high temperatures changes the shape of glass in minutes.

Demonstrations will be ongoing throughout the day and conducted by some of our teaching staff: David Hobday, Kathryn Wardill and Brenda Page


  • 10am:                          Cutting circles with Brenda Page
  • 10.30am:                   Pulling Stringer with Kathryn Wardill
  • 11.00- 12 noon:      Basic bead making with Kathryn Wardill
  • 11.30am:                    Signing your work (engraving) Brenda Page
  • 12 noon – 2.30:       Vitrigraph, pulling hot stringer and cane from the kiln
  • 1pm:                             Cutting a circle with Brenda Page
  • 2pm-3pm:                  Advanced bead making with Kathryn Wardill
  • 3pm:                             Drilling a hole in glass with Brenda Page




When: Saturday 10th November

Time: 9am- 4pm

Where: 58 Carroll Road Oakleigh South Phone 95513227


No pick up or drop off of work on this day.




Exhibition at Artman Gallery

Our lovely Geraldine Gandolfo, teacher here at Blue Dog Glass,  has work in a local exhibition at Artman Gallery. The exhibition is open until 22nd September and has a broad range of kiln formed glass on display. To see a preview of the show go to

This is a show anyone interested in glass should see.

Geraldine Gandolfo  ‘Organised’

Geraldine Gandolfo ‘summer dance’

Geraldine Gandolfo ‘Autumn quiet’

David Hobday ‘Moment in time’

David Hobday ‘Ebb tide’

For those of you who like David’s work, stay tuned as David will be running a workshop at Blue Dog Glass early in 2013

Awards made with recycled glass

examples of awards made with recycled glass

Custom Made

We can custom make awards using a variety of techniques to suit your organisations needs.

Ebony Addinsall Exhibition

For those of you who have visited us on a Monday will know the  effervescent Ebony who works in showroom, what you might not be aware that Eb is a talented glass artist. Eb has an exhibition opening on 11th July at Anita Traverso Gallery, 7 Albert Street Richmond 11July – 4th Aug

Addinsall completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Monash University and in 2007 graduated from the University of South Australia, South Australian School of Art after completing her Bachelor of Visual Arts Honours majoring in glassblowing. Now based in Melbourne, Ebony has exhibited throughout Australia and has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious Ranamok Glass Prize . Her artwork has been acquired by both public and private collectors in Australia and can be viewed in Craft Arts International.

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Catharine Newell workshop June 2012

Catharine Newell (USA) visited Blue Dog Glass and conducted a workshop on frit/powder drawing on glass. The class was a wonderful success and gave participants a new starting point for their glass exploration. A huge thanks to Catharine for her endless energy and generosity, she is welcome back in our studio anytime she likes.

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Glass and Print Exhibition

One of our regular attendees of classes at Blue Dog Glass, Kate Gorringe Smith is having a solo exhibition at Hand Held Gallery, opening Thursday 31st May and running until 23rd June. Kate is a print maker who has incorporated glass into her work, one of the features of the exhibition is an installation of fusing and frit painted glass. The theme of the exhibition is the flight of the Bar-Tailed Godwit. Hand held

They fly through our dreams.

Gallery Suite 18 Paramount Arcade, 108 Bourke Street Melbourne. To see more of Kate’s work visit her web site

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