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The National School of Glass, pictures from the school

The School

The National School of Glass in Orrefors has a long tradition. We have educated students since 1969, when the education was meant to prepare workers for production work.  Today, the education is more diverse and prepares students for both production and unique work.

Until recently, our school has been located next to the famous Orrefors glass factory. Today, production in the factory has diminished, and the school has gradually moved into their facilities where we now have more than 600 square meters to our disposal.  For more detailed information please see “facilities list”.

We offer many different glass courses, both in the hot shop and the cold workshop. Most of our students come from the Nordic countries (Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland) and participate in structured, degree programs which are financed by the Scandinavian governments.  We also accept independent students from the rest of the world.  These students are responsible for financing their education and can choose more freely what they want to study and for how long. Please see attached “price list”.

We have a staff of four teachers all with a long experience of working with glass before starting to teach. We complement each other with a broad knowledge about different glass techniques. Currently (May 2012), we have 50 students from seven different countries.

Orrefors is a small village in the middle of the forest of Småland in the south-east of Sweden. The nearest town, Nybro, is 15 km away and has bus connection to Orrefors.  There is train connection to Nybro from the international airports in Stockholm (Arlanda, Skavsta) and Copenhagen (Kastrup).

Hot shop

We teach students in traditional Swedish glassblowing techniques: mold-blowing, free-hand blowing (shaping with newspaper), underlay and overlay techniques (Graal, Ariel, Ravenna), stem-pulling, foot shaping with graphite tool and in newspaper, blown feet, handles, trimming the lip, and different cut-on ornaments and decorations.

Cold working, Lampworking, and Fusing/Slumping

In the cold workshop, we teach students how to grind and finish their pieces.  We also teach engraving, flower cutting, deep cutting, and sandblasting. We offer introductory courses in bead making, fusing and slumping.

Watch an inspirational film about glass!

If you like you may download and watch our film which will show you a glimpse of the beauty of working with glass. The film has been shot at The National School of Glass and will show you glassblowing, shaping and engraving in the actual environment of the school.


Facilities list for Hot shop and Cold shop (open in a new window)

Download a film about the National School of Glass (24 MB, WMV file)

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