Glass Making Class in Queenstown via LocalEyez

Pin Me!

 Glass Making Workshop in Queenstown via LocalEyez

Most people come to New Zealand for adventure. Bungee jumping, jet boating, mountain biking, mountaineering.

You name it. You can do it here. But what if hardcore adventure isn’t your thing? Does that mean New Zealand doesn’t have anything to offer you? Absolutely not.

I was shacked up in Queenstown for a bit, the town that is considered the adventure capital of the country…but with all the hiking I’d been doing, my legs were ready for a break.So what’s a girl to do?

I had come across LocalEyez on Instagram, a new Kiwi-run company who’s mission is to hook tourists up with creative locals for off-the-beaten-path experiences. I decided to reach out and see what they had to offer in Queenstown.

I immediately heard back from one of the founders who said “how about a glass making workshop?”

Cool! I’d been ignoring my creative side since I got to New Zealand, so this sounded like a fun way to spend an afternoon.

Teddy set me up with Rex Charlesworth, a local glass artist and jewelry maker and owner of Queenstown Hot Glass.

I met Rex at his small workshop near Bob’s Cove for my hour-long one-on-one private class. Rex was a quirky fella who has lived in Queenstown for over 10 years and sells his stuff every Saturday down at the Queenstown market.

After a quick run through of the safety stuff, Rex did a demonstration, and before I knew it I was on the torch.

There's more to New Zealand than bungee jumping and climbing mountains. There is also a thriving art culture to explore that you won't find in the guidebooks. Learn about my one-one-one glass making workshop with local a Queenstown glass artist, organized by LocalEyez, where I got behind the torch and try my hand at making some unique glass beads.

Throughout the hour-long class, I got to make a few different beads, including one decorated with some cute little polka dots.

There's more to New Zealand than bungee jumping and climbing mountains. There is also a thriving art culture to explore that you won't find in the guidebooks. Learn about my one-one-one glass making workshop with local a Queenstown glass artist, organized by LocalEyez, where I got behind the torch and try my hand at making some unique glass beads.

There's more to New Zealand than bungee jumping and climbing mountains. There is also a thriving art culture to explore that you won't find in the guidebooks. Learn about my one-one-one glass making workshop with local a Queenstown glass artist, organized by LocalEyez, where I got behind the torch and try my hand at making some unique glass beads.

And I’ll tell you, it was not as easy as it looks. It certainly gave me a lot of respect for these artists.

I enjoyed the class not just for the skills I learned, but I also enjoyed getting to know Rex and learning some of the local secrets….which I’ll leave it to Rex to share if you take his class.

The next day, I decided to pay Rex a visit down at the market and ended up buying a super cute pair of glass earrings that he made. And when I wear them it feels pretty cool that I know the man and the story behind them.

There's more to New Zealand than bungee jumping and climbing mountains. There is also a thriving art culture to explore that you won't find in the guidebooks. Learn about my one-one-one glass making workshop with local a Queenstown glass artist, organized by LocalEyez, where I got behind the torch and try my hand at making some unique glass beads.

— What else does Local Eyez offer? —

LocalEyez offers all kinds of cool experiences. From behind the scenes tours with local wine makers, cooking classes with local chefs, to shepherding and wool-working, they can hook you up with someone awesome who can show you a true Kiwi experience undiscovered by the guidebooks. The LocalEyez website is pretty new, so if you don’t see exactly what you are looking for, I suggest you shoot them an email using the contact pop-up form on their website, let them know what you are interested in, and my guess is they can set you up.

— Explore more around Queenstown —

New Zealand Road Trip Journal: Queenstown

New Zealand Road Trip Journal: Catlins & Dunedin

New Zealand Road Trip Journal: Wanaka

WOULD YOU LIKE TO TRY GLASS MAKING? LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW, TWEET ME, OR WRITE ME A POST ON FACEBOOK

Kristen-Post-signature

 

** This post was made possible by LocalEyez. As always, all words and opinions are my own. **

There are 3 comments on this post.

About the author

Hi! I'm Kristen....blogger, hiker, sunset-watcher, and dance floor shredder. I feel most alive in the outdoors and created this website to help you enjoy the best that the West has to offer.

3 Comments on “Glass Making Class in Queenstown via LocalEyez

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. That does look like fun, pretty sure Birthe would enjoy this. We’ll be flying to New Zealand in about 2 weeks, so I’ll definitely look into LocalEyez!

      Nice! Have so much fun in New Zealand. That place is AMAZING!

    Hi, thanks for the post. I have just come back from a bead making class with Rex and it was fab. He has got so many talents it is amazing! Beekeeping, silversmith, polishes rocks, glassmaker etc etc he was kind enough to show me how he does all these other things and shown me a honeycomb filled with Manuka honey from his hives! The bead making class was fab and it isn’t as easy as you may think, lots of things to do and shows just how skilled he is at what he does.

    I only found out about his lessons from talking to him on the Saturday art market where him and his wife were selling their creations and I am so glad I did!

    If you are creative/have a curious mind about how things are made then I would definitely reccomend his lessons!

    🙂

A little Instamagic