The Glass Workshop provides courses and facilities comparable with the best glass teaching institutions world wide. Courses aim to prepare students for a career in the visual arts and are offered at both undergraduate, honours and postgraduate levels. With the expertise of its academic staff, advanced technical facilities, and location close to Australia’s national collecting institutions, as part of the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences, the School of Art Glass Workshop provides an excellent environment for study and research.


The facilities offered by the Glass Workshop rank among the best in teaching institutions throughout the world.

The workshop includes a fully equipped hot shop with tank furnace, 3 glory holes and 4 annealing kilns. A complete complement of coldworking equipment includes facilities for a wide range of wax and mould making process for glass casting and an extensive fleet of kilns covering the range of kiln-formed processes. The workshop also has a sandblasting area, seminar/exhibition room, and a purpose-built studio for architectural glass work. Students are allocated an individual work space within the workshop. In addition to workshop facilities, students can access the resources of other workshops within the School of Art and University though their electives.


  • Three Spatzier cutting lathes with a range of tapered spindles, stone and sintered diamond wheels
  • A Spatzier engraving lathe with a range of tapered and spindles, stone and sintered diamond wheels and a range of felt wheels
  • Polisher / punty grinder with horse hair wheel and felt wheel attachments and variable speed motor
  • Vertical linisher (belt grinder)
  • 2 x Steinert 36" flat bed grinder
  • Suhner Rotomax with a dedicated wet area with 360 degree access
  • Suhner wet air angle grinder
  • Pneumatic angle grinder
  • NSK air engravers with dedicated engraving tables and dedicated pressurised warm water feed
  • Diamond saw
  • Core drill with a range of continuous rim diamond bits and a water fed chuck
  • Large sandblaster with pressure pot and reverse pulse dust collection
  • Large Air compressor that creates 82 L/s or 174 CFM at 7.8 bar (115psi)
  • Large workstations and sinks to accommodate all forms of glass.


  • 350kg Fred Metz designed Tank Furnace
  • Three glassblowing workstations each with blowing bench, tools bench, marver, dedicated natural gas, oxygen and compressed air, easy access to annealing space and furnaces, rolling yokes
  • The choice of 3 gloryholes (large, medium, small), 4 annealers
  • 2 Pickup boxes - suitable for graal and colour pickup
  • Pipe warmers
  • A range of casting equipment and blowing pipes and tools

Kiln and mould making

  • 2 large Paragon Pearls fusing kilns
  • 6 x small paragon kilns
  • Large top loading casting kiln 
  • Large Woodrow front loading casting kiln with roll-out kiln car 
  • Large Woodrow top loading casting kiln
  • 3 medium Nabertherm front loading kilns
  • 4 small Nabertherm top loading kilns
  • 2 small Woodrow top loading casting kilns
  • Large range of kiln shelves and props available
  • Hydraulic platform trolleys
  • Large capacity dry vacuum
  • Portable digital scales
  • Professional variable speed twin gear mixer with attachments
  • Wax melting pots
  • Industrial steamer and dedicated steaming station
  • Mould drying racks
  • Large range of cottles and clamps


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Updated:  19 February 2018/Responsible Officer:  Head of School/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications